This was the busiest year yet.
In many ways, 2019 was a year of investments. Both in my personal life and for this website. It was this year that I was finally able to buy some new – and better equipment. A much better camera, extra microphones, new tripods, a bag. Some big investments, some smaller, but each one made running this website a bit easier. Yay! The biggest investment though – at least in time – was building this new website and changing the name from Onder Invloed to The Influences.
Thanks again for designing the logo, Job!
The live shows at ever lovely Cafe de Stad in Utrecht were – almost all of them – very well attended and the people who came saw special performances by Judy Blank, Love Like Birds, Theo Sieben, Jelle Paulusma, VanWyck, Ole Kirkeng, Bertolf, A New International, Sam & Julia, Demi Knight, Robin Kester and Tim Easton. Thank you all, and thank you Egbert, his staff, Laury, Demi and Rachel for helping out. Oh, by the way, see those three names that aren’t linked yet? You’ll see sessions with all of them in 2020. And they’ll be good. I’ll promise you that.
I filmed more sessions than in any of the ten years previous – as far as I can remember. All of them with incredible musicians. I did a quick count – from the top of my head – yesterday and listed about 40 (!) sessions that I have already filmed but not yet posted. Thank you to all the different locations that opened their doors for us to film. Also thank you TakeRoot and Down By The River festival for making me feel welcome yet again.
I’m dying to show you all the videos that are coming up in 2020. Some of them might be the favourite things I’ve ever filmed. Although choosing from over a decade of filming is damn near impossible. What are your favourites? Please let me know, by email or on Instagram.
In the coming weeks, you’ll get more new sessions, I’ll put some brand new screenprinted merch in the shop and the first live show of 2020 is coming up on January 26th (Dekker & Sofie Winterson are playing, don’t miss it, get your tickets now!). In other words, don’t go anywhere and please subscribe to The Influences’ newsletter using the button below to never miss out on the good stuff.
Thank you so much for visiting and supporting The Influences for over a decade, or any part of it. It remains an absolute pleasure to run this thing, to meet you at the live shows and to film with all these amazing artists. Enjoy the overview of 2019 below, and let’s see where we can take this project in 2020!