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Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen live in 2007
Background information
Birth name Yann Pierre Tiersen
Born (1970-06-23) 23 June 1970 (age 46)
Origin Brest, Brittany, France
Genres Minimalist, avant-garde, post-rock, folktronica, bal-musette
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Piano, violin, accordion, guitar, toy piano, voice, and various others
Years active 1995–present
Labels Sine Terra Firma, Ici, d’ailleurs…, EMI, Virgin, Mute, ANTI-
Associated acts Claire Pichet, Dominique A, Françoiz Breut, Natacha Régnier, Shannon Wright, Christine Ott
Website www.yanntiersen.com

I started making music with my band in the ’80s, so I am more product of post punk than classical music, and I have always carried on this way.
Yann Tiersen
I love working and writing new songs. But sometimes you need to wait, to have something in your mind, and then you can let yourself play music.
Yann Tiersen
When I’m working in the studio, I like to be on my own because I don’t know where I’m going; I want to be completely free to spend lots of time on songs.
Yann Tiersen
Most of the time I like to start an album abroad, not at home, just to avoid the pressure, to not wake up and think, ‘OK, it’s the first of recording this album.’ I like to avoid that.
Yann Tiersen
I don’t compose, actually. I just record. I’m the opposite of a composer in my way of working. I’m more instinctive.
Yann Tiersen
I can’t imagine playing a boring gig. Like, a boring audience without reaction, I will play against them.
Yann Tiersen
In France the music schools are a bit old fashioned. I was more excited about doing my own stuff or to play with my friend in my band, than studying the piano.
Yann Tiersen
I want less and less control with music. Just playing music without any idea of composition or writing.
Yann Tiersen