We’ve handpicked industry experts and academics from all areas of the recording and music business. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise, skills and insider knowledge. Their roles range from producers, engineers and musicians to A&R, marketing and management. They include multiple Grammy winners, BAFTA, Brit, Music Week, Q Award winners and a nomination for the Mercury Prize. Please meet the team behind our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering.
We’d like to introduce you to our core team at Abbey Road Institute London. Under ‘Staff’ you’ll find our regular lecturers, technicians, student support, marketing and management. You’ll get to know them well during your time studying with us.
John regularly guest lectures on our Advanced Diploma, bringing a wealth of experience
and expertise to our students. His background in the recording industry is extensive and
his reputation is legendary.
John had previously engineered at Decca for some thirty years, also ten years for EMI Classics and is well known for his attention to detail and no compromise approach to work, ensuring recordings of the highest standard. His greatest successes were establishing such high and consistent standards for recordings made with both the Montreal Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras over a period of some twenty years.
The number of discs he has worked on is well over one thousand, including some sixty operas. Film credits include his work with Stanley Kubrick.
John’s excellence has been underlined with numerous awards over the years, including The Gramophone, Edison, Echo, Prix Italia, Japan Academy, Classical Brits, Prix Caecilia, Liszt Academy, Grand Prix du Disque, Stereo Review Record of the Year, Juno and numerous Grammys.
Carlos Lellis is Programme Director for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering in London. He works closely with the team at Abbey Road Studios to design and implement the course curriculum. Carlos is highly experienced and brings a wealth of industry and education experience to the Institute. He has worked as an engineer, academic and is also a published author. He holds an MA in Creative Media and a diploma Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.
Alongside working in education Carlos is an active engineer and producer, whose credits include artists such as The Navarra String Quartet, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, and Grammy Award winners Sir John Tavener and Thomas Dybdahl amongst many others. Prior to joining Abbey Road Institute Carlos was the course leader of an Audio Production undergraduate programme, overseeing the studies of over three hundred students each annually. Some of his past students include recipients of Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Music Prize Awards.
Jason O’Bryan is a record producer and bassist from London. He was a member of the Dub Pistols for over a decade and worked on the Grammy Award nominated soundtrack of Alfonso Cuarón‘s’ film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ with the band Molotov in Mexico City. Other notable credits include; composing and engineering music for the ‘Blade 2’ soundtrack with Busta Rhymes. Jason’s music was used in promotional trailers for the Austin Powers movie ‘International Man of Mystery’ and was also featured in the Ben Stiller movies ‘Mystery Men’ and ‘Zoolander’.
As a remix engineer Jason has worked with a diverse range of artists including Scissor Sisters, Moby, Ian Brown, Natalie Imbruglia, Lily Allen, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bush & Sly & Robbie, he has released output on various labels including Geffen, Def Jam, PWL and R&S.
Jason is an important member of the academic team and regularly lectures on the Advanced Diploma. He is also a certified Pro Tools and Logic X instructor. Jason teaches subjects across the syllabus but specialises in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Melodyne and iZotope. He recently recorded in Studio One at Abbey Road Studios with our students and a guest 65 piece symphony orchestra.
Find out more about Jason in his interview on our blog.
Pete Dowsett is a British audio engineer and has worked in many facets of the music industry, including studio engineering, mixing, mastering and live sound. Pete considers rock production and drum engineering to be his specialities.
He has worked at some of the most well known studios in the UK, including Metropolis, where he has worked with major artists such as: Pharrell, Snoop, Black Eyed Peas, Michael Kiwanuka. Since going freelance Pete has been working at various studios whilst setting up his own studio in Harrow. He has also been engineering for prestigious songwriter/producer Tom Nichols (Kylie Minogue, All Saints, Sugababes).
As a live sound engineer Pete has toured with Twisted Wheel, Ugly Kid Joe and Fozzy playing all the major festivals. As a in-house engineer he has done either Front of house or monitors for Foals, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dodgy, The Darkness, Chase and Status, Miles Kane, Buzzcocks and Cast.
