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 DMA’S (2020).
The new American music channel The Coda Collection, from streaming service Amazon Prime Video, has approached the music show ‘2 Meter Sessions’ to broadcast several recordings from its archive. Last Wednesday, the 1997 session with popular American rock band Counting Crows premiered on the channel. The Coda Collection wrote a warm recommendation about the session: “Originally filmed for the Dutch program “2 Meter Sessies” — it’s like Holland’s answer to “Austin City Limits” — the show’s careful and intimate staging is ideal for this introspective and nuanced ensemble.”
The Coda Collection is a multimedia company founded by a team of legendary musicians, music industry veterans, and entrepreneurs that enables fans to see the most iconic moments and artists in music with a new perspective. Major music and media companies are involved, such as Sony Music Entertainment, Yoko Ono & the Estate of John Lennon, Warner Music’s Rhino Entertainment, Concord Music, and Mercury Studios (Universal Music Group). This way The Coda Collection can offer the exclusive video content of musicians like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul Simon, and Jimi Hendrix. Recently, the channel premiered a film on John Lennon (“24 Hours: The World Of John & Yoko”) and the Dave Grohl documentary “What Drives Us”. The Coda Collection was launched on February 18 in the U.S.A. and will be expanded into additional territories shortly.
After seeing some footage from the archive, The Coda Collection approached 2 Meter Sessions to cooperate. With the show’s intimate way of filming and exclusive footage of well-known bands from all over the world, the archive proved to be an added value to the channel. To be more recognizable outside of The Netherlands, The Coda Collection created the name “Amsterdam Sessions”.
2 Meter Sessions was founded 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. In 1993, the show made a successful transition from radio to television, quickly becoming a nationwide phenomenon. Nearly one million CDs were sold in the Netherlands.
The archive holds over 1800 sessions. Various well-known acts have visited the show: James Taylor, Elliott Smith, David Crosby, Damien Jurado, Ben Howard, Josh Ritter, Radiohead, Nirvana, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters. Archive footage can regularly be seen in (theatrical) documentary movies, like “Mystify: Michael Hutchence” (with footage of the INXS session, filmed in 1997), “Heaven Adores You” (Elliott Smith, 998), and “All I Can Say” (Blind Melon, 1993). 2 Meter Sessions is still active, filming sessions with artists from all over the world.
2 Meter Sessions is represented in the United States by David Peck of Reelin’ In The Years Productions, the world’s largest archive of music footage. Peck is enthusiastic about The Coda Collection: “Since DVD is, for all intents and purposes, now a dead market, this platform allows us to share our unique content with the music-loving public in a fair and equitable way—a way which not only benefits my company and clients but which will revolutionize the way music video is consumed.”
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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.
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).
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 20,000,000 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
FEATURED 2 METER SESSIONS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.