Welcome to Abbey Road Institute

About our team

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.  They include Grammy nominated producers & ARIA award winners. Please meet the team behind our Advanced Diploma of Music Industry.

Visiting Lecturers & Guest Speakers

 

Mitch Cairns

Mitch Cairns

Mitch Cairns is an ARIA Award winning Producer, Mix Engineer, Writer and Musician. Mitch has a passion for tones, feels, textures and an innate sensitivity toward arrangements and structure. He strives towards crafting the perfect song with a minimalist approach.

Based in Melbourne Australia, Mitch works out of his private studio built within a spacious warehouse boasting a live room with 6 metre high ceilings, Control Room and large vocal booth. A cross between vintage and modern, the studio is based around a beautiful Neve V66 Console and Protools HD.

Mitch Produced the multi award winning albums Sharkmouth, Van Diemen’s Land and Red Dirt Red Heart for ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee and no. 1 selling artist Russell Morris.

His other work includes Grammy Winner Leo Sayer’s Restless Years, Glenn Shorrock, Joe Robinson, Renee Geyer, Chris Wilson, Brian Cadd, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Rick Springfield, Joe Camilleri, Vika and Linda Bull, Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Phil Manning (Chain), Troy Cassar-Daley, Kevin Borich, Diesel, Callee Mann, Mish Fornito, Grayson, Daryl Aberhart, Electric Mary, Electric Empire, Adam Miller and ABC Jazz Award winners Fumi Boca.

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith is a multiple award winning Melbourne based Sound Designer, Composer, Producer and Audio System Designer. He has a diverse body of work in Theatre, Film, Television, Commercial and Radio Production, Live Music and Installation Art. He has been a continual innovator in the field of creative sound design, and in the integration and application of new technologies in theatrical production.

In March 2009, Neil Armfield’s production of “Exit the King” opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This production marked Russell’s Broadway debut. In May 2009, Russell was nominated for a Tony Award for his Sound Design for the Broadway production of “Exit the King”.

He has had the honour of working with some of Australia’s premier theatre directors including Neil Armfield, Gale Edwards, Sam Strong, Michael Kantor, Clare Watson, Marion Potts, Jenny Kemp, Aidan Fennesey, Robyn Nevin, Gary Young, Barry Kosky & Aubrey Mellor. His Sound Design for the Malthouse Theatre Company/Company B Belvoir production of “Exit the King”, with Geoffrey Rush in the lead, won the 2007 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Sound Design and Composition. He was also nominated in the same category in the 2007 Green Room Awards, one of a number of Green Room Award nominations he has received.

In addition to his successes as a leading theatrical Sound Designer, Russell has been involved in a number of “cross-platform” works including “Aqua Vitae” for White Night Melbourne 2016, “Wonderland” & “Seven Deadly Sins” for White Night Melbourne 2015, “Crepuscular Beam” & “Forgotten” for White Night Melbourne 2014, “Rosie’s Secret”, a City of Melbourne Laneway Project Commission, “Panic”, an audio installation beneath Melbourne’s Federation Square for the Next Wave Festival, “Echo Chamber” with visual artist Sarah Edwards, and “A Packet of Seeds”, a 30 minute audio narrative for the BBC London.

Russell has more recently become involved in composition and sound design for film, with a number of interesting and challenging projects having received his creative and unique sonic signature, and he continues to work on commercial projects for both television and online. He also continues a strong body of work in radio, where his work continues to be recognised internationally. His sound design and composition for ABC Radio National’s adaptation of “A Woman in Berlin” was shortlisted for the 2012 Prix Italia, and won a bronze medal at the 2012 New York Festivals Radio Awards.

Russell is also an accomplished Audio System Designer, and his technical and operational work in this field has taken him around the world. Russell has also worked extensively in the live music arena, both as producer, performer, electronic foley artist and keyboard player with atmos/electronic rock band Cinematic, pioneering performance playback and live sound design techniques, but also as a skilled and respected live sound engineer who has worked with both national and international artists over the course of the last 20 years.

Joel Quartermain

Joel Quartermain

A two-time ARIA and APRA award winner, the tremendously talented Producer / Writer Joel Quartermain has been honing his craft since the age of twelve.

As a founding member of the broadly acclaimed and multi award winning rock trio Eskimo Joe, Joel has worked alongside some of the world’s most illustrious producers, including: Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Triffids, Jimmy Eat World), Nick Luanay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave), Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, The Raincoats) and Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, Human League). Joel utilised the collective wisdom and experience of these luminary talents to develop his own technique and skill set, ultimately setting him on a path to a production career.