Alex Scannell was a house engineer at Abbey Road Studios for over 10 years. During his tenure, Alex engineered all types of music, from recording symphony orchestras to bands and everything in between. Being lucky enough to have access to the peerless equipment available at the studio, Alex dug deep into the studio’s history. He was recording full projects using nothing but analogue signal chains of priceless equipment, valve mics, 2″ Tape machines and gear such as the TGmk2 desk.
On leaving Abbey Road, Alex set up a location recording business Audio Spark mobile. He is recording or mixing projects for clients such as The Divine Comedy, Beverley Knight, Professor Green, The BBC, The Manic Street Preachers, Ed Sheeran and Ray Davies.
Alex regularly brings his knowledge and expertise back to Abbey Road Institute through workshops with the students in the Studios. He shows them how, by getting things right from the beginning and avoiding commonly unconsidered pitfalls, it can take their productions to the next level. “Being involved with Abbey Road Institute is amazing. It gives me an immediate practical way to pass this passion and knowledge on to the students”.
Yannis Iliopoulos is our music business lecturer. Yannis covers all aspects of the industry in his music business module. From copyright and licensing to marketing and business planning, Yannis brings his extensive experience in the industry to inform his class.
Yannis has a solid experience in the music industry and music business education with a strong background in entertainment law, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and new business models. He has worked extensively as a strategist, mentor, and coach for creatives. To read articles by Yannis follow him on LinkedIn.
Yannis is founder and director of The Sound Of Everything Records and its publishing arm Timespace Music Publishing, which have successfully built up a catalogue of more than 300 releases so far. Yannis has also an academic background, having studied Physics at Imperial College and Mathematics at King’s College.
For more on Yannis read our interview with him HERE
Mike Sinnott is our campus manager. Responsible for the management and administration of the school, whilst also overseeing student recruitment, finance and UK-specific marketing.
After training as a sound engineer in 2001, Mike has worked in audio engineering education for 16 years. He has been able to build a strong network in the industry with manufacturers, producers and tutors. Through working at multiple audio engineering schools throughout his career, Mike understands that passion, professionalism and commitment are some of the key elements that make Abbey Road Institute so unique.
Mike attends every open day and all events, working closely with both prospective and current students. He also works alongside our programme director, Carlos, to ensure that everything is correct and of the highest quality.
Carlos Bricio is our head technician; on hand to maintain all of our studio and production facilities. He also provides technical support to our students.
His depth of music knowledge in both performance and engineering began when he learned the drums at ten years old. After recording his first EP at eighteen he went on to become a studio manager assistant at GG productions in Madrid. Before progressing down the route of a career in music he previously studied Microbiology, completing his PHD before joining the Institute.
Carlos studied on our Advanced Diploma in September of 2016, and went onto become a technician for the Institute not long after his graduation in 2017. Carlos works as a music producer and was part of the development team at Humtap – a start-up company which is part of the Studios’ incubator programme Abbey Road Red.
Tom is one of our in-house technicians. As well as helping to maintain our facility, Tom handles repairs and assists students in the recording studio and production rooms.
Tom has toured the UK under various projects like Tom Lowe and TVME. He has performed with C Duncan, Flyte, BC Camplight, and Squeeze. He arranged the ‘The Last Untold Beatles Story’ a tribute to George Harrison‘s Journey into Indian music performed at the Liverpool Philharmonic featuring sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun. He graduated with distinction from Abbey Road Institute in October 2019.
Tom is currently planning a release with his new project Novelty Island.
Natalia Rodrigues Milanezi graduated from our Advanced Diploma in September 2017 after also completing a course in Music Production from the Institute of Arts and Communication Techniques in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015.
As a certified software operator in Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 12 she joined the Abbey Road Institute team as a technician early in 2018.
Outside of her role at the Institute Natalia works as an audio engineer, personal production assistant for producer Martin “Youth” Glover and as label manager at his record label Painted Words Records.
Natalia’s portfolio of work includes work with various bands and artists such as Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke), Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Zoe Devlin (Alabama 3 and X Factor), Kandle Osrbourne, Kiranpal Singh (maestro in Indian music) and many more. Alongside these different roles Natalia is a freelance music producer, audio engineer, mixer, composer, arranger, musical director and artwork designer.
Here you can meet a selection of our guest lecturers and industry experts. We invite in highly experienced music industry professionals every year and you’ll get to meet some of the team here during your studies.
