The ADAM Audio scholarship is a unique opportunity for promising audio engineering students.

In cooperation with an international network of outstanding educational facilities, we have formed the ADAM Audio Academic Program including a scholarship. We would like to nurture young talents and help them to make their way into a flourishing career as an artist, producer or engineer.

On this page, you can get to know the ADAM Audio scholars and follow their progression:

Cristian Zárate [SAE Institute Barcelona]

Self-taught Colombian musician and punk-rocker Cristian Zarate graduated in Sound Engineering at San Buenaventura University before going on to enroll at the SAE Institute, Barcelona. Starting out playing guitar in Bogota’s hardcore scene, Zarate can nowadays be found behind the mixing desk, for example recording EPs for local Spanish acts James Vieco (listen here on Spotify).

At the moment, Zarate takes part in the full stack producer program from engineer Jordan Valeriote and continues to improve his guitar skills, in addition to working as an illustrator and donating his time to social activist groups.

Dennis Linders [Conservatorium van Amsterdam]

From picking up the drums at a young age, the Dutch musician first studied as a chemical engineer before enrolling at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Electronic Music Academy). Having studied music from a young age, Linders is currently pursuing his goal in becoming an electronic music producer, following his love for hardstyle. Having already picked up some keyboard skills, along with a full grasp of contemporary production techniques, Linders is looking to establish himself as a recognized artist. Recording under the alias Dissolute, the Dutchman is forever keeping an open-ear and open-mind to advancing his career further.

Dennis is currently working on a 3-track EP and is looking forward to getting signed any time soon.

Dustin Painter [Middle Tennessee State University]

Having already received a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, Dustin Painter currently studies at Middle Tennessee State University, following through on his interests in audio, synthesis, and media production. It’s here, by combining his academic pursuits and interests in spatial audio and virtual reality audio implementation, that Painter is looking to create a new VR application for his final MFA project.

Outside of his academic pursuits, Painter works as a freelance producer, composer, and sound designer. To date the Nashville based musician has already worked with such established brands as Disney, IBM, and Siemens, in addition to having numerous film and TV credits.

Gabriell Pacino [Middle Tennessee State University]

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, producer, engineer, and all-round talented musician Gabriell Pacino is currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University where he’s finishing his Bachelors in Music Production, and Masters in Recording Arts and Technologies.

Far from just being an academic, Gabriell has also amassed a substantial amount of studio experience. During school, Gabriell started to teach himself music production and engineering, and after recording several projects, two of which were his own solo LPs, he would go on to start his own business. After clocking in hours of experience as a studio assistant in Nashville, Gabriell now runs his own studio where he’s provided professional recording and mastering services for a vast number of domestic and international artists.

Gil Wallach [Pluto Studios, Tel Aviv]

With a background in jazz music, the Israel producer and sound designer Gil Wallach became more involved in production and music technology during her time playing in musical ensembles. Wallach recently graduated from Tel Aviv’s highly regarded Pluto Studios, where she studied sound engineering and design. It was whilst studying to become a studio technician that Wallach started to collaborate with local film and animation students. It was through her work creating soundtracks, designing foley and effects, that the classically educated musician began working on various short films, one of which received an award at the Tel Aviv “Animix” festival.

Iulian Popovici [SAE Institute Paris]

Parisian audio-scientist Iulian Popovici has always been fascinated by music theory. Fulfilling his desire to combine both science and creativity at a local engineering school, Popovici proceeded to enroll at the SAE Institute Paris to further study Audio Production. Alongside his course, Popovici has also been studying advanced harmony and composition for big bands at jazz school, while also working as a sound engineer for small festivals and events. Having built up a degree of studio experience recording others, Popovici looks to further his background in sound work by helping out other artists though their creation process in a professional engineering setting.

Jonathan Daniel [BPM College, Tel Aviv]

A graduate of acclaimed BPM College in Tel Aviv, Jonathan Daniel is an Isreali producer and engineer who specialises in pop, hip-hop, and soul sounds. A trained musician, Daniel’s interest in production grew after being introduced to Fruity Loops whilst in school, into a fully-fledged career producing and engineering for other local artists.

Since graduating from BPM, Daniel has worked on various EPs and albums from his home studio. Although Daniel’s style largely fits within the trap and pop world, there have been some surprises in his work catalogue to date, including a project alongside Rafael Biton, the head of the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra.

Martin Wolf [SAE Institute Berlin]

A graduate of SAE Institute Berlin, Martin Wolf began his musical journey toying around with various DAWs, before eventually finding his sound and releasing his first recorded track in 2012. Having gained vocations in Industrial Engineering, Media Engineering, and Musicology it wasn’t long before Wolf went on to put out his first EP in 2018 on Leipzig bass-focused imprint Defrostatica Records. A fan of instrumental bass music in all its forms, Wolf also works as a freelance DJ, producer and audio engineer, having worked at various establishments throughout Germany.

