Colleen (musician)

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Colleen playing in a gig at the Lomax (Catania, Sicily)
Background information
Birth name Cécile Schott
Also known as Colleen
Born 1976 (age 40–41)
Montargis, France
Origin France
Genres Ambient, Experimental
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Years active 2001–present
Labels The Leaf Label
Website Official website

Colleen or Cécile Schott (born 1976) is a composer of electronic and ambient music based in France.


Cécile Schott was born and raised in Montargis, France, outside of Paris.[1] Before music, she devoted most of her time to literature.[2] She first picked up a guitar in high school and subsequently joined a noise pop group. She studied English at the University of Burgundy, and thus moved to England for two years.[1]

She moved to Paris in 1999. She now resides in San Sebastián.[3]


Schott began making music under the name 'Colleen' in 2001, after a friend gave her a CD-R containing ACID Pro music production software. Samples were a common part of her early work and in summer 2003 the debut album Everyone Alive Wants Answers was released. It was notable for its heavy use of looped samples, which were taken from records in her collection and heavily modified. The album was critically well received and drew enough attention to warrant touring. During live shows, Schott would replicate the sounds from the album using acoustic instruments played through pedals as she thought the idea of using a laptop live was uninspiring.

This approach using live physical instruments led to the 2005 follow-up, The Golden Morning Breaks, which retained the looped style present in earlier work but was something of a departure from the sampled setting of Everyone Alive Wants Answers. Instead the album consisted almost entirely of natural, non-synthetic sounds, an approach Schott has stated in interviews that she prefers.[4]

In January 2006 Schott released a live album as part of the Staalplaat label's series of live performances, called Mort Aux Vaches (meaning 'Death to Cows'). A second 2006 release in October, a 14-track EP called Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique ('Colleen and the Music Boxes'), was composed entirely using music boxes.

In May 2007, dancer and choreographer Perrine Valli performed Série, a production with an original score composed by Schott - her first foray into dance.

Les Ondes Silencieuses ('The Silent Waves'), Colleen's third full-length album, was released on May 21, 2007. A slight evolution in sound was again heard on the album, as Schott adopted a more free-form approach in place of the use of loops that were so apparent in much of her prior output.

Despite an earlier aversion to "words in music,"[5] she released her first album with lyrics, The Weighing of the Heart, in 2013.





From Everyone Alive Wants Answers:

Additional information[edit]

  • She was an English teacher in Poissy (lycée Charles de Gaulle) until she resigned in 2007.


  1. ^ a b Adamian, John (January 2006). "John Adamian on COLLEEN (Arthur No. 20, January 2006)". Arthur Magazine. Arthur Magazine. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  2. ^ McKenna, David (17 May 2013). "Breaking The Silence: An Interview with Colleen". The Quietus. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Twells, John (12 February 2015). "Sea of Tranquility: 12 years into her career, French composer Colleen is making her finest records to date". An interview with Colleen. Fact. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Adamian, John. "John Adamian on COLLEEN". John Adamian on COLLEEN (Arthur No. 20, January 2006). Arthur Magazine. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

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