You’ve spent your time at Abbey Road Institute working hard and immersing yourself in all of the learning and experiences on offer, what next?
Ambitious and motivated, our alumni are establishing themselves in the next stages of their careers in the music industry and beyond. They’re working as producers and engineers to undertaking internships and much more. The opportunities are broad, from working in studios, for a range of businesses and startups in the music and cultural sectors to setting up their own initiatives and working freelance, juggling lots of exciting and demanding projects.
We’re very proud of our graduates from Abbey Road Institute London. Since our first cohort entered the industry in 2016 we’ve been following their journeys and achievements closely. From roles at well known studios such as SARM, Abbey Road, Baltic and Dean Street to freelance work, live events, post production and more. Here you can see a range of alumni who are contributing to the future of the music industry and carving their own way with confidence.
Since graduating in 2018 Ramera Abraham was selected as one of 3 worldwide recipients of the EQL Studio Residency, a programme for female music producers and sound engineers (in partnership with Berklee College of Music). In this role Ramera worked as the sound engineer for the Spotify Secret Genius Studio that operates out of Metropolis Studios. In addition to producing and engineering, she is also an active drummer and songwriter and part of a songwriting and production duo with fellow alumnus, Antonio Esposito. While at Spotify, Ramera engineered sessions for various producers and songwriters like Sigma, 1Mind (French Montana, Wiz Khalifa), Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson), Mr. Hudson, and JP Cooper. Upon completion of her role at Spotify, Ramera is now freelance sound engineer and vocal producer and has run recording sessions with Greyson Chance, Gabriele Aplin, and Not3s, and AJ Tracey. She’s also been back at Abbey Road in 2019 assisting on sessions with CHIC artists Jerry Barnes and Ralph Rolle.
Following an internship at Australia’s largest recording studio Studios 301, Becky Arnold took up an assistant engineer position at Dean Street Studios in Soho London. Becky’s role is varied; from assisting with setting up sessions, patching outboard gear and operating pro-tools to building baffles and making shelves for microphones. “I would love to progress into running sessions myself as an engineer, and also mixing tracks that are recorded there. The atmosphere of the studio is so great, I’m very glad I got the opportunity to be a part of their team and I’m looking forward to my future there.” Becky has also recently launched the company Amplifindr for which she is raising funds on Kickstarter. Amplifindr is an online studio rental portal for emerging producers, engineers, and artists. Becky hopes to ‘make music more accessible for young and amateur creatives since commercial studios are usually too expensive for people getting started in the business.’ In her own time, Becky is busy developing her artist profile under the name of Violet Beck and planning to release an EP.
Following his graduation in 2017, Ashyar Balsara secured a job at Island City Studios in Mumbai as a Recording & Mixing Engineer. Joining the team at Island City before the studio was functional meant Ashyar assisted with the final stages of construction as well as planning and setting up of all audio equipment. He also supported with training the assistant engineers, which he says was a great learning experience.
Now, his primary responsibility is recording and mixing, and he’s worked on many projects including recording with independent artists, on big commercial Bollywood projects, movie background scores, podcasts and audiobooks. A highlight for Ashyar is the vast variety of work he gets to be involved with and he hopes going forward he will be able to continue helping facilitate a great studio experience to all his clients/ artists. He also aims to be continuously working to improve his studios’ systems and processes, a number of which have been adapted from the way the Custom 75 studio at the Institute is operated.
Since graduating in 2019 Mia Bradley has been working as a Label Assistant for dance record label Anjunabeats which has allowed her to further delve into different genres of electronic music. Mia’s main responsibilities are preparing each release for release day, sending out the release to DJs and Radio and uploading on relevant streaming services. She also helps with the day to day running of the label. This includes creating release reports to send to artists, helping to organise gigs and writing sales notes for releases. This role not only gives Mia a better insight into the business structure of a label but has also seen her help on recording sessions. A recent live session featured DJ Moon Boots at Youtube Headquarters where she was assistant engineer.
Mia Bradley has also released music under the name of Mia Aurora and she hopes that her experience from working in a fast-growing dance label will give her more knowledge about how to push her music and give her the tools to collaborate with others in the future.