Matt Flood [BIMM Institute Brighton]

Having already released his debut album back in 2015 under the alias Surgecore, UK producer and music talent Matt Flood is no stranger to the studio. A somewhat musical prodigy, having achieved a distinction in Drum Kit Examination at age 15, he is currently enrolled at BIMM, Brighton, studying Music Production. His wealth of background experience includes playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at various orchestral concerts, plus producing records for UK-based singer songwriters. Alongside his studies Flood moonlights as a Performing Arts Technician at a local school close to his hometown where he’s taken on the role of in-house studio producer and recording engineer for various school projects.

In May 2020, Matt released an album with his rock band called THUDD featuring the single “What Once Was“.

Ollie Edwards [University of Surrey]

Over 12 years ago, Edwards picked up the guitar together with his father. Through intense practice the British music student has been able to master the instrument over time. Now, currently in his final year studying music at the University of Surrey, Edwards now performs, composes, and produces his own music, and is fully proficient in multiple musical styles and genres. Alongside his studies, Edwards also teaches guitar at the university, is in involved with multiple musical projects, performs live, works with several other producers, and is currently writing his final composition dissertation on “Rhythmic Distortion: Breaking Conventions of Popular Music Composition using Non- Idiomatic Metric and Rhythmic Strategies”. He also engages a lot in “genre bending”, exploring the use of modern production techniques and electronic stylistic approaches in contemporary rock and metal.

Robin Eveborn [SAE Institute Stockholm]

Multi-instrumentalist and seasoned producer Robin Eveborn is a graduate of both SAE San Francisco, and SAE Stockholm. Having picked up drums from an early age, he later started to focus on songwriting, music production and synthesizers at around 18. Now, best known for his composition and production work with the Swedish pop outfit Last Lynx, Eveborn’s studio includes producing, mixing, and recording for groups such as Tella viv, Llojd, Therese Lithner, and more. As an artist he’s also done remixes for Adrian Lux, Urban Cone, Magic Man, plus others. And, along with all of this, he’s also lends his keyboard playing skills to do live sets for the local band Vacation Forever.

Rory Cochrane [PointBlank Music School London]

Having grown up in the UK just outside of London, Rory Cochrane’s love of house music from a young age inspired him to pursue a career in DJing and production. Currently studying Music Production and Sound Engineering at Point Blank Music School London, Cochrane also makes music and DJs under the alias “Blame Rory” as part of the duo “Funk Cartel”. Cochrane has also been instrumental behind the UK label and events company THUNDR productions, which has seen him, and his label cohorts, play at various showcases and events throughout the UK.

Rory and his brother have now been signed to Point Blank’s very own label to release his music.

Sergi Alvarado [SAE Institute Madrid]

Spanish rock musician Sergio Alvarado started to play drums and guitar back in 2008 and made a name for himself with the band Leather Heart. As a songwriter and bass player in the outfit, Alvarado was able to tour extensively, in addition to acting as the band’s producer. Following on from his time with the band, Alvarado went on to sign up at the SAE Institute Madrid, where he now records and produces other local talented acts.

Simona Melzer [POP-Akademie Mannheim]

At just three years of age, German musical talent Simona Melzer was already taking classical violin and ballet lessons. Her career from this point onwards has been nothing but awash with accolades, awards, and industry experience. With qualifications in Music Production and Sound Design, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, Melzer worked and performed at the Roundhouse in London, where she was chosen as a “Rising Sounds Artist”. She has more recently been furthering her experience composing and producing music within the gaming sector, for which she was nominated for various accolades, including the Annie Awards in Los Angeles, and the “Deutscher Entwicklerpreis”. Currently Melzer is pursuing a career as a producer and DJ in the house and techno scene and will be releasing music under her alias “Mona Yim”. The project was endorsed by the YouTube Early Career Scholarship and featured on RedBull Radio UK.

Ylva Brandtsegg [BIMM Institute Berlin]

Drummer, producer and vocalist Ylva Brandsegg obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Popular Music at Westerdals Oslo School of Art Oslo, before going on to BIMM Berlin to further her studies in Music Production. Originally starting out playing in bands, Brandsegg’s interest in composition and production started to take shape during her early studies. Gaining an interest in electronic music, she eventually decided to move to Berlin where she now produces music for others, as well as working on her material; a brooding, mystic style of electronic-pop she records under the alias Ylva Øyen. Ylva performed the song “Think About Things” by the band Daði & Gagnamagnið at the Eurovision Song Contest Final 2020 in Hamburg.

In their own words ...

"This scholarship is a great opportunity to work with such a well-respected team in the recording industry. To be part of workshops and meetings, exclusively designed for production students, is a fantastic opportunity to meet industry professionals and build networks, which will be very important for my future career."
Matt Flood
1st Scholarship Owner from BIMM Institute Brighton
"We've been treated like royals ... it truly has been an amazing experience!"
Rory Cochrane
1st Scholarship Owner from Point Blank Music School

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