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LOCKDOWN SIEBEN coming to an end? ;)

48 weeks, 13 albums, 50 concerts, 82 videos, 122 songs, and an immeasurable pleasure to have made LOCKDOWN SIEBEN for you all.

Friday 2nd April is concert 50, VOLUME 10 Night, and the final concert of LS.

But as always, I aim to give no less than all, so there may be a little extra. And seems a shame to not ‘see the year out’? ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Boxset is coming!” says Kev, menacingly ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m hoping that I’ll have it up on the site in the next week or so.

See you Friday!

Matt – March 2021

Lockdown Sieben building to a climax!

Hi all ๐Ÿ™‚ Next week is Volume 9 Night- as you know, the album releases on Bandcamp in the morning, and I play it live for you online on Facebook in the evening ๐Ÿ˜€ (remember you don’t need to be on fb, or log in, to watch- and I add them to youtube the day after, too) After that, I’m aiming to bring LS to its climax! Next week’s show will be songs from Forbid The Sun’s Escape, and The Lion & the Hook albums played live (and updated!) for you. Obviously, the night will called Forbid The Hook’s Escape Helpline ๐Ÿ˜‰

Volume 10 will happen on the 2nd of April, 11 months after I started online, thanks to all your lovelinesses ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a glorious Sieben-Boot-Camp workout for me, throughout! I’ve always aimed to push and develop what I do, concert by concert, certainly album by album – but this has been under the microscope of your wonderful gaze, and you’ll have seen the new Sieben sound developing before your eyes more recently live. I feel set up nicely for writing the next Sieben. And it’s nicely the other way round to usual, for me, too: Normally, I’d have the content and ideas and go searching a new sound. Bootcamp training has set me up with a whole new wealth of sounds and sound sources, and new grooves I want to explore with new Sieben music. I can feel a whole new skin shedding. LS has enabled me to meld Pastoral Howden with Angry Howden, now it’s time to push on to Future Howden? That’s my plan, at least – to try and channel this into the last concerts of LS so that there’s still a (hopefully) very special climax to it all ๐Ÿ™‚

This Wednesday, 3rd of March, Kev and I make our DJ debut, at 16.32UK time, here: https://beachyheadradio.com/listen/ย 

After that I’ll wrangle it on to my Mixcloud ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I guess some of my song choices may surprise you ๐Ÿ˜‰

The box set is being manufactured. I’ll keep you all updated about its release. Shouldn’t be long, now. I still have Lockdown The Covers and 2020 VISION CDs to sell to break even, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Keep well, all!

Matt – Feb 2021

Winter Solstice Special Live Album

My Winter Solstice Special Live (digital) Album is now on sale exclusively from my Bandcamp ๐Ÿ™‚ You can watch the concert in its entirety on my Youtube Channel.

Must admit there was an extra tension in the air ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not least because I was conscious that my weekly fun moments of ‘nope, no sodding clue how that bit goes’ wouldn’t translate too well to a full-blown two-hour culmination of a year’s work’ album. It’s pretty ‘chunky’ anyway, and Kev caps it off with his own hymn. Then there are a couple of virtual encores. Plus, all the usual inane and bizarre chat, without all the dim pauses and bending down to tweak the looper ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Thanks all, for your immense support throughout LOCKDOWN SIEBEN.

I’m straight back on it in the New Year, with Concert 38 – Hello Mellow 21? Friday at 8 on my Sieben Facebook LIVE page, each week until you’ve had enough, or we’re allowed to do it in real-life again ๐Ÿ˜‰

