Niels van der Steenhoven

Session Guitarist

41 Reviews (40 Verified)
Niels van der Steenhoven on SoundBetter

Ready to take your music to the next level? Let me bring my 20 years of experience and killer guitar skills to your next studio session. From high-energy pop and rock to funky grooves and soulful ballads, I've got you covered. Don't settle for anything less than the best - let's make some magic happen!

Hi there! My name is Niels, and I am a seasoned professional guitarist with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. I am a graduate of the prestigious Conservatory of Rotterdam where I studied Rock and Jazz guitar.

Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of touring with many famous Dutch and foreign artists, including the iconic 70's prog rock band FOCUS, Tito Jackson of the Jackson 5, and the talented actor and musician Michiel Huisman known for his roles in Nashville, House on Haunted Hill, and Game of Thrones. Additionally, I have produced a few records, written and produced my own solo records, and written songs for other artists. My work has also been featured in several commercials, movie trailers, and other media.

As a guitarist, I specialize in high-energy pop, rock, and funk guitar, as well as acoustic fingerstyle and strumming. I am also known for my kickass guitar solos, which I can create in the style of famous players like Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Steve Lukather, and more. My melodic approach to playing ensures that your songs will have a unique and memorable sound, with a focus on creating energy and groove that locks in perfectly with your bass and drum parts.

If you're looking for a talented and experienced guitarist who can bring your tracks to life, look no further! Check out my audio compilation!

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41 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jonathan

    This was my first time working with Niels and it was truly a great experience. I'm glad I hired him. Great communication, playing, tone and creativity. Highly recommended.

  2. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Niels is truly one of my favorites here - every project he delivers is simply perfect and song appropriate and elevates the song in amazing ways. Such a nice person and a talent like no other. I keep coming back for many reasons. What a creative and gifted person!

  3. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Niels is always so on point with his ideas and he has the abilities to match - I have given him a real mix of genres and styles and he perfectly matches his approach to each tune so that every song is perfectly enhanced. What a brilliant artist!

  4. Review by daysimonj

    I’ve worked with Niels many times and given many reviews, I think the biggest compliment I can give is that I automatically return without a thought, regardless of style, genre, Niels always delivers. Thanks Niels it’s always a pleasure

  5. Review by Pablo T.

    Niels is great! He did exactly what I was looking for!

  6. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Niels is so talented and creative and always brings the heat to every project. I will simply never tire of his work, and he has greatly enhanced my projects. He comes with my highest recommendation.

  7. Review by Kevin D.

    It's been a pleasure working with Niels. He's an incredible guitar player and has been easy to work with. Just finished my 4th project with him and I'll be back for more.

  8. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Niels continues to delight and surprise each and every time with his ideas, approach, style and abilities. He has elevated every track I have given him to amazing new heights, and I can't imagine anyone else bringing such coolness to the table with such consistency. The man is truly gifted. Hire him and relax.

  9. Review by Simon Day

    I’m always 100 % confident that Niels will know what guitar parts are required you may have fixed ideas or you may want to be surprised, either way Niels is a great musician and he will transform your tracks.
    Response times and communication always excellent

  10. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    I keep coming back to Niels because his results are stellar and song appropriate every time I work with him. Absolutely the best session guitarist you will find!

  11. Review by daysimonj

    Niels is the ultimate professional, he can immerse himself into any track and deliver something that serves the song - I’ve worked with Niels many times in many styles and I’m always amazed by his musicality. Communication is always great and stems are always pristine ready to drop into a project.

  12. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Somehow, Niels exceeds all expectations every time! Truly a gifted artist with the perfect blend of skill, instinct and creativity. If you are wise you will hire this man immediately.

  13. Review by Gabriel D.

    First time working with Niels and it was a great experience.
    He did deliver! very kind and quick turnaround. ;)

  14. Review by Kevin D.

    Niels is an incredible guitar player. He consistently delivers great guitar parts. I'll be coming back for more.

  15. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Every project with Niels is perfection - his approach is always on point and enriches each song in ways I never anticipate. The best!

  16. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Niels is outstanding every time I work with him - he is so good, and his playing so lyrical, that I honestly have no need or desire to work with any other guitarists. Niels is my go-to guy!

  17. Review by Kevin D.

    This is my 2nd project with Niels. Incredible guitar player. He listens to how I would like the guitar parts to go and has delivered better than how I heard it in my head. Looking forward to more projects with him.

