Dieter van der Westen is a Dutch songwriter who makes intriguing, acoustic Americana songs, with a dollop of musical influences from across the world.
He recently released Old oak tree, a ten track album with personal and partly autobiographical lyrics. It has received rave reviews from critics and DJs such as Stan Rijven (Trouw) and Jan Donders (VPRO). On the album, Dieter is accompanied by double bass, percussion, guitar, banjo and dobro.
Inspired by ‘world’ and Americana artists, Dieter started to write and record his own material about ten years ago. His debut album Save my memories (2008) was played by Dutch national radio, local radio stations and used in various documentaries. With a strong preference towards acoustic instrumental accompaniment, Dieter’s musical style is marked by simple melodies, symbolic and partly autobiographical lyrics.
Besides his solo career, Dieter is one of the driving forces behind the North African group Kasba, with which he is internationally active in Europe, Africa and South America. On top of this, Kasba had two #1 hits in the North African charts. Back at home, Dieter worked together with famous artists such as Thé Lau, Blof, Paul de Leeuw, Frank Boeijen, Ali B, Eric Vloeimans, Gerard van Maasakkers, Astrid Nijgh and the Grammy award winning Metropole Orkest.