Abbey Road has lead me on an amazing year-long journey. The course requires a lot of work but I had a huge hunger to learn and enjoyed every moment. Ever since finishing the course I have been propelled through the music industry in Live Sound.
The week after finishing my course at Abbey Road I was immediately offered a job with one of the largest sound companies in Australia, JPJ Audio. This has given me the chance to gain more experience in the live sound industry while also getting to use the skills I learned while at Abbey Road.
I believe that if I had not met Lance Krive I would never have found my calling for Live Sound. I would like to extend a huge thanks to Lance for showing me everything he knew after I started to come to shows he was mixing at.
“I have to say that without ARI I wouldn’t be working with world touring artists and enjoying my passion”
Studying at Abbey Road Institute was one of the best decisions for me to get a solid push into the industry. It was all very overwhelming at first, as previously I had a more academic-based education but I found myself surrounded by people who have had extensive industry experience in their respective fields. As the year progressed and our skills developed, all the students eventually transformed into a close family with relationships that will last a lifetime.
The work included in the course was a great introduction to any field in the industry. From recording and music theory, to business and law, the skills I have acquired at ARI have surpassed that of any other place I have studied. Teachers were extremely caring about the learning experience, and making sure none of us fell behind.
Now that I have graduated from Abbey Road, through networking with the teachers and building a good rapport, I have been privileged enough to begin full-time employment at Factory Sound. This was made possible on ARI’s staff recommendation. It was an amazing feeling knowing that even after graduating from ARI I was still being looked after, and able to go straight into full-time work in the audio industry. Ever since starting it has been an unreal experience, I’ve gained even more knowledge and the team at Factory Sound are always a lending hand, it’s a great place to work at. Besides my new employment at Factory Sound I have also been asked to assist with recording projects from teachers and ex-students while being treated as an industry professional and not under supervision as if still being treated as a student.
I definitely hold ARI in high regard and recommend the course to anyone wanting to take on audio seriously and in a professional manner.
We’re extremely proud of our first cohort of students who graduated in September and are now establishing themselves in the next stages of their careers. Scattered across Australia, the UK and Europe, in a range of different roles, from producers and engineers to undertaking internships, our alumni are working in studios and for a range of businesses in the music and cultural sectors.
Debbie recently secured a job at Metropolis Studios as a runner. Longer term: ‘My rather ambitious hope for the future is to be a music producer, in the Sylvia Massy sense, so anything that leads to that! I’ve also put my name down to volunteer at Music Producers’ Guild events, which will give me some experience in live AV work, and puts me in a room full of music producers, which can’t be a bad thing.’
Within 6 months from graduating Gianluca has been working on a number of different projects. He started out at Fossil Studios before moving to take on projects at London’s renowned AIR Studios and Britannia Row Productions. His first couple of recording sessions at AIR were soundtracks for two upcoming films.
Since graduating Nash has been undertaking an internship at Denmark Street Studio, run by Guy Katsav, who also guest lectures at the Institute.
Education is more than a lecture. It is decades of experience from all corners of the globe brought together into a community of dedicated and passionate individuals joined together in journey to push the limits of creativity. This is what we aspire to every day at Abbey Road.
It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to the Abbey Road studios for classes is pretty amazing, there aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!
Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.
There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!
On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.