Echo Factory Tutors

Echo Factory tutors are all music industry professionals who have toured and recorded with, managed and produced many major and breakthrough artists from across the globe.

Our tutors are not academics, they’re qualified practitioners, still innovating and inspiring.

If you want to be prepared for a longstanding career, you must learn from those who operate at the cutting edge.

Academic Faculty

Misha Nikolic 

Guitar & Music Production 
Specialisms: Live Performance; Studio Production; Composing for Film & TV
Experience: Mika; Wishbone Ash; Feroz Khan; Tony Hawks; BBC & ITV 


Alena Herel

Vocals & Songwriting
Specialisms: Live and Studios, Managing Performance Anxiety
Experience: The Voice UK, Chaka Khan, BBC, ITV & Channel 4. Launched own fashion label.

Sacha Taylor-Cox

Music Business
Specialisms: Marketing, PR & Brand
Experience: XFM, MTV, Bestival, NME, 50 Cent, Nikki Sixx, The Hives, The Dials, The Zombies, Morcheeba.


Russell Webb

Drums & Percussion
Specialisms: Live Performance and Studio
Experience: Touring and recording with many artists across many genres. Owner of BW Drum Store.

Jamie Moore

Bass Tutor
Specialist Skills: Bass Guitar
Experience: Live performances across UK & US. Ph.D. in Music Performance specialising in post-1960s music, harmony, and cultural identity.

Kerry Jackson-Kay

Vocals, Keyboard & Music Theory
Specialisms: Theatrical performances, Arrangement, Improvisation
Experience: Writes and releases music at the intersection of formal training, cabaret and punk ethic.

Salvatore Schiano

Collaboration & Composition
Specialisms: Composition, Arranging, Guitar, Sound Design
Experience: Film, TV & Theatre. Recent work includes: National Gallery, the Roundhouse and London Film School.

Tom Conway

Music Business 
Specialisms: Entrepreneurship; Digital Media; Music Business Consultancy; Photography
Experience: Playing a key role in the success of many multi-million pound businesses

Irene Røsnes

Specialisms: Multimedia performance, Composition
Experience: Global touring as a soloist, concertmaster, ensemble and orchestral player.


Javier Fioramonti

Specialisms: Latin American Guitar, Composition, Studio Production for Film/TV
Experience: BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and film; Global Touring


Piers Nicholls

Director of Studies
Specialisms: Piano, Business, Improvisation, Composition
Experience: An accomplished jazz pianist & specialist in creative arts higher education


Gerard McChrystal

Specialisms: Live performance; Orchestral performance; Studio
Experience: Performances in over 35 countries and collaboration with artists, composers, and ensembles across the world.

Paul Bennett

Specialisms: Brass instruments and arrangements
Experience: Experienced in teaching all styles, from classical to jazz and pop, including improvisation. 


Ajay Naik

CEO / Music Business
Specialisms: Entrepreneurship; Drums
Experience: Award winning entrepreneur; global touring and recording musician; columnist for Rhythm magazine.

Visiting Faculty


Specialisms: Performance, arrangement, composition & technique
Experience: Chaka Khan, Chic ft. Nile Rogers, Eliza Doolittle


Kate Rounding

Keyboard, Flute & Violin 
Specialisms: Multi-instrumentalist, Composition, Production, Music Business
Experience: Musician, writer, lecturer and arts educator, who performs and directs internationally.


Carlos Hercules 

Drums & Percussion 
Specialisms: Playing on the biggest gigs for over 20 years 
Experience: George Michael; Beverley Knight; Alicia Keys; The Eurythmics. 


Tim Muddiman

Guitar & Bass 
Specialisms: Recording, Touring, Production
Experience: Gary Numan, Pop Will Eat Itself


Vicky Warwick

Specialisms: Touring; Songwriting; Studio
Experience: Cee Lo Green; Charli XCX; Gabrielle Aplin; Rod Stewart 


Matt Chandler

Specialisms: Jazz; Funk; Electro
Experience: Pest (Ninja Tune); Solo

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Jon Shone

Keyboard, Musical Direction & Music Theory
Specialisms: Live Performance, Musical Direction, Music Theory
Experience: Tinchy Stryder, One Direction, Taio Cruz, Pixie Lott


Dishan Abrahams

Specialisms: Bass (electric, acoustic, double); Programming
Experience: Jess Glynne, Fleur East, Leona Lewis, Kylie, Sugababes, Christophe Willem