Having initially been enlisted by fellow West Australians Little Birdy and End Of Fashion to produce releases, Joel’s appetite for production work increased and he fast immersed himself in the dual role of Producer and Co-Writer. He quickly achieved local and international success through his integral work with indie super-star Meg Mac. With Joel co-writing, producing, mixing and engineering, the Meg Mac EP saw her nominated for the Best Female Artist ARIA award.

Joel has since amassed an enviable catalogue of production credits and co-writes, including: Dan Sultan, British India, Oh Pep!, Columbus, Halcyon Drive, Chris Watts, Dustin Tebbutt, Kava Kings and Fergus James, the young star tapped by Ed Sheeran to support him on his recent Australian tour.

Having re-located from WA to Melbourne in order to expand his production output, Joel’s experience, proven song writing ability, ear for a hook and his wealth of both musical and production expertise has made him one of the most coveted creative talents in the country.

Chris Corby

Chris Corby

Chris in an ARIA nominated producer, Audio Director at Channel Nine, former house engineer at Sing Sing studios and a founding member of commercial electronic group Deep Face.

As a producer Chris has worked with You AM I, The Mavis’s, The Living End, Tony Lee Scott, 28 Days, The Fauves Deep Face (ARIA Nomination) and many others.

As an audio director at channel 9 (and previously at channel 10) Chris has worked on such shows as The Project, The Circle, The Footy Show Live, Footy Classified, The Final Rod Laver Footy Show and Millionaire Hottest. He has also performed live to air mixes for The Living End, Bernard Fanning, The Veronicas, James Reyne, Birds of Tokyo, Jimmy Barnes and Christmas Eve Myer Carols (regarded as biggest Live Audio mix on Australian TV).

Along alongside his TV work, Chris has continued to work in music industry. Recently he has finished the second EP for local Artist Tre Samuels and has released two tracks he co-wrote and produced LA based Artist “Felish”.

Tommy Rando

Tommy Rando

Currently undertaking PhD Philosophy in Research of Musicology at Melbourne University. Passionate and professional musician and educator with over 25 years’ experience. Providing key support in the areas of music production, performance and music technology; including the planning, preparation and delivery of effective learning. Expert in composition, song writing and performance. Exceptional knowledge in the research of contemporary music performance in higher education. Excellent leadership, communication skills, interpersonal development, strategic goals and action plans.

Mike Emerson

Mike Emerson

Mike’s CV reads like a roll call of all the biggest and best acts of their time. Beginning in 1981 as Monitor Mix Engineer for Status Quo’s European tour through to working as Audio engineer and Production Manager for Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, Metallica the list goes on!  Before he hung up his touring boots he was Technical and Production Manager for Allphones Arena- (previously Acer Arena in Sydney) for nine years.

Steven Schram

Producer / Mixer / Engineer / Writer

Steven Schram

Producer / Mixer / Engineer / Writer

“Inimitable” has been used to describe Steven Schram’s bold style of music production. Steven is an ardent believer in performance and imperfection, avoiding the sterile end result of over refinement.

A fearless approach to production and mixing and an unmistakable sonic character has yielded multiple ARIA nominations, top 10 albums, triple j hottest 100 entries and collaborations with artists such as San Cisco, Paul Kelly, Calling All Cars, Loon Lake, Clairy Brown & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Little Red, Little Birdy, Cat Empire, and Eagle and the Worm amongst many others.

As a mix engineer for hire, Steven utilises his production savvy to breathe new life into recordings. Comparisons to the bold mixes of Tchad Blake are not unfounded considering Steven spent time under the tutelage of the Grammy winner.

His experience as a radio producer and live broadcast engineer was honed over several years working at ABC radio and for triple j’s Live At The Wireless series. In 2002, The Waifs LP Up All Night, for which Steven was an engineer, notched up a total of 4 ARIA wins, and nominated for 7 awards. His reputation and far ranging experience as a live broadcast engineer was to see him mix and engineer live to air and DVD productions for Public Enemy, TISM, Wolfmother, The Casanovas, John Butler Trio, Silverchair and many more.

Steven has made it into triple j’s Hottest 100 regularly over the past several years. 2008 kicked things off with Little Red’s Coca Cola placing at #47. 2012 garnered 2 entries for his work with indie darlings San Cisco – Wild Things (#53) and Fred Astaire (#48) while 2011 saw his work on San Cisco’s Awkwardland firmly in the top 10 for the year at #7. 2014’s Hottest 100 saw yet another Schram/San Cisco collaboration enter the countdown with the infectious single Run (#33).