  18. Review by Rye C.
    by Rye C.

    Niels provides simply stunningly excellent work. You will not find a better guitarist to work with!

  19. Review by Kevin D.

    This was my first project with Niels and he delivered several great guitar parts. Looking forward to working with him again.

  20. Review by daysimonj

    I can’t recommend Niels highly enough, if you need guitar parts he always delivers, and always serves the song, whether you need powerful, emotional guitar solos, funk rythme work or just tasteful textures. Niels always communicates clearly and is equally at home writing parts or working under
    instruction. Delivery always on time and stems that are ready to drop into any project.

Interview with Niels van der Steenhoven

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I produced an album for Coby Grant (I was Young), that was a great experience. I also toured around the globe with the legendary rockband FOCUS. That was cool!

  3. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  4. A: If I can finish it yesterday ;-) Just kidding, but I try to deliver as soon as possible. Usually within two days.

  5. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  6. A: A lot of people think that I only like to play solo stuff but I love to be a sideman and play a simple but good guitar part.

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: What they want to express with the music, and for what purpose the music is. Also which feeling/emotion they want me to put into the track.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: A strat, a good overdrive, delay and reverb pedal and an amp. Thats all you need.

  11. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  12. A: Always check your part in the mix to hear if the sound blends with the other instruments and also check it solo with all the other guitar parts. They have to work together and not against each-other.

  13. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  14. A: A new solo album with instrumental guitar songs.

  15. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  16. A: There are all kinds of great artists on Soundbetter. It really depends on what your looking for.

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Both, its 2020! c'mon...

  19. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  20. A: To make them happy and deliver killer sounding tracks.

  21. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  22. A: Every day is different and every piece of music is different. Its never a dull moment.

  23. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  24. A: Always check if the sound and style of the player fits your music, no matter how good he is.

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: I started in 1995 and never looked back. Only guitar playing and music for a living since then.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Melodic and groovy. I can play loud but also soft.

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: John Mayer because he writes interesting guitar parts and songs and has a killer band.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: From pop to funk/fusion and from rock to acoustic singer/songwriter stuff. I'm also really into old blues and americana music.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My timing and sound.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: A lot of character, groove and vibe. I also like to add catchy hook lines.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I first listen to the demo and then contact the client to discus the general approach and his vision. Then I start working and record every part I have in mind. When everything is recorded I send a rough mix to the client. After he/she listened to it we decide if I have to add something else or maybe replace a track for a different take.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have an iMac based setup with Logic Pro X as my main DAW. I use a Universal Audio Apollo as a sound card. I have great onboard plugins like Neve and API preamps. I use a Kemper amp, Fractal audio Axe FX3 and Line6 Helix when I go direct. I also use my good old tube amps. I have a Meyer handwired amp, a Mesa Boogie and a Diezel amp. I use mics and a Suhr reactive load box. For acoustic guitar I use a trusty D-18 with a Neumann KM184 mic.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: As a solo rock guitarist I'm inspired by guys like Satriani, Vai, Lukather, Oz Noy, Guthrie Govan, Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and Michael Landau. As a sideman I'm inspired by guys like Blake Mills, John Mayer, The Edge, Coldplay, The 1975 and Tom Bukovac.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I play mainly electric and acoustic guitarparts in various styles. From funk to rock and pop to jazz/fusion. I do a lot of commercials, trailers, synch tracks, demos, singles and album productions. Sometimes I play just a better version of what's already on the demo, but most of the time I can add my own vision to it. It's always a collaboration between me and the artist/producer/songwriter so we'll discuss a lot about the best approach for the song.

Niels instrumental compilation

I was the guitarist, composer and producer in this production

Terms Of Service

I will deliver guitar tracks within 5 business days unless we discuss otherwise. One revision free of charge.

GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Lukather
  • Cory Wong
  • John Mayer
Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio
  • Fractal Audio
  • Kemper Profiler
  • Line6 Helix
  • Meyer handwired Fender Deluxe
  • Mesa Boogie
  • Diezel VH4
  • Martin D-18
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Gibson ES-335
  • Strymon
  • Eventide
  • Neumann
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  • New to this platform!Nov 04, 2020

    Hi guys, I just posted my profile up here! Looking forward to working via SoundBetter. Let me know if I can help you with your music. I'd love to supply you with cool sounding guitar tracks ;-) 

    Cheers, Niels