About Us

Meet the Team

Audio Militia is a tight-knit mix of strategists, music psychologists, composers, sound designers, final mix engineers and technologists with a common passion - working together to create powerful music, sound design and sonic branding for the biggest local and international brands.

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Craig Hawkins

Executive Creative Director

Craig is not only the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Audio Militia, but also Frontman, mix engineer and producer for local Metal band Pestroy ,spanning 16 years headlining festivals both local and abroad ,and opening for many international acts such as for Metallica at FNB Stadium .

In addition, Craig has been a vocalist for many Drum n bass acts both live and in studio.

 

He is also an award winning and Sama nominated mixing engineer, producer & remixer across a multitude of different styles, specialising in Rock & EDM .

 

Craig has worked with artists like Desire Marea, Hellcats, Louise Carver, Jack Parrow, and JR. 

Craig Hawkins
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Nick Argyros

Co-Founder / CEO

Nick’s passion for the arts originated from a very early age. After excelling at The National School of Arts and completing a Bachelor of Technology Diploma at WITS, Nick’s passion for music began to blossom.

 

Nick’s continuous involvement with well-known bands such as 16Stitch, Seether and most recently: Newtown KNIFE Gang, have made him one of South Africa’s most skilled and respected drummers.

 

He has worked with, and learnt intensively from international Producers, including the likes of Jay Baumgardiner (No Doubt, Evanescence, Run DMC, Alien Ant Farm, Creed) and Ulrich Wild (Slipknot, Pantera, Taproot), who have also proven to strengthen his skillset.

 

Concentrating on Vocal Performance and Production, his innate attention to detail has made Nick one of the most sought after Vocal Producers in the industry. He has mastered the art of “Melody and Vocal performance” on multiple albums, allowing him to bring a different angle to the song-writing process.

 

His extensive career has included playing shows in Europe and the United States, as well as headlined many major South African festivals, including Woodstock, Oppikoppi, Ramfest, Synergy, Splashy Fen, Rocking the Gardens and MK’s “By die Dam” which has given him the opportunity to share the stage with The Prodigy, Sum 41,Blindside, In Flames, Funeral For A Friend, Alkaline Trio, Trivium, Biffy Clyro, The Foals and Danko Jones.

Co-Founder/CEO

Music Strategy / Legal

Nick Argyros
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Richard Staub

Head of Final Mix

Richard has been with Audio Militia since the end of 2009 and heads up the Final Mix Department. 

 

Proficient in guitar, bass and drums, Richard has also composed and worked with clients such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Mercedes Benz, Nike, KFC and many more.

 

Outside of work, a big lover of live music and touring. Having done multiple tours of South Africa, Europe and Australia with a multitude of bands such as The Dead Will Tell, FREExMONEY and Conqueror HC. 

Head of Final Mix

Enigineer

Richard Staub
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Simz Kulla

Vocal Specialist

Simz Kulla is a producer /musician /artist /vocalist; Yamaha endorsee; composer; arranger and musical director. His instruments are primarily keyboards and guitars.

Better known for his work with The Muffinz, Simz is a well-rounded fresh musician with abilities to lead in any musical setup. Learning how to sing at the age of 5, Simz has been able to use his talent of vocal arrangement/production to create melodic and harmonic progressions for upcoming artists and established artists. 

This has made Simz well equipped for choral music, string sections and big band setups as well.
Simz currently writes, producers and arrangers music for local artists in South Africa.

 

Accolades:

  • Regional Coach Ser(Vocal) Coach Champion 2011(UJ)

  • National Coach Ser(Vocal) Coach Champion 2011(UJ)

  • Metro FM Music Award Winner for Best Group Album 2012

  • 6 Time SAMA award Nominee 2012 - 2015

  • Feather Award Winners (Musician of The Year) 2012

  • Arts and Culture Trust Award Winners (Music and Singing) 2012

  • Wawela Award Winners Best Group/Duo 2012

Vocal Specialist

Composer, Engineer

Simz Khula
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Gcina Dibi

Studio Manager/ Talent Influencer

Dibi is a multitalented entertainer from the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He makes music in the hip-hop genre and has worked with the likes of Reason, Stogie T, Moonchild Sanelley, Lucille Slade, J Smash, Touchline Truth and LucasRaps, to name a few.

 

In addition to this, he is the co-creator, writer, and co-director of the hit YouTube comedy-drama series titled Love: The Webseries, starring Thabang Maloba, Zigi Ndlovu, Sandile Mahlangu and Nozi Langa.

 

Music & Film make up his passions and skillset.

Gcina Dibi
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Catherine Grenfell

Executive Producer

Catherine made her mark as a Producer and Presenter on 5FM for 15 years and has worked across a multitude of radio stations in South Africa. 

 

She was also a lecturer for 5 years at Boston Media House, Freelance Radio and field producer and social media content director. Catherine has also DJ’d & MC’d at multiple music festivals over the years.

 

Other accolades:

Judge for The South African Music Awards for 10 Years

Loeries judge

Executive Producer

Artist Sync

Catherine Grenfell
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Tobi Akinbiyi

Managing Director Audio Militia Nigeria

Tobi Akinbiyi has been active in the music scene since 1993, starting off as a DJ, attaining his Audio Engineering Diploma from SAE (School of Audio Engineering), then Bachelors (with Honours) in Recording Arts (Middlesex University).

