He’s one of the most talented artists in Amsterdam with a stricktly original repertoire. Ivan Waters’ songs are hidden gems without exception, and have the potential to one day be classics in their own right. The Sidney born singer-songwriter grew up in a very musical family. At home, there would be lots of jamming and music was an important part of his upbringing. The music he makes nowadays reflects this, and the ispirational figures he listened to at a young age. Icons and innovators of his parents’ generation have all left their mark on his style. The influence of artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Cat Stevens en Pink Floyd was - and still is - great, but the soul singers of the seventies were also of major importance. The timeless character of Ivan’s songs has to do with his lack of interest for the popstars of today. He doesn’t let his music be influenced by trends, hypes or anything fashionable. Rather, he finds inspiration in the many talented musicians around him. And that is exactly what he has on the agenda right now. By the end of this year, Ivan will record his third studioalbum. After releasing Buy Your Time and Fractions some years ago, this will be the first lp he’ll record with his full band. The record will feature work from the last four years in Amsterdam. He doesn’t expect mainstream success, because of his fierce anti-establishment views, but that doesn’t worry him in the least. The joy he gets from playing his own music without compromise, with fellow musicians he respects, is its own reward.