Seven Eleven was founded in 1987 by former bandmembers of the Savannah Fun Brigade. The first Seven Eleven recordings ‘Get the funk outta here’ and ‘Funk Instruction’ were released on cd in 1989.
In 1990 the band teamed up with Dope Posse, a hiphop crew from the southern part of The Netherlands, and merged rappers and a funkband live on stage. A few years later the group refined their funk formula with a horn section.
After winning the Camelpop award in 1993 Seven Eleven recorded their debut-album ‘The Come Out’ in Studio Le Roy in Amsterdam with New York guitarist and producer Menace (Madonna, Bill Laswell, P-Funk). Menace also joined Seven Eleven on stage. ‘The Come Out’ was released in 1996 and received outstanding acclaims in the media but no mayor record-label was interested in signing the band.
In 1999 Seven Eleven played at the Uncut Funk Festival in Paris and at the first Funk to the Max party in the Melkweg in Amsterdam. In that year the band started their own recordcompany. The single ‘Unfunky B.I.T.C.H. / Say P-Funk’ (1999) was the first release of Seven Eleven Records. ‘Get ‘m down!’ (2000) was the first album-release on the label.
Throughout the years the band’s energetic live reputation grew rapidly and soon they appeared on stages and festivals in Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy and Lithuania. In 2001, 2002 and 2004 Seven Eleven played at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Seven Eleven’s best known album so far is ‘Hot ‘n’ funky’ (2003) and features rapper Brainpower and trombonist Fred Wesley as special guests. The record was released in Europe and the USA. A few years later a hot live recording of Seven Eleven’s concert at La Fête de l’Humanité 2004 was released on cd in 2006, titled ‘Live in Paris’.
This decade Seven Eleven played and recorded with funk-related artists such as Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament), Mudbone Cooper (Parliament, Bootsy’s Rubber Band), Dawn Silva (Sly Stone, Parliament/Funkadelic, Brides of Funkenstein), Jeanette Washington (Parliament/Funkadelic, Parlet), Mike ‘Moon’ Rueben (Bernie Worrell and the WOO Warriors) and Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson).
In 2012 Seven Eleven celebrated their 25th anniversary with the anthology ’25 years and still funkin”. A jubilee-tour followed in 2013 with concerts in The Netherlands, Belgium and France.
A new studio-album 'Back to the source' is produced by Rob Manzoli (Right Said Fred) and is expected to be released in the autumn of 2014.