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You’ve reached the home of 2 Meter Sessions, an independent and still active music archive from The Netherlands. We started in 1987 and have recorded more than 1,800 sessions for national radio & television and streaming platforms.

Amongst those sessions, studio performances by Nirvana (1991), Radiohead (1995), Foo Fighters (1999), Counting Crows (1997 + 1999), Coldplay (2000), James Taylor (1994), Ben Howard (2011), James Vincent McMorrow (2013). And more recent: DMA’S (2020), Marlon Williams (2022) and Cate Le Bon (2022).

Featured new 2 Meter Session

From their 2015 breakthrough album White Water on, it was clear The Slow Show was not ‘just another band from Manchester.’ The legacy of The Smiths, Joy Division and all those other great predecessors is not something to be trifled with, but The Slow Show didn’t need to wear their address on their sleeve: this was something else, fully formed, with a mesmerising sound, rich in atmosphere and melody, with hints of The National. Americana with a stiff upper lip, you might want to call it. In 2022 they released a brand new album called: Still Life.

The Slow Show visted 2 Meter Sessions in March 2022 for a recording abroad, in South West Wales. Recording location was StudiOwz, located in the depths of Pembrokeshire. This converted chapel has been designed and built by owner/engineer Owain Fleetwood Jenkins throughout 2018, and is now open for recordings.

A BRIEF HISTORY

ABOUT 2 METER SESSIONS

The show was conceived in 1987 by Dutch radio presenter Jan Douwe Kroeske when, on his popular national radio show, he persuaded New-Zealand band Crowded House to play a short set of their popular songs. The response of the public was so great, that 2 Meter Sessions quickly became a household name in The Netherlands. Almost a million 2 Meter Sessions cd’s were sold in the Netherlands.

In 1993, the show made a successful transition from radio to television, quickly becoming a nation wide phenomenon. The TV edition of 2 Meter Sessions aired for over 10 years, with video sessions of new talent, breakthrough acts and arrived career artists. The show made several comebacks on national television, the most recent one in 2020 by filming with Dutch acts to help them reach an audience during the pandemic.   
 

Archive footage of  2 Meter Sessions can regularly be seen in (theatrical) documentary movies, like “Mystify: Michael Hutchence” (with footage of our session with INXS, filmed in 1997), “Heaven Adores You” (with footage of our session with Elliott Smith, filmed in 1998) and “All I Can Say” (with footage of our session with Blind Melon, filmed in 1993).

 

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In 2018 the team began uploading more and more videos to their fast growing Youtube-channel, showcasing clips from the archive and highlighting new sessions. 

The international appreciation of 2 Meter Sessions has been confirmed by looking at the statistics of the Youtube-channel: only 4,7% of the over 35,000,000 views is from The Netherlands.

2 Meter Sesssions has been streaming official recordings from the archive on digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes and Tidal since 2019. Over 21 hours of audio has already been made available to stream worldwide. 

We  still record 3 to 4 new sessions monthly (in a pandamic free world), with promising and breakthrough acts from all over the world. The recording locations vary from professional recording studios to improvised mobile set-ups at festivals

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FEATURED 2 METER SESSIONS

2 METER SESSION #372

THE CRANBERRIES

The Cranberries were an Irish rock band and rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, which became a commercial success. A month after that release they visited 2 Meter Sessions; their first television performance abroad.

2 METER SESSION #405

BLIND MELON

Blind Melon is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. They are best known for their 1993 hit “No Rain”, and enjoyed critical and commercial success in the early 1990s with their neo-psychedelic take on alternative rock. Blind Melon visited 2 Meter Sessions in 1993.

 

2 METER SESSION #878

FOO FIGHTERS

Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. It was founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Foo Fighters visited 2 Meter Sessions in 1999, making it the second time Dave Grohl recorded a session, eight years after the first one with Nirvana.

2 METER SESSION #903

COLDPLAY

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. They released their first studio album, Parachutes, on 10 July 2000. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. A month earlier, they visited 2 Meter Sessions for a recording, making it their first ever over seas performance.

2 METER SESSION #1690

THE MURDER CAPITAL

The Murder Capital are an Irish post-punk band based in Dublin. On 16 August 2019, The Murder Capital released their debut studio album, When I Have Fears, which was produced by Flood (New Order, u2, Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode) and was met with widespread critical acclaim. A month earlier they visited 2 Meter Sessions for a recording.

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