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Student Opportunities: The Hospital Club Are Looking For a Trainee AV Co-ordinator

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 performances 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 Hospital Club Are Looking For a Trainee AV Co-ordinator

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Private members’ club The Hospital Club are looking to recruit a trainee AV co-ordinator to provide general support to the AV team as required and appropriate. Please be aware that the traineeship is in partnership with Camden Council and the successful applicants must reside in the London Borough of Camden. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to louise@pointblanklondon.com.

Summary of the key activities:

  • To liaise with the Events and Studio teams (and any other internal department or team) to prepare appropriate and timely AV solution for all meetings, members’ events and other organised activities throughout the building
  • To assist with the operation and management of technical elements of events/presentations to the highest standard, with responsibility for the rigging and de-rigging of the AV equipment before and after the event.
  • To ensure that AV systems are available for use on a daily basis and check tidiness of relevant areas (e.g. recover cables and equipment supplied for an event)
  • To maintain an up-to-date inventory of all AV equipment within the building and ensure appropriate storage
  • To regularly examine the Club’s AV setup and explore ways to future-proof/improve the current system
  • To ensure that all AV equipment, systems, associated cabling and adaptors are appropriately maintained to ensure the highest standards of service
  • To create and maintain a database of AV freelancers.
  • To proactively recommend appropriate technical solutions to enhance AV and technical operations
  • To provide timely information about in-house AV systems and have knowledge of alternative equipment, suppliers and standards for special events taking into account budget constraints
  • To demonstrate to/train members of staff how to correctly operate the AV equipment (e.g. Events staff, F&B Managers) in the various event spaces within the building, and to ensure the training manual is up-to-date
  • To assist in reducing AV/technical operational costs
  • To maintain records and other AV system information and ensure these are up-to-date
  • To ensure a prompt response to all AV related problems
  • To oversee third parties and contractors involved with the build for an AV-related event
  • To provide operational support to other departments where appropriate
  • To understand the needs of clients (internal and external) and deliver service excellence, which includes the need to dress appropriately for each event.

Experience

Experience or interest in providing Audio/Visual (AV) and technical support for events with a capacity size of between 300-500 people)  – Essential
Prior experience of operating and maintaining in-house AV systems in a similar environment/industry.  – Desired
Prior experience of a client-facing role in a similar environment/industry. – Essential

Knowledge & Skills

Managing a database of casual freelancers. – Essential
Ability to train non-technical staff AV disciplines. – Desired
Microsoft suite literate. – Desired
Qualified first aider and/or fire officer. – Desired

Qualities

Excellent customer care ethos with the drive to attain the highest standard of customer service. – Essential
A strong team-player and the ability to build relationships at all levels. –Essential
A proactive nature with the ability to work on own initiative. – Essential
Ability to work flexible hours (evenings and weekends) – Essential

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

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Dubspot Radio Podcast: Alan Nieves

This episode of Dubspot Radio Podcast welcomes NYC tech-house DJ/Producer and Dubspot Instructor Alan Nieves with a deep and driving mix selection of underground vibes that combines the best qualities of house and techno.

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Dubspot Radio Podcast

 

Tracklist

1. Saul Antolin – Cosas Paranormales (Alan Nieves Remix) [Kowloon Recordings]
2. Miguel Lobo – Vamos Willy [8bit]
3. Riva Starr – Dippin’ Side [Hot Creations]
4. Alan Nieves – With You [Witty Tunes]
5. Joeski – Babylon (Mihalis Safras Remix) [Maya Records]
6. Harry Romero – La Brava [Material]
7. Alan Nieves – 88 [Datagroove]
8. Dennis Cruz – New Life [Snatch!]
9. Miguel Bastida – Unlockers [Deeperfect]
10. Alan Nieves – Get Back [Elrow Music]

 


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About Alan Nieves

Working in a genre that’s all about evolution, NYC tech-house DJ/producer Alan Nieves has been doing his share to keep his sound deep, funky and taut. Combining house grooves with a techno drive, his sound is the result of a powerful synergy glued together with meticulous percussive elements. Over the span of top releases for Miguel Bastida’s Be One Records and Barcelona’s world-famous Elrow Music, he’s used new technological twists to ensure his music offers maximum dance floor enjoyment.

