Onder Invloed Project by Matthijs van der Ven

matthijsvandervenOnder Invloed is a video project by journalist and filmmaker Matthijs van der Ven. The project title is Dutch for ‘under the influence’. Since June 16th 2008, Onder Invloed filmed numerous international musicians covering their favourite bands in sessions and at Onder Invloed live shows. The first Onder Invloed book was published in January 2012 by publisher L.J. Veen.


The idea for the project started in the summer of 2007, while reading Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles‘. Dylan writes about the musicians who’ve been an influence to him in his younger years. Reading this, the idea came up to ask musicians to cover their favourite bands or singers, on camera. The project started on the 18th of June 2008.

Onder Invloed lets readers and viewers discover new and old music, of both the musicians who’ve recorded a session and the musicians who’ve been covered. It’s a personal project, which shows in the selection of musicians who are invited to record a session or to play live.


The sessions are mostly recorded in The Netherlands, with a couple of exceptions like a series of sessions in Glasgow, Scotland. Some are acoustic or even unplugged, others are fully amplified. All that matters, is that the musicians are sincere in their choices for songs they love. It’s as simple as that, passing on their enthusiasm for certain musicians and songs.

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