I remember when I first got the rough idea of starting this countdown,
I thought I wouldn't be able to find enough acts to take part in it - but I did.
And after the first year of hosting this event, I knew it was going to be a returning project.
And I am so glad that it now is something we can look forward to each year.
We're not even done with this year's countdown and I already can't wait for next year.
Guess that's a good sign, right?
Alright, let's check out day 20!
What is #HITSBC17?
HITSBC17 stands for house in the sand's Birthday Countdown 2017.
Throughout the entire month of February, we are going to celebrate house in the sand's fifth birthday.
(Because why celebrate on one day, if you can celebrate for an entire month, right?)
With the support from some of the finest artists and bands around, each day in February will be filled with an exclusive performance just for us.
Who is performing today?
He is a singer/songwriter from London, UK.
He's been around since 2006 and is going stronger than ever.
Influenced by the legends such as The Beatles, The Kinks and Ryan Adams; Mark's sound is a mixture of folk and indie-pop.
You can catch Mark playing his way through London and the rest of the UK pretty much all the time.
With three EPs and one album out, he's got enough material to showcase his musical variety.
He's not planning on stopping any time soon and has a special project going on at the moment.
He has set himself the goal to release one new single every month throughout 2017.
That being quite a challenge on its own, the musician has gone even further and has decided to change up his writing process.
Instead of starting every song on a guitar and taking it from there, Mark has challenged himself to write on different instruments, approaching every song in a different way.
What needs to be said about this performance?
It's a new song! You know we love a premiere over here on HITS, so getting a first listen to one of our favourite acts, is a perfect birthday present - especially when it's as beautiful as this one!
You're in for a treat!
Ladies and lads, check out Mark's performance of his new song "Dying To Stay Alive".
Where can we find Mark Mathews online?
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram
Who deserves a thank you?
Our wonderful friend Mark deserves a huge thank you. For recording the video, celebrating with us for years in a row and for all the cheerfulness throughout the year.
You better be around the next time I'm in London!
What can we do now?
If you enjoyed this video and post, please help us reach more people.
Share it online along with the hashtag #HITSBC17.
We would love to hear what you think, so please feel free to comment.
And that's that for day 20. I cannot believe how quickly this month is passing by.
Thanks so much for spending your time with us!
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Thank you for your visit!
Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Mark Mathews | Video: Mark Mathews for house in the sand