We’ve handpicked industry experts and academics from all areas of the recording and music business. They bring a wealth of experience, expertise, skills and insider knowledge. Their roles range from engineers, producers and musicians to A&R, marketing and management. Please meet the team behind our CUA60520 Advanced Diploma of Music.
Our students have access to some of the best industry professionals in the business. From engineers and producers, through to business and legal professionals, our students are guaranteed to exposure to industry leaders and professionals with decades of experience at the pinnacle of the global music business.
Ron Haryanto is the CEO and Campus Manager at Abbey Road Institute Sydney and the General Manager of Studios 301. He is responsible for the management and administration of the school, overseeing the day to day operations and the long term plans for the campus.
In addition to this, Ron has been working at Studios 301 since 2015 and is an instrumental figure in building the unique collaboration between Abbey Road Institute, Studios 301 and the wider Australian Music industry.
As an industry professional for over 20 years, Ron is still an active songwriter, performer and record label A&R. He has built a vast network across all areas of the music industry with producers, artists, labels, studios, publishers, music brands and associated music organisations.
Alongside the management of the school, Ron is actively involved in supporting students, mentoring engineering and artist talent and building a strong sense of community.
You can find out more about Ron in this interview on our blog.
Lynley White-Smith joined the team in 2022 to oversee academic operations of Abbey Road Institute Sydney as a Registered Training Organisation with a strong focus on quality learning and assessment outcomes, in alignment with the keystone global curriculum and unique collaboration with Studios 301 and its industry network.
Bringing to the role more than a decade of experience as a music industry professional, most recently as Operations Manager at Studios 301 – Australia’s largest music recording, mixing and mastering studio, Artist Manager to hip hop duo Coda Conduct – at the time signed to iconic indie label Elefant Traks, as well as qualifications including a Master of Arts Management, Bachelors of Management (Marketing), Bachelor of Arts (International Studies), and currently embarking on a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.
Lynley is an advocate for music creators, motivated to connect exceptional artists with fans and brands, and facilitate communities where creatives can collaborate and thrive.
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.
Stefan’s 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 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.
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.
Andy has an established history with Abbey Road Institute, enrolling as a student in 2019. Following his graduation, Andy now joins the Institute’s team as our new Technical Officer, supporting students on a day-to-day basis and keeping our studio, production rooms and classroom equipment world-class.
Andy is an upcoming composer and singer-songwriter with musical styles ranging from contemporary, electronic and orchestral to pop, lofi and jazz arrangements. He has been working closely with the Studios 301 team to develop as an engineer and producer whilst providing support for current Abbey Road Institute students via his experience as a previous student himself.
Through his role as a Technical Officer, Andy is looking to master his technical engineering and sound design skills which will enhance his production for his own songwriting.
Paul Brandoli is one of Australia’s go-to songwriters, topliners, producers and vocal producers. Paul’s career trajectory in the last few years has seen him focus on the electronic, club and pop music scene to amazing results.
Paul has toplined and vocally produced 7 ARIA #1 Club hits, co-written and vocally produced 4 ARIA top 40 singles, and a national Spanish #1 single, and has currently amassed over 40 million Spotify spins.
His work is currently showcased on recordings by Zeds Dead, Timmy Trumpet, MOti, Kill The Buzz, Josh Butler and most recently having co written Set Mo & Woodes smash hit gold single “I Belong Here”.
Paul’s implementation of his songwriting, vocal coaching /production and artist development skill sets makes him much sought after across music genres. More than vocal production, Paul’s approach is more aligned to artist development in the way he works with an artist to create the perfect vocal to a track.
“In my approach, I like to think I can bring something amazing out of vocalists that they may not be aware they can do. The most rewarding thing for me is helping already talented artists execute on point studio performances even they didn’t even know they had in them.”
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.
Harvey O’Sullivan has over a decade of experience in audio engineering. Havey has been working at Studios 301 since 2013, alongside running FBi Radio’s live music show “The Live Feed”.
Harvey’s mastering credits include works with artists such as Owl Eyes, Gordi, The Living End, Coda Conduct, Flight Facilities, The Lazy Eyes and Panama to name a few. In addition, he worked on a number of live recordings from Vivid, Sydney Festival and Sydney’s Biennale with artists such as James Blake and Sharon Van Etten. Harvey has previously shared his expertise with emerging talent, lecturing in sound and stagecraft.
Adrian Breakspear is a GRAMMY nominated and ARIA winning producer, engineer and mixer whose credits include Gang of Youths, Boy and Bear, Delta Goodrem, Ricky Martin and Pharrell.
Adrian began his career in London in 2001 and spent 11 years working in some of London’s most iconic studios, including Miloco, Strongroom and Abbey Road.
In 2017 Adrian won the ‘Producer of the Year’ ARIA Award for his work on Gang of Youths’ sophomore album, ‘Go Farther in Lightness’. Adrian also has two ARIA ‘Engineer of the Year’ nominations, and a Grammy Nomination for his work on Pharrell’s chart-topping album, ‘G I R L’.
More recently Adrian has been working with CLEWS, Johnny Hunter, pinkiscool, and The Two Romans (Switzerland) in production and mixing roles.
In 2021, Adrian joined the roster of engineers and producers at Studios 301, making his wealth of knowledge & experience available to clients as well as becoming part of the wider 301 community by joining Abbey Road Institute as a guest lecturer.
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.
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.
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.
Abbey Road was the perfect stepping stone into my professional career as an artist and audio engineer.
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.