As a teenager, Paul Pritchard played guitar in bands in and around his hometown of Bristol and this introduced him to the art of recording. He saved up for a four-track cassette recorder and has never looked back. In 2007 Paul joined Abbey Road in a placement scheme from the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey. After graduating in 2009, Paul was invited to become a permanent fixture at Abbey Road Studios.
Since then Paul worked as an assistant / pro tools engineer on a great number of projects across a wide range of genres. His credits include pop and rock sessions with, the Arctic Monkeys, Chas and Dave, Sting, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Sigur Ros, Take That, Birdy, Elbow. He has also done live studio sessions with Paolo Nutini, Alt J, Blondie; film music sessions for Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Les Mis, Unbroken, San Andreas; and classical sessions with Villazon/Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Paul is now Senior Recordist at Abbey Road and works as both a recording and mixing engineer. He gives guest lectures on his experience and knowledge gained through his work at the worlds most famous recording studios.
Mat McKinley worked during the 90’s and early noughties as a free-lance media composer, including stints as an in-house composer for The Music Sculptors, and worked on a multitude of different projects covering TV and radio commercials, animation series, interactive media, exhibitions, theatre, modern dance and voice-overs. His work has been heard on the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5, Sky and many other national and international satellite and cable networks.
He also spent 20 years teaching in an audio engineering college in London where he wrote the music curriculum. In 2006 he set up Hotwired Music as a platform for his teaching methods. He has authored books on music creativity and hosted masterclasses on accelerated learning, piano improvisation and composition in the UK and around Europe.
Mat also works for the Ecole Des Mines, one of the top engineering and scientific universities in France, coaching students in creativity using music and divergent “out of the box” thinking.
A lifetime interest in how performance is affected by one’s belief mechanisms has led to Mat writing and leading different training workshops and programs for EM Lyon business school, the Chamber of Commerce in France and team led organisations and private business owners throughout the UK, Amsterdam, Jersey and Berlin.
You can read more about Mat, in our blog here.
Jerry Barnes has produced, performed and written for artists such as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, Whitney Houston, Prince, Ashanti, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Christina Aguilera, Raul Midon, Chic, Jota Quest, Katreese Barnes, Bebe Winans, Bette Midler, Nas, AZ., Sting, Empire of the Sun, Jessie J… and many more to come! He is currently touring as the bassist of Nile Rodgers and Chic.
Jerry brings his extensive studio experience into a masterclass with our students on composing, arranging, and the creative process.
Haydn Bendall is a record producer, engineer and mixer. He was a senior engineer at Abbey Road Studios for more than ten years and in 2009 was awarded the Audio Pro Industry Excellence Award for Best Studio Engineer.
Haydn started his musical career at Orange Studios in Soho in London. He then moved to Abbey Road Studios in 1972 where he joined Ken Townsend’s team as a part time assistant. One year later he was offered a full-time position and worked there for the next seventeen years.
Haydn has worked on a vast array of albums and soundtracks too numerous to mention. In 1991 Haydn became an independent producer/engineer and comes back to Abbey Road on a regular basis.
Our students have had the opportunity to record with Haydn in Abbey Road’s Studio Two a couple of times and learn from his extensive experience and expertise.
Daniel Boyle has been working in the industry for 17 years. Beginning his career as an in-house engineer for a large commercial studio where he stayed for 6 years before setting up his own studio, to focus on offering analogue mixing; and to be a base for his own productions.
Over the last decade, he has made his name primarily in the Reggae world. Producing and mixing albums for many of the Reggae genres founding artists, such as Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Culminating with a Grammy Nominated album for Lee Perry. As is common in the Reggae world, his production efforts for the likes of Lee Perry, are wholly independent, working on his own releases from inception through to release. Working for an artist directly, arranging, engineering and producing the music, and in many cases releasing it independently also.
For his external client work, Daniel now operates full time out of his home studio, as a Mix engineer. He mixes using vintage analogue equipment, centred around an highly customised SSL 6000G+ Console. His persistence in continuing to use a dusty analogue console and ancient outboard, to mix and provide highly creative dub versions for his clients, has seen his signature dub techniques be employed across a number of genres; from Rock to Afrobeat.
