Audio Mastering ENGINEER BIO: Adrian Akkerman

I have been interested in music from a very early age. I was born in Manly NSW and I spent my formative years on the West Coast of America in the state of Oregon. I enjoy recording all styles of music, and have over the years. The main components of music is it has to be "tight" and performed with passion and conviction. When the music is tight then I find it enjoyable to work with. I have been recording music/sounds on over 1500 recording sessions. Varying from simple voice over work including psychological scripts to hip hop, country and western, psycho-billy, solo acoustic artists, death metal, Reggae, electro pop, Punk, Goth metal rock, funk and spoken word / poetry.... I most enjoy it when an artist is performing with the same passion for music as I have and the vibe is up.

I was recently was awarded best music producer for the TV show Music Biz that aired on CH 31. The artist I worked with on the program was Adam Roche.

I have been playing bass guitar since 1989, in many bands (most recently with the Dirty Romantics), I have been a band reviewer/CD reviewer in the printed media (The Form Guide) and also a CD reviewer on CH 31, Asylum TV.

I was a part owner of band booking agency called Ambivert. Most notable artists Ambivert booked was Pre-Shrunk’s early shows in Melbourne and Adelaide, and Rich Webb (The Stiff Kittens).The Ambivert Urban Festivals were quite a scene, including dance acts, face painting, stand up comedy, visual art exhibitions and some circus feats…

I have been a stage manager/event organiser several times working with the Fringe festival. I booked the bands organised performance schedule and Front of house sound engineer and sourced sponsors for the PA and the lighting.

I was involved with the Come Together fund raising concerts for the Yorta Yorta people. The concerts were recorded live and then mixed, produced and engineered by Incubator. Featured artists included; Augie March, Dave Graney, Wendy Rule, Little G, and Kulcha Edwards. I have taught bass guitar, also worked in musical instrument retail new and second hand (Music Swop Shop Carlton and Billy Hyde Music).


Some artists that I have worked with: Kim Salmon, Spencer P.Jones, The Fauves, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), Brian Hooper (Beasts of Bourbon), Mick Harvey and JP Shiloh (Brian hooper project), The Resignators, John Reece from Men At Work, The Fireballs, early demo for the hip hop group TZU, Hugo Race and the True Spirit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Wreckery, The Birthday Party) and Hugo Races other project Sepiatone (Recording and played bass on a number of tracks).... This is not a fully comprehensive list. Please if I have forgotten anyone send Incubator an email, thanks.


The Resignators

Brian Hooper                                                          Tex Napalm Dimi Dero                    The Fauves

Clann Zu                                                        Yamamoto                                  My Left Boot

Manic Pistoleros                                           The Fireballs                              Cathy Freeman (Aust. Olympian)

Buried Feather                                              crewtop Detonators                   PO Police

None The Wiser                                           The Mad Feeling                         Wendy Rule 

The Good China                                            Manic Pistoleros                         Katt Beames

Blansko District                                            Humonic                                    Southern Soho                   

Los Amigos                                                  Andy Gorwell                              Jeremy Mitchell Band

Strict Vincent                                               Darkness Visible                         The Thrillkillers

Sons Of Lilith                                               Johnny Rock and the Limits        The Rockinghorse

Shade                                                          Lucid Sun                                  Saint Vitus Stance

T.K. Bollinger                                               Ducks In the Mud                       Fading Lines                                                         

I Lost Atlantis                                              The Pale Fires                            The Object Lesson

Shades Allure                                              One Lane Bridge                         Chinook

Dirty Romantics                                           Denouncement Pyre                  Systems (error)

Circadium Pulse                                           Adaptor                                     The Muddy Spurs

The Severins                                               Westgarth                                 The Vitruvian Man

Dave Larman Band                                      Big Dip                                      Scott Stanley

Jerry James                                                 Ian Andrews                              Emma Wall 

John Goodall                                                SMEJ                                        79 Revisited

Josh Dance                                                  Serge                                        The Slims

Mad Cow                                                     Inertia                                       The Four Fathers

Australien                                                   Buffalo Country                          Matt Balack

Farren Jones                                               Destitute                                   Sunsaria

Dylan Peters                                               Mark Turner Band                      Rob Park

King Peso                                                    Fat Controller                            Rising Decent

Mushroom Giant                                         Panadole                                   Hymen-Jungle

Long Gone Daddy’s                                     Voyage                                     Phillip Michael

Glitch                                                         Famous Last Words                   Rasta Unity

Red Migraines                                             Dire Trybe                                 Red Light Runners

Rhythm Speaks                                          The Shifters                             Sims Stovetop

Keystone                                                    13th Floor                               Lord Gabriel

Ramantra                                                   Brent Mulready                         Dedly Cii 

