Yoann Pisterman: The ‘Monday Is Okay’ Mix


Earlier this year it was announced that French, Argentinian multi-disciplinary artist Yoann Pisterman would release a new tape via Dorset and London based record label Bytes. 

The tape is titled “Water Groove” and is his debut album and follows on from prior experiments. It’s described by the label as follows:

“An impressionistic sound journey into waves, frequencies and electronic resonance. Yoann employs loops and repetitive patterns, interwoven between drones and melodic elements, to create magical, transportative music with echoes of the classic Japanese ambient and New Age music of the Eighties and the trippy Kosmische of 1970s Germany.”

Yoann Pisterman draws upon influences from far and wide, as a painter he tends to reflect on architectural structures, the natural world and beyond. All of these things make up his creative identity and the result is a beautiful collage of ethereal inspirations and environmental realisations. 

Listen and read the interview below:

Who are you, where are you, what are you?

Hello, I’m Yoann Pisterman, I’m french-argentinan painter and composer of experimental ambient music from the French Riviera, and I’m now based in Berlin. 

Tell us about the Monday mixtape you’ve put together for us..

I’m about to release my debut Album ‘Water groove’ on June 25th, so I thought I’d share tracks from artists I respect and I’m inspired by.

If it were to be drawn what would it look like? 

It would look like a scribble made with your childhood eyes. Shapes of sediments; organic fungal forms; pointy stroke of underneath life and generous loops strokes of airy and suspended moment.

If it were a food what would it be? 

“Tarte aux champignons”

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

It’s an evening summer, at home, your windows are opened, air is soft, you can hear reminiscences of cars sound in the far.

You are bare foot, drinking a fresh soda, smelling the yummy food that you are cooking. Time is suspended; you are just enjoying and embracing this present moment. And the music is accompanying you into the night.

Where was it recorded?

The mix has been recorded at Andrew Claristidge´s Trift60 studio.

Are you on the same wavelength as the boomtown rats or do you actually like Mondays?

Monday’s are for me very liquid, sometimes Mondays can shift to Thursday.

Who got you hooked on electronic music?

I like to listen to many type of music and I came to electronic as a listener. I’m fascinated because of the its openness and the way you can perceive it in different lights each time you are listing to it.

Who would you say are your biggest influences and what are you hoping to achieve with your music?

John Cage, Terry Riley, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Roedelius, Lucrecia Dalt. I’m hoping to encourage people to develop their listening in order to stop for moment and look around; to be present.

What were your original aspirations as musicians and how do you think you’re shaping up?

My entrance as a musician was fairly organic and came from my visual art background. When I was drawing, I was listening to music and I became curious how the sound could accompany my drawing. From there I entered into the world of music which now takes more space in my practice:

“Music is liquid architecture and architecture is a frozen music” (Goethe)

Buy the new album HERE