Daniel is one of the guest lecturers at Abbey Road Institute, where he conducts a session split between the history of Dub music and a practical workshop on Dub mixing techniques.
The latter covering all areas, from setting up a mixing console to create Dub, explaining how to use vintage and modern effects units to create the Dub ‘sound’, and demonstrating how to break down a recorded multitrack live on the console; to create a finished Dub version.
Trevor Coley is the managing director, founder and designer of Sontronics, a British microphone company launched in 2005 and based along the South Cost in Dorset.
Trevor designs, develops and tests all Sontronics’ new products and spends most of his days developing and making microphones as well as managing the global distribution network.
He also works alongside top producers who are part of Sontronics’ beta-testing group; including Flood (U2, Editors and Foals), Paul Epworth (Adele and Coldplay) as well as several engineers at Abbey Road Studios.
Bernard Butler is a musician and producer and a founding member of legendary Britpop band Suede. He has been noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential guitarists and has worked extensively as a producer, making records for The Libertines, Tricky, Duffy, Black Kids, Kate Nash, Nerina Pallot, Teleman, Findlay Brown, Daley, The Cribs, James Morrison, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Texas and Paloma Faith.
Butler has won many awards for work as both an artist and producer including the Producer’s Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards, Producer of the Year at the 2008 Music Managers Forum Awards, and was nominated for Best Producer at the 2009 Music Week Awards.
Bernard regularly visits Abbey Road Institute to run a songwriting and pre-production masterclass for our students. Two students’ demos are chosen for the masterclass and under Bernard’s guidance, the students perform and collectively develop them into fully formed songs.
Riccardo Damian is an Italian Grammy Award winning Audio Engineer based in London. Passionate about music since a child, he started his journey at the age of 14 in a studio located in the small city of Treviso, Italy, where he had the chance to see the beauty of audio engineering and get familiar with the gear.
Eager to pursue his dreams, Riccardo moved to London in 2012 to study Audio Engineering. During his student years, he worked as an Assistant Engineer in several studios, such as the ‘Red Bull Studios’. Shortly before his graduation, Riccardo was offered the opportunity to work for Mark Ronson. He started his career path in the position of In-House Audio Engineer for Mark, working with incredible artists such as Adele, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Duran Duran and more. In 2016, Riccardo was awarded a Grammy Award in the category “Record of The Year” for his contribution on the song Uptown Funk. He has also worked with producers such as Jeff Bhasker and Danger Mouse among others.
Ricky has given guest lectures and hands on workshops at Abbey Road Institute
where our students have had the chance to record with him and learn from his experience
Stuart Epps is a British record producer and audio engineer. His career in music began in 1967 when he left school and applied to be a ‘runner’ at Dick James Music in London.
Stuart worked his way up through being a disc cutter/tape copier to assistant engineer with Steve Brown. This led to Stuart working with Steve on ‘Lady Samantha’. None the less, during that time he became good friends with the still relatively unknown Elton John and Steve Brown who was then acting as his manager.
Epps also began working in the demo studio at DJM and in a short time had learned everything he could about it. He produced his first record with a band called ‘Birds of a Feather‘, which he did at Trident Studios with Elton John as the session pianist and Rick Wakeman on the keyboards.
Elton John’s next record was his ‘big one’ featuring huge orchestral scores for numbers like ‘Your Song’ and ‘Sixty Years On’. This project saw Epps take on a project management role away from the console working closely with now legendary Producer Gus Dudgeon at Trident Studios.
In recent years, Stuart has continued to work with big name artists to great acclaim, as well as helping a host of promising new up-and-coming artists to sound their best.
Andy Farnell is a British computer scientist and electronics engineer who established the field of Procedural Audio. He authored the influential MIT textbook `Designing Sound`, described as the bible of computational sound design. Andy’s role as a systems and signal processing specialist has involved work with prominent artists, directors and developers. His work includes machine learning, signal analysis, search, storage, hardware and software product design.
As a visiting professor at many European Universities and consultant to new media technology companies, Andy is a well known teacher and mentor. He also is one of our guest lectures here at Abbey Road Institute and introduced PureData to our students.
