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.
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.
Since graduating in 2018 Ramera Abraham was selected as one of 3 worldwide recipients of the EQL Studio Residency, a programme for female music producers and sound engineers (in partnership with Berklee College of Music). In this role, Ramera worked as the sound engineer for the Spotify Secret Genius Studio that operates out of Metropolis Studios. In addition to producing and engineering, she is also an active drummer and songwriter and part of a songwriting and production duo with fellow alumnus, Antonio Esposito. While at Spotify, Ramera engineered sessions for various producers and songwriters like Sigma, 1Mind (French Montana, Wiz Khalifa), Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson), Mr. Hudson, and JP Cooper. Upon completion of her role at Spotify, Ramera is now a freelance sound engineer and vocal producer and has run recording sessions with Greyson Chance, Gabriele Aplin, and Not3s, and AJ Tracey. In 2019 Ramera was back at Abbey Road assisting on sessions with CHIC artists Jerry Barnes and Ralph Rolle.
Find out more about Ramera in her interview on our blog.
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.
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.
Léo Chupine trained at Abbey Road Institute Paris from January to December 2018. Following his graduation he first became an Assistant Engineer at the Studio de Meudon. This studio is particularly well known for providing two exceptional concert pianos for recording - a Steinway and a Fazioli. Léo Chupin then started work as a freelance sound engineer following his first sessions at the Studio de Meudon. He's had great recognition for his work and his innovative approach. In the second half of 2019, KR magazine selected him to be one of the "10 emeritus sound engineers" who have new ideas about the industry. The article was published in the special issue winter 2019-2020 edition.
Leo Mendes exerce depuis sous le statut d’intermittent du spectacle. A cet égard il se produit dans plusieurs pays (France, Angleterre, Ecosse, Italie, Israël …). Il a notamment participé à l’édition portugaise de The Voice dans laquelle il est arrivée aux étapes avancées de la compétition. Il s’est notamment illustré en direct sur la chaîne portugaise par ses interprétations tant techniques que musclées. Notamment une reprise de “Whole Lotta Love” du groupe Led Zeppelin ou encore “Highway to Hell” des australiens AC/DC. Producteur, il développe aussi ses collaborations musicales au quotidien.
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.