In Conversation with Olga FitzRoy

In Conversation with Olga FitzRoy

Date: 14 Jun 2018
Time: 17:30

Location: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

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Date: 14th June 2018
Time: 17:30
Venue: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

Olga FitzRoy is an engineer and mixer, working with bands and on film / TV scores. She grew up in Germany and Scotland, before moving to Guildford to complete a Tonmeister degree at Surrey University. An internship led to 10 years at AIR Studios, London, where she trained with some of the finest talents in engineering and production, working on records for Coldplay, The Foo Fighters and Seasick Steve, as well as film scores for Hans Zimmer and Dario Marianelli. Highligts include assisting Sir George Martin on the last ever Beatles recording for the 2006 album, Love, and, 6 years later, mixing the closing music for the London 2012 Olympics for composer, David Arnold, featuring artists Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Elbow and Ed Sheeran.

Now freelance, Olga is Coldplay’s go-to engineer in London, and she regularly works on film and TV scores out of the top orchestral studios in London and Europe. She was named Recording Engineer of the Year at the MPG awards 2016, and now leads on politics and campaigns for the MPG. Her biggest campaign to date is #SelfieLeave, a campaign to get shared parental leave for self-employed people, including engineers, producers and musicians. The campaign aims to mitigate the “motherhood penalty” freelance women face when they have children, by giving self-employed families the flexibility to share childcare between both parents. As a result of her lobbying, a 10-minute rule bill is awaiting its second reading in parliament. She lives in London with her husband and 2-year-old son.

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