His tracks are charted and played in festivals and clubs all over the world regularly by the biggest DJs in the US, UK, South America, Europe, Asia, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, and Australia. His music has been supported by artists such as Paco Osuna, Cristian Varela, Roger Sanchez, Joe T Vannelli, Fran Arés, Siminia Grigoriu, Sergio Fernandez, Dennis Cruz, Darkrow, Franz Costa, Kenny Ground, Luca Lento, Dani Masi, Outway, Tini Garcia, De La Swing, Hollen, and many more.

His live sets feature cutting edge elements from shades of tech-house to house to techno and a combination of booming bass lines and modern organic grooves with an electronic pulse of refreshingly forward energy. As a mainstay of the underground music scene, he delivers his distinctive sound to many delighted partygoers on a consistent basis, rocking dance floors with infectious beats from coast to coast.

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DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

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About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Additional Information

Visit the DJ course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Mix Deconstruction w/ JC Concato (FFL!)

There are a lot of variables that go into a mix. The plugins or hardware chosen on each element, their settings and the overall tricks and techniques applied to the mix all go towards giving it its sound. In today’s Friday Forum Live!, PB instructor JC Concato breaks down a recent mix looking at everything from EQ and reverb to compression, automation and more. Join us live at 1pm to get your questions in for JC and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more tutorials and live events.

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If you want to learn more Logic techniques, our online Music Production Master Diploma course dives much deeper into Apple’s popular software. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, the diploma covers everything from mixing, mastering and sound design to music business and composition. Find out more about this course here.

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NI Maschine Tutorial: Using Transient Master for Mixing w/ Matt Cellitti

Native Instruments product specialist Matt Cellitti demonstrates how to use Maschine’s uniquely powerful Transient Master effect to tighten up mixes and various musical elements.

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Maschine’s Transient Master effect is a very powerful tool for mixing that can be used to bring sounds from the back of the mix to the front, enhance attack on drums and percussion, fix muddy recordings, reduce reverb, and much more. In this tutorial, Matt Cellitti introduces Maschine’s built-in Transient Master effect and shows us how to tighten up your mixes by applying it to various musical elements.

How it Works

Transient Master

Transients are non-tonal material that occurs at the onset of a sound. The Transient Master provides an Attack control used to emphasize or de-emphasizes transients, which will make a sound more or less lively without affecting the overall level while the Sustain control cuts or lengthens the sustain part of a sound. This extremely useful dynamic effect effectively reshapes the envelope allowing you to control the sound at its source.

 


About Matt Cellitti

Matt Cellitti began his music career recording in four tracks with his college roommate’s borrowed gear. He now tours the world doing advanced clinics and workshops using hi-end, state-of-the-art gear and software created by Native Instruments. During Matt’s international musical journey he discovered that teaching and helping musicians is his life’s true passion.

 


Maschine Program

The future of production is here. Native Instruments’ Maschine redefines the intersection of hardware and software, performance and production. With Dubspot’s Maschine program for producers and performers, you’ll go from shaking hands with this cutting-edge music platform to making full tracks and performing your music live.

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About This Program

At Dubspot, you’ll learn to produce and perform music with Maschine by becoming familiar with its hardware and software simultaneously. Maschine’s tactile controls map seamlessly to their software counterparts, unlocking an advanced production environment. The first level takes you step-by-step through producing an entire track, covering the essentials of sequencing, synthesis, and mixing along the way. We start making music from the beginning–even if you’re completely new to Maschine, you’ll be making your own beats and grooves within days.

You’ll learn sampling and recording techniques to add original material into your productions, use advanced automation features and cutting-edge effects for sound design, and explore Massive, a powerful synthesizer that’s included with Maschine. You’ll also discover how plug-in instruments and effects can expand your creative workflow, and how additional hardware instruments and controllers can be integrated into your setup. Finally, you will also learn how to integrate Maschine into a DAW as a plug-in effect or MIDI controller, with examples shown in Ableton Live and Logic Pro.