City Slickers                                                Monica Weightman                   Brolga Boys

Howlin Time                                                Johns Nylon Band                     Black and Blue

The Low Priests                                           Melanni                                    Fashion Police

Tariq Hassan                                               Unsound                                   Melody

Heathen Sway                                             IO                                            Pink Stainless Tail

Emi Frazer                                                   Noise Radio                              Cafe Passe

Jonathan Dark                                             Glyserine                                  Precious Nothing

Pat Deleo                                                     Louise and the Keys                  Destitute

Sharka                                                        Mick Rafferty                             Neon Leon

Hyper-Bole                                                  George Kamikawa                      Noriko Padano

Bravo Juliet                                                 Animaux                                  Tedesco Records

Tom Walker Duo                                         Kayla                                        Jordana

Ian Monroe                                                 Roarhouse                                The Factory

Diablo Brothers                                           Very Handsome Men                 The Monday Project

Marie                                                          H.M.A.S Vendetta                     That Violin Guy

Bonobo                                                       The Good China                        The Slippery Seal

Boy Meets Squirrel                                      Ula                                           Paul Brickett Hypnotherapist

OZ                                                             Avirus                                       The Fortress of Narzod

Firefight                                                     Bob Crain                                  Groove Taxi

Travis Band                                                The Blue Swimmers                   Decimatus

The Rust Buckets                                        Seedy Jesus                              David Clarke

Angelo and Dan                                          Mathieu Alepine                         DAN and AL

Wet Young Dolfin                                        Southern Soho                         Wretch

Scratch The Cat                                          Holly Morgan                             Marley

Australian Bureau of Statistics                     Crazy Domains                          Movo Communications

Roarhouse                                                  Traidmarc                                  Slippery Wet Seal

RustBuckets                                               Bombs Are Falling                      Jason McNear


Let’s Record

  • Being a new songwriter about to venture into the studio for the first time I had absolutely no idea how the industry worked but, from the first meeting, Adri...

    - Victor Huerta
  • " Adrian just keeps on understanding what you need as a Musician, does excellent work, is totally dedicated to INCUBATOR RECORDING ;,,Where Ladies & Gentleme...

    - Gerry James and the Chocolate Factory
  • Thanks Adrian! Great working with you on the recording and mix. Cheers."

    - Owen Eales
  • "*****" (5 stars)

    - Nikolas Kapralos
  • "very comforting and great sound quality"

    - Abu Konteh
  • "Adrian is the whole Package!!!!!!"

    - Alf Schallhammer
  • 'Adrian made me feel relaxed and welcome at his Incubator studio. His talent, skill-set and creative ear is such a gift. I feel hugely grateful to have found...

    - Right to heal Meditation
  • Adrian is a cluey sound engineer who understands what it takes to record music!

    - Blanko "Mainstreet Blues Band"
  • "It was a lot of fun Adrian you’re such a pro. Very happy with the result".

    - Davic Oakley
  • "Clunk Orchestra" has recorded two CDs at Incubator and each time was hassle free, time efficient. And an engineer whose presence was transparent only made t...

    - Geoff Spooner "Clunk Orchestra"
  • "working with Adrian to record Make Me Smile was a pleasure, it was our first time in a studio and he helped us refine the track. With his experience he made...

    - Eccentric Presence
  • "Honestly, I was super nervous going in for my first recording, but I can't convey just how happy I am to have gone with Incubator. From start to finish Adri...

    - Caine Trindall
  • After going through 4 studios to lift my album to as high as possible standard as I could, I had a few hurdles to jump before it could go to publication. Ad...

    - Al Griffiths
  • Recording my quartet at Incubator Studio with Adrian was a very relaxed and hassle-free experience. Adrian is a truly professional engineer, and has a courte...

    - Robbie Melville
  • We recorded at Incubator in the last week of March, although I had a little past studio experience I was very nervous as it was the first time for me to reco...

    - 45th Guitar Regimentx
  • "Awesome fun. So professional. That mans a wizard :-)"

    - Joanna Millet
  • I did it! I showed up... faced my fears and did my best smile emoticon I never imagined I would ever have the courage or the confidence to be in a recording...

    - Leanda Michelle "Write to Heal" -Reik...
  • "Just wanted to say thank you for your efforts over the weekend, you are an absolute genius and your coffee seriously rocks."

    - Jason Mahony: "Forklift Assassins"
  • "Props and thanks to Adrian Akkerman at Incubator Recording for the magnificent mastering job he has completed on my track, New Britannia. He took my fairly ...

    - Phil Turnour
  • "The song is sounding great, Thanks a Lot Adrian!"

    - Dave Arden (Archie Roach, The Black A...
  • "Adrian Akkerman’s production is right on the money..." Review of "Runaways" (Kim Salmon and Spencer P.Jones) CD/Vinyl

    - Robert Brokenmouth
  • "My work with Incubator is definitely not done!"

