Meet our senior lecturer at our Melbourne Campus, Lance Krive.

Lance Krive (Senior Lecturer)

I come from the touring background, i’ve been touring with bands for over 35 years. I’m a sound man, I do front-of-house sound and also monitors for them. And now I teach at Abbey Road.


Who did you tour with?

I toured with Stevie Nix, I was with her for over 15 years. I was her engineer, doing her monitors and I also worked in the recording studios with her, as well as building studios in all of her houses. I went out with Madonna, I did the blonde ambition tour with her. I did Lionel Richie, I was out with Cher, I was out with Julio Iglesias, Anita Baker.


Did you always want to be an engineer?

I actually wanted to be a guitarist, but i released that I was no Eddie Van Halen and that I wasn’t going to make a living at it. So in my town we had a lot of bands there, so I used to hang out with the sound men because I thought they had a pretty good job, because they could make or break the band if it sounded good or it sounded bad. So I just really became interested in doing sound for bands.


What personal attributes do you need for the job?

Personal attributes and strengths that you need for this job is definitely working with all kinds of people. There are going to be times where you’re working with people you don’t like, and they can’t know that you don’t like them, so it becomes kind of a babysitting job, but at the same time its also you have to know what you’re doing because they’re expecting the best out of you, and they’re paying a lot of money for that, so when that’s happening you really have to know what you’re doing.


How do you find Abbey Road’s environment?

I think Abbey Road has one of the best environments. You come in and you’re working on the best gear out there. And just the attitude of everybody, everybody really wants to be here and everybody’s really into it. And that just makes it such a great working environment and it makes it for a great learning environment as well because the students pick up on that. And they want to be here because we want to be here, and it makes all the difference in the world.


Why did you decide to teach at Abbey Road?

I like Abbey Road because they are doing it right. They’re teaching students what they wanted to learn, not what the teachers think they want to learn. And that’s really important to me, especially in the music industry. There’s a lot of places out there that just kinda teach what they think the students want and the students don’t really want that, and here its about the students, which i think is fantastic.


What type of career paths are available to students?

The career path for students coming out of here, really the world’s open to them. I mean they can be producers, they could go do engineering in recording studios, live sound as well. They could get into film sound and doing sound for film, there’s just so many for them to work at, I mean really, its a huge industry.


What is the next step after graduation?

After they leave here they really just have to get out there and just start working. Whether it’s volunteering, or just going and finding bands that need engineers, or people who want to, you know, bands that want to record there’s always bands that want to record demos, and just start doing it. The cool thing is when they come out of here they actually have the skills to do that, so they don’t look lie the fool they actually look like they, you know, and they are, they know what they’re doing.


What advice would you give to young people thinking of becoming audio engineers?

The advice I would give to young people is you have to do what you wanna do. If you don’t think you want to do it, its probably not for you. If it’s your passion, like it has been for me then you will learn so much. I mean, as in any course or any education that you get, you get out of it what you want to get out if it. So if you have the passion you’re going to get a lot out of it.