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.
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.
Ramera Abraham is a London-based vocal producer, recording engineer, and songwriter. Having spent her younger years studying music in the Philippines, Abraham is now classically trained in piano, vocals, and drums. After completing her undergraduate degree in Canada, the multi-faceted created moved to London in 2017 to study our Advanced Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Production course at Abbey Road Institute.
Upon graduating from the Institute, Abraham earned an engineering residency at Spotify’s Noteable studio, under the mentorship of Berklee College of Music. It was there that she dealt with daily studio operations and delved into the world of vocal production and engineering. After her Spotify residency, Abraham became a runner and then assistant engineer at Metropolis Studios, where she assisted on several projects. Including: Little Mix’s last two albums, Grammy-nominated musical theatre album “Cinderella” with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ album, Carnage.
Abraham has since progressed into a freelance role, primarily at music distribution and artist services company, Platoon. Some of her biggest career highlights include working with Saint Harison, TianaMajor9, RAYE, Luz, Ms Banks, Henry Moodie, Kamille, and Matt Taylor. She was also included in SheSaid.So’s Alternative Power 100 List 2021 as one to watch, and is the Music Producers Guild’s Vocal Producer of the Year 2023.
Abraham has also taught several vocal production masterclasses with MPW, ICMP, University of Winchester, and at her alma mater, Abbey Road Institute. She has been creating vocal arrangements and writing harmonies from a very young age and has been in the professional recording industry for nearly six years. The majority of her work spans across the pop and R&B genres. Find out more about Ramera Abraham on her website.
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.
Stéphanie Ung completed her training at Abbey Road Institute Paris in 2019. Before studying with us
Stéphanie undertook classical training at the Paris Conservatory where she learned the violin.
She then became interested in writing and composition which allowed her to discover and explore electronic
music. It was her interest in this genre that encouraged her to pursue her studies at Abbey Road Institute Paris
where she developed skills in sound engineering and music production.
Within two months of obtaining her diploma Stéphanie secured an internship at Coppélia Studios. The following
month, she was hired as an assistant and worked on sessions with Youv Eee, 7 Jaws, Yseult, Kungs,
Ben l’oncle Soul and has begun to do sessions as a sound engineer where she has recorded
artist Laetitia Bay.
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.
Phoenix Manson is an artist/music producer from Melbourne. He makes Hip Hop and R&B music that infuses an old school vibe with the modern new wave sound. Having graduated at the end of 2017, Phoenix has since released WAVELENGTH – EP, with toplining by Charlotte Adelle as a result. Phoenix was also an integral part of the Beat Collective Committee. Most noteworthy, he ran the fortnightly, live streaming show on TRNSMT. He also performed at festivals and venues including Electric Relaxation, Surf Coast Arts Festival, Beat Collective Sessions and High Bias. Having moved from Melbourne to Berlin to start building a network in Europe, Phoenix is now exploring the electronic music scene. As a result of this, he is working with rappers and producing beats for their projects.
Phoenix’s creativity in unstoppable, and consequently most of his time is spent in the studio. He is constantly making new music for his own project or for other singers/rappers. Furthermore, Ableton Live is his weapon of choice. Consequently, Phoenix has grown from a bedroom producer who made music as a hobby to an audio professional. You can find out more about Phoenix on his website.
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.