What’s Included

  • Maschine Level 1: Production Essentials
  • Maschine Level 2: Sampling, Recording, and Effects
  • Maschine Level 3: Advanced Techniques and DAW Integration

Additional Information

Visit the Maschine course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Studio Knowledge: Self-Similarity w/ Matt Shadetek

Logic expert and Dutty Artz label owner Matt Shadetek introduces the concept of self-similarity and discusses how it can help you define your own sound.

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Introducing Self-Similarity

In this article, I’d like to introduce a concept called self-similarity which deals more with the artistic component of making music. Basically, the concept focuses on how to develop your own ‘sound’ that people can easily identify just by hearing the style and sonics of your music.

An example of someone who has utilized this concept throughout their career is the massively prolific grime MC and producer, Wiley. He’s one of my favorite artists from the grime scene, both behind the mic and on the buttons. His productions are bold and unique, and so is his MC personality. He is an artist with an outsized persona who also has a great deal of both personal and stylistic courage. I have no idea how many beats and songs he has released, but it’s definitely in the hundreds in the past decade. One way he accomplishes this is by re-using a lot of the same sounds and samples. For example, he can finish a riddim, save the project as a new copy, delete the MIDI data, and then start again using the same sounds. Wiley has also used this method to develop a very recognizable sonic signature by using his signature wood-blocky massively compressed snare on so many different tracks.

Concept in Practice

Finish a track, save the project with a new name and then delete all the notes, patterns, and melodic phrases. Be careful not to hit save and overwrite your previous song without changing the name. Now, write a new song in a new key signature, maybe a new tempo, and re-use the same sounds. You’ve already spent a lot of time gathering and making these sounds, so they’re probably pretty good. Next, focus on creating melodies, beat patterns, and musical ideas rather than sound design. Obviously, in the course of the track, you may end up adding some new sounds, changing existing sounds, etc. but the point is you will have a nice palette to start with.

The second strength of self-similar production is that by doing this a few times and releasing the results, people will start to hear similarities between your tracks. In return, if they like them, they will often be happy to hear more of the same. Another use of this technique is to make several songs using a good sound palette, and then choose the best one or two to release. For example, choose two that sound similar but are different enough to stand apart. There is a fine line here between creating a sound for yourself and being repetitive, and this is where the controversy may arise. Obviously, many people, especially people who are into sounds more than songs, may complain. It’s up to you, in this case, to find an artistic balance here between similarity and variation.

Advantages of Self-Similarity

Maintaining a certain self-similarity in your own output can help people, both listeners and DJs to understand your work. Having a defined and somewhat consistent sound and vibe throughout will draw fans in when they are looking for that particular sound. For example, if I am in a record-shop looking for a specific type of sound such as interesting, weird hype grime, I will definitely check out Wiley’s new releases because I’m familiar with his sound and know he may have what I’m seeking.

Another example of someone who uses this concept in both production and songwriting is Terius Nash, aka ‘The-Dream.’ He is another artist I find very inspiring. As a producer/songwriter his shiny, heavily processed, cotton candy R+B is immediately recognizable. Again, in this case, it can be both a strength and weakness. However, someone like The-Dream, who made his initial mark as a behind-the-scenes artist, can guarantee that when his clients shop for a single at his company Radio Killa, they can be confident knowing that they would get a certain type of track that will probably set the charts on fire.

 


About Matt Shadetek

Matt Shadetek is one of New York City’s most exciting producers. His live sets encompass contemporary Dancehall, UK Funky, and Dubstep, all delivered with Shadetek’s unique production voice which bridges the underground-mainstream divide. He’s one of the rare DJs who can rock a crowd with sets composed solely of his own dancefloor bangers and remixes.

Matt’s early love for Hip Hop and Dancehall along with edgy electronic sounds led to his Warp Records debut album Burnerism as part of the duo Team Shadetek. While Matt was living in Berlin and touring Europe, the followup LP Pale Fire was released, featuring the underground hit “Brooklyn Anthem”. The hit song kick-started a dance craze in the Brooklyn reggae scene (leading to over 100 fan videos of kids dancing to it).

Returning to NYC, Matt founded the Dutty Artz label/production crew with DJ /Rupture. Shadetek produced Jahdan Blakkamoore’s debut album, Buzzrock Warrior (!K7), pioneering its signature Reggae-Dubstep-Rap sound. In 2009 he also teamed up with Rupture to release the mix album Solar Life Raft (The Agriculture). His latest release, on Dutty Artz, is Flowers, an effervescent solo instrumental effort that references dubstep, UK Funky and Garage. He has toured internationally both solo and accompanied by Jahdan as vocalist.

