The worlds of art and music collide once again with Secret 7” returning for its fifth year, supported as it has been from the start by Universal Music. Now’s your chance to design artwork for John Lennon, Etta James, Max Richter, The Jam, Tame Impala and Jack Garratt.
After another successful year in 2014, with over 22,000 people attending the exhibition, Secret 7” has become an important part of the art and music calendars.
The submission process for the project opens today and creatives from around the world will be able to choose from seven heavy hitting tracks to design for.
Often cited as one of the most popular and influential songs of all time, Imagine by John Lennon is one of the project’s three classic tracks.
It’s joined by the often covered but rarely replicated, At Last by the legendary Etta James, as well as the single that was never a single, the aptly titled Art School by The Jam.
Brits Critics Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 winner Jack Garrett and Scottish electro trio Chvrches both lend new tracks from albums set for release later this year.
Following a year of critical acclaim, the effortlessly cool but musically opposite pair of Tame Impala and Max Richter round off the line-up for Secret 7” 2016
The full list of singles is below:
John Lennon – Imagine
Etta James – At Last
Max Richter – Dream 3
The Jam – Art School
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
Chvrches – Clearest Blue
Jack Garratt – Worry
As the project enters its fifth year, the Secret 7” concept remains simple: 100 copies each of the 7 tracks are pressed to vinyl before a global collective of creatives are invited to create unique sleeve artwork for each record. The best sleeves will go on public display through April.
Secret 7" 2016 - Cover Our Tracks
INTRODUCING OUR TRACKS FOR 2016! CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue Etta James - At Last Jack Garratt - Worry The Jam - Art School John Lennon - Imagine Max Richter - Dream 3 Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better 700 unique sleeves will be exhibited during April at Sonos Studio London, before being sold on 2 May in aid of our 2016 charity partner Amnesty International UK. Discover how you can create a sleeve - www.secret-7.com
Posted by Secret 7'' on Thursday, 7 January 2016
After the public exhibition comes the excitement of the sale, which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday (May 2) this year. Music fans, art connoisseurs and collectors alike are invited to buy the singles for £50 each. The only catch is that the buyer won’t know who the record is by, or who has designed the sleeve until they have parted with their cash. Therein lies the secret…
Those that make the final selection will find themselves in the company of some of the artistic community’s leading lights. Previous sleeve designers include the likes of Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Sir Paul Smith, Ai Weiwei, Gilbert & George, David Shrigley, Jeremy Deller, Jake & Dinos Chapman and D*Face.
Over the past five years, Secret 7” has raised over £130,000 for charity, with singles by artists such as Black Sabbath, Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers, The Cure, Underworld, Elton John, Roxy Music, Peter Gabriel and The Rolling Stones, amongst many others.
This year, the exhibition will be held at Sonos Studio in Shoreditch from April 8 to May 1. This year, all profits raised from the sale will be going to this year’s charity Amnesty International UK.
The submission process for the sleeve design will remain open until March 2 2016. Creatives and designers can submit their artwork either through the Secret 7” website or by picking up a design pack from Sonos Studios and selected record stores.