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Student Opportunities: The Piano Works is Looking for Emerging Talent

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 – all of the opportunities detailed below are for PB students and alumni only.

The Piano Works is Looking for Emerging Talent

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The organisers behind Farringdon live music bar The Piano Works have contacted Point Blank to invite students to apply to their Bar’s Got Talent Industry Night. At the end of the 13 week run, each week’s winners will compete for a £1,000 cash prize. The four quarterly winners will then compete for a £5,000 cash prize at the end of the year which The Piano Works urge to be used for their musical development. If you’re interested in entering, get in touch with The Piano Works to submit your songs.

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Exclusive Producer/Singer Meet-Up: 11th June at PB London

Are you a producer or singer looking for a new collaborator? We will be hosting another Producer/Singer Meet-Up event this term for our students and alumni at our new second studio complex in London in London. Taking place on 11th June from 18:00–19:00 at Point Blank Music School, 26 Orsman Road, London, N1 5QJ, this presents an ideal opportunity for London-based students to meet likeminded people who are looking to collaborate creatively. If this sounds like something you want to get involved in, head over to our event page to register. Be quick though, because places are limited.

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When you study one of Point Blank’s London Diploma courses, as well as gaining a first class knowledge of music production you also gain access to a wealth of exclusive student opportunities on a regular basis. Our Music Production & Sound Engineering Complete Master Diploma is the most comprehensive course we offer, covering music production, sound engineering, composition, mixing and more.

Enrol today to join the likes of Goldie, Claude VonStroke and AlunaGeorge – just a handful of the successful artists who have studied with Point Blank. This all comes as part of studying with us in our brand new second studio complex in London.

Our exclusive Producer/Singer Student Meet-Up on June 11th at new second London school is the ideal opportunity for current students to discuss collaboration

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PB London Open House: Music Industry Panel and Ableton Workshop, Friday 10th June

A couple of weeks ago we published a virtual tour of our new Orsman Road studio complex. While it certainly goes some way to capturing the creative environment and world-class facilities we offer here at Point Blank, nothing beats experiencing something firsthand. That’s why we’re hosting an Open House event at the school on Friday 10th June. Like our hugely successful PLBA Open Houses, this event is a great chance for prospective students to check out the state-of-the-art equipment on hand and take part in a two free tutorial sessions with established music industry guests. You can register for your FREE tickets here.

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Kicking the Open House off, Point Blank’s Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull will be presenting a Track Masterclass. For this session, he will bring his Ableton and Push expertise to Duke Dumont’s mega-hit Ocean Drive, breaking down the musical sounds and techniques used in the track (which has 100 million streams on YouTube and counting). Ski’s previously broken down tracks from the likes of Kraftwerk, Moderat, Caribou, Disclosure and many more and this one’s set to be unmissable.

This will be followed by a Music Industry Panel and Q&A. Moderated by PB’s Declan McGlynn, a cross-section of industry experts will discuss the challenges facing the new generation of producers looking to succeed in a constantly-evolving music industry. As the pressure mounts for artists to be jack-of-all-trades, producing, mixing, mastering and promoting themselves, this panel asks whether the ‘master-of-one’ concept is being supplanted by all-encompassing DIY approach. On the panel is Mark Jones, founder of independent label Wall of Sound, Rinse FM DJ and co-creator of S I S T E R Radio Carly Wilford, 1XTRA DJ Bailey and Sam Willis, music producer and A&R for the renowned R&S label.

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Afterwards, attendees will get to meet the instructors who will be on hand to answer any questions, there’s a full tour of the studios. For full timings, check out the schedule of the day below and don’t forget to RSVP to reserve your free tickets as places are limited.

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive: Track Deconstruction in Ableton Live w/ Ski Oakenfull (Lead Course Developer – Point Blank)
7:15pm – 8:00pm: Music Industry Panel and Q&A featuring Mark Jones (Wall of Sound), Carly Wilford (Rinse FM), Bailey (Mi-Soul Radio) and Sam Willis (R&S). Moderated by Declan McGlynn
8:00pm – 8:30pm: Instructor Q&A and studio tour

Enjoying the brand new facilities of our second London studio complex comes as part of studying our all encompassing Music Production & Sound Engineering Complete Master Diploma. If you would like to speak to a Course Advisor about this or our other Diploma courses in London,  please contact us using our contact form here or call 020 7729 4884. If you’re an international student, please call +44 20 7729 4884.