Steven’s production on Little Birdy’s album Confetti an ARIA top 10 and certified Gold album, brought in 2 further ARIA Award nominations for Engineer of the Year and best Adult Contemporary Album in 2009.

2010 delivered yet another ARIA nomination and #3 album on the ARIA charts for The Cat Empire’s Cinema and with 2011 came a certified Platinum recording for San Cisco’s Awkward EP which also yielded a #1 single on the AIR charts.

His creative involvement has increasingly extended to co-writing with impressive results. Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes song “Love Letter” which he penned with the band, was nominated for Best Blues & Roots song at the 2013 APRA Awards and took out the highly coveted first place in the International Songwriting competition in the Adult Alternative category. The song has continued to have a stellar life of it’s own enjoying synchronisation to major international advertising campaigns for Heineken Beer and most recently for American chain JC Penney’s 2015 Super Bowl ad.

San Cisco’s impressive string of indie hits were also co-written with Steven and 2014 saw him further exercising this talent by working with emerging artists such as Kathryn Rollins whose EP Slow Tractionwas released in February 2015.

“He’s a bizarre guy to work with – doesn’t give a fuck about the process of recording as such, it’s all about vibing.” – Adam Montgomery- Calling All Cars – Beat March 2014

 

Simon Cohen

Simon Cohen

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

Having worked on Justin Bieber’s worldwide number 1 hit single “Love Yourself”, Simon’s credits contain an admirable list of amazing artists including Will.I.Am, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Indian Summer, Kilter, Jess Kent, Spit Syndicate, Horrorshow, M-Phazes, ASTA, Kilter, JOY, Nicole Millar, Tuka and more.

Most recently applying his skills towards artist development, Simon’s specialty lies in consistently capturing the absolute best performance out of his clients, while maintaining a technically-savvy approach.

Paul Brandoli

Paul Brandoli

Paul Brandoli is a songwriter/topliner, vocal producer and producer. Currently signed to Ministry Of Sound’s (AUS) 120 Publishing, Paul works with some of the most talented artists in the electronic & pop music genres today and has had releases with labels including Spinnin’ Deep, Armada, Musical Freedom, Ministry Of Sound, Sony, One Love, Vicious and Central Station.

 

Having several ARIA #1 Club hits, numerous ARIA Club chart top 10s, a Beatport top 5 and a few ARIA top 40 singles under his writing belt, Paul combines the creative aspects of songwriting with an A&R sensibility.

 

“Expressing your artistry is vital but having a realistic vision and plan as to where you want to take your career is essential.Make sure you have the right elements from the start.”

Jimi Maroudas

Producer / Mixer / Engineer / Writer / Arranger

Jimi Maroudas

Producer / Mixer / Engineer / Writer / Arranger

Multi-skilled Jimi Maroudas started his career working as principal assistant engineer at the world-renowned Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne. Here, Maroudas had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of Australia’s and the world’s top producers including Charles Fisher (Radio Birdman, Savage Garden, Olivia Newton-John), as well as Grammy award winners David Bianco (Mick Jagger, Teenage Fanclub, Tom Petty), Adam Kaspar (Pearl Jam, REM, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana), and Mark Wallis (U2, The Smiths).

However Jimi’s relationship with music was cemented long before these career launching experiences. At age four he began learning acoustic guitar, over time adding bass, drums, vocals and song-writing to his repertoire. In tandem with his mixing and engineering prowess, this breadth of musicality helped lay the foundation for Jimi’s emergence as one of Australia’s premiere producers.

To date Maroudas has amassed a solid discography, peppered with multi – platinum, award winning artists. Several albums he has worked on, including The Living End’s State of Emergency, Pete Murray’s See the Sun and Eskimo Joe’s Inshalla have reached the highly coveted #1 position on the Australian Charts. Jimi’s contribution to Eskimo Joe’s Inshalla alongside producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) scored him an ARIA Award nomination for Engineer of the Year in 2009, whilst his sterling production work on Mustered Courage’s Powerlines saw the album nominated for Alternative Country Album of the Year at the 2014 CMAA Awards. Jimi also produced the single Cameo Lover by the globally lauded Kimbra. The song delivered to Kimbra the 2011 ARIA Award for Best Female Artist and also won the prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting competition. Maroudas has also appeared on backing vocals in You Am I’s Deliverance album and played guitar on Olivia Newton John’s Duets record.

Jimi’s versatility and musicianship has attracted artists at all stages of their career. He produced the 2007 Triple J Unearthed winning song Way We Live for the band Number Station and in the last 12 months has been busy producing Melbourne acts Veludo, The Casanovas and Playwrite as well as seeing his work with Darwin based Worldfly gain significant traction in Germany.

