‘A Close Encounter With’ is an initiative of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and KONINGS & KEUNE.

During the event, guests get insights in the process of songwriting. The songwriters share their stories on how they start out with specific songs, where their inspiration came from, and how this is reflected in the song. Besides telling the audience the background stories to their amazing songs, the artist performs an acoustic version of them.

Overall, ‘A Close Encounter With’ is an intimate gathering of creatives, who get a glimpse inside the creative process of the artist/producer and their specific songs.

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Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world’s leading music publisher. Together with EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV represents more than 4 million songs. Including many of the best known songs ever written like “New York, New York”, “Hallelujah”, “All You Need Is Love” and ‘’Somewhere Over The Rainbow’’.

In addition, Sony/ATV represents the songs of legendary artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Queen, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Angus & Julia Stone, Xavier Rudd and Rhodes among others. In Holland and Belgium Sony/ATV represents Kovacs, Oscar Holleman, Tearce Kizzo, Golden Earring, Gregor Salto, The Magician, R3hab, K’s Choice, Ravvel, Kirsten Michel, Benno de Goeij and many other talents.

Sony/ATV offers brands, agencies, music supervisors and film companies advise, search and licensing services regarding the use of music – both hit songs and new work by young and emerging artists and songwriters – in campaigns, commercials and films.



KONINGS & KEUNE creates effective and influential concepts, events and video productions for brands such as Vodafone, Harper’s Bazaar, Travelbird, Keune Haircosmetics and Dance4life.

The building in which KONINGS & KEUNE is located is a historical old canal house (at Herengracht 320s, Amsterdam). The location is a perfect fit for intimate events, and has been used during Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 by brands such as Pioneer, Open House and ADE Music Talks. It also has welcomed internationally known guests like Duncan Stutterheim, Black Coffee, Giorgio Moroder, Danny Tenaglia, and many more. The Herengracht is the location where ‘A Close Encounter With’ will take place.