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 engineers, producers and musicians to A&R, marketing and management. They include multiple Grammy winners, BAFTA winners and a nomination for the Mercury Award. Please meet the team behind our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering.
Haydn Bendall is a record producer, engineer and mixer. He was Chief 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.
Daniel now operates full time, out of his home studio, where he mixes using vintage analogue equipment, centred around a restored Trident 80b Console. His persistence in continuing to use a dusty vintage 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 Afrofunk!
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; to create a finished Dub version.
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 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.
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 joined the team at Abbey Road Studios when he was 16. His first major assignment was the assistant engineer on the Beatles “Abbey Road” LP at the request of George Martin and Geoff Emerick. After two years he was promoted to first engineer.
John recorded a wide variety of pop and rock stars and then moved on to record symphonic orchestras. For EMI Classics, he recorded most 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 had become the engineer of choice for many bands recording with orchestra 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 is one of the most sought after and well-regarded record producers in the business.
John 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.
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John visits London’s Abbey Road Institute from time to time 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.
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 went onto establish his own group, the Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, which have also been very successful.
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.
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.
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.
Diane 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 in London.
Diane is a guest speaker at Abbey Road Institute and lectures on artist management and development within the evolving music industry.
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.
Welcome to our Abbey Road Institute academic team. Here you’ll find more information about our regular lecturers and visiting industry experts.
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.
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.
Learn more about Ian 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”.
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.
I believe the best way to innovate in the future is to learn from the past.
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.
There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!
On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.