Jimi Maroudas’ ability to mine the creative potential of all the artists he works with has earned him the deserved respect and recognition as one of the finest producers in the country.

Anna Laverty

Producer / Mixer / Engineer / Writer

Anna Laverty

Producer / Mixer / Engineer / Writer

Melbourne based, WAAPA Sound Design graduate Anna Laverty cut her teeth at London’s Miloco Studios as an engineer alongside multi-award winning producers Paul Epworth (Adele) and Ben Hillier (Blur), working on records for Florence & The Machine, Depeche Mode and Bloc Party amongst others.

 

With an ever increasing list of credits to her name, some notable projects Anna’s been behind the desk for in the last few years include the critically acclaimed Peep Tempel album Tales, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Push The Sky Away, Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind and Ruby Boots’ Solitude.

 

Comfortable working across the breadth of genres has recently seen Anna produce the soon to be released debut albums for Melbourne bands Voltaire Twins and Warmth Crashes In, a new song for Courtney Barnett and the much lauded single Serasan Shakes from indie electro outfit Youngs.

 

When not in a studio Anna can often be found touring the nation as a mentor in the hugely beneficial APRA/AMCOS contemporary music programme Songmakers.

 

Catherine Haridy Management is proud to represent the very talented Anna Laverty and we welcome all expressions of interest in having Anna contribute to your next recording.

Steeve Body

Steeve Body

Steeve is a screen composer and multi-instrumentalist with a background in music production & engineering, originally from the French Island La Reunion. He has over 10 years working experience in the Australian market. Steeve has owned and operated studios, engineered world renowned artists such as De La Soul, Yothu Yindi and Seal, composed music for major brand TV campaign such as Yalumba, Holden and HTC, scored several short films and a feature film, and mixed countless amounts of content for TV and cinema.

Steeve’s formative years were focused on classical music before transitioning, as a teenager, to the inevitable appeal of Rock, Alternative, Pop & Funk. Playing the guitar, bass and a bit of drums Steeve’s passion for music grew deeper as he started developing a keen interest for traditional music from La Reunion and folk music from around the world. Consequently he started to acquire a variety of exotic instruments and percussions from Africa, Asia and Europe and learnt their mechanics, sounds and culture implications as he went along.

After studying physics at university, Steeve decided to leave his native Reunion Island in 2001 for a bigger island – Australia and pursue his musical dreams, graduating with a degree in music production in 2003. Fresh out of school he started his own commercial recording studio in Sydney with a fellow classmate and slowly made his way up in the industry.

After many years producing, song writing and engineering for other people, whilst working as a freelance sound mixer and sound designer for film and tv, it has become clear that his skills and passion are best suited for the field of music composition for film and television. Writing music for picture has proven to be the most fulfilling experience Steeve has had as a musician as it has allowed him to combine his love for instrumental music, film and technology together in one.

Staff

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.

 

Gianni Michelini

Director

Gianni Michelini

Director

Gianni Michelini is an accomplished musician and music education entrepreneur having established the successful National Music Academy schools and is co-owner of the Abbey Road Institute, the education initiative from the world famous Abbey Road Studios London.
Gianni’s dynamic and indefatigable approach to the music education industry stems from his background as an award winning signed recording artist therefore understanding the student’s perspective and pathways required for Industry success.
He maintains a head-strong philosophy that music education should be delivered in a ‘real world holistic approach’ by offering courses created by industry leaders for industry application ensuring students are taught the necessary skills to become employable at global industry standards.

Eileen Sparks

Technical Officer

Eileen Sparks

Technical Officer

Eileen started her career in live sound at Sound City Melbourne, including Tour Manager/Monitor/FOH Engineer at festivals (Strawberry Fields, Hills are Alive), and for artists such as Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Jon Toogood (Shihad), Palace of the King, Jess Locke, The Football Club, Self Talk, Tim Henwood (Superjesus) and Barry Morgan.
She also works as a session cellist for artists such as; Ceres, The Outside Inn, Slowly Slowly, DZ Deathrays, Meg Mac, Storm the Sky, Darts and ASTA.
Most recently working freelance as recording and mix engineer for bands, artists and producers across Melbourne, she spends her nights at Abbey Road Institute as the Technical Officer.

