• Becca Mancari

    Becca Mancari

    Becca Mancari made one of my favourite records of 2017. There isn’t a mediocre song on Good Woman. In fact, someone should really start a petition ...
  • Sun June

    Sun June

    Last week I told someone to simply listen to everything that came out on the Austin-based record label Keeled Scales. She would like everything she ...
  • Finn Andrews

    Finn Andrews

    There would be weeks where I didn’t listen to much else than The Veils. Their records formed an often welcome escape from reality. At times ...
  • Josh Ritter

    Josh Ritter

    ‘The first thing you’ll notice at a Josh Ritter show is his smile. It’s a grin of elation, a grin of communion, a grin of ...
  • Fiskur

    Fiskur

    ‘What I’ve learned from Scott is that kind of pride in songwriting; being able to put yourself into it, the drive and ambition for yourself ...
  • Marcus Hamblett

    Marcus Hamblett

    Marcus Hamblett is a man of many talents. Not only does he play guitar, bass, trumpet and keys, he also produces records and sometimes releases ...
  • Carson McHone

    Carson McHone

    The Austin-based songwriter Carson McHone visited us in Utrecht’s finest record store Plato with her band to record two originals and a dangerously addictive Teddy ...
  • Anaïs Mitchell

    Anaïs Mitchell

    When Anaïs Mitchell recorded this session for The Influences in 2017, she toured as Josh Ritter’s support. She recorded covers of Bob Dylan and Rachel ...
  • Man Of Moon

    Man Of Moon

    Ever since my friend plugged their song The Road, I’ve been listening to Scottish indie rock duo Man of Moon. During their European tour with ...
  • Lilly Hiatt

    Lilly Hiatt

    When Lilly Hiatt’s third record Trinity Lane surfaced in 2017, something just seemed to click. Her songs and the records sound blend so seamlessly. ‘It ...
  • Jerry Leger

    Jerry Leger

    TakeRoot just announced its first names for 2019, featuring Brandi Carlile, Nikki Lane, Erin Rae, Caroline Spence and many others. In november 2018 I got ...
  • Emme Woods

    Emme Woods

    In December 2018 we hosted our third live show at the always lovely The Glad Cafe in Glasgow. Five local acts performed a couple of ...
  • Buck Meek

    Buck Meek

    American songwriter Buck Meek has very quickly become one of my favourite musicians – both his solo and Big Thief records are on the top ...
  • Bart Hoevenaars

    Bart Hoevenaars

    Bart Hoevenaars isn’t a stranger in the Dutch music indie scene. In the early zeroes he released two record with postpunk bank MONO and toured Europe multiple ...
  • Great Lake Swimmers

    Great Lake Swimmers

    Some singers’ voices float past like the wind, others land in your mind and take over your world or become a part of you. Tony ...
  • Liza Anne

    Liza Anne

    ‘Every time I go into making a record, I’m trying to time capsule what it feels like to be alive. ‘Fine But Dying’ was a ...
  • Douglas Firs

    Douglas Firs

    Douglas Firs is a Belgian band that has been around creating great music for years now, but it was on their most recent record ‘Hinges ...
  • Jon Allen

    Jon Allen

    John Martyn has somehow never before been covered in The Influences sessions. Until now, because Jon Allen recorded an addictive version of ‘May You Never’ ...
  • The Deep Dark Woods

    The Deep Dark Woods

    ‘The first time I really listened to Bob Dylan changed my life.’ The Canadian folk band The Deep Dark Woods produces some of the loveliest ...
  • Kim Janssen

    Kim Janssen

    A couple of weeks ago, Janssen and his band joined us at the Schenk Studio in Amsterdam to record two astounding cover versions of Vampire ...
  • Hannah Epperson

    Hannah Epperson

    There aren’t many feelings better than discovering new music and getting fully emerged in its beauty. When it happens, nothing else matters. Hannah Epperson’s ‘Slowdown’ ...
  • Gregory Ackerman

    Gregory Ackerman

    Los Angeles-based songwriter Gregory Ackerman covered Jack Johnson and Neil Young for The Influences. ‘I’m inspired by anyone who is writing music that people can ...
  • Awkward I

    Awkward I

    Awkward I is one of The Netherlands’ finest songwriters around. He recorded this new session, including a mind-blowing cover of Judee Sill: ‘What I particularly ...
  • Judy Blank

    Judy Blank

    ‘When I see The Wood Brothers play, I know: this is it. Seeing them makes it easier for me to not care about things. Fuck ...
  • Anna Burch

    Anna Burch

    ‘Writing ‘Quit The Curse’ was so fun, cathartic, and also the most important thing I’ve done in my life.’ Anna Burch debuted on Polyvinyl Record ...
  • Nicole Atkins

    Nicole Atkins

    Nicole Atkins’ voice is a thing of wonders. So much power and soul. Words sung with so much feeling. But it’s too easy to focus ...
  • Ryan Joseph Burns

    Ryan Joseph Burns

    Ryan Joseph Burns couldn’t believe his eyes, when we entered the Soesterduinen, a stunning nature reserve just East of Utrecht. It’s a surreal sight at ...
  • The Dead Tongues

    The Dead Tongues

    ‘There’s so much that I love about Charlie, but one thing that really struck me is how it feels like every time he sings and ...
  • Twain

    Twain

    ‘I tend to look up artists that are powerful without explanation or for mysterious reasons. And the kind that are able to speak truths that ...
  • Jim Lauderdale

    Jim Lauderdale

    It’s not that often I film sessions with a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, and a writer of songs that were recorded by Elvis Costello, ...
  • Roald van Oosten

    Roald van Oosten

    After sitting directly in front of him, focussing on filming him the best I know how to, I’m happy to report Roald van Oosten’s voice ...
  • Christopher Paul Stelling

    Christopher Paul Stelling

    Christopher Paul Stelling has quickly become one of my very favourite folk singers from the last decade. The American already recorded a session for The ...
  • Kim Churchill

    Kim Churchill

    Meeting Churchill in Amsterdam, I saw a polite, very determined and self-assured musician, who knows what he wants and how he wants to get there. ...
  • Emma Gatrill

    Emma Gatrill

    ‘Listening to Björk and Emilíana Torrini always reminds me of how many sonic possibilities there are out there.’ It’s no wonder Emma Gatrill covered their songs in this session ...
  • Courtney Marie Andrews

    Courtney Marie Andrews

    I’ve been fascinated by Courtney Marie Andrews’ talent as a songwriter and a singer since the instant classic ‘Honest Life’. Now, with her equally daring ...
  • Jasper Schalks

    Jasper Schalks

    ‘John Prine is the finest lyricist I know, up there with Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt. Every sentence he writes hits the spot and ...
  • The Mastersons

    The Mastersons

    About a year ago, I met up with The Mastersons in my hometown Utrecht. They were about to release their strong new album Transient Lullaby ...
  • Michaela Anne

    Michaela Anne

    Sometimes a voice simply forces me to keep listening. Luckily, combined with Michaela Anne’s songwriting that’s hardly an ordeal. Anthony D’Amato told me to check ...

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