We’re very proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced staff. We hand-pick experts and practitioners in the music industry, and they bring a wide range of skills and talents to the course.

Ryan Collings


Ryan has been working in the music industry for 20 years, and he’s currently a specialist trainer for remixing and live sound at Abbey Road Institute. He not only provides training to new talents but also works as a songwriter, producer, musician, DJ, and event curator.

Over the course of his career, he’s has worked alongside, mixed and collaborated with artists such as Angus Stone, Icehouse, Steve Prestwich (Cold Chisel), Rei Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Fanny Lumsden, Dami Im, The Stray Sisters (The Waifs), and Nicole Miller. 

As a producer, Ryan has provided composition and sound design work for the likes of Arturia, leading critics to compare his work to Diplo and Architecture in Helsinki. He continues to build and share his skills in this field, producing and performing within his own projects – dhanks and Really Nice.

Ryan currently runs innovative multi-arts events in Sydney – Almost Fridays – featuring live music, live visual arts, and live remixing. Extremely passionate about interdisciplinary community building in the arts, this zeal is also showcased in Ryan’s prolific output of collaborative production and songwriting.

With over 1000 hours of international performance in the last 5 years; Ryan is passionate about mentoring aspiring music professionals, enabling them to unlock their potential, excel and thrive, whether it be in music production, performance, recording or business.

Stefan Du Randt

Stefan Du Randt has quickly earned a reputation as one of Studios 301’s most prolific producers, mixing and recording engineers. Stefan moved to Australia in 2015, relocating from South Africa where he owned and operated his own studio in Johannesburg. He was also the principal engineer for Grammy Award-winning producer Darryl Torr (Soweto Gospel Choir), where he worked on albums by MTV and SAMA award-winning artists Die Antwoord, Spoek Mathambo, Zebra & Giraffe, Gangs of Ballet and Shortstraw. 

Stefans engineering credits are highlighted by his work on Mac Millers’ posthumous album “Circles”, alongside an impressive list of notable Australian and International artists such as Elton John, Zedd, Delta Goodrem, Peking Duk, Diesel and many more.

Stefan has recently developed a niche for mentoring up and coming engineers alongside building and facilitating the 301 Academy. He hopes to continue sharing his knowledge and expertise with Abbey Road Institute students, particularly in the mixing and recording process.

Jess Deskovic

Trainer / Engineer

Jess Deskovic is our Technical Officer at Abbey Road Institute Sydney and an in-house engineer at Studios 301.

Jess is a talented upcoming producer, vocal producer and mix engineer. He started his career in Beijing, China, and relocated to Australia in 2014 where he continued to evolve his craft in various studios in Sydney as a producer and audio engineer. Since joining the Studios 301 team in 2018, Jess has worked alongside an admirable list of artists including Rae Sremmurd, King Princess, Kelly Rowland, Nick Littlemore, Julien Wilson Quartet, and Brockhampton .

As a producer and mixing engineer, Jess’s work can be showcased on releases by Vaz Des, Atlas Bound, INQ. and Milam. He keeps himself busy mixing in the electronic, hip hop, and RnB genres.

Alongside Abbey Road Institute and Studios 301, Jess is also working on his own artist project Polhov as well as developing several artist projects as he continues to work with some of the industry’s top acts.

Simon Cohen

Simon Cohen is undoubtedly one of the best vocal producers and mix engineers in Australia.

His work is commonly showcased on a global stage, having achieved Grammy and ARIA nominated accolades, along with multi-platinum accreditations and several billion plays on Spotify and iTunes combined.

It’s Simon’s precise and detailed approach to vocal recordings which has made him a sought-after producer and engineer for both Australian and international artists alike.

Highlighted by his vocal engineering for Justin Bieber’s worldwide #1 smash hit “Love Yourself”, Simon’s engineering credits span an admirable list of renowned artists from Australia and across the globe, including Will.I.Am, Guy Sebastian, Illy, Set Mo, Vera Blue, Thundamentals, Thelma Plum, Indian Summer, Jess Kent, Horrorshow, M-Phazes, ASTA, Justice Crew, JOY, Nicole Millar, Tuka, Urthboy, Movement and many more.

As a mix engineer Simon’s skills are showcased on credits such as Starley’s breakthrough hit single “Call on me”, Voice 2017 winner Judah Kelly’s #1 single “Count on me” and an array of releases by Jessica Mauboy, Kilter, Glades, Teddy Cream, Coda Conduct, Horrorshow, JOY, Will Sparks, Savage, Stara, Emma Pask, Spit Syndicate and the list goes on.

Most recently honing his craft towards artist development and full-fledged track production, Simon’s speciality lies in consistently capturing the absolute best performance from his clients, while maintaining a technically-savvy approach to his craft.


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This course taught me how to set up a freelance structure. Knowing things about invoicing and tax and learning how much I should charge. Abbey Road taught me that I have to look after this myself.

Alex Mraz, Graduate

Before I was at Abbey Road, it was easy to write a song, and get a singer. But the songwriting process doesn’t work like that. It was important to understand vocal production, writing, and music. It should all happen simultaneously.

Joel Robinson, Graduate

Abbey Road really helped me with the foundation of audio. It’s an overwhelming subject at first, but [the course] really breaks it down and really makes it digestible.

Charlotte Adelle, Graduate

The time I spent at Abbey Road Institute helped me transform my skills. I came from a bedroom producer who made music as a hobby to an audio professional.

Phoenix Manson, Graduate

Abbey Road was the perfect stepping stone into my professional career as an artist and audio engineer.

Alex Braithwaite, Graduate

Studying the past year at Abbey Road has been phenomenal. The teaching staff are top notch and I now have a community of people to draw on who are as obsessed with music as me.  

Emily Toner, Graduate

Abbey Road Institute gives students the head-start they need to succeed in today's industry.  The facilities at Melbourne are second to none and it’s great to see students grow and be rewarded for their efforts.

David Weaver, Academic Coordinator