Olly Shelton

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Electronic

Instrument/voice type: Composer/Producer

Location: London

Drawing on inspiration from minimalism, contemporary classical and choral music, O/Y’s sound explores flowing forms with gradually unfolding progressions stormed with abstract and disorientating breaks, taking Brian Eno’s quote - ‘a drift away from narrative towards landscape, from performed event to sonic space’ - to heart. This is grounded by rugged, industrial and otherworldly techno beats crossed with intimate piano solos. Originality stems from organic use of acoustic instruments, sampled, then manipulated beyond recognition whilst still maintaining its depth, leading to mountainous soundscapes.

O/Y is currently being mentored by producer, engineer and coder Cherif Hashizume (Jon Hopkins/Brian Eno/Björk). At just 22, O/Y’s credits already span vast areas of the musical landscape, from backing vocals with London Contemporary Voices for artists such as Imogen Heap, Guy Sigsworth, Basement Jaxx, Manu Delago and Nitin Sawhney to piano performances at Glastonbury and exclusive London and Berlin venues - all whilst founding and running his own studio complex. Indeed, O/Y has become an integral member of the group - performing with them at BBC Proms with Heritage Orchestra, Jarvis Cocker, John Grant and Susanne Sundfor. His choral arrangement of Stu Larsen’s By The River for Mahogany Sessions has had over 120,000 views on YouTube. Cutting his teeth in studios such as Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, his technical knowledge, extensive research on the psychology of music and experience with world class artists (on stage as well as in the studio) accumulate, setting an extremely high precedent in place…

With a string of releases set for 2020 and frequent writing and production sessions with established songwriters such as Richard Walters, O/Y’s foundations are truly grounded.