Taking a cue from heroes such as Ben Howard, John Butler, John Smith and the Tallest Man On Earth and a profound love for ancient myths and stories about lost times come together in the distinct sound of Aidan & the Wild's music.


Aidan, a.k.a. Diederik van den Brandt, takes his listeners away on a musical journey through his interpretation of folk and americana music. Spending most of his days practicing his instruments results in a singer-songwriter who clearly knows his way around the guitar. Open-tuning finger picking alternated with slide and percussive style techniques produce a saturated and captivating sound. The big blueprint of his songwriting is folk music, but within the spectrum all corners are explored. From groovy americana and uplifting songs about Jesus to enchanting melodies that transport the listener to another world, from personal stories about love to epic works about myths and dragons. Combined with his raw and honest voice and occasional foot percussion he delivers a one-man show that keeps captivating every second along the way as well as an energetic and enchanting performance backed up by his band.

Picture by Patrick Spruytenburg, live at the Effenaar

23 years of age and more than 300 shows in the past both as a solo artist and accompanied by his band prove that Aidan & the Wild is no longer a "new kid in town". Some of his career highlights include a support tour for Dan Owen, playing the acclaimed Naked Song festival twice, touring through Germany and France, aftershows for Douwe Bob and Mister and Mississippi and shows in various Dutch pop venues including the Effenaar, PAARD, Luxor Live and Bitterzoet. In 2015 he was selected to join the Proud of the South project and in 2017 he released his first EP "Iliad", of which the song "Up From The Ashes" ended up to be released on Los Angeles based label Vinyl Moon. In 2018 he made it to the quarter finals of the Grote Prijs van Nederland. He is currently working on a self-produced second EP.


"That Aidan is one of the most talented singer-songwriters from the Eindhoven region may be clear by now" 

(transl.) 3voor12, 2015


"Aidan sings his personal lyrics with a lot of passion, which makes his music extra credible." (transl.)

3voor12 Eindhoven on Naked Song Festival, 2017 


"Diederik van den Brandt plays with perfect acoustic guitar technique and great emotion..." (transl.)

Roadtrack on Naked Song Festival, 2017


"Iliad is such a nice record to dream away with" (transl.)

Eindhoven Rockcity on Iliad, 2017


"A strong debut by a band with a distinct sound" (transl.)

Blues Magazine on "Iliad", 2017


"The unique beat, with that click, makes my soul do a little backflip each time it strikes."

Indieshuffle on Up From the Ashes, 2017


"A fun little folk tune that makes me want to simultaneously tap my feet uncontrollably, square dance with a loved one, and sit with friends by a fire trading funny stories. Simple and understated, the track is truly pleasant and wistfully nostalgic to listen to again and again."

The Burning Ear on single Going Home, 2018


"...sounds magical and with a rare combination of folk and rock that always feels familiar and welcoming."

Where The Music Meets on single Good Enough, 2018