Andrei first studied sound production to record his own music, but it quickly led to a successful career as a mixing and mastering engineer, including work with a Grammy-nominated artist.
Freelance sound engineer and producer
Sound production is an eventful career choice and you never know where you’ll end up. Being able to look forward to work every day gives you an advantage over 99% of people, and the rest just happens naturally.
Sound production is something I first tried in high school as a means to record my own music. I discovered I had a natural affinity for it, and after high school I felt that studying sound production was a natural extension of my interests.
Looking at my options, I saw that RMIT had a great reputation in the field, and all the people I spoke to continually recommended it.
RMIT’s Certificate IV in Sound Production offers a deeply immersive environment and everyone in it is passionate about sound and music, which makes the work incredibly rewarding. The real-world recording scenarios set up by the lecturers were a huge bonus, too. I was able to get acquainted with the process of recording and working in a studio in a completely risk free environment, which also allowed me the freedom to explore at my own will.
I gained a solid foundation of audio knowledge to build my own career on, as well as a broad overview of the possibilities of a career in sound. Some of the students from my year level became very successful musicians, some found work in the television industry, and some became full-time sound engineers. It’s an extremely competitive field, so working hard is a prerequisite to stand out from the crowd.
I’m now a mixing and mastering engineer for local and international artists, a record producer, an electronic musician, and lately I’ve been working in photography as well. My proudest work was mastering the second album from Melbourne experimental soul band Hiatus Kaiyote, whose song “Breathing Underwater” went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
My advice to people considering a career in sound production is to surround yourself with people who have similar goals as you, and work on anything and everything you can. Most importantly, have fun.