Connect with Matt on Twitter | SoundCloud | Website

 


Logic Pro Producer Certificate Program

Master Logic Pro X with our complete program. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the composition process in Logic and create a portfolio that includes a collection of original tracks, a remix entered in an active remix contest, a re-scored scene from a film, and sound effects and music for a video game.

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About This Program

In this program, you will develop the technical and creative skills needed to write and arrange music in Logic Pro X. You’ll create unique sounds using synthesizers and samplers, and learn how to mix and process those sounds with Logic’s vast array of effects. You’ll begin by creating a series of short sketches which are then developed into a portfolio of arranged and mixed tracks over the course of six levels. You’ll also create a remix, enter an active remix competition, score a scene from a feature film, and add music and sound effects to a video game. This program will help you develop and express your creative voice as an artist while teaching you the skills necessary to create the music you imagine.

What’s Included

  • Logic Pro Level 1: Shake Hands with Logic
  • Logic Pro Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Logic Pro Level 3: Mixing Essentials
  • Logic Pro Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Logic Pro Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Logic Pro Level 6: Taking Your EP Global

Additional Information

Visit the Logic Pro course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Subscribe to Point Blank Music by 31st December to Win a Novation Producer Pack!

In 2011 we launched our own in-house label, Point Blank Music, as a way to showcase the incredible talent of Point Blank students and alumni. We’ve since embarked on phase two, launching the Point Blank Music YouTube channel as a platform to push the music even further and – along with label partners including Axtone, Defected, Toolroom, Cr2 and more – give the artists we believe in a chance to be discovered by music fans across the globe. To help get word out, we’re once again offering subscribers the chance to win a Novation producer bundle worth over £1,300 – all you have to do is head to PB Music to confirm your channel subscription. Plus, you’ll be the first to hear fresh new music from up-and-coming artists like Fake Bear, MANTi, Badoos, Jorge Ruby and Sub One. The competition closes on  31st December.

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But what do you win exactly? If you’re picked at random from our list of subscribers, you will receive a Novation Producer Pack worth over £1,300, including a Novation Launchkey 25 MKII, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface, and a pair of KRK Rokit 5″ studio monitors. To make the prize haul even more exciting, we’re also offering a Point Blank online course of your choice. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be the next break out star of Point Blank Music.

Getting your music signed, released, and earning money from it through our own in-house label Point Blank Music is just one of the many reasons to study with us. Our Online Music Production Master Diploma is not only the most comprehensive course available online, but it offers 1-2-1 tutorials between you and your instructor every two weeks, alongside live masterclasses and the opportunity to receive customised feedback for your work as you progress.

Register to Access Free Courses, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free 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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Dubspot Top Picks: 5 Choice Turntable Cartridges for DJs

In this Dubspot Top Picks guide, we look at a selection of our favorite turntable cartridges that deliver high accuracy audio reproduction, impressive trackability, and durable designs.

Turntable Cartridges

Choosing the Correct Cartridge

Choosing the right cartridge for your needs may be a daunting task at times. There are many things to consider before selecting the right tool for the job. Ultimately, the performance potential of any turntable is defined by the capabilities of the phono cartridge you use for different purposes. Things to consider are audio clarity, response range, trackability, stereo separation and imaging, elimination of noise and distortion, stylus type, weight, output voltage, and tonal balance. Whether you are a mix DJ or a scratch DJ, the cartridge you choose can also affect the life of your records. To help narrow the many options, we rounded up a selection of professional DJ cartridges suited for both mixing and scratch DJs.

