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Head of Strøm School – Lars Juhl

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“I am on the mission of my life: to change music education as we know it.” Head of Strøm School, Lars Juhl, describes his job.

Name?

Lars Juhl

Place of work?

The Strøm office in central Copenhagen. Quite often I’ll also be working in London or Berlin. I’ve just arrived home from Knowledge Arena, an educational event hosted across three amazing festivals in August: Strøm (Copenhagen), Dimensions and Outlook (Pula, Croatia).

Job?

As head of Strøm School, we provide knowledge, education and the development of electronic music in Denmark and abroad. I managed 47 educational events throughout 2015 including tech workshops, artist talks, gear-sharing events and keynotes.

I’m on a big mission to make it possible for everyone to be musically creative with music technology – and to make these technologies inspire and dramatically change music education in primary schools, high schools and universities in Denmark and abroad. I consider computers, iPads and electronic gear real instruments – to me the acoustic piano is old music technology and the iPad just a newer one. Technology is not only a tool that enables users to make ‘real music’ – technology is a true means of musical expression. For example, one large project I do is The Electronic School Concert – a two week intensive course for primary school classes that ends with a concert where students perform live in front of friends and parents – on iPads.

[quote]To me the acoustic piano is old music technology and the iPad just a newer one[/quote]

How long have you had the job?

For two years. The first six months was more of a consultancy role but it’s been full time since January 2015.

What does a typical day involve?

There is never a typical day! My only constants are being with my kids every other week and my piano.

There is one thing though: I force myself to produce at least one important thing each day, be it a pitch, a great email, a new concept, a piece of music or a fruitful meeting.

Highs of the job?

There are many. What pops into mind is the recent feedback from a teacher in a primary school. We had completed a two-week project followed by a concert with his pupils. After the curtain fell he said to me: “This is the best and most rewarding day in my life as a teacher. Today is the peak of my career.” I still get goose bumps when recalling those words. Another thing that thrills me is when students, musicians, DJs and employees take giant steps through projects that I conceived.

Lows of the job?

I’ve sadly had to pass on great collaboration opportunities or I would never get any sleep! Narrow-minded people  don’t realise the ongoing and inevitable changes in music education and indeed the music business. Fundraising can also be tedious – because you never know if you’re going to succeed.

Who are the people who’ve had the biggest influence on your career?

Apart from my twin brother Anders? Firstly, I had a career coach and psychologist that saw right through me and basically made me quit a prestigious job in order to follow my visions in line with my talents. Secondly, the amazing people I run projects with such as Tony Nwachukwu (CDR), Jonathan Scrathley (NVS) and Frederik Birket-Smith (Strøm). Thirdly, I had the opportunity to record Terry Jones and Alan Rickman singing my songs for a movie back in 2000. Working with actors in that league was a mind-blowing experience – the way those people strive for perfection is unbelievable.

How did you get the job?

Strøm called me right after I had quit a prestigous job. It’s a non-profit organisation supporting electronic music in Denmark. We run Strøm Festival every August as well as educational activities and further projects throughout the year.

How can we get your job?

Create a similar one – and I would be the first to collaborate with you! I would rather give advice based on my own experiences: try to be a pro in several fields! When I was younger, my only dream was to be a composer and music producer. I actually made that dream come true working for eight years for EMI and BMG from the mid 90s onwards. However, I was let down by a publisher and lost a crazy amount of royalties. I therefore moved on to sales, marketing, education and even headhunting. Working in such different fields has helped my perspective in the music business. In the creative industries, it’s very important to have a broad range of skill sets.

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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Tristan E/A Debroise

One of the many reasons to learn the craft of DJing at Point Blank is that you get the chance to have your mixes played exclusively on Pioneer DJ Radio alongside the likes of top artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. We get a real kick out of showcasing our students’ talent and seeing it reach an audience of thousands each week. What’s more, because PDJR also features shows from some of the biggest and best labels out there including Cadenza, Get Physical and Defected, you never know who might be listening.

DJPoint Blank’s brand new DJ Studio in our second London facility is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

Tristan Debroise was only 18 when he left his hometown of Angers in France to immerse himself in London’s storied dance music underground. It was to prove a life altering decision; inspired by what he heard, Tristan armed himself with a pair of Technics and set about turning his love of music into a career. He’s since found himself on the same line-ups with some of his heroes Arnaud Le Texier, Saytek, Voigtmann and Alex Celler. Always looking to refine and improve, he enrolled on the Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma at Point Blank earlier this year, and he’s even extended his stay until December, “because i do really enjoy the working atmosphere and meeting people from different musical Horizon”.

Indeed, it’s Point Blank’s unique creative environment, and the collaborative potential it fosters, that Tristan singles out when discussing his time here. “Everyone is sharing their own experiences and knowledge. You can meet so many people from different parts of world and it teaches you a lot about music and helps you set up future projects.” However, he is also quick to highlight the impact the Music Production modules have had on his sound. “I was explained, in depth, some techniques that I used in the past but never really understood properly.” Check out his hour long mix for Point Blank’s Pioneer DJ Radio show to get a feel for his off-beam, deep techno style. You can find more from Tristan at his Soundcloud.

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Feeling inspired? Why do what Tristan did and join us. You can find out more about our DJ courses in London here, or if you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, please book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on 0207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Tristan in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s show on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louise at Point Blank.

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Student Opportunities: Radio Syndication Company Are Looking for Radio Producers + More

We strive to give our students and alumni unique opportunities to get involved within the music industry. These come exclusively from our extensive network of industry contacts, and can range from DJ performance to internships and paid roles too. Scroll down to see what’s popping this week, and for those that want to access many more ongoing opportunities like this, you can find out all about our courses right here! Please remember, that all opportunities posted here are for Point Blank students and alumni only.

