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 Advanced Diploma of Music Industry.
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.
Scott Saunders has had a remarkable musical career for over 40 years as a composer, performer, musical director, producer, educator, and researcher.
Best known as the founder of DIG (aka Direction in Groove) which toured locally and internationally playing jazz festivals including; Montreux, North Sea, Vienna and many other venues establishing a unique and highly respected place in Australian musical history.
Scott has received a Gold Record, a MO and 2 APRA awards and several ARIA Nominations.
He has composed scores for screen, theatre and large-scale works for Sydney Festival and the Queensland Music Festival.
Scott has collaborated with many artists including Dave Mason for the VIVID festival and Touch Sensitive (Future Classic).
Scott also has a Master of Philosophy (Music) thesis; “The Aesthetics of Groove”.
His latest venture Vudu Boogaloo explores funked up Hammond organ Soul Jazz grooves.
David Weaver is a sound designer, and re-recording engineer based out of Melbourne, Australia. He has worked extensively in short films, documentaries, TVCs, feature films, VR applications and video games as both an in-house team member and additional contractor. David’s work has been featured in film festivals worldwide including spots at Sundance and Tribeca.
Melanie Bucknall is the Student Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at Abbey Road Institute Sydney.
She is responsible for looking after and supporting our students throughout their time studying with us. Alongside her administrative work, she is also working across our social media channels, website, blog and events.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Entertainment Business Management in 2016, Melanie has worked with the City of Sydney, Cattleyard Promotions and Specific Music across multiple events and shows including Groovin The Moo and the 50 Songs in 5 days songwriting camp.
Prior to joining the Abbey Road Institute team Melanie worked as a key part of the OneMusic Australia licensing team assisting with the launch of the integrated licensing initiative between APRA AMCOS and PPCA.
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 Raod 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.