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.
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 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.
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 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”.
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’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.
“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’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 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.”
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.
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 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.
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 is an accomplished musician and music education entrepreneur. Having established the successful National Music Academy schools, Gianni is co-owner of the Abbey Road Institute.
Gianni’s dynamic and indefatigable approach to the music education industry stems from his background as an award-winning, signed recording artist. As a result, Gianni strongly believes in the student’s perspective and pathways required for Industry success.
Gianni delivers a ‘real world holistic approach’ and consequently offers courses created by industry leaders for industry application. Hence, students learn the necessary skills to become employable at global industry standards. He has also brought this approach to his involvement with the Abbey Road Institute.
Eileen Sparks started her career in live sound at Sound City Melbourne. She worked as Tour Manager/Monitor/FOH Engineer at Rainbow Serpent, The Hills are Alive and Strawberry Fields festivals. Eileen has also worked for artists such as Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Neko Case, Evelyn Ida Morris, Moody Beaches, Camp Cope, DRMGNOW, Lucy Dacus, U-Bahn, and Barry Morgan. Furthermore, Eileen is a freelance recording/mix engineer for bands and artists alike and spends her nights at ARIMelb as the Technical Officer. Eileen also works as a session cellist for artists such as; Ceres, The Outside Inn, Slowly Slowly, DZ Deathrays, Meg Mac, Storm the Sky, Darts, Bec Stevens and ASTA.
David Weaver is a composer, 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. David’s work is in festivals internationally in Mexico, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, London, and Canada. Furthermore, his work saw a nomination for Best Music in a Documentary at the AACTA awards. Also, his work has premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, TEDx Talks and Madrid International Film Festival.
Engineer, producer and educator: Alexander Braithwaite, began his career in the music industry with the formation of ‘Trumpdisco’ in 2007. Currently operating as SUB-human, Alex has played gigs in South Korea, Europe, Canada, South Africa and tours Australia regularly. He is currently releasing on Flux Pavilion’s ‘Circus Records’.
As an engineer, Alex mixes and masters for clients: Slumberjack, Carmada, L D R U, Yahtzel, Enschway & Golden Features to name a few. His works for various artists have collected over 30 Million plays on Spotify alone.
Beau McKee toured the world as a founding member and Drummer of “Closure in Moscow”. Whilst signed to Equal Vision Records, Beau has worked with Recording Engineers abroad. As a result, with over a decade of musical experience, he has become a prominent engineer in today’s musical landscape. Furthermore, Beau creates sprawling synthwave sounds as the artist “Delos”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.