21 days, three weeks of live music non-stop.
Not only does that sound intense- it is intense!
But that's the beauty of hosting this countdown, it's challenging and it's pretty unique.
It's a party for music lovers and that's pretty damn cool!
What is #HITSBC16?
HITSBC16 stands for house in the sand's Birthday Countdown 2016.
Throughout the entire month of February, we will be celebrating this website's fourth birthday.
One artist/band a day is going to wish us a happy birthday and then perform a song exclusively for this sweet occasion.
Who is performing today?
He is a musician based in Berlin, Germany.
As a guitarist the variety of genres he plays is incredibly wide - from touring with Americana singer/songwriter Erik Penny to touring and recording with indie folk-rock artist Jim Kroft - Ben does it all.
His own sound blends an impressive amount of genres; from soft and calm acoustic tunes, to folky rhythms to souly jazz songs with sprinkles of rock and r'n'b.
Originally being from London, England, a lot of his songs tell stories about the little things at home: walking through the dark streets on the way back from the pub or using the London underground to see the person you love.
What is special about this video?
It's the first and only on stage performance on this countdown.
We love live audiences and the atmosphere at a gig, so shooting one video at a gig only made sense.
Ben always performs at that time unreleased songs for HITS and this one is no exception.
So here are Ben Barritt and his band perfoming "Counting Every Minute" for our birthday!
Where can we find Ben Barritt online?
Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram
Who do we need to thank?
house in the sand's good friend Ben Barritt who's always up for whatever we come up with.
It's always a really creative process to work with him and I really enjoy that.
What can we do now?
If you've enjoyed this article, please help us reach more people by sharing it along with the hashtag #HITSBC16.
Everybody who uses the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram has the chance to win something lovely once the countdown is over.
Credits // Text & Video (camera): Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Jim Kroft | Video (performance): Ben Barritt & band | Video intro (audio): Martin Kelly | Video intro (visual): Vanessa Jertschewske