Since completing our Advanced Diploma in 2017, Richard Bradshaw has spent two years working as an Audio Producer at Royal National Institute for Blind People. The job entails recording audiobooks, magazines and podcasts for both commercial clients and for the RNIB itself. This has enabled him to continue developing skills in areas such as voice EQ, compression, editing, post-production and mastering. A career highlight for Richard was recording Danni Dyer’s autobiography narrated by herself, however, he says every day brings something new to learn. Outside of his day job Richard Bradshaw has been working on many projects such as developing a fully mobile 32 channel UAD/ Pro Tools rig which he has been taking out to record bands in situ as well as working on various solo projects. This definitely keeps him busy and he says the experience and learning he gained on our music production course has been invaluable in his career since leaving.
After finishing his studies in London Chris Cook now works for British microphone experts Sontronics as a product specialist and education manager. His role includes building microphones at their Dorset factory while working on new designs and innovations. As a saxophonist, Chris has had the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall and Swanage Jazz Festival as part of the Dorset Music Service. With a degree in Music from Brunel University under his belt, Chris went on to enrol as one of the first cohort of students at Abbey Road Institute. Since studying with us, he has also produced two classical sessions in Abbey Road’s Studio Two alongside engineer John Dunkerley. He has also worked with Raz Olsher at Fossil Studios. Chris is currently in the process of building a recording studio in Dorset – keeping him very busy.
From Abbey Road Institute to Abbey Road Studios, Marta Di Nozzi has been working as a runner at the world-famous recording studios since she graduated in 2019. Marta is responsible for preparing the studios for each client’s arrival and making sure they are comfortable during sessions. This includes helping the engineering team to set up the rooms and making sure that all the gear is working at its best. The job also entails supporting the engineer and assistant engineer during sessions, from taking notes during recording, to patching and operating a DAW.
Since starting at Abbey Road Studios, Marta has been involved in projects across a wide range of music genres, from classic music and movie scores to rock albums. A highlight has been assisting the recording of Joe Bonamassa’s new album in Studio One where she shared the live room with musicians including Reese Wynans, Anton Fig, Michael Rhodes, Jools Holland and Bernie Marsden. Her ambitions for the future are to pursue a career as a sound engineer/record producer in a studio environment and ‘to keep learning from the best people in this industry while strongly supporting equality in the music industry’.
Since graduating in 2018, Antonio Esposito has been working as a freelance producer, songwriter and mix engineer out of his studio in Italy. He regularly collaborates with artists and producers from Italy, the UK and Ireland, as well as being part of a songwriting and production duo with fellow alumnus, Ramera Abraham. Currently, while working on his music career, Antonio is also finishing his Masters degree in Computer Science at the Polytechnic University of Milan.
As well as working from his own studio, Antonio has travelled to Dublin and London multiple times, coming back to Abbey Road to record artists like Hawke, and recording in studios like the Spotify Secret Genius Studio, based at Metropolis Studio.
His latest works include mixing for Matt Taylor and for producer duo Afterparty, and writing, producing and mixing for the band Hawke. In the future Antonio would like to further expand his freelancing activity, working with more and more artists from all over the world.
Since graduating in London, Andrea Mastroiacovo now works as the in-house assistant engineer at Baltic Studios, collaborating with world-class songwriters, artist, producers and engineers. He has recently worked with James Bay, Paloma Faith, Ama Lou, and assisted Andy Taylor (Duran Duran, Rod Stewart) and Billy Halliday (Adele, U2, Frank Ocean, James Blake). The main responsibilities of his role include both technical and creative skills. Andrea ensures that all the equipment in the studio is in full working order and assists on sessions, helping producers, engineers and musicians in capturing the sound they are looking for. Andrea’s goals for the near future are to become a full in-house engineer at Baltic and to start producing bands and artists of his own.
