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.
Our Amsterdam alumni join a global Abbey Road network including all of our graduates as well as our industry friends. This extended family are from different backgrounds and with different skill sets they progress onto a range of careers. Brought together at the end of their study for the global graduation ceremony there are many opportunities for future collaboration and partnerships.
Clara Blanchet est une jeune auteure, compositrice et interprète française née à Paris. D’abord résolument moderne, son style s’inscrit entre pop et rock. En effet, ses influences musicales vont de la variété au folk-rock, en passant par la musique électronique et le hip-hop. Fort de son premier single “Baise-main” elle a notamment remporté les KR Découvertes 2018. A la suite de cette récompense, KR a organisé un concert intégralement retransmis en streaming. Clara a ensuite collaboré avec la productrice Sylvia Massy pour une nouvelle vision du single “Baise-main”.
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Ramera Abraham is a London-based vocal producer and recording engineer. After years of ABRSM classical music training in piano in Manila, plus additional vocal and drum training, Ramera finished her undergraduate degree in Canada and pursued an Advanced Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Production from Abbey Road Institute in London. Upon graduating from the Institute, she earned an engineering residency at Spotify’s Secret Genius studio, with mentorship from Berklee College of Music. It was there that Ramera dealt with daily studio operations while delving into the world of vocal production and engineering, often having to take on these roles with high profile artists at the studio.
After her EQL Spotify residency, Ramera became a runner, then an assistant engineer at Metropolis Studios. At Metropolis, she had the pleasure of assisting producers and artists such as Adele, Jess Glynne, RAYE, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Little Mix, MNEK, Sam Fender, and Elton John. After her time as an assistant, Ramera progressed into a freelance recording engineer role at Platoon, a music distribution and artist services company owned by Apple. She was also recently included in SheSaid.So’s Alternative Power 100 List, and is long-listed for Rising Star and Vocal Producer of the Year for the Music Producers Guild Awards 2023. Ramera has also taught several intermediate and advanced production, basic engineering, and mixing masterclasses with MPW. She has also taught masterclasses at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) College in London, University of Winchester, and at her alma mater, Abbey Road Institute.
She has been creating vocal arrangements and writing harmonies from a young age, and has now been in the professional recording industry for nearly 6 years. Ramera has had the pleasure of working across other amazing studios such as SARM, Dean St. Studios, Denmark St. Studios, and Electric Lady. THe majority of her work spans across the pop and R&B genres.
Following his graduation, Dominic Parry worked as a full-time apprentice at leading audio equipment rental company Britannia Row Productions. Founded by Pink Floyd, Britannia Row has grown to become a global leader providing equipment for the London Olympics, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons and The Cure‘s tour. Dominic assisted in the 2019 Brit Awards as a stage technician for numerous performing acts including James Bay, Calvin Harris, Hugh Jackman, and P!NK. He has also worked on Andrea Bocelli’s world tour and the MTV European Music Awards. Dominic’s apprenticeship scheme at Britannia Row Productions continued the training he started at Abbey Road Institute. He worked for several months in each of the companies departments (Maintenance, Speakers, Cables, Rigging, RF, Digital, Warehouse Manager Assistant & Prep) whilst taking part in two 15 week training courses; Live Sound fundamentals and Live Sound Intermediate graduating with distinctions in both.
Despite COVID having cleared his calendar of potential work in 2020, Dominic was not disheartened but instead moved to New Zealand, who were COVID free at the time, to find stable audio work. There he freelanced for Oceania Productions on: All Blacks vs Australia Bledisloe Cup (Corporate Lounge), Aotearoa Music Awards (mic & backstage management) and Plane Sailing festival 2022 (stage tech). He also started as a Production Technician for Streamliner Productions where he was then promoted to Head Venue Technician for Sky City.
Dominic is extremely proud of his work in New Zealand, working on projects that hold extreme significance to Māori culture such as operating the audio for The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care in 2022.
Dominic is currently taking the Ableton Professional Certificate with Berklee Online, hoping to break into playback engineer roles in the future.
After her course at ARI, Gabriëlle started working as an assistant engineer at SARM Studios, where she worked her way up to become an engineer. Here, she engineered for Little Mix and most notably assisted on Madonna’s most recent album ‘Madame X’. Whilst at SARM, her first producer cut, Koffee ft. Gunna ‘W’, came out. She is now signed under her producer name ‘GG’ to Warner/Chappell and is Grammy nominated for her work on Masego’s album ‘Studying Abroad: Extended Stay’. Outside of her work there she also producing her own music to pitch to artists. Some of her highlights so far at SARM include working with American producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, Mark Ronson), engineering during his writing sessions. Engineering has been her main focus since graduation, and Gabrielle also plans to maintain both work in production and songwriting as part of her future career plans.
You can find out more about Gabrielle’s experience at SARM in her interview on our blog.
Quentin Durual joined Abbey Road Institute Paris having already gained some experience in the music industry. He worked freelance in mixing and compostion as well as working on two festival of light projectsin Lyon before studying with us. He also studied in London for a year to make music and improve his English. Following that he joined Abbey Road Institute Paris in 2017. After Quentin graduated at Abbey Road Studios, he travelled to Australia for a 3 month internship at the famous and well respected 'Studios 301'. Upon returning to France, he has been working on a variety of projects including composing for television through a company called "The Range". He continues working as mix engineer and as a session guitarist for performances, collaborating with artists such as Nicko Soulchildren odaiba, Paul Flint and Tony Dofat. You can find out more about Quentin on his Instagram account.
Raphaël Guédin studied on the part-time Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering at Abbey Road Institute Paris from October 2017 to September 2019. A highlight of his time at the Institute was recording band ‘Mother Vulture’ in the Gatehouse at Abbey Road Studios.
He also completed an internship at Audioscope studios, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris whilst he was studying with us. The experience turned out to be very constructive as a few days after the end of his training Raphaël was hired as an assistant at the famous studio. Find out more about Raphael here.
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.