    - Spencer P. Jones
  • "I've been recording stuff at Adrian Akkerman's Incubator Recordings for five years and the results have always been professional. He's a solid eng...

    - Hugo Race
  • "Yarra Valley Water and animation business Round3 would like to thank Adrian of Incubator Studio for his excellent assistance and quality of work i...

    - Yarra Valley Water
  • "Thanks Adrian for your totally supportive and professional work.

    - Dr. Janet Hall(Clinical Psychologist/...
  • Most of the great musical performances don’t get recorded. For me I can’t count how many times my combo has been having a blitzkrieg of a warm up session an...

    - Kim Salmon (The Scientists, Beasts of...
  • So happy with the results of my work at Incubator Recordings! Adrian is a gun when it comes to sound engineering. By far one of the best sound engineers arou...

    - Traidmarc
  • I have been recording music at Incubator Studios for close to a decade now. Since day one, Adrian Akkerman has always gone that extra mile whenever I've need...

    - Daniel Tucceri
  • "I've worked with Adrian Akkerman at incubator studios on about 4 separate occasions now over the last few years & have nothing but great musical results & ...

    - Vis Ortis
  • Hey Adrian Thanks for the great job and your professional input. Loving the sounds! Hope to work again with you soon.

    - Mec
  • Wanna give a massive shout out to Adrian Akkerman @ Incubator Recording and Mastering Studios, Adrain every time without fail you manage to floor us with you...

    - High Nights
  • Adrian thank you so much for bringing this song back to life for me. Regan loved loved loved it. Adrian your expertise is amazing!!! You rock

    - Merilena
  • Hey Adrian! Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work u have and are still putting in to our project. All your input, advise, skills on the desk and al...

    - The High Nights
  • "Hey Adrian, The boys and I just wanted to thank you again for your assistance in the recording studio. We were extemely pleased with the outcome of the song...

    - Wild Coyotes
  • "We have been Incubated! Huge thanks to Adrian Akkerman for the awesome work on our upcoming CD - Hold Fast - from go to whoa a relaxing experience - it soun...

    - Slim Dime
  • "Thank you Adrian Akkerman at Incubator Recording and Mastering expertise gold!"

    - Anthea Sidiropoulos (Anthea's Rubies)
  • "Thanks heaps Adrian, the Tachimine sounded so sweet and my horrible whinny voice is nearly listenable , you are truly the grand master of Pro- Tools, black ...

    - Sam Davies
  • "We at Copycat the band highly recommend Incubator studios. Adrian really knows how to get the best sound out a band and he really knows his stuff. From set-...

    - Copycat
  • "Adrian Akkerman is the owner of his well equipped Incubator Recording Studio. He is a highly skilled and efficient audio engineer, having worked with him a...

    - John McCullough
  • "Incubator provided a very welcoming environment and helped tremendously during some complicated moments. A great place I would recommend to anyone"!

    - Round3 Creative
  • "The song sounds great (Mastering), you did an awesome job. Thanks a million".-Emma Wall

    - The Emma Wall Band
  • "Incubator's awesome and reliable gear, combined with the cool and calm Adrian Akkerman (who absolutely flies on protools!), made for a swift successful EP r...

    - The Monday Project
  • "I have recorded Live at Incubator in the past. Adrian is professional and a capable engineer with an amiable disposition who understands that not every arti...

    - Taariq Hassan
  • "Awesome! Big help, great service, loved the vibe, very happy with recording and mastering"! -BC (By Coincidence)

    - By Coincidence
  • “Amazing guitar tone, a very fast worker at getting sounds for musicians on a budget. Adrian’s a musician so his suggestions were really appreciated and help...

    - Seedy Jeezus
  • "We in Bravo Juliet have all very much appreciated your high level of expertise and professionalism throughout the production of our first album, 'Turning Ta...

    - Bravo Juliet
  • "Hey Adrian, thanks for coming to our cd launch. hope ya had a good night. Cd is selling really well. Over 200 copies gone already! Think we will be keen to ...

    - AL. Manic Pistoleros
  • "Hey Adrian, It was such a great experience recording at incubator and working with you....hope you can make it to the launch."

    - Katt Beames and the Solar Sky
  • "Awesome Day today Adrian! Thanks so much for your patience and magic sonic skills! C U tomorrow to wrap it all up!"

    - Shade
  • "The work you've done for Darkness Visible is excellent!!! Cheers Adrian"

    - Darkness Visible
  • "Hey Adrian, big thanks for all the time, effort and feedback for my songs. It's been a pleasure to have your engineering & mixing skills at work to bring my...

    - Jez Jeremy Mitchell Band