Matt – 22nd Dec 2020

2020 IN BRIEF…

2020 IN BRIEF: Album release planned, festivals, tour dates booked. Covid cometh. ALL GONE. Teach online, work out broadcasting.First gig online. Scramble to master the sound, struggle to operate cameras, lights. Rehearse, record, learn songs, teach, sleep, repeat weekly. DIY. Lovely Church of Sieben est.2020. 36 gigs in a row. Build each week to Friday. Papier Mache something. Often a moon, sometime a Big Kev. ‘Record some songs’ becomes ’10 CD retrospective career so far re-write Boxset’. 2020 VISION releases digitally, then CD, vinyl. Cat T shirts. Kev, George, Amber, Big Kev, Not So Big Kev, Mel, The Upstairs Hoover, The Old One, Stand, and Jonaton Monotron form ensemble. Sieben covers album. Sieben all-covers gig. 14 Sieben albums performed live in concert. 67 LS videos made – Lockdown a strange beast! Live Solstice album culmination. LS 2020 ENDS… (except two videos which release 24.12 and 25.12 ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Expect the Grateful Dead (Gruntled Dead?) version of Sieben with concert 37 tomorrow night, as I indulge in a two-hour special and bask in the reflection of The Ginger One’s glory. Culminates with a virtual ‘Who’s Been Digging In The Garden, George?’ and a hymn that Kev’s written for us all as a message of hope for 2021 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I finish off the year with this live album concert, Winter Solstice Special, and as always try to top the previous show. This time more so than ever ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful journey, the fantastic travels we’ve had whilst at home in socks; for the mental and physical exercise-wheel of joy that has been LOCKDOWN SIEBEN 2020 for me ๐Ÿ˜€ A chance for me to really develop what I do, push myself, in ideal conditions. With a Kev. With you. With a new there-and-then approach. Re-connected me with my old material, integrated it all with a new sound. The ultimate As They Should Sound for me, with the better half of my back catalogue. With one major exception: No wasteful pursuit of over-cooking, over-working the mixtures making studio albums. It’s taught me a new, simpler more effective way: Pick up Kev, do it live, pedals ready to go, knowing there’s an eager audience, and as always having a real desire to expand the music I make and keep it fresh has driven me like never before. Despite Lockdown’s many downsides this has been an absolute joy, a labour of love for me to undertake, and to offer out to you. Truly a real blessing for an independent artist to have an outlet, a lovely audience that cares, and brings so much to the live concerts, and the LOCKDOWN SIEBEN Facebook group, its interactions, its friendships formed.

More to come in 2021, of course. I’ve still got to get to 100 videos, Volumes 8, 9 and 10 need doing, other albums need their own night. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see it through to a one-year cycle. I’m guessing you won’t be that surprised, either ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you all so, so much.

Matt Howden 19 Dec 2020

Lockdown the Covers album

Guess what I found, digging in the garden this morning? My new Lockdown the Covers album! Now in my shop. In fact, ONLY in my shop. I bought a license to use other people’s songs for this CD. So it won’t be available digitally, or any other format. Just 750 of these mildly bad boys ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve also done an ‘offer‘ whereby if you buy this and 2020 VISION CD, you get them a little cheaper.

Guaranteed NOT to get to you before Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This album launches on Friday, with the online live show, concert 35, Don’t mention The ‘C’ Word.

The halfway point of LOCKDOWN SIEBEN

Well, it’s five months since what started as ‘make a little video of a couple of songs’ turned into a project that aims to make 100 videos (55 so far), 10 albums reworking the best of my back catalogue (Volume 6 release this Friday, with the concert in the evening), re-learn 105 songs (92 so far), and make 105 index cards!

Friday sees the release of Volume 6, and just over the halfway point, I guess. I made a video of what’s happened so far:

It’s been amazing, demanding, and intense throughout, made brilliant by your support and enthusiasm. Despite 2020 absolutely falling apart at the start of the year, for all of us, this really has sustained me, and been an island of sanity. An odd but fitting way to celebrate the 20th year of doing my Sieben project. A weird and wonderful unification of my work past and present has taken place, in part led my the army that is Kev, (my kevlar 5 string violin) but for the most part, by you ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward immensely to another five months of giving it my best to entertain you and amuse you. And give you a little island of sanity, too, hopefully.

Matt Howden- Sept 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll add it to my gig list after the weekend.

Hope to see you on a Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Matt

 

The LOCKDOWN SIEBEN SERIES

Hi all ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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/ย  ย  –ย  ย  ย  OR GO TO ‘LIVE’ TAB ON SIEBEN PAGE; if you click ‘interested’ on the virtual flyer it should pop up with a reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

8pm (GMT) for the UKย  ย –ย  ย 9PM CET for Europeย  ย –ย  ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Wanted to let you here know first about this album.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN – VOLUME 1

The track list for the album is as follows:

The Sunย  –ย  Enzosonbenzosย  –ย  Virgin In The Greenย  –ย  Sleep, Clara Bowย  –ย  A Firebug Natureย  –ย  Coldbloodsย  –ย  Black Moon, Rise Againย  –ย  Ogham The Bloodย  –ย  Kickstart The Empire!

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

* Download for free if you like or need ๐Ÿ™‚
* 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Been enjoying doing these, learning some broadcast skills, and hopefully lightening people’s lockdown a little ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who knows, I may even play an online concert that day, too…

Keep well, all,

Matt – May 2020

 

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