...it's one of the best things I've heard in a while. It's how tempered the release is, the restraint, it gets me every time. - The 405
Participant is Stephen Tiernan, a songwriter and producer from Dublin, Ireland. At its core Participant is fragile and emotionally direct songwriting, wrapped within a sonic armour of layered samples and textures. Emerging in winter 2014 with his debut, 'Bit Slow', Tiernan has become known for his considered recordings, stunning music videos, and experimental live performances.
'Content', his second EP, was mixed by Ber Quinn (Villagers, John Grant) and released in November 2015. Lead track 'A Change' premiered on The 405 as single of the week, with the EP receiving rave reviews from Hotpress Magazine, The Last Mixed Tape, State.ie, Goldenplec, and coverage in The Irish Times as Nialler9's New Artist of the Week. 'Content' was followed by stand-alone single 'Leave Me Here' in April and a headline show at Dublin’s Workman's Club.
Since the release, Tiernan has played support for international acts such as Alice Phoebe Lou, The Drink, Lambert and performed at festivals including Another Love Story, Body & Soul, Castlepalooza, and Hard Working Class Heroes.
Tiernan has just released his second collaboration with award-winning video director Bob Gallagher (Girl Band, Soak, Saint Sister) whilst also planning the release of a limited edition cassette. Entitled 'Sampler' and due in March, Side A is a compilation of his singles to date and a brand new song entitled “Next Year”. Side B contains a sample library featuring some of the sounds, oddities, and noises from Tiernan’s personal collection.
...showing off an atmospheric indie style that is anchored by Tiernan’s delicate voice. - Nialler9
His new EP Content, has just been released and delves deeper into intimate atmosphere than ever before, Tiernan's gentle vocal lapping at the tracks throughout. - The Irish Times
Participant's second EP Content is a delicious offering crammed full of dark threnodies and electro infused hymns. - Hotpress Magazine