Julian Marshall is a songwriter, composer, lecturer, and musician with years of experience as both a songwriter and A&R executive. Julian’s early career saw him perform with chart-topping acts Marshall Hain, The Flying Lizards, and Eye to Eye. Julian has worked extensively as a songwriter, producer and session musician. In the 1980s he formed the group Eye to Eye with American songwriter and performer Deborah Berg. The group recorded two classic albums for Warner Brothers produced by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz and a latter-day third album produced by Roxy Music producer Rhett Davies. He has also worked in A&R for Boulevard Records of Los Angeles and became Senior A&R man for Polydor Records, UK.
A new chapter as a composer of longer-form work (Out of the Darkness, The Angel in the Forest) began in 2009 and today songwriting and composition take a central position in his creative life alongside his deep commitment to supporting others through teaching, mentoring and coaching.
Marcello Ruggiu is an Ableton Certified Trainer and an established music producer and sound engineer. He’s the author of Ableton Live: ‘Triucchi e segreti’ or ‘Tricks and Secrets’ which deep dives into how he built his own sounds in an original way within the Ableton Live sequencer, showcasing an innovative starting point for using this DAW.
Marcello’s passion for electronic music has led him to work with many musicians and artists as a programmer, remixer, sound designer, ghost producer, and also a performer. He has played on stages at Womad, Glastonbury and for Sofar Sounds supporting Aka George. More recently he’s been recording and performing with his solo project, Amousement, at many festivals around Europe and the UK, the last show being the Strawberry Festival in 2019. In 2020 Marcello worked on the main stage of the Bangface festival as a visual performer.
He also co-hosts the CRUX AV series of events hosting live audiovisual electronic music performances. His experience of event organisaion for the CRUX series has led him to learn visual programming and work as a visual artist as well as a music producer and performer.
Guy Katsav is a music producer, mix engineer, musician and remixer based in London. His selected credits include mixing a no. 1 album by The View and a Mercury award nominated album of 2011 Brit award winner – Laura Marling. He has engineered for David Guetta, Groove Armada, The Streets, Gossip, Akon, Noah and The Whale, Moby, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Sway, De La soul, among many others.
Guy worked at Soho Recording Studios for nine years and in 2013 launched his own Denmark Street Studios in legendary music hub Denmark street and in 2016 D’arblay Street Studios. His versatile showreel also includes compositions for major commercial brands such as Ribena, Sky and Evian. Recently he has been working with The Prodigy, Majestic (Kiss Fm), Major Lazer and more.
Guy guest lectures on our Advanced Diploma giving insights into his experience in the industry and how to bring creativity to your work. You can find out more about his work at Denmark Street Studios here.
John Kurlander is probably best known for his engineering and mixing work on the Lord of the Rings. He took home 3 consecutive Grammys for best score soundtrack album and 3 consecutive TEC awards for best film sound production.
John started out at Abbey Road Studios when he was 16. His first major assignment was to work as the assistant engineer on the Beatles “Abbey Road” LP at the request of George Martin and Geoff Emerick. During his time at Abbey Road John recorded a wide variety of pop and rock recordings and then moved on to symphonic orchestras. For EMI Classics, he recorded many of the world’s major orchestras including Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, international performers such as Placido Domingo and Itzhak Perlman, and over 100 Broadway and West End original cast albums. By the early 1980s John Kurlander had become the engineer of choice for many bands recording with orchestras such as Elton John, Toto, Extreme, Everything But The Girl, Greg Lake, Pete Townshend and Ozzy Osbourne.
After he left Abbey Road in 1996 he moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on freelance film scoring and video game soundtracks. His film and video game credits include work with composers Howard Shore, Marco Beltrami (Scream Trilogy, Hurt Locker, I Robot, Logan) and music for a series of Star Wars games, World of Warcraft, Remember Me, Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim and Overwatch to name just a few.
John Leckie started his career at Abbey Road in 1970 working as a tape-operator with legendary artists such as John Lennon, George Harrison, and Syd Barrett before progressing onto engineering duties for Pink Floyd, Wings and Roy Harper amongst others.
In 1976 he became a producer whilst still at Abbey Road making albums with Bebop Deluxe, XTC, The Adverts, Magazine and Simple Minds.
In the 80’s and 90’s he helped launch the careers of two of the most exciting and influential rock bands of all time by producing two of their most significant albums, The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses) & Radiohead (The Bends).
