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 on to 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.
Vocal Producer & Recording Engineer
Ramera Abraham is a London-based vocal producer, recording engineer, and songwriter. Having spent her younger years studying music in the Philippines, Abraham is now classically trained in piano, vocals, and drums. After completing her undergraduate degree in Canada, the multi-faceted created moved to London in 2017 to study our Advanced Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Production course at Abbey Road Institute.
Upon graduating from the Institute, Abraham earned an engineering residency at Spotify’s Noteable studio, under the mentorship of Berklee College of Music. It was there that she dealt with daily studio operations and delved into the world of vocal production and engineering. After her Spotify residency, Abraham became a runner and then assistant engineer at Metropolis Studios, where she assisted on several projects. Including: Little Mix’s last two albums, Grammy-nominated musical theatre album “Cinderella” with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ album, Carnage.
Abraham has since progressed into a freelance role, primarily at music distribution and artist services company, Platoon. Some of her biggest career highlights include working with Saint Harison, TianaMajor9, RAYE, Luz, Ms Banks, Henry Moodie, Kamille, and Matt Taylor. She was also included in SheSaid.So’s Alternative Power 100 List 2021 as one to watch, and is the Music Producers Guild’s Vocal Producer of the Year 2023.
Abraham has also taught several vocal production masterclasses with MPW, ICMP, University of Winchester, and at her alma mater, Abbey Road Institute. She has been creating vocal arrangements and writing harmonies from a very young age and has been in the professional recording industry for nearly six years. The majority of her work spans across the pop and R&B genres. Find out more about Ramera Abraham on her website.
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 all of the 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 mixing Netflix True Crime documentaries such as ‘Indian Predator’, wildlife documentaries, radio plays for BBC Radio 4 such as ‘The Jungle Book’, recording with independent artists on acclaimed, 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.
Senior Audio Producer
Since completing our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in 2017, Richard Bradshaw spent two years working as an Audio Producer at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The job entailed recording audiobooks, magazines and podcasts for both commercial clients and for the RNIB itself. Since 2021 he has been the Senior Audio Producer at RNIB, and as part of the management team manages a team of 7 audio producer and the London based RNIB studios. 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, Mix Engineer & Dolby Atmos Mix Engineer
Following the completion of his studies with us and graduating in 2018 Zak Baker now works as a recording engineer, mix engineer and Dolby Atmos 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.
Music Producer, Engineer and Content Creator
Carlos Bricio graduated in 2017 and went on to join our team in London as a technician where he was then promoted to Head Technician. Following his return to Madrid, Carlos is now working as a freelance engineer and producer.
His work focuses mainly on engineering (recording, mixing and mastering), remote drum recording and content writing. He set up his own studio in Madrid that he works out of, whilst also working as an assist engineer at GG producciones.
As well as his regular clients such as Abbey Road Institute or Sonimus, his clients as of late have included artists such as Miguel Ganzo, SudhaChandran, and even fellow alumni James Li and Ramera Abraham. He has worked with companies such as Antelope Audio and Scienseed and Universities / research centres like Universidad Carlos III and CENIEH. His podcast production La Lupa Sónica was even awarded twice in 2022, with a special mention to the sound design work Carlos did for it.
Continuing his career as an educator Carlos also offers one-on-one teaching sessions in music production and sound engineering whilst also writing articles for several online platforms. He collaborates with the plugin company Sonimus as content creator, making videos, audio examples and writing articles about their products and audio production techniques.
You can find out more about Carlos Bricio in this interview on our blog and on his website where he posts his own educational content. There, he talks about audio, sound and share production and recording tips. Carlos regularly contributes to our blog and you can also read his articles on The Decca Tree, Studio Etiquette and much more.
Product Manager and Artist
Following graduating in 2019, Mia Bradley is now working as a Product Manager for dance record label Anjunadeep. After working as a Label Assistant, Mia was promoted to Product Manager, overseeing album campaigns and releases from some of dance music’s biggest 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 becoming a globally touring DJ. 2022 saw Mia play DJ sets in Ibiza, Berlin, Dubai, Israel, Albania and more. Mia’s experience working for a global dance label has helped her develop her own musical projects.
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 both Italian and international artists, as well as being part of a songwriting and production duo with fellow alumnus, Ramera Abraham. Some of his latest works are for ARI alumna Gianna Lei, for whom he produced and mixed her latest single ’Tie Dye’, and Italian artist Adriana whose songs reached over 500k streams on all streaming platforms.
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 releasing two singles in 2022 as a producer, under the artist name of N-TONE, and he is working to release more in 2023. Antonio has mixed for the likes of Matt Taylor, producer duo Afterparty and Hawke. Antonio has just begun teaching in Italy, including some masterclasses about synthesis, and for the future, he would like to further expand his freelancing activity, working with more and more artists from all over the world.
Broadcast & Sound Engineer
Having graduated from Abbey Road Institute studying music production and sound engineering in October 2019, Jessica Heap moved onto an exciting role as Broadcast Engineer at the leading UK media company Global. Whilst working there, Jess has had the opportunity to work for some of the biggest UK radio brands such as Capital, Heart, Radio X, LBC and Classic FM to name a few.
Some of the most recent highlights of her career have been from being the only sound engineer at the Queen’s funeral for LBC at Buckingham Palace to trying to broadcast a Radio X show from the Jungle Cave Cafe.
Alongside this, Jessica has also been working as a freelance sound engineer for podcasts and an assistant engineer at studios in London, Peckham. In her spare time, she is a member of a four-piece band formed with a fellow classmate from the Institute who are aiming to release their first EP in 2022.
Apprentice Britannia Row
Following his graduation, Dominic Parry worked 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 graduating with distinctions in both.
Despite COVID having cleared his calendar of potential work in 2020, Dominic was not disheartened but instead moved to New Zealand, who were COVID free at the time, to find stable audio work. There he freelanced for Oceania Productions on: All Blacks vs Australia Bledisloe Cup (Corporate Lounge), Aotearoa Music Awards (mic & backstage management) and Plane Sailing festival 2022 (stage tech). He also started as a Production Technician for Streamliner Productions where he was then promoted to Head Venue Technician for Sky City.
Dominic is extremely proud of his work in New Zealand, working on projects that hold extreme significance to Māori culture such as operating the audio for The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in 2022.
Dominic is currently taking the Ableton Professional Certificate with Berklee Online, hoping to break into playback engineer roles in the future.
After her course at ARI, Gabriëlle started working as an assistant engineer at SARM Studios, where she worked her way up to become an engineer. Here, she engineered for Little Mix and most notably assisted on Madonna’s most recent album ‘Madame X’. Whilst at SARM, her first producer cut, Koffee ft. Gunna ‘W’, came out. She is now signed under her producer name ‘GG’ to Warner/Chappell and is Grammy nominated for her work on Masego’s album ‘Studying Abroad: Extended Stay’. 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.
An inspiring and incredibly well designed course that gave me the best musical education I could have dreamt of. Life-altering.
The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.
This course has helped to develop me into a well rounded producer, engineer, and musician. It has helped open doors to career opportunities that I would otherwise not have had access to. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the fantastic team, course, and resources available at Abbey Road Institute London!
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.
Abbey Road Institute trains you to deliver high quality work that matches industry standards.
I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.
The Abbey Road Institute helped me to unlock my musical potential.
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.
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.