The skills, knowledge and creativity you’ll develop at Abbey Road Institute will prepare you for the next step in your career in music production. This may be starting out in runner and assistant roles or moving into a more senior role if you already have some experience in the industry. Our graduates are highly sought after and progress onto a range of different roles and types of work. Some of the jobs they enter into include:
Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Runner, FOH Engineer, Artist, Mastering Engineer, A&R, Label Assistant and Songwriter to name but a few. They’re also working across different industries and types of businesses, from those employed by recording studios and record labels to work in live events, post-production for film & tv, digital archiving, developing new technology within the music industry, and juggling portfolio careers with their own clients. Our graduates have gone onto work with artists such as Little Mix, Madonna, J Hus, Calvin Harris, Pink, James Bay and many more. They’re working for employers such as Abbey Road Studios, Metropolis Studios, Universal Music, Brittania Row, Netflix to name a few.
You can browse through our alumni profiles below to see some of the jobs that our graduates have now. For a full list of alumni from both our London and our international schools have a look at the dedicated alumni section of our website and also visit our blog for more in-depth alumni interviews.
Engineer, Producer, Drummer & Songwriter
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 a freelance sound engineer and vocal producer and has run recording sessions with Greyson Chance, Gabriele Aplin, and Not3s, and AJ Tracey. In 2019 Ramera was back at Abbey Road assisting on sessions with CHIC artists Jerry Barnes and Ralph Rolle.
Find out more about Ramera in her interview on our blog.
Recording and Mix Engineer
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 completing our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering 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.
Recording and Mix Engineer at Blue Bell Hill Studios
Following the completion of his studies with us and graduating in 2018 Zak Baker now works as a recording engineer and mix engineer at Blue Bell Hill Studios, a residential recording studio in Kent which is part of the Miloco network of studios. Zak engineers most of the sessions that come through the studio which can sometimes involve taking on the producer role, as well as mixing the projects. On other bookings where the artist brings their own engineer, he takes on the role of assistant. The studio is run by Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Sam Fender) and Zak works with Barny as his mix engineer and works on mixes in the box before spreading them across the SSL console to be worked on.
After finishing his studies with us Zak travelled to Australia to take up an internship at Studios 301 alongside his fellow student Becky Arnold.
A couple of career highlights so far for Zak include engineering 4 tracks on the J Hus album, Big Conspiracy which went to number 1 in the album charts as well as assisting on the You Me At Six album and engineering for The Dualers and Octavian. You can find out more about Zak on his website.
Product Manager and Artist
Following graduating in 2019, Mia Bradley is now working as a Junior Product Manager for dance record label Anjunabeats. After working as a label assistant for a year, Mia was promoted to a permanent position of Junior product manager, overseeing releases for some of dance music’s biggest up-and-coming stars. Mia’s main role is planning all aspects of a campaign, including working closely with artists and industry-leading companies to ensure the success of every release.
This role has allowed Mia to further delve into different genres of electronic music, not only getting a better understanding of the business side of the industry but also allowing her to pursue her own musical endeavors. She has released music under the name Mia Aurora, as well as regularly releasing DJ mixes and hosting live streams. Mia hopes that she can use her experience working for a global dance label in her own musical development.
Product Specialist Sontronics
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 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 continue and build upon her 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’.
Freelance Producer, Songwriter and Mix Engineer
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.
Apprentice Britannia Row
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.
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.