Rory Aungier

Technical Production Manager

Evolution has a team of people with many and varied talents. This week we sit down to talk with Rory Aungier, our resident whizz of all things audio visual and everything that goes into supporting and implementing sound and light for events and live shows.

Q. Rory, tell us about your role in the Evolution team.

As a Technical Project manager, I'm responsible for taking an idea or conceptual design and turning it into a reality.

It can be anything from a small exhibition stand to an international summit hosting 30,0000 people. It doesn't matter as long as it instils a unique and memorable impression on the audience each and every time. Above all, communication is key to every successful project and it's important to get that right from the start. What one deems to be important may not necessarily be top of someone else's priority list.

My main strengths lie in the Audio side of things. I have been lucky to work with many international artists over the years through concert touring, local arenas and music venues. A typical day would include the design, preparation and deployment of all audio-related equipment in a given scope of works. 

Once in place, we would generally do rehearsals and later I'd mix the show from the audio console. When an international artist is performing in town they would typically have their own Sound Engineer to do this and my job would be to assist them locally with all of their technical requirements. 

More recently I have taken on the full scope of the AV management, including Rigging, Lighting, and Power.  Sometimes the hardest part is the pre-production, getting your ducks in a row is vital and there are always a lot of revisions and budgetary considerations to take into account.  I’ve learned to never take the small jobs for granted; small projects can grow grow wings really fast!

Q. How did you get started in live events?

I studied electronics at Dublin Institute of Technology, my Dad has a sound company there and I began training with him after college.

Q. What have been some of your most memorable career moments?

One of my earliest jobs was working for the National Concert Hall of Ireland. After that I travelled to Australia where I worked for a year in Melbourne as an Audio Engineer for the musical production of King Kong at Her Majesty's Theatre. Later I worked with artists like Kylie Minogue, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Human League, Rod Stewart and The Killers, and last year, I went on the road as an Audio Engineer with The Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy. 

 

Q. How long have you worked in the UAE?

I moved to Dubai over 7 years ago. One of the most interesting events I have worked on here was the performance of the Jebel Jais Mountain Orchestra. It was an incredible place to experience listening to a world class orchestra. To be involved in something as monumental as The Last Mile forum was pretty humbling. And of course I love cars and football so The Ferrari Car Launch and FIFA Asian World Cup were pretty exciting for me.

 

Q. Why do you like working in events?

I love a good challenge. I like putting a show together where 10,000 people can have a great time.

Q. Any fun facts or interesting things about you we might not know?

I can milk a cow AND I can make wine! (I worked in a dairy farm in Australia and a vineyard in New Zealand).

Also I play the guitar. I love spending time with my wife Tanya and lil' boy Alex. I participate in Crossfit and go to the gym regularly.

 

Q. What’s next for you?

They say you're only as good as your last job and I strive to give everything my very best.

I've been doing this since I was 16, the hours are long and you can forget about the weekends but I’d never give it up. There's nothing better than the feeling of a show running smoothly and delivering exactly as you promised at the highest standard possible.