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Lockdown All-go!

In this week’s compact-as-I-can-possibly-be news, I have t shirts:


Fabulous designs by Martin Bedford.

2 designs (Kev or LS), 3 styles (Male, Female, Female V neck) 4 colour choices (black, dark heather, navy blue, red).

I’ll be ordering them soon, so order one while you can!

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 3 is now released, and on my Bandcamp, along with VOLUMES 1 and 2. they are all ‘pay what you like’. There will be A TEN CD BOXSET, with 8 volumes each with nine songs, as per the concert sets, and a double extended loopy Sieben Summer or Winter Solstice set over the last two disks.

 

I’m online each Friday at 8pm. And loving the vibe, and the fact that all the ‘pockets’ of my existence can finally all come together and meet – brilliantly lovely πŸ˜€ This Friday will be a short and (not so) sweet 45 minutes for Blackpool Music Festival, raising money and doing great work for the homeless. It’s free to watch, of course, and I’ll be posting the link when I have it πŸ™‚ And I’m delighted to be on the same bill as Wonk Unit who I’ve seen many times and love to bits!

On Saturday I will be doing a private concert for the wondrous folk of Celebrata Hindrheimr in Norway. I was live in person there last year, and had a lot of fun, so very happy to be beaming through the airwaves to them this year. I will save the video from this and add it to my Youtube, where all things LOCKDOWN SIEBENΒ  go to rest πŸ˜‰

Thanks all, for the lovely concerts and vibes, the merch orders and indeed the merch ideas. For the support, and for caring. It’s very much appreciated πŸ™‚

Matt – June 2020

2020 VISION releases 1st May

So 2020 Vision releases 1st May 2020 – With the current CV situation, I just couldn’t wait. An unfortunate knock-on of ‘no concerts to pay for physical product manufacture’ for this album, so currently its a digital release only. I’d like to do CDs, and possibly limited edition clear vinyl, but am unsure if this will be possible. If I do, and you’ve bought the digital I can work out some discount scheme if it’s the physical product you really wanted. Also, on release, 2020 VISION is free for anyone that can’t afford it. Would be great if you can, because then I may be able to do CDs etc, but if you can’t, just email me and I’ll send you a free download code for the album πŸ™‚ I’d honestly rather you have the music than I have your money- things are tough currently, for so many of us, and if my music can spread a little upbeat apocalyptic joy, or at least distraction, then so be it πŸ™‚

Here’s Enzosonbenzos, from 2020 VISION:

You can now PRE-ORDER 2020 VISION FROM MY BANDCAMPΒ should you wish to.

Keep well, all – and see you on the other side πŸ™‚

Matt – April 2020

 

You wait patiently for one apocalypse, then two come along at once…

Unprecedented times. With that in mind, and all my European dates wiped off the map for the next few months and with who knows what disruption later in the year, I’ve had to change some plans.

Having just finished the new Sieben album 2020 VISION, I’d planned to sit back for a bit, send it off to manufacture, get CD copies back, send them to press, all in time for European dates and tour with a September release. With things they way they are, I’ve decided to push the album release forward to May 1st. No point it being upstaged by an actual apocalypse, I guess.

I’m planning on adding it to my Bandcamp, and then Spotify, iTunes etc if I can make the deadline. Some videos are in commission already.

I know this is of little consequence with what’s going on in the world currently, but to me its my livelihood and sanity! So, I will carry on. With us all possibly in self-isolation for the foreseeable future, I thought I’d add the album as “pay what you like” – so if you have no money you can still have the full album. (*NOTE: I tried this, but it wouldn’t let me do this with pre-orders, so will be offering free download codes to those with no money – simply email me if that’s any of you πŸ™‚ ) And I have you as a captive audience! Had planned to do CDs, but for now this will have to suffice. Without the gigs I have no money to make the CDs

Keep well out (in) there, and see you on the other side. My ray of hope is that many people may question the nature of the modern way of living our lives, the rat race, the pace, the “endless more” of the society we inhabit. Or they may talk about loo roll. Either way, I’m going to try and add some content online when I can, in an effort to keep people’s spirits up. 2020 VISION may be my most apocalyptic work, but its upbeat and chirpy, irreverent and bouncy – we’re not counting the lyrics, here, right? πŸ˜‰

Keep well and be nice,

Matt – March 2020

2020 Vision

Happy New Year, all! And congratulations on making it to a date that’s straight from a Dystopian sci-fi novel. Not unlike the current world we find ourselves in. To that end, I’m working on my next Sieben album. It’ll be called 2020 Vision, so I’d better get on and finish it ready for release in 2020. September is the plan, along with a Live DVD that I’ll be recording somewhere intimate in my hometown of Sheffield. Never released a live DVD before, and as 2020 sees 20 years of me doing Sieben, it seemed somehow appropriate. The DVD recording may possibly be 2 concerts on consecutive nights, with a small audience in somewhere special. More details when I’ve got something concrete to tell.

I’m excited to have a lot of gigs booked already for 2020, including a tour support for Goethes Erben on their German tour. Lovely of them to ask me along πŸ™‚ I’ll also be playing other concerts in Germany, so around 12 booked already. And Slovakia for the first time, as well as Portugal, Austria and France once again. Those that are confirmed are already on my concerts page.

2020 Vision will be on CD, woodcut, and possibly vinyl. Collectors editions may include specs through which you can see the apocalypse. Simply pop them on and look around, there are no lenses in them. And that’s kind of the vibe of the album, really πŸ˜‰

Really looking forward to getting out there on the road, armed with Kev the Kevlar violin, and showing you my new sounds. Wishing you all a lovely 2020, and hope to catch up with you at some point in the year πŸ™‚

Matt – Jan 2020

 

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