John has also produced and mixed albums for numerous other high profile artists including two albums with Muse, The Verve, Kula Shaker, Cast, The Coral, The Fall, Dr John, Los Lobos, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Baaba Maal and New Order and still works to this day as a much in demand freelance producer. John has won many awards for producing including a Brit, Q Award, Music Week Award and more.
John visits Abbey Road Institute London to talk with our students about his experiences, answer questions and offer advice for getting ahead in the industry.
Steve Lillywhite, CBE is an English record producer. Since he began his career in 1977, Lillywhite has been credited on over 500 records and has collaborated with a variety of musicians including U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Foxton (of The Jam), Big Country, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Morrissey, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Killers, The Pogues, David Byrne, XTC, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Simple Minds, The Psychedelic Furs, Beady Eye, Phish, Counting Crows and Joan Armatrading.
Steve has won six Grammy Awards, including the Producer of The Year in 2006, and was made a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for his contributions to music.
Sylvia Massy has been Producing, Engineering and Mixing popular music for decades. She’s renowned for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Prince. She’s received over 25 gold and platinum records including awards for her work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust and Tom Petty.
She’s also an accomplished fine artist, a published columnist, in-demand educator and relentless entrepreneur. But to her many friends, she’s just Sylvia, the Radiant Being.
Sylvia has delivered one of our most avant-garde workshops to date, including experimentation with micing chickens and filtering sound through mini Babybel cheese, pickles and a lamp.. you can find out more about Sylvia’s creative studio techniques on our blog.
Raz Olsher is a London-based music producer, songwriter and composer. He works out of Fossil Studios, which he founded in 2009 in Hackney. Raz workes with different artists in different genres like acid jazz, hip hop, soul, electronic, soul and house. He has worked with an array of artists including Gilles Peterson, Lemar, Nathaniel Rateliff, Krust, MJ Cole, Basement Jaxx and Sam Lee. In 2012, he topped the UK charts with Sam & The Womp – Bom Bom, exceeding one million sales worldwide.
Raz is also known on the live dance music circuit, most recently through his live house music collective, aptly named Bassically who craft sophisticated electronic dance music originally programmed by machines using purely live instrumentation. Prior to this, Olsher lead another similar conceptual act named Zej; a live duo creating innovative performances through the use of technology and musical instruments covering genres such as Dubstep, Jungle, House and Electro. They were awarded the BBC Radio 1 New Talent Award for these performances.
Alongside music production, Raz has written for feature length films and documentaries. These include ‘The Last Ten’, ‘The Ninth Cloud’ which was set and filmed in East London and starred French actor Jean Hugh Anglade (Killing Joe/ Nikita) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs/ Kill Bill) & ‘Not Ever’ starring Emilia Fox (The Pianist) featuring original music from Roger O’Donnell (The Cure).
His guest lecturers cover subjects such as the development of his career and production analysis.
Alan Parsons is an audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band in the late sixties in London. But as soon as he landed a job at Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.
He worked as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd‘s classic Dark Side OF The Moon that really got him world attention.
Alan has received a large number of awards including eleven Grammy nominations, The Les Paul Award in 1995 and The Diva Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in Munich, Germany in June 2012.
Geoff Pesche’s introduction to the music industry was as a bike messenger for Tape One Studios before moving into the cutting room, which jump-started his career in sound engineering. He went on to work for some of the UK’s top studios including Utopia, Masterpiece and Townhouse Studios before joining Abbey Road Studios as a Mastering Engineer in 2006.
Geoff has mastered albums and singles for top artists including Gorillaz, Kate Nash, Coldplay, Basement Jaxx, Amy MacDonald, Kylie Minogue and Dizzee Rascal. He’s worked with Pulp, Page & Plant, Mike Oldfield, Kenny Thomas, M People, William Orbit, Aphex Twin, Therapy, The Drums, The Divine Comedy, Lily Allen and Blur among many others.
Infamously at Tape One Studios, Geoff cut the vinyl lacquers for the best selling 12″ record of all time – New Order’s iconic Blue Monday, as well as the platinum-selling Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms. He’s also responsible for cutting the most played radio record of all time, Kylie’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.