Ibiza-based Radio Syndication Company Are Looking for Radio Producers

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Do you love radio and have a passion for Ibiza? On Air Radio Syndication are a radio syndication company based in Ibiza that makes and syndicates radio shows for clients around the world. Radio show syndication helps artists to grow their listenership and increase their fanbase alongside building a successful career while playing live to their fans around the world.

They are looking to recruit expand their team and build good relationships with forward-thinking music creatives. For the role of Radio Producers, they are looking for applicants who can create a radio show from scratch, including adding jingles, idents and presenter links. Join the On Air team and you will be able to add some of the biggest names in the industry to your CV, you will get to hear new music from artists before they release it to their fans and grow your skill set.

The company works with major artists/brands such as Yousef, Sankeys, The Sound of Renaissance, Darius Syrossian, Klingande and many more.

Details: This is a paid weekly role.
Fee: Depends upon your experience and how many shows you can make per week.
Location: Online from anywhere. We live in the digital age, as long as you can produce a good quality radio show the clients will be happy.
Bonus: They are looking for a Radio Producer to come and work in-house next summer 2017 in their Ibiza offices from May until September. This will be a paid internship. Accommodation will not be included, but they will help the candidate locate a place to stay before he or she arrives. A driving license is a desired for this role.
Hours: This job requires a minimum of eight hours a week with a view to making two shows within that allocated time. More hours will be added as this role grows. Please contact Louise to find out how to apply.

The NoiseHouse are Looking for an Electronic Music Producer

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The NoiseHouse, a leading audio production company responsible for the creation and production of radio shows and podcasts, are looking for an aspiring electronic music producer to help with both the production and syndication of some of the world’s biggest dance music radio shows. The role will include promoting the radio shows to international radio stations, expanding artists’ syndication lists and building comprehensive reports.

There will also be other radio production tasks so a grasp of Ableton or other production software will be essential. Each week the NoiseHouse is presented with new and exciting projects and therefore the role will also include helping with administration as well as assisting other team members with their projects. If you’re interested in applying, please send a CV and cover letter to louise@pointblanklondon.com. This is a paid role.

DJ Awards Launch 6th Edition of their Bedroom DJ Competition

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The 6th edition of the Bedroom DJ Competition in partnership with Mixcloud is looking for for emerging DJ talent to win a trip to Ibiza for a unique one-to-one master class with Doorly. They will be looking for mixes that show individuality and a passion for electronic music.

The winner will get the chance to get a unique insight in to the world of electronic music and it provides a fantastic platform to showcase their skills in dance music’s clubbing capital of the world, Ibiza. They will get to play a set at an iconic Ibiza venue and feature on DJ Awards Radio Show that will be broadcast worldwide on Pioneer DJ Radio and in Ibiza and Formentera on 92.4FM. It will also be posted on Pioneer DJ Radio’s Mixcloud page.

The winner will also go home with a prize pack of Pioneer DJ equipment including the new, top of the line DDJ-RZ, one of the first professional, native controllers for Rekordbox DJ. Plus Doorly will be mentor for the one-on-one master class at the Pioneer DJ Lab at Café Mambo Ibiza. Here’s how to enter.

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News Round-Up: 9/9/16

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London club Fabric closes doors, Native Instruments announces Maschine Jam, a Soul Session at BPM, Reloop’s new Mixon 4 DJ Controller, and a free room-modelling reverb for Focusrite customers.

London superclub Fabric closed down by local council. Following its licence review, London club Fabric has been closed down. In the New Statesman, Emma Warren put the decision into context, describing it as “another downward notch in London’s cultural reputation post-Brexit”. Writing for the Guardian, former UK government drugs advisor (CHECK) David Nutt laid the blame at the country’s drugs policy. Meanwhile, the Museum of London and Islington Council addressed claims that property interests were behind the licensing decision. Fabric will appeal the verdict and are hoping to raise £500k to cover legal costs. Find out more here.

Native Instruments announces Maschine Jam. NI announces Maschine Jam, a modern production and performance system created for fluid, intuitive track sketching. It offers versatile workflow designed to swiftly capture, develop and arrange creative ideas using tactile step sequencing and touch-sensitive performance controls for the latest Maschine software. Watch it in action above, and find out more here.

Reloop’s New Mixon 4 DJ Controller. In collaboration with Serato and Algoriddim, Reloop announce Mixon 4, their new multi-platform, high-performance four-channel DJ controller. Use Mixon 4 to explore new innovative mixing tools and the latest expansion packs with Serato DJ software, or integrate with Spotify using Algoriddim djay PRO instead, and connect to iOS devices with a Lightning connection. More information here.

UNDRGRND Sounds release Real Deep. Inspired by the likes of DJ Koze, Axel Boman, Frits Wentik and Nicolas Jaar, Real Deep weighs in at 870 MB of rich, organic and idiosyncratic loops and samples crafted with classic hardware and unique found-sound recordings. New customers get 30% off their first order. More info here.

Spectrasonics ship Keyscape from September 12th. Keyscape is a new virtual instrument featuring the largest selection of collector keyboards in the world. From “holy grail” pianos to stunning keyboards this is a another extensive product from the Spectrasonics team. More details here.

Focusrite Brings Free Room-Modelling Reverb to Registered Customers. Focusrite‘s new Plug-In Collective offers exclusive deals from the world’s leading plugin companies to registered Focusrite customers.  For September, they’ve teamed up with Eventide to offer a free, distinctive and natural-sounding stereo reverb plugin worth $199. More details here.

Chilled-out Soul Session at BPM | PRO. Following the show at pro audio exhibition BPM, which is to be held in Birmingham this weekend, Locked In will host a chilled-out session with DJ and soul legend Des Grant and live sax. Find out more here. Purchase tickets here.

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