Following his graduation, Dominic Parry has been working as a full-time apprentice at leading audio equipment rental company Britannia Row Productions. Founded by Pink Floyd, Britannia Row has grown to become a global leader providing equipment for the London Olympics, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons and The Cure‘s tour. Dominic assisted in the 2019 Brit Awards as a stage technician for numerous performing acts including James Bay, Calvin Harris, Hugh Jackman, and P!NK. He has also worked on Andrea Bocelli’s world tour and the MTV European Music Awards. Dominic’s apprenticeship scheme at Britannia Row Productions continued the training he started at Abbey Road Institute. He worked for several months in each of the companies departments (Maintenance, Speakers, Cables, Rigging, RF, Digital, Warehouse Manager Assistant & Prep) whilst taking part in two 15 week training courses; Live Sound fundamentals and Live Sound Intermediate. Alongside his day work, Dominic Parry has worked on gigs at The Roundhouse and the centennial WW1 memorial service.
You can find out more about Britannia Row on our blog.
Since completing his studies in 2018 Balazs Szabo moved back to Budapest and secured a job at Pannonia Studios as a recording and mixing engineer. Pannonia is one of the most respected and established recording studios in Hungary, built for recording purposes in the 1950s. Balazs’ role is to set up, record or mix orchestral or pop sessions/projects. Since joining the team, one of his most memorable moments was his first working day, assisting on the orchestral recording for Ferenc Rófusz – The Last Suppers session. In addition to studio work Balazs is also working as a freelancer under the professional name Deadman’s Recordings. His work encompasses a broad range of music industry projects including production, engineering and mastering of albums, film soundtracks, live recording, sound reinforcement (BBC Worldwide). Balazs’ ambitions for the future are to continue developing and improving his skills as an engineer and to seek out opportunities to work on new projects wherever possible.
Joana Selome graduated in 2018 and is now based in her home country France. She is focusing on writing and developing herself as an artist in her own right. Through her time at Abbey Road Institute Joana found working with her peers really pushed her forward creatively. Since finishing the course Joana has collaborated with other alumni from her class. These including composing and recording with Balazs Zalan Szabo at Pannonia Studio in Budapest. This also led to Joana working with Hungarian musicians – drummer, Iván Ágoston, and guitarist, Martinkó Tamás. Her experience studying music production and engineering really helped her get the most out of each session and understand the dynamics of the full recording process.
Joana is now working on multiple projects as an artist, including releasing music with fellow alumni Shez and as part of London based trip-hop band. Joana says: ‘The two years after the course taught me patience, gratitude and how to be realistic though indulgent with myself. And the latter actually made me create more. Eager to see what 2020 is going to teach me.”
Ed Shaw joined us to study music production and change the direction of his career. He had previously spent years performing in the West End in musicals such as Billy Elliot. Ed graduated from the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in October 2019 and has been working across multiple jobs since then. Ed juggles two studio jobs, working at Blank Media as a writer and engineer and in Denmark Street Studios as an engineer.
In addition to that, he also works in quality control of deliverables at FX Rentals. This involves checking producers mixes and masters deliveries for clients like Warner Music and Universal Music. Outside of these commitments, Ed is building his career as a freelance producer and engineer in his recently acquired studio in Bermondsey.
Gabriëlle Stok now works as an assistant engineer at the West-London studio SARM, which was established by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records. Since starting at SARM Gabrielle has been working on many sessions with both established and up and coming artists. Outside of her work there she also producing her own music to pitch to artists. Some of her highlights so far at SARM include working with American producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, Mark Ronson), engineering during his writing sessions. Engineering has been her main focus since graduation, and Gabrielle also plans to maintain both work in production and songwriting as part of her future career plans.
You can find out more about Gabrielle’s experience at SARM in her interview on our blog.
Adolfo Suarez graduated from our London school in 2018, and then returned to his home country of Spain. He works at Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus as Academic Technology Assistant. His main duties include overseeing and taking care of the studio facilities and the production rooms as well as being on hand to assist with troubleshooting during recording sessions. Having studied music production himself, Adolfo is in the ideal position to offer guidance and support to students that are new to music production and recording. The highlight of the job is when he sees students gaining confidence in the studio, which then helps inform and develop their ideas. Outside of his role at Berklee, Adolfo is part of a rock band, Somos Trinidad who are currently working towards a new album release. We’ll be sharing news on how they’re getting on our social media in the months to come!
The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.
Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.
There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.
I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.
The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.
It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!
Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.