You’ve spent your time at one of our schools working hard and immersing yourself in all of the learning and experiences on offer, what next?
Ambitious and motivated, alumni from across our international schools are establishing themselves in the next stages of their careers in the music industry and beyond. They’re working as producers and engineers to undertaking internships and much more. The opportunities are broad, from working in studios, for a range of businesses and startups in the music and cultural sectors to setting up their own initiatives and working freelance, juggling lots of exciting and demanding projects. We’re looking forward to following the future successes of graduates from our new Johannesburg school when our first class finishes in 2021!
We’re very proud of our graduates from Abbey Road Institute Johannesburg. Since our first cohort entered the industry in 2021 we’ve been following their journeys and achievements closely. Here you can see a range of alumni who are contributing to the future of the music industry and carving their own way with confidence.
Carlton, better known to the March class of 2021 as PC, came in to our course with a major advantage: an incredibly well-developed ear for production techniques, tone and tasteful arrangement. Besides his strong practical work, Carlton delighted us all with his rich bassy voice as James P Sullivan from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and some incredible vocal chops.
To know Chaylon is to know what is happening on the cutting edge of cool culture. Chaylon’s incredible ear & eagerness to collaborate makes him an indispensable part of any student recording – whether it be behind a guitar, a bass or a drumkit. A highlight has been witnessing the progress of Chaylon’s first compilation release since completing his studies at the institute. Watch this space if you love great music!
ie Donker Kind, better known as CF Maree has been coming up with some timeless songs in Afrikaans. Pictured here recording Vier Vensters (Watch this space: it’s coming soon…), we really miss those late-night sessions with CF singing his heart out for hours on end!
Tanzanian maestro Daniel, better known as the Soundpro, has shown incredible character in the face of some of life’s hard knocks this year. Daniel’s natural musicality shines through all his work and you can always count on him to deliver the goods with style. One of 2021’s great highlights was Daniel’s work on our hammond m100 during the dub rework of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ (with a broken hand barely out of it’s cast!!)
When we first met Darius he seemed to be a young Michael Jackson incarnate (and so much more!). No big surprise that one of the major highlights of the year was Darius absolutely killing MJ’s early ‘Rock with you’ in a smash collaboration between our October and March Students.
Djdeon0 is the experimental electronic music project of Deon Langeveld. He is a multi-instrument musician, music producer, audio engineer, 3D graphic designer, indie web developer, audio hardware technician, inventor and indie game developer.
Deon has been involved with many commercial music projects and artists including the mixing and mastering of Wesley West‘s songs, collaborating with Wesley for and with various different artists such as St.Verie (formerly known as Bijou Bijou) and Stephen Blignaut to name a few.
He was also co-founder of the indie/alternative rock band Saving Arthur as a co-founding member with various roles during its infancy on October 2016 up until October 2021 when he handed over his label Avantage Music Studios to the band’s frontman on the exit of the group.
He was also a co-founding member and former co-producer of hip-hop for the type beat company Purplehurst Beatz before leaving to pursue the advent of his label and involvement of Saving Arthur’s local live performance career and new material.
Head over to Fulsurkel Multimedia’s website for more content and information from Deon.
Besides being a top contender for the most stylish student yet, GEEK_FAM’s bountiful enthusiasm & talent make him an absolute pleasure to work within the studio. He has been taking his musical & technical skills to the next level and we are super excited to see his imminent ascension as hip hop royalty!
Read more about what GEEK_FAM is currently up to in our blog
Iyanda is one of those rare creatives who is effortlessly organized. While her meticulousness makes her a force to be reckoned with in production environments, it is her raw talent that really blew us away in 2021. Most notably, discovering her husky jazz chops on the March 2021’s rework of Siouxsie & the Banshees ‘Happy House’ has been an unforgettable highlight!
John-Henri Jansen van Rensburg, part of our October 2020 alumni, specialise in creating custom and original music for video games. CEO and Lead Composer of his own startup, Imperial Dawn Audio, he has worked with game developers from all over the world, including Finland, Sweden and the USA. His main aim is not only to make affordable game music packs, but to create custom music for games that truly immerse the player into their world.
“My job is to create, develop and ensure immersive experiences through custom music in video games. Memorability and self-identity are aspects we value in our work and standardise high-quality service and delivery abroad.”
Check out the following link if you would like to see John’s work:
Khutso is one of the most fearlessly original individuals anyone could hope to meet. His choices, from style to production aesthetics, always reflect confidence and certainty in his goals. A highlight was observing Khutso choose a drum microphone setup for his Term 2 DAW Production project & getting it ever so right!
Kirsten Hunneyball has a way to brighten up any working environment with her unbridled passion. Since graduating in 2021, she has been working as a freelance audio engineer / sound designer for film and video. She works with videographers to bring picture to life with sound through sound design, audio editing, composition, foley and any other audio post production work as well as on set location sound recording.
Some of her highlights in the workforce have included:
Kirsten keeps busy and is building a well rounded portfolio. Currently she is producing an album for a young singer named Chloe Tuck , while refining her sound design skills with projects such as the 48hour film festival.
Lein Nkosi is the man! Besides him being the ‘best-musician-we-know’ in the case of so many of us Lein is a genuine and all around wonderful guy & such a privilege to work with. An unexpected highlight was when Lein, the accomplished jazz pianist, jumped on the MS20 during our 80s Recording Workshop and absolutely killed!
Seeing Michael come into his own as a producer has been another of 2021’s highlights. Mike started the course with very little production experience but a deep passion for music and the willingness to work hard, so seeing him now steering productions with confidence & focus is a real pleasure. We are excited the way he has matured as a song-writer, producer and performer!
Getting the personality of your drumsound right is crucial to the success of your production. Most producers have learnt the hard way that it’s almost impossible to engineer this ‘personality’ into tracks if it wasn’t there at the source. Having a drummer like MJ who consistently delivers the appropriate tuning, tone and feel made every almost every session we had in 2021 a highlight! We are truly lucky to have this prodigious talent in our March class.
Nathan Kay is a talented producer of EDM music that blew us away during the Advertising Music Assignment to produce the most uplifting and edgy ad underscore. Nathan was part of our class of Feb 2021 graduates and we really miss his dry and witty sense of humor!
Nicoleen is destined for greatness. Winner of Kyknet’s ‘Maak my famous’ competition, she came to production from the perspective of a performance artist. While her musicality shines through everything she does, it is her ability to turn on the ‘attitude’ that differentiates her from the rest. Nowhere did this energy shine more impressively than the March 2021 class’ punk rework of ‘Just the two of us’ – watch this space for a video dropping soon!
Reece has an incredible talent & passion for cinema. He made us all burst with pride when he launched SoundMax3D and became the first Abbey Road Institute Alumni to become a commercial studio owner – and an atmos dubbing stage to boot.
Besides for consistently wowing us with his ultracool indie tracks, his catchy vocals, guitar, bass and drum chops, Richard also impressed our panel of investors with his incredible presentation for ‘Muse Match’ – Richard’s Music Business & Management project.
One session with Tyler is more than enough to ensure that he carries away the title of your ‘ favourite guitarist’. Tyler has never failed to deliver the tone, feel & pocket of every single cover guitar part that our March group has recorded in 2021. From Claptonesque to Peter Tosh, Tyler is bringing the guitar solo back!
Zack Steyn came as a drummer but taught himself to play all things with strings during his time with us. Undoubtedly a highlight was Zack’s final practical submission – an Advanced Music Production that produced many a ‘stankface’ for its sheer funkiness.
The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.
Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.
There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.
I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.
The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.
It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!