You have spent your time at Abbey Road Institute working hard and immersing yourself in all of the learning and experiences on offer, what next?
Ambitious and motivated, our alumni are establishing themselves in the next stages of their careers in the music industry and beyond. They are working as producers and engineers to undertaking internships and much more. The opportunities are broad, from working in studios, for a range of businesses and startups in the music and cultural sectors to setting up their own initiatives and working freelance, juggling lots of exciting and demanding projects.
We are very proud of our graduates from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. Since our first cohort entered the industry in 2017 we’ve been following their journeys and achievements closely. From roles at well known studios such as Galaxy Studios and Wisseloord Studios, to freelance work, post production and more. Here you can see a range of alumni who are contributing to the future of the music industry and carving their own way with confidence.
After graduating in 2018, Fabian Brummel went straight to Galaxy Studios in Belgium for an intensive internship programme. Before finishing as an intern, he was already offered a permanent position at Galaxy as a full time mix engineer and sound editor. Fabian is currently working mainly in postproduction for some big movie projects.
In his own time he loves composing and is working on a couple of new music projects.
“From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.”
Recently graduated with distinction, Rudy Mackay is now working full time as a composer, sound designer and mix engineer at his company Audiochef. He composes and does audio postproduction mainly for documentaries, films, television shows and commercials in Audiochef’s dedicated studios, and has won some prices for best sound design.
Alongside this, Rudy has been involved in some engineering projects for Metropole Academy (orchestra) and a range of independent artists. He also likes to get up on stage as a vocalist and guitarist, with both his band and artist collaborations.
“It’s insane how inspiring it is to put fifteen musicians of all genres and backgrounds in one class and work on your skills together. I mean, Abbey Road brought me a lot of knowledge, a great network and practical skills – that’s what I signed up for. But it also gave me a bloody great time, tons of fun and sort of a second family.”
Part of the first Amsterdam class, Michiel Mutsaerts graduated in 2017 and got to perform with his band “The Stangs” at the graduation ceremony in Abbey Road Studios. Michiel really is a creative and musical Jack of all trades. As an intern at Wisseloord Studios, he not only did the setting up/assisting at sessions and patching outboard gear, but simultaneously designed Wisseloord’s new website.
Following the internship, Michiel got together with fellow alumnus Dieter Boels to set up their company Soundmarker. Soundmarker is a free online tool to share high quality audio, stream & communicate privately during the process of creating music. Soundmarker has been considered as one of NAMM 2019 best new releases.
“Abbey Road Institute hasn’t merely been a place to learn for me. They’ve challenged me to evolve and gain perspective.”
Stefan Roscovan is the first Amsterdam student graduating with distinction.
Stefan was born in a family of musicians in a small country called Moldova. Before moving to Amsterdam and studying at Abbey Road Institute, he had been taking part at numerous singing competitions, achieving over 20 winning trophies and touring on 3 continents in countries including USA, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and Iraq. In 2016 he ended up being a semi-finalist at “The Voice” in Romania which started his learning about music production and engineering.
At the moment, Stefan is known as an independent singer, songwriter, music producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. He is owner of the record label “Reflective Records” and works on freelance projects in mainly Amsterdam, London and Los Angeles.
“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute.”
Bob Varo is a Belgian music producer, record mixer & artist. He’s an Abbey Road Amsterdam graduate and is now traveling back and forth between Belgium & the USA to make his dreams come true. He gained experience at the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas and DAFT Studios in Belgium and worked for artists such as Hellyeah, Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch) & Sigala. One of the biggest highlights in his career was his work for producer Kevin Churko, best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment & Disturbed.
Bob is making records for artists every day. Besides that, he’s also focusing on writing his own music where he collaborates with artists from all over the world. ‘Look Into My Eyes’ was the first song of his solo project that he released. On May 1, Bob just dropped his new single ‘Step by Step’.
“Abbey Road Amsterdam isn’t just a school, it’s a lifestyle. You become part of a family with whom you explore the world of music, taught by some of the greatest people in the industry. Music isn’t an obvious path to choose, but Abbey Road Amsterdam proves the opposite.”
Janice Wong graduated in 2018 with an Advanced Diploma of Music Production and Sound Engineering from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. She now works as assistant audio engineer at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. As a freelancer, Janice also performs with singer-songwriters, bands & DJs, composes for advertisements/games/films, works as (online) session cellist (for live performances & remote recordings), arranges strings, records string loops/samples and is busy producing her own music for her latest concept: live cello meditation. She creates cello soundtracks for different moods and emotions, using a loop machine to create low drones and sweeping cello melodies on top. Her debut album, titled Cello Music for Meditation is out now on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and all major digital channels.
“By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?”
By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?
Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.
When you come here, it’s all about being eager to learn, put in the time, and believe in what you do. Hard work pays off.
“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute“
From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.