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Defected x Point Blank Competition – Enter now to DJ at Defected Croatia

As we previously announced, Point Blank has joined forces with Defected to offer up and coming DJs an incredible opportunity – the chance to play at Defected Croatia as part of the DFTD Powered by Point Blank lineup. The Defected x PB mix competition, which invites fresh talent to submit a one-hour mix via our Plugged In social media platform, is already gaining some serious momentum so if you haven’t submitted your mix yet, what are you waiting for? Head to Plugged In for full details – and hurry, the competition closes on 7th June, so fire up those skills and get to work.

The winner will be responsible for opening Sunday’s proceedings on the Beach Stage, heading up a roll call of exciting new talent under the DFTD banner. To give you an idea of the setting, peep the image below. They will also be rubbing shoulders with some serious talent; joining them on the DFTD Powered by Point Blank lineup will be Amsterdam duo ANOTR, who’ve released on Armada and, of course, DFTD and clocked up regular appearances in Ibiza. Also on the bill is Worthy, one of the stars of San Fran’s Dirtybird label whose banger Tric Trac was co-produced with Eats Everything, and Swiss rising star Dario D’Attis whose releases on Hive Audio, Strictly Rhythm and Poker Flat have contributed to his growing international profile. Consider the game well and truly raised.

© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (http://fb.com/wearehereandnow) The competition winner will get to DJ here – no pressure, right? © Khris Cowley for Here & Now

If you’re hungry to join them, don’t forget to read our Competition Terms and Conditions then head here for full details on how to enter. What’s more. As a special opportunity for Point Blank students and graduates, we also have three DJ slots up for grabs as part of a Point Blank takeover at the Defected in the House event featuring Roger Sanchez, held at the world famous Ministry of Sound in London on 2nd July. For those thinking about heading to Croatia this summer, find out more about Defected Croatia 2016 right here. As an added bonus, Point Blank are also offering discounts for students and graduates. Contact louise@pointblanklondon.com for more information.

pjimageAlso playing on the DFTD Powered by Point Blank stage: Worthy, Dario D’Attis and ANOTR

Want to be able to enter the competition but not quite ready yet? You need to sign yourself up to one of our DJ courses. Point 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. You can find out more about our DJ courses in London here.

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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free plug-ins, sounds, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Point Blank Los Angeles Music Production and DJ Diploma: DJ Setup Sneak Peek!

From July, Point Blank Los Angeles will be welcoming the first intake of students onto the brand new Complete DJ course. The 12-week programme, which also forms part of our brand new Music Production & DJ Diploma, will enable students to perform across both digital and vinyl formats with PLX turntables, CDJ2000 Nexus, XDJ750 digital controllers, RMX effects controllers, HDJ500 Headphones all on-hand at the renowned Mack Sennett studios, home to PBLA. The industry standard setups have been provided in partnership with Pioneer DJ, who are also the main equipment provider for PB’s DJ Studio in London. The pictures below offer an exclusive taster at what’s in store for Complete DJ students – and details on how to join them.

InitialDJSetup3Students on the brand new Complete DJ course in LA will gain skills across both digital and vinyl platforms

PLX-500Industry standard equipment including PLX-1000 turntables, CDJ2000 Nexus CDJs and RMX-1000 remix stations ensure students are fully prepped for the club setting

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What can prospective students expect to learn on all this incredible gear? The Complete DJ course offers a comprehensive syllabus over three months that evolves from fundamentals such as beat-matching right through to creative mixes and effects, scratching, how to produce a mix and, of course, how to transfer these skills to that all-important club setting. Guiding students throughout their journey is DJ instructor Viktor Carillo, a highly respected professional DJ who has been part of the Los Angeles scene since the 1990s. Best known as part of the Droid Behaviour crew, Viktor will not only teach students the skills needed to succeed, but offer crucial insight into the industry.

Want to find out more and get a chance to look around Point Blank’s Los Angeles studios in person? You better sign up to the next Open House event on 14th May. It’s an excellent opportunity to take a tour around the LA school and features a workshop with Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Markman, introduction to the PB instructors and a Q&A session. You can grab tickets at the PBLA Open House Event Page – and they’re absolutely free! Hurry though, places are limited.

entrancePBLA is based at the newly restored Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, a historic building that’s now a hub for the music, fashion and art worlds

If you’re considering enrolling, now’s the perfect time as there’s currently 20% off all PBLA courses if you book before May 31st. With this discount, you’ll save $2,200 on the Music Production & DJ Diploma – simply use the 20LOSANGELES discount code upon enrolment. For more information, contact a course advisor or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884.

Register to Access Free Courses, Plugins, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, plugins, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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