...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. With 2 acclaimed EP's to his name, 'Bit Slow' and 'Content', Tiernan has become known for his considered recordings, stunning music videos, and experimental live performances.
Recently Tiernan has collaborated with award-winning director Bob Gallagher (Girl Band, SOAK, Saint Sister) on the bleak yet beautiful video for 'Your Better', accompanied by a sprawling 8-minute remix by Conor O'Brien of Villagers.
'Next Year' his brand new single, is taken from Tiernan's most recent release 'Sampler'. A compilation cassette collecting his singles on side A and a myriad of samples and textures on side B, Tiernan added 'Next Year' as a cassette exclusive track for the first month of release.
Participant performs at Castelpalooza this August followed by a short UK tour.
...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