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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 😀 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 🙂 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 SIEBEN  go to rest 😉

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 🙂

Matt – June 2020

2020 VISION CDs, US TIME SPECIAL concert, Ogham music stands

Hi all, hope life in Lockdown, stuck at home, stuck at home working (me) or god forbid leaving the house and working, is treating you okay!

Some news, then…

2020 VISION CDs have arrived and are now for sale in my shop. If you’d prefer to order from Bandcamp (you get the files too) I’ll be adding it there in a day or so- please feel free to do so, if Bandcamp is more convenient. Also remember you can bank transfer or paypal to me if you don’t like shoddy looking home-made WordPress sites like mine! (I do the best I can!) If you have bought the digital but want the CD, feel free to guilt-free downloading of some LOCKDOWN SIEBEN material as recompense 🙂

I shall be online each Friday EVERY week, it seems, for LOCKDOWN SIEBEN live in concert – with all the gang, Kev, The Upstairs Hoover, Apple, Amber and Ogham Stand. This week Surprise Frenchman pops in for a visit! What will happen next in the ongoing saga at Sieben Towers? Probably a gig, with a touch of added silliness. And the warm and lovely vibe you’re all bringing to these online 🙂 All this stuff is archived regularly on my Youtube channel.

To that end, I’ve started a Facebook group called LOCKDOWN SIEBEN which you are most welcome to come and join, should you wish. It’s lovely to see the pics from your end, chat, get requests, interactions 🙂

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 1 & 2 are now on my Bandcamp, Pay What You Like. I’ve been busy learning things that take my fancy, material old and new, for this- and to vary the live concerts as much as is humanly possible. At the minute I’ve managed to learn, map, and loop 51 Sieben songs and 7 covers. And have 22 older songs yet to re-learn. So LOCKDOWN SIEBEN may well be an eight-album CD boxset when all this is over. I’m just looking into that now.

Thank you all so much for your generosity: of spirit, with your mails, interactions with myself and each other at and around the concerts; and financially, purchasing the albums online or physical, over-paying, simply leaving a tip – it is most appreciated.

Finally, there will be a US TIME SPECIAL concert on Saturday/Sunday 21st June, as well as the normal (ha ha, normal!) Friday concert. For everyone, of course, but to accommodate the different time zone, or those of you who are near me, but are night-birds! It’ll be Sunday, 1am GMT. And all my neighbours will be asleep 😉 I’ll add it to my gig list after the weekend.

Hope to see you on a Friday! 🙂

Matt

 

The LOCKDOWN SIEBEN SERIES

Hi all 🙂 Well, what started as a quick online video of a couple of Sieben songs has swelled slightly!

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN now sees a LIVE ONLINE CONCERT each Friday, 8PM GMT, from Sieben Central (my home studio), and is evolving into something of a soap opera, featuring The Upstairs Hoover, George the cat, Kev, and Amber’s antics. (coming soon- Garden Cam featuring my first remote-but-in-person audience member). Catch it on my SIEBEN Facebook LIVE tab.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VIDEOS can be seen on my VIDEO tab, or on my YOUTUBE channel. There are currently 19 – 14 individual videos of songs, and the five live concerts that have taken place under Lockdown.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUMES 1-7 are now underway; LIVE ALBUMS, with sets matching the live concerts. They’re live and raw, and possibly the best versions of the songs I’ve ever produced. Who’d have thought just plugging in and playing would sound best? Doh. That’s twenty five years and thousands of hours of studio time put to shame in the space of seven weeks. Hey ho, couldn’t have got here without them, though 😉 They’re all initially on my Sieben BANDCAMP, but will go on to iTunes etc shortly. But they’ll always be ‘pay what you like’ on my Bandcamp. So do, even if that’s just downloading it for free. Times are hard in many cases, and my aim is to entertain you, and myself, during lockdown and beyond. This isn’t going away for a while yet, and neither am I 😉 This may eventually go to a 7 CD boxset, as some of you asked for that. Just the small matter of getting 2020 VISION on CD before that, and getting enough sold to make it possible 😉 But your generosity with merch purchases post-concert have been incredibly heart-warming (and useful!), with people using the LS albums as a tip jar, a concert ticket, or paying even more than an album would cost- all most generous, and very much appreciated.

VOLUME 1 IS OUT NOW! VOLUME 2 releases this Friday: https://sieben.bandcamp.com/

So, feel free to download my LS VOLUMES, and I hope to see you at my online concerts on Friday. This week the set is chosen by you- there’s a poll on the fb event page, so feel free to chip and hear the songs you’d most like to hear 🙂

Keep well, all,

Matt – June 2020

 

Friday Sieben, albums like buses

Hello!

