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.
Bob Varo is an independent music producer, record mixer & musician and graduated from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam in 2017. Right after that, he gained experience at DAFT Studios and many other recording studios around the world. Bob has had the honour to work with artists such as Hellyeah, Sigala, Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch) and Madeline Rosene.
Bob is currently making records with and for artists every single day. Additionally, he’s also focussing on writing his own music for which he collaborates with artists from all over the world. Check out Bob’s website to have a listen to his released music and to learn more about him.
“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.”
Bruno Cerecero – with the moniker Bruno Rex – is an Amsterdam based Pop Writer and Producer, who graduated from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam in 2019. Originally from Mexico, Bruno began his career playing live shows and writing songs alongside his other non-musical activities.
Bruno managed to get his first Top 40 on Mexican radio with the advise from the team at ARIA. He is currently working with a variety of international artists. Bruno has a dozen or so planned releases in the styles of Mainstream Pop, Urban, Latin and EDM. Most of which he has worked with both major and independent record labels. He even recorded and produced a few of his upcoming releases Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam.
Later on this year, he is launching his dance artist project REXCEE as a way to put all the pieces together!
Fabian Brummel went straight to Galaxy Studios in Belgium for an intensive internship programme after graduating in 2018. He was immediately offered a permanent position at Galaxy as a full time mix engineer and sound editor, even before his internship was up. As a result, Fabian is currently working mainly in postproduction for some big movie projects.
In his own time he loves composing and is currently 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 much in just 1 year in this incredible environment, which has to be felt to be understood.”
Gaya Tideman is a Vocal/ Music Producer and singer from Pune (India). Following getting a BA from the London Centre of Contemporary Music, she furthered her education and graduated from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam in 2019.
She also is part of the team working at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. At present, she is involved in an all women and non-binary group of musicians and creatives called She Music International, who are actively releasing music. Alongside this, Gaya is also working on her own music as an independent artist.
“Being in an environment that challenges, stimulates and supports creativity daily has transformed the way I make music. Abbey Road offered a one of a kind experience and a family.”
Gilles van Wees is a composer, musician and music producer from Utrecht (The Netherlands), that graduated from our Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in 2019. His specialty lies in the writing and production side of music.
Previously, he worked as a composer and performing artist for indie band ‘Palmsy’ and electro-pop group ‘Radio Eliza’. These days Gilles is working as a composer, producer and performing artist for a new music project called ‘Banji‘. He is also producing and writing for other artists.
Jermaine Rodrigo Prince is a Singer, Composer, Music Producer/Engineer, who graduated from Abbey Road Institute in 2019. During his time at Abbey Road Institute, he got inspired to start his own company called “Mooncave”. Here, he gets to focus on his freelance work with artists & companies as a music producer, composer & mix engineer. Adjacent to this, he also gets his funk on as the lead vocalist and producer in his own project, with the retro futuristic soul band “The Lunar Energy”. Jermaine recently started a collective with 3 of his fellow musicians/graduates from the Rotterdam Conservatory. They will be opening up a brand new creative studio space in his city soon.
“There’s so much inspiration and creative energy flowing here. I just felt at home! It connects people with the same drive and passion, who collaborate and push each other to get better.. That’s where the magic is for me! From the knowledge & professional skill you attain under the guidance from highly experienced pro’s. To actually applying them firsthand in a state of the art studio!”
Michiel Mutsaerts graduated in 2017 from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. He was part of the first class to graduate and even got to perform with his band “The Stangs” at the graduation ceremony in Abbey Road Studios. Michiel really proved he was a creative and musical Jack of all trades when he was an intern at Wisseloord Studios. Not only did he setup, patch outboard gear and assist on sessions, but simultaneously also 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.”
Rudy Mackay, a recent graduate with distinction, is now working full time as a composer, sound designer and mix engineer at his company Audiochef. In Audiochef’s dedicated studios, he composes and does the audio postproduction for mainly documentaries, films, television shows and commercials . As a result, he has won various awards for his sound design work.
Alongside this, Rudy has been involved in a few 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.
“How inspiring it is to have musicians of all genres and backgrounds in one class working on your skills together. Abbey Road brought me exactly what I signed up for- a lot of knowledge, a great network and practical skills. But it also gave me a bloody great time, tons of fun and sort of a second family.”
Stefan Roscovan is the first Amsterdam student graduating with distinction.
Stefan, born in a family of musicians in a small country called Moldova. He had been taking part in numerous singing competitions prior to studying at Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam. As a result, he achieved over 20 winning trophies and toured 3 continents in countries including the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia and Iraq. In 2016, he became a semi-finalist on Romania’s “The Voice” which began his journey into music production and engineering.
At the moment, Stefan works as an independent singer, songwriter, music producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. He is the 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. At Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude. These things that are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute.”
