The skills, knowledge and creativity you’ll develop at Abbey Road Institute will prepare you for the next step in your career in music production. This may be starting out in runner and assistant roles or moving into a more senior role if you already have some experience in the industry. Our graduates are highly sought after and progress onto a range of different roles and types of work.
Some of the jobs they enter into include: Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Runner, FOH Engineer, Artist, Mastering Engineer, A&R, Label Assistant and Songwriter to name but a few. They’re also working across different industries and types of businesses, from those employed by recording studios and record labels to work in live events, post-production for film & tv, digital archiving, developing new technology within the music industry, and juggling portfolio careers with their own clients.
You can browse through our alumni profiles below to see some of the jobs that our graduates have now. For a full list of alumni from both our Amsterdam and our international schools have a look at the dedicated alumni section of our website.
Music Producer & Record Mixer & Musician
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 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.”
Audio engineer, Composer, Producer & Artist
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?”
Composer and Music Producer
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.
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.
Vocal Producer & Songwriter
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.
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.”
Music Producer, Songwriter & Mixer
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.”
Composer & Sound Designer at Audiochef
Recently graduated and with distinction, Rudy Mackay 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 . 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.
“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.”
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.