Well, it seems Friday Sieben online concerts are now something of a tradition. Didn’t want to bore you all, but am getting lovely mails from yourselves telling me they do mean something to you, and are helping right now. So on it goes… As it’s from a PAGE, you don’t have to have a Facebook account or log in, to watch it.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN – Live Concert 4 – I’ll be performing live from my home this Friday. It’ll be a Facebook Livestream from my SIEBEN PAGE.

https://www.facebook.com/TheMightySieben/live/    –      OR GO TO ‘LIVE’ TAB ON SIEBEN PAGE; if you click ‘interested’ on the virtual flyer it should pop up with a reminder 🙂

8pm (GMT) for the UK   –   9PM CET for Europe   –   3pm (-4UTC) US East Coast

My series of daily videos (Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs) continues on my Youtube channel and I also add the live concerts there. Up to LOCKDOWN SIEBEN #15 now, 3 of those the first 3 online live concerts.

I’m also pleased to announce a brand new release coming out this Friday. I know, it’s like waiting for buses, with some artists 😉 This actually came about from a request (thank you, Jan) to have an album of songs played live, with that new “Kev’ sound that I’ve got. It’s been a bit of a stretch out of my comfort zone in terms of the number of songs I’ve had to re-learn, and it’s tricky when they were written on different loopers, some with very different functions. but I have risen to the task and present you LOCKDOWN SIEBEN Volume 1 – Songs old and new, live looped in Lockdown.  Most are pretty much first-take, and I’m pleased with the warmth I’ve managed to get in the sound, after much tweaking setting up for the online concerts. Sound-wise for a concert it’s the best of both worlds – the studio clarity you can never really get at a live venue. Though lacking the obvious feedback and interaction. Seeing the comment fly by as I’m playing REALLY HELPS, though 🙂 Wanted to let you here know first about this album.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN – VOLUME 1

The track list for the album is as follows:

The Sun  –  Enzosonbenzos  –  Virgin In The Green  –  Sleep, Clara Bow  –  A Firebug Nature  –  Coldbloods  –  Black Moon, Rise Again  –  Ogham The Blood  –  Kickstart The Empire!

This album (Redroom 027) will release on Friday, on my Bandcamp.

* Download for free if you like or need 🙂
* Download and pay a tip or a ticket for my online concert
* Download and buy the album, support the artist – Honestly, do whatever fits you best. I’m doing my best to entertain you (and myself) whilst in Lockdown.

Hope to see you on online Friday for the concert. I will start 2 minutes early, to give you time to settle 🙂

Matt- May 2020

2nd online concert- lock that Sieben down!

Hi all- second online concert streaming from facebook Live tomorrow – you don’t have to have an account with Facebook to watch, as it’s from a PAGE- the Sieben page, naturally 😉

https://www.facebook.com/TheMightySieben/live/ 

I’m posting each concert, and a live recording each day on my Youtube page. Feel free to Subscribe to me there, and share the videos, if you wish. It all helps this relatively unknown artist 🙂 Been enjoying doing these, learning some broadcast skills, and hopefully lightening people’s lockdown a little 🙂

Next Friday sees the launch of Kickstart The Empire and 2020 VISION via iTunes, and 250 other main digital shops. It’ll be on Spotify etc from then, too. But those of you who buy it from my Bandcamp get an extra gift, and personal service 😉 Who knows, I may even play an online concert that day, too…

Keep well, all,

Matt – May 2020

 

Friday’s the day!

Hi all, hope lockdown is treating you all okay. Lots to tell. And Friday really is the day! For me, at least:

2020 VISION releases on Friday, exclusively on my Bandcamp – two weeks before official world-wide digital release, when it’ll be on all major platforms, and Spotify etc. The Bandcamp-first thing gives me a little better share of the sale, so helps to recoup costs of making the album –  but feel free to buy from anywhere. And if you’re on my mailing list and can’t afford the album (for whatever reason) you simply have to send me a mail and I will send you the album for free. I WOULD RATHER YOU HAVE IT THAN NOT 🙂

Also on Friday, I play my first online gig- be sure to tune in 😉 Its on my Sieben page over at that there Facebook Live. Link is here, and you can set a reminder to start watching, should you wish. It’ll be 8pm UK (GMT) time, and 9pm in CET time. I’ll be at home, in my socks and playing and singing live for you.

I’m hoping 2020 VISION will eventually make it to CD, but just can’t afford to pay out for manufacture currently. I had all sorts of physical release plans, including limited edition 2x 10″ clear vinyl copies with leather sleeves…Oh, and on the 15th May, Kickstart the Empire will also release world-wide, so be on all major platforms.

I’ve also started to create a series of videos from home, playing live called LOCKDOWN SIEBEN. You’ll find them on my Youtube channel, and here’s the first test one. You’ll also find the wonderful new video made by Joao Paulo Simoes from Frontier Media, here. So kind of him to make me this fabulous video.

Hopefully see some you on Friday 🙂 keep well, and hope you enjoy my LOCKDOWN SIEBEN sessions. I’m planning to do quite a few online gigs now I’ve sorted a good sound, so look out for them on Youtube. Or email me and request one, I’ll beam into your house and come and play for you. You have to buy my new album, though 😉

Matt

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