Ray Pope joined Universal Music in September 2015 after studying popular and world music at Leeds University. As a musician and a musical graduate she always saw herself in a creative role in the industry. After working in front line label talent acquisition she realised she had found her ideal role – helping people to find their dream job in an industry that means so much to so many.
In her spare time Ray still performs regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and with a hip hop brass band called Brassroots which helps enhance her understanding of the world she is recruiting into.
Ray has given guest lecturers at Abbey Road Institute on topics such as CV writing, how to get into the music industry and how best to prepare for the world of work after graduating. Our students had the chance to ask her questions and gain advice on where to find the best jobs and what recruiters like Ray look for in a CV.
Ian Ramage started his music career in manufacturing & production, before finding his way into the business proper from a pressing plant into Polydor records. He progressed through product management and marketing roles to Director of Marketing at EMI, working with Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Diana Ross, to mention just a few.
He then made the move to publishing A&R, enjoying 12 years at BMG, then a further 2 at Sony ATV, working with a broad spectrum of artists and writers including; Coldplay, Keane, Richard Hawley, Neil Hannon, Feist, Elvis Costello, The Cure.
Ian serves as VP, repertoire & marketing, UK for BMG Rights Management company, working with a number of fine creative musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, British Sea Power and Sparks. In his role at BMG, Ian ensures UK musicians get proper exposure to the US market.
Learn more about Ian in his interview on our blog.
Marta Salogni is a producer and mixer based in London. She started working as a live sound engineer in Brescia (Italy) for the local social centre and independent radio station Radio Onda D’Urto on a variety of gigs, festivals, and theatre productions.
After moving to London in 2010 she took a 9 month course at Alchemea College of Audio Engineering to learn Pro Tools and started assisting at Strongroom and Rak studios. During this time, she assisted David Wrench and with him worked on various projects including Frank Ocean, The xx, Goldfrapp, Sampha, FKA Twigs, Glass Animals and David Byrne. In 2018, she won Breakthrough Engineer of the Year at the MPG Awards, and in 2019 she engineered Grammy nominated album ‘i,i’ by Bon Iver.
Marta now produces and mixes in her own right and has her own studio in London Fields. Some of the artists she’s worked with are Björk, Sampha, M.I.A., Methyl Ethel, Holly Herndon, Shura, Alex Cameron, Planningtorock, Lafandwah, Yak and The Orielles.
Ken Scott is a British record producer/engineer widely known for being one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group and many more. As a producer, Scott is noted for his work with David Bowie (on Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane and Pinups), Supertramp (Crime of the Century and Crisis? What Crisis?), Devo, Kansas, the Tubes, Ronnie Montrose on Gamma 1, Level 42, among many others.
As well as his guest lectures at Abbey Road Institute he is also a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University specialising in production.
Andrew Scheps is a Grammy-award winning mix engineer whose credits read like a who’s who of popular music. He mixed four tracks on Adele’s Grammy-winning album, 21, and engineered and mixed songs on Red Hot Chili Peppers albums I’m with You and Stadium Arcadium. He has collaborated frequently with producer Rick Rubin. Scheps has worked with Jay-Z, U2, Justin Timberlake, Green Day, Metallica, and many others.
During his masterclass with our students, Andrew walks our students through one of his masterful mixes revealing his techniques and workflow. His classes include an extensive Q&A which give the students the opportunity to dig into his wealth of experience and knowledge. Read more on our blog with Andrew here
Diane Wagg owns Deluxxe Management and Ideal Music Productions and is Chairman of the Music Manager’s Forum (MMF UK). She’s managed the international careers of numerous artists signing them to Major and Independent labels and run self-releasing artist businesses. A regular panellist on artist management and development, she is also an assessor for music business degree courses.
Her roster has included Brit/Ivor nominated Triple Platinum act, Scouting for Girls, Beth Orton, Republica, Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Rialto, Touriste, Lockdown Project and Sunhouse. Emerging artists include Cortney Dixon, Diives and Nik Lloyd.
Diane started out in A & R at EMI Records before working with Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy. Prior to setting up her own artist management companies, she was Director of record producer Tony Visconti’s (David Bowie, T.Rex, The Boomtown Rats) group of companies and managed Visconti’s Good Earth Recording Studios (now Dean Street Studios) in London.
