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. He graduated from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam in 2017, where he got advanced training in music production & sound engineering. Right after that, he gained experience at DAFT Studios and many other recording studios around the world. Bob has already 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. In addition, he is 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: www.bobvaro.com
“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 – going under his professional name Bruno Rex – is an Amsterdam based Pop Writer and Producer, who graduated from the institute in 2019. Originally from Mexico, Bruno started out with a lot of songwriting and playing live shows, among other non-musical activities.
During his time at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, Bruno managed to get his first Top 40 in Mexican radio with the advise of the team. Now he is working with a variety of artists from all over the place, with a dozen of planned releases in styles ranging from Mainstream Pop, Urban, Latin and EDM, both with Major and Independent Record Labels. Some of the future releases were produced and recorded in the ARIA facilities.
Later on this year, he is launching the dance artist project REXCEE as a way to put all the pieces together!
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.”
Gaya Tideman graduated from Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam in 2019. Armed with a Bachelors from the London Centre of Contemporary Music in 2013, she went back home to India. There, she performed and produced music, worked on sound installations and performed as a vocalist in advertising campaigns.
Gaya is currently working as a freelance Vocal/ Music Producer and Singer between Amsterdam, London and India. She is also employed at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam as a technician. At present, she is part of an all women and non-binary group of musicians and creatives called She Music International, who are actively releasing music. Gaya is also working on her own music independently.
“Being in an environment that challenges, stimulates and supports your creativity daily has transformed the way I view the process of making 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 is on the writing and production side of music.
In the past he has worked as a composer and performing artist for the indie bands such as ‘Palmsy’ and electro pop band ‘Radio Eliza’. These days Gilles is working as a composer, producer and performing artist for a new music project called ‘Banji‘ as well as producing and writing for other artists.
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?”
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” with which he currently focusses on his freelance work with artists & companies as a music producer, composer & mix engineer. Next to this he also gets his funk on as a lead vocalist and producer in his own project, with the retro futuristic soul band “The Lunar Energy”. Jermaine recently started a collective with 3 other fellow musicians/graduates from the Rotterdam Conservatory, with whom he is soon opening up a brand new creative studio space in his city.
“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!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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 graduation, Marco returned to London to intern at Miloco Studios, where he got the chance to work with a Grammy winning producer/engineer. Marco 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. 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.”
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.