Founding his own record label (A.T.T. Music Entertainment) and lecturing at various campuses in Europe and the Middle East.

 

He has not only shared stages and studios with the likes of Grammy Award winning artists such as Coolio and 50 Cent, but has also mixed live shows for artists like Cobhams Asuquo, Nathaniel Bassey, Lara George, Tim Godfrey and worked on albums for multi award winning Nigerian artist Darey Art Alade.

 

Tobi’s works have gained numerous awards on Nollywood movies like The Meeting (staring Rita Dominic) and the documentary Faaji Agba was awarded “Best Documentary” at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in 2016 - additional work include productions for Zenith Bank Nigeria, Interswitch and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) respectively.

 

Tobi’s training in civil engineering in Austria, paired with his extensive knowledge in audio engineering, has allowed him to plan and build various studios across the world at the highest standards and equip venues like churches and event centres with state of the art sound reinforcement systems.

Managing Director Audio Militia Nigeria

Tobi Ankinbiyi
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Garrick Jones

Composer /Enigineer

Garrick has been making music in various forms from a young age. After having been part of numerous bands in his high school years, he started to experiment with production which ultimately resulted in the formation of “DeaderThanDisco”. 

 

DeaderThanDisco saw multiple top 10 hits on various Radio stations nationwide and were finalists in “Steve Aoki's - Come With Me” remix competition. 

 

Through this, the band participated in a masterclass in Amsterdam with the likes of Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Steve Aoki.

Garrick Jones
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Samantha Slabbert

Music Psychology & Research

Samantha is first and foremost a music fan, and despite having her Trinity Grade 8 in Bass guitar, Samantha’s passion peaks in what happens behind the curtain instead of on stage. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business and Honours in Music Psychology, she focusses on the cogs in the system that are often overlooked when creating audible art.

 

Her extensive research into the sociological and emotional effects of music and musical components, helps her emphasise the true purpose of every piece of produced music.

 

Before joining Audio Militia, she was intrenched in the music business, managing an online publication and podcast which generated content with the likes of Periphery, Underoath, Memphis May Fire, Bring Me The Horizon, Pendulum and Camo & Krooked to name a few.

Music Psychology & Research

Strategist

Samantha Slabbert

Composition and Final Mix

Composer, Engineer

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Paul Norwood

Executive Creative Director

Paul started his music career in 2002 while studying at Vega – The Brand Communication School. While completing his studies, he simultaneously taught himself the skills needed to record, edit, mix and master his band’s first studio album. The band’s name was 16Stitch, a progressive hard rock band, who took the South African music scene by storm, touring locally and abroad for over a decade, and performing alongside some of the world’s greatest hard rock acts.

 

Paul teamed up with Craig Hawkins, in an effort to take his music production skills to the next level, and together they founded Audio Militia in late 2006 which has since  grown to be recognized as Africa’s leading Music and Audio Agency,

 

Paul Norwood
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Bathabile Kom

Head of Translation and Localisation

Bathabile is our localisation manager at Audio Militia, she is a Post-production expert, specialising in Translation, Dubbing and Localisation. With over 6 years experience in her area of speciality she has worked with international brands like Coca-Cola, Disney, DSTV, McDonalds and Harvard just to mention a few. Under her post-production supervision a series called eHostela was nominated for a number of SAFTAs. She studied BAdmin in International relations at the University of Pretoria and is currently a registered student at Unisa School of law. The best way to predict the future is to create it and this is how she approaches every opportunity. 

Head of Translation and Localistion

Bathabile Kom
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Keneilwe Dire

Studio Manager

Keneilwe is a happy-go-lucky and extremely motivated digital content enthusiast.

She is a Media Studies graduate who majored in Radio Production and has since proven to be a rising star in the media space.

 

On the surface, she is a hard working,
diligent, intelligent and has a keen eye for detail, which makes her a fantastic producer.
In reality, she sees production as more of an art form and encompasses the finer nuances of creating a space for those in her charge to create and express their art.

Studio Manager

Keneilwe Dire
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Etienne Hachler

Composition Specialist

Etienne Hachler, composer at Audio Militia with 10 years of working experience, studied at ASE (Academy of Sound Engineering, Diploma).Certified protools operator, guitarist, bass guitarist and music programmer.

 

Composed work for clients such as Disney LA, Nickelodeon France, Volkswagen, KFC, Nike & Stussy (Shelf-life - a multi award winning project: ciclopefestival Grand Prix, D&AD Wood pencil, onepointfour Sliver award, Clio sports winner silver, bestadontv best ad of the week) amongst others.Composed scores for films and short films including Black Market Brawl, My Beskermer, Shaft 6 and Moosebox animation series.

 

Performed with multiple bands such as Wrestlerish, Gangsterdam and Weed Dealer at festivals (Oppikoppi etc) and local venues around South Africa From 2008 - till present.

Composition Specialist

Etienne Hachler
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Omphile Moduka

Final Mix Engineer

Omphile is the newest final mix engineer at Audio Militia. Having graduated at AFDA with a BA in motion picture medium in 2015 Omphile has since worked on multiple award winning commercials, documentaries, film and television series both on set and as a final mix engineer. 

 

He has a deep passion for the advertising space and watching how it grows and develops and from time to time being fortunate enough to get to work on some great pieces. 

Final Mix

Engineer

Omphile Moduka