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 Sound Production.

Visiting Lecturers & Guest Speakers

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.

Alex Braithwaite

Alex Braithwaite

My career in the music industry started eight years ago with the release of my first song into the blogosphere. Through the ‘Trumpdisco’ project, which I took solo control of in 2012, I have done multiple tours of Australia, played shows around the world including gigs in South Korea and festivals in Canada and South Africa. Furthermore, I have had my song played by artists I look up to even having my remix of Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ played in the opening sequence to the 2014 MTV VMAs.

I have continued to refine my production skills throughout my career as ‘Trumpdisco’, in 2014 I began pursuing my skills in mixing and mastering. My first work for another artist was with Slumberjack and their self titled EP which went onto great success, propelling their careers forward and starting my own mixing and mastering business. In 2015 I joined the Abbey Road Institute to hone my skill set and broaden my knowledge outside of just the electronic side of music. Studying at Abbey Road Institute has enabled me to advance far more than just my aptitude in music, I now have a much greater grasp of what being a part of the music industry entails.

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.

 

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards

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

 

Whilst at SAE QANTM he served as the Audio Department Coordinator and Campus Management roles before moving to Abbey Road Institute for its inception in 2015. Paul is the National Academic Coordinator at ARI and has been responsible for steering the organisation through the registration and accreditation stages, whilst completing all curriculum design, implementation and review processes for all Australian courses.

 

Paul also holds a Cert. 4 in Music Business and a Bachelor in Music Industry through Victoria University, an Honors in Music through Monash University, and completed a Masters of Business Administration through Southern Cross University in 2015.

Brad Toan

Brad Toan

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

Beau McKee

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

Julian Davis

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.

Carly Gray

Carly Gray

Carly Gray has become a familiar fixture of the Melbourne music scene since migrating from her native home of Perth six years ago. With years experience behind the decks, Carly can be found spinning tunes most nights a week a Melbourne’s most famous night spots. Also an esteemed producer, Carly has released her tracks both independently and though Australian record label Vicious Music and last year gained the support of radio stations Triple J Unearthed and KISS FM. While all that keeps her busy, Carly still manages to to bring her industry experience to Abbey Road Institute. When she isn’t taking care of admin and student services, she’s helping out with marketing and PR or teaching Abbey Road students secrets to success as a producer.

Lance Krive

Lance Krive

Lance Krivé is internationally known in the industry as the architect of the Diploma of Sound Production (Live Sound.) Head VET lecturer Abbey Road Institute, Melbourne, he is one of the people behind the development and implementation of the course, and his CV is, to say the least, positively mind boggling.

Between 1984 and 2001, he worked as monitor engineer/studio engineer for Stevie Nicks, Monitor Engineer for such artists as Lionel Ritchie, Cher and Julio Iglesias and many others. He was the playback engineer on Madonna’s 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour, crew chief backline and guitar technician on Michael Jackson’s Dangerous and History world tours, house engineer at The Palace and The Whiskey in Hollywood (when not on tour) between 1985 and 1998. Since arriving in Australia in 2001, Krivé has been house engineer for The Mercury Lounge, East Brunswick Club, Ferntree Gully Hotel, The Pier, The Croxton Bandroom, and still does live sound every weekend. Lance is also nationally recognised here and in the states for his sound production work with famous artists and in films such as: Manic (2001) and Tortilla Soup (2001).

 

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.

Lance Krive, Senior Lecturer

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!

Jason O’Bryan

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.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer

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

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate 2016

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 2016