Shure M44-7

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The Shure M44-7 is arguably one of the best scratch cartridges on the market used by many champion DJ’s worldwide, including The former Invisibl Skratch Piklz, X-ecutioners, and The World Famous Beat Junkies. This legendary battle needle is built to withstand the rigorous punishment of turntablists and scratch DJ’s. The durable M44-7 offers ultra-high skip resistance and the highest output on the market capable of producing a powerful, vibrant sound with an emphasis on detailed bass. It also features a polished spherical gemstone stylus designed to remain faithfully in the record groove without skipping while preserving vinyl during intense cutting and scratching. Read more at Shure

 

Ortofon Q.Bert

Turntable Cartridges

Turntablists and mix DJs alike will appreciate the Ortofon Q.Bert Cartridge co-designed by the legendary turntablist DJ QBert. This ultimate scratch cartridge comes in two versions, the Concorde or OM Series. The Q.Bert provides unsurpassed handling, high output voltage, and low wear characteristics known for producing accurate sound with a profound bass response. Ortofon also toned down the high end to help minimize surface noise from worn vinyl and accentuated the mid-range to help bring scratching and back-cueing to the front of the sound stage. Read more at Ortofon

 

Audio-Technica AT95E

Turntable Cartridges

The Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge has long been a favorite amongst serious vinyl enthusiasts. The AT95E features an elliptical diamond designed to track record grooves with high accuracy for superior audio reproduction and a dual magnet design that offers superior clarity and detail. High frequencies cut through the mix with stunning detail, and bass tones are strong and accurate. The AT95E features a half-inch standard mount so it can be used on a wide variety of turntables and an elliptical diamond stylus designed to track record grooves with high accuracy for superior audio reproduction. Read more at Audio-Technica

 

Shure Whitelabel

Turntable Cartridges

The Shure Whitelabel cartridge is engineered with the modern DJ in mind. It is an optimal choice for Digital DJs, providing superb tracking of time-coded records, and minimal sonic coloration when mixing between digital files and analog records. Tailored for the club environment, Whitelabel features sonic characteristics including solid drop bass, flat mids, and accented highs. With a sleek and ergonomic design, the cartridge additionally delivers higher trackability, lower tone-arm resonance, and better skip resistance which ultimately extends the life of your records. It also includes an adjustable stylus overhang, reliable electrical contact, and improved stylus visibility. Read more at Shure

 

Stanton Groovemaster.V3 MP4

Turntable Cartridges

The Groovemaster.V3 is Stanton’s high-end club integrated headshell cartridge perfect for club DJs looking for a reliable design that delivers excellent sound with precision. Equipped with an elliptical stylus, the Groovemaster.V3 delivers clean transcription of the record groove while the 4-coil pickup ensures exceptional sound quality. Read more at Stanton

 


DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

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About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Additional Information

Visit the DJ course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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Club Recommendations: June 2016 (DJ Harvey, Classical Trax, Field Day + more)

Welcome to Point Blank’s monthly club recommendations column, where we trawl the listings to bring you the essential events taking place in London and Los Angeles. As the summer schedules well and truly kick in expect the odd outdoor party and plenty of crowd-pleasing vibes from hereon in. Making the Stateside cut this month is Guy Gerber’s Rumors Block Party over in LA’s Chinatown, while Trauma Live present a very different vibe, courtesy of the outsider dancehall and bass stylings of Lady Chann, 6blocc and Rizzla. In London we’ve highlighted the Classical Trax Summer Slam at Peckham’s Rye Wax, the mutant, boundary-breaking sounds of Gaika come correct Stoke Newington’s The Waiting Room, while we couldn’t leave out Field Day. The annual bash will once again descend on Victoria Park for another year of killer line-ups aimed at the capital’s clued-in music fans. See you down the front.

For those of you dreaming of seeing yourself included here, heading up the next big summer festival or slaying clubs around the world, you can find out about our range of DJ courses in London, LA and online to kickstart your journey there. Don’t forget, you can attend our Open House events to get a feel of what it’s like studying with us – register for June Open Houses in London and LA by following the links.

Classical Trax Summer Slam w/ Mungo B2B DJ Sagepay, Boko! Boko! (MINA & Tash LC), Insert – Rye Wax [London] – Thursday 9th June

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Classical Trax are an online collective of producers and label owners who share and nurture club music from across the world. Heralded for their community driven, egalitarian approach, their summer slam in Peckham, in the Bussey Building record store Rye Wax, will be an excellent chance to peep some serious, yet-to-be-hyped talent IRL. More info here.

Tropical Waste x Grey w/ Gaika, False Witness, Nkisi, Hipsters Don’t Dance, Iydes b2b