Following a BA in Popular Music at Goldsmiths University of London, Marco Spaggiari decided to strengthen his engineering and production skills at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, where he graduated with distinction in September 2019.
After which, Marco returned to London where he interned at Miloco Studios. It is here that he got the chance to work with a Grammy winning producer/engineer. He is currently working as one half of the songwriting and production duo B-CROMA (whose international clients and collaborators include YEИDRY, M w S, Fia Moon and brands such as Adidas, Tatler and Rossignol), and he has seen his tracks featured on the cover page of Spotify ‘A Breath Of Fresh Éire’, Amazon Music: Latin Fresh and Rolling Stone Italy.
He’s also been connecting with Christian Wright (Mastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios), who mastered his latest production work ‘Eden’ by MwS, and supported B-CROMA with writing sessions. In his free time, Marco loves sampling obscure records, making beats and geeking out with new plugins and audio technologies.
“It’s been a life-changing experience really. I came with the willingness and hunger to learn. And I left with the awareness of being not only a better producer and engineer, but a better person/human being. You realise how essential it is to learn the emotional and psychological part of the game and dealing with artists. And that only comes with passion, hunger and dedication.”
Frederico Medeiros is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and music producer based in Lisbon, Portugal. At a young age, Frederico had already begun his education in classical music in his home country and eventually ventured into the world of jazz too. Armed with two decades worth of music theory under his belt, he proves to be a seasoned composer and instrumentalist. This becomes evident is his ability to play a wide range of instruments of which some include piano, guitar and bass to name a few. In 2019, he graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam.
Nowadays, Frederico works as a full-time freelance producer, songwriter, mixing and mastering engineer from his studio setup in his home town. For his solo project ‘Kiko Mori‘ he explores the musical genres of Bedroom Pop, Indie, R&B and Hip-Hop. You can find his latest single ‘Seratonin’ available to listen to on all streaming platforms.
“I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for this course. This was only possible for the good people at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. As a result, it wasn’t just an invaluable education, but also I got to meet everyone along the year.”
Frederic Rappenecker, FREADY is the manifestation of a musical journey that stems from his Dance/ Pop & EDM background. Despite his young age, he is the culmination of blending genres with catchy melodies to deliver a unique, rhythmical sound.
FREADY burst onto the music scene three years ago and started off as a DJ in his hometown of Düsseldorf. Hailed as “the boy who always smiles”, his ever ready attitude has earned him a positive reputation in the industry. His passion, ambition, drive and maturity makes him an artist that stands out among the hopefuls.
He previously interned at MassiveMusic, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During this time, he refined his skills in music production and is set to release his Remix for one of his close friends Loris Cimino on the EDM Label ‘Mixmash’ soon.
“Always when I look back at the time I spent at Abbey, I get a big smile on my face. This year, for me, was the gateway into the industry. It has also given me a whole new start in my life. I’ve met so many amazing people through this year and built some real quality relationships. I was surrounded by good, reliable people. It gave me the feeling of family which made me grow in a lot of ways. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support of Abbey Road. “
Janice Wong graduated in 2018 with an Advanced Diploma of Music Production and Sound Engineering from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. As a result, 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. Janice 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?”
Meet Lukas Thommen and Patrick Lander, two talented music producers from Switzerland who share a passion for music production. They began their journey together as a DJ duo in Basel, CH, but soon realized that they wanted to explore the music industry further. That’s when they made the life-changing decision to move to Amsterdam and study at Abbey Road Institute.
In 2020, they graduated from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam: “the best decision we ever made.” They built an extraordinary network of talented and fabulous like-minded people from around the world, collaborated with different artists, and honed their music production skills. “The experience we gained is invaluable and wouldn’t have been possible without the Abbey Family”.
“Choosing to study at Abbey Road Institute was the most significant decision of our lives. During our time there, we connected with so many amazing and talented people from around the globe and were able to develop a lot of music with different artists. We owe our immeasurable growth and success to the incredible Abbey Family!”
After returning to Switzerland, they decided to take their music production skills to the next level. They built their own studio and plan to open their own music label. Their experience at Abbey Road Institute was so inspiring that they now share their knowledge by teaching others and creating music for advertisement.
Lukas and Patrick’s passion for music never fades, and they continue to work on new “Loudrogs Bangers.” They are excited to take their music production skills to new heights and share their expertise with others.
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It’s been a life-changing experience really. I came with the willingness and hunger to learn and I left with the awareness of being not only a better producer and engineer, but a better person/human being. Once you’ve learnt all the techy stuff, you realise how much more essential it is to learn the emotional and psychological part of the game and how to deal with artists. And that only comes with passion, hunger and dedication.
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.
I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for this course, not only for the invaluable education but also for the good people at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, and everyone I’ve met along the year.
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.
“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.