Diane is a guest speaker at Abbey Road Institute and lectures on artist management and development within the evolving music industry.
Christian Wright started off in the copy rooms at Abbey Road Studios before he graduated to the role of Mastering Engineer. He has since gone on to master award-winning No.1 albums as well as soundtracks to No.1 films from both sides of the Atlantic.
Some of the biggest and respected names in music have had their albums mastered by Christian, including Ed Sheeran, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Soft Hair, Kate Tempest, Bears Den, Keane, and Ben Frost. His skills in soundtrack production have been employed on the Oscar-winning Gravity (No.1 in the USA and UK) composed by Steven Price, two Harry Potter films and The Master – composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Christian’s musical interests aren’t limited to mastering. He still plays live in a band (performing at festivals like Secret Garden Party), records as a multi-instrumentalist, avidly collects analogue gear from synths to outboard, and regularly records and mixes tracks, making him truly involved and helping him understand every aspect of the music creation process.
Multi award-winning Record Producer and Recording Engineer Peter Walsh has been the man behind the console for a mountain of hit records encompassing many different musical styles from around the world. Peter began his career at London’s Utopia Studios working with Stevie Wonder, The Tubes, Spandau Ballet and The Boomtown Rats amongst others. After a breakthrough producing Simple Minds fifth album New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), he went on to be one of the most in-demand producers of the 80’s working Peter Gabriel, The Church, and Scott Walker with whom he would go on to work with for over 30 years. He has co-produced every Scott Walker release since 1984’s Climate Of Hunter.
In addition to his role as producer and engineer in the studio, Peter has been the man of choice for countless projects in the live performance arena. As well as producing, recording and mixing over 12 award-winning, multi-platinum selling live CDs and DVDs, Peter has enjoyed touring with Amnesty International, Peter Gabriel (Secret World Live), and has worked with Scott Walker as Sound Producer at The Royal Opera House, The Barbican Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and at the Festival Hall in London.
Peter regularly visits Abbey Road Insitute to talk about his career journey and to give our students tips about navigating the industry. He also runs practical mixing and guitar recording masterclasses. Peter’s infectious personality ensure that classes are always fun, inspiring not to mention insightful.
Aamir Yaqub is a London based Producer, Grammy Award-winning engineer, and writer specialising in Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul and Pop music. Aamir’s sound bears heavy influence from his iconic idols and contemporary visionaries alike.
Aamir worked extensively at Metropolis Studios, London, where he collaborated with a number of respected Grammy Award-winning artists, producers and engineers. He has worked with high profile acts including Rihanna, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Sia and Will.I.Am, as well as with major labels and brands.
As an artist, Aamir takes his influences from a variety of genres from Rock and Bollywood to Jazz and credits legends such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye as his main inspirations. Working in London, Aamir has supported local talent, not only as a producer but as a mentor as well, helping them to invent, brand and shape their musical personas and sound. His career is set to flourish; his innovation as a producer and energy as a songwriter, backed by his technical nous, continues to be recognised by some of the industries most prominent and visionary musicians and professionals.
Martin Glover, known by his stage name Youth is a record producer and a founding member and bassist of Killing Joke and a member of the Fireman, along with Paul McCartney.
Youth is most famous for being the bass player in Killing Joke. In 1989, Youth and Alex Paterson started the WAU! Mr. Modo label. In the early nineties, Youth formed techno and house music duo Blue Pearl together with American singer Durga McBroom. They scored a handful of hit singles including their blue vinyl debut “Naked in the Rain“, which reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.
Youth’s Butterfly Records label has produced artists such as Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Tom Jones, The Orb, System 7, Maria McKee and Heather Nova. Youth was the co-producer of The Verve‘s Urban Hymns and Dolores O’Riordan‘s ‘Are You Listening?’. He has worked, produced and remixed with many artists including Kate Bush, Guns N’ Roses, Primal Scream, Embrace, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Crowded House, U2, Bananarama, INXS, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd and The Charlatans.
He is credited with founding the first psychedelic trance record label, Dragonfly Records, as well as the Liquid Sound Design and Kamaflage Records labels. Youth has received numerous awards over the years including Soundedits’s The Man with the Golden Ear Award and the PPL Music Producers Guild Lifetime Achievement award.
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.