• Krea

    Krea

    Karen Cowley compares releasing her first solo EP with ‘cycling a bike without stabilizers for the first time’. The Callows is her first solo work ...
  • Lentink & Son

    Lentink & Son

    Allow me to introduce: Lentink & Son! You might know Dutch extraordinary songwriter and guitarist Bertolf from one of his six solo albums, his previous ...
  • Alela Diane

    Alela Diane

    This week marks the 15th anniversary of this website. It’s pretty special and a bit mind-blowing to think about everything that has happened in that ...
  • The Deslondes

    The Deslondes

    Bringing a band back together after a break isn’t always a good idea. Plenty of reunions end up a disappointment for both fans and the ...
  • Prize Collect

    Prize Collect

    You haven’t heard anything by Prize Collect, yet. Until today. The Influences has the honour of sharing the first music by the Dutch band, formed ...
  • Sam Vano

    Sam Vano

    Last week, Sam Vano released his debut EP Solitaire. Sam van Ommen, the Dutch songwriter, was previously known for Sam & Julia and these days ...
  • The Tallest Man On Earth

    The Tallest Man On Earth

    The Tallest Man On Earth and The Influences started almost simultaneously. His debut album Shallow Grave was released in 2008, the year this website started. ...
  • Mariee Siou

    Mariee Siou

    Mariee Sioux Sobonya was born on the Humboldt coast in Arcata, California. When she was two her family moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills in ...
  • Dominic Billett

    Dominic Billett

    Erin Rae, Andrew Combs, Courtney Marie Andrews, Caitlin Rose, Kelsey Waldon… these are just a few names of artists who have had the pleasure of ...
  • Hala

    Hala

    People often ask me how I get musicians to record a session. The answer is simple: either I invite them nicely, or they contact me. ...
  • Nathan Ball

    Nathan Ball

    Imagine driving across Europe for weeks, by yourself, playing shows and then driving hundreds of miles for the next one. That’s exactly what English songwriter ...
  • Siv Jakobsen

    Siv Jakobsen

    In a serene and picturesque setting in the woods close to my house in Huis ter Heide in The Netherlands, Norwegian songwriter Siv Jakobsen delivered ...
  • Sophie Janna

    Sophie Janna

    Sophie Janna played ‘Thistle’, and gorgeous covers of Nick Drake and Anaïs Mitchell in an 19th century church. She also wrote an essay about her ...
  • Erin Rae

    Erin Rae

    Since her first session for this website, Erin Rae has released her album Lighten Up – a gorgeous collection of songs, with a slightly new ...
  • Adia Victoria

    Adia Victoria

    A lot of people sing the blues. Not many do it quite like Adia Victoria does. Her third record ‘A Southern Gothic’ blew me – ...
  • Andrew Combs

    Andrew Combs

    If you haven’t listened to Andrew Combs’ latest record Sundays, you’re doing something wrong. It’s as simple as that. It’s his finest work yet and ...
  • Native Harrow

    Native Harrow

    If you’re described as ‘Laurel Canyon-style folk rock with shades of Joni Mitchell’, you’ve got my attention for sure. And to be honest, the soulful ...
  • Tré Burt

    Tré Burt

    It was on a drive back from one of the islands in the North of The Netherlands that I heard Tré Burt first. Properly, at ...
  • Anthony D’Amato

    Anthony D’Amato

    Anthony D’Amato and I ventured into nature at Landgoed Beerschoten in De Bilt and shot this live video for Ships In The Night, in pretty ...
  • Elsa Birgitta Bekman

    Elsa Birgitta Bekman

    The story of this session goes back more than three years ago. Sam & Julia recorded a session and for this we could use the ...
  • VanWyck

    VanWyck

    This Summer, I met VanWyck’s Christien Oele and guitarist Reyer Zwart at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam, where they recorded I Was Innocent (from her latest ...
  • Anthony D’Amato

    Anthony D’Amato

    In May this year, Anthony D’Amato toured Europe supporting Keb’ Mo’, so we met up in Eindhoven, talked about our lives, looked for good train ...
  • Toverberg

    Toverberg

    Fourteen years ago, I met Lars Kroon. At the time, he played bass in the later very successful indie rock band Go Back To The ...
  • Christopher Paul Stelling

    Christopher Paul Stelling

    What do you do when filming a session before the show isn’t an option? You film it after midnight. With that solution, Christopher Paul Stelling ...
  • Darling West

    Darling West

    There must be something in the water up there in Oslo, Norway. So many lovely musicians and bands are coming through from there, like Ole ...
  • Elephant

    Elephant

    There is a big thing coming: Elephant will release their debut album Big Thing on May 27th, 2022. Elephant’s members (singer Frank Schalkwijk, drummer Kaj ...
  • Gill Landry

    Gill Landry

    When you take a peek at Gill Landry’s Instagram account, you’re bound to see many gorgeous landscapes and still images of his surroundings, wherever that ...
  • Brian Dunne

    Brian Dunne

    Imagine Brian Dunne as a little kid, sitting in front of the television, watching Bruce Springsteen playing his heart out. That moment sparked the fire ...
  • Ian Noe

    Ian Noe

    Days before the world ground to a halt, Kentuckian songwriter Ian Noe recorded a session for The Influences. We met at Paradiso Noord in Amsterdam ...
  • Gitta de Ridder

    Gitta de Ridder

    Gitta de Ridder comes walking out of the caravan she’s living in while building a new home in Almere, trying to stop her dog Lucky ...
  • Tom Cunliffe

    Tom Cunliffe

    Tom Cunliffe’s record ‘Template For Love’ is great, so we met up in Utrecht to film Bruce Springsteen and Paul Anka covers and two originals.

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