David Weaver

Lecturer

David Weaver

Lecturer

David is a composer, sound designer, and re-recording engineer based out of Melbourne, Australia. Having worked extensively in short films, documentaries, TVCs, feature films, VR applications and video games, his work can be seen in festivals internationally, enjoying success in Mexico, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, London, and Canada. His work as an assistant composer and sound engineer to Original Score Studios saw a nomination for Best Music in a Documentary at the AACTA awards, and his work has been premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, at TEDx Talks and Madrid International Film Festival. A sound library and sample Instrument developer, his interest in sound has him acting in diverse roles of audio teams at multiple levels in the industry.

Alex Braithwaite

Alex Braithwaite

Alex’s career in the music industry started eight years ago with the release of the first Trumpdisco song into the blogosphere. Taking solo control of the Trumpdisco project in 2012, Alex played gigs in South Korea, Europe, Canada and South Africa as well as Australia, while the Trumpdisco remix of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ was played in the opening sequence to the 2014 MTV VMAs. In 2017 the Trumpdisco project was rebranded to SUB-human and signed to Flux Pavilion’s ‘Circus Records’ with a debut EP due for release in mid 2017.

Alex’s professional audio engineering career started after working with Slumberjack on their debut EP which went on to great success. This gave Alex the confidence to start his own mixing and mastering business.

In 2016 Alex graduated from Abbey Road Institute Melbourne which enabled him to refine and develop his audio skills far beyond his expectations. His time at Abbey Road Institute also helped him to understand the professional workings on the industry and both his solo project and engineering business have benefited greatly. Since graduating Alex was honoured to be asked back to Abbey Road Institute Melbourne where he will be teaching the trimester two students Ableton.

Paul Edwards

Academic Manager

Paul Edwards

Academic Manager

Paul’s career in the audio and education industry stretches over 14 years. He initially started out as a guitarist playing in numerous bands with various residencies throughout Melbourne before becoming the Chief Sound Engineer at one of Melbourne’s leading event management companies where he was responsible for FOH, and artist and event management for local and touring artists.

For 10 years Paul worked as both Audio Department Coordinator and Campus Manager at SAE Creative Media Institute before moving to Abbey Road Institute for its inception in 2015 as the National Academic Manager. Paul has subsequently been responsible for steering the organisation through registration and accreditation stages, whilst completing all curriculum design, implementation, and review processes for all Australian courses.

Paul holds a Cert IV in Music Business; a Bachelor in Music Industry through Victoria University; an Honors in Music through Monash University, and has completed a Masters of Business Administration through Southern Cross University in 2015.

Brad Toan

Technical Manager and Senior Tutor

Brad Toan

Technical Manager and Senior Tutor

Over the last 6 years, Brad Toan has forged a name for himself in both the Melbourne live performance and recording industries as an engineer, technician and audio equipment specialist. Working closely with both up-and-coming and established artists, Brad will often be found behind the sounds emanating from some of Melbourne’s most (in)famous music venues. In daylight hours Brad can be found sequestered in the technical office of Abbey Road Institute’s studios in Southbank where he serves as the Technical Manager of the state-of-the-art studios he personally designed, installed and now oversees with his trademark attention to detail and perfectionist mindset.

Beau McKee

Lecturer

Beau McKee

Lecturer

Beau McKee was a founding member and Drummer of Internationally successful band “Closure in Moscow” whom were signed to Equal Vision Records with such bands on their roster as Refused, Circa Survive and Coheed & Cambria. He has travelled the world and has had many fortunate experiences, most recently session drumming for Artist Sky Ferreira on a short run Australian tour in 2014. He has also had the opportunity to work alongside several top tier recording Engineers whilst abroad, enabling him to gain extensive industry knowledge and experience.

Beau has obsessively delved into engineering, mixing and mastering projects which has gained him attention both nationally and internationally for his ears and production techniques.

With the advent of boutique audio recording and niche sounds, Beau is comfortable recording a wide range of genres, consistently providing artists with an exceptional final product. With over a decade of musical experience up his sleeve, Beau has quickly become one of the most prominent engineer’s in today’s musical landscape.

Beau is based out of one Australia’s finest recording establishment Oaklands Studios located in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is also teaching Audio Production at Abbey Road Institute!

Julian Davis

Lecturer - Business and Law

Julian Davis

Lecturer - Business and Law

Julian Davis is a music industry lawyer and business identity with many years experience in record label management, tour and event promotion, and ticketing and logistics. Julian is also an accomplished musician and producer in his own right, who has over a decades experience in delivering music industry business and law subjects in vocational and higher education environments.

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.

Paul Ledingham, CEO

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.

Paul Edwards, Academic Manager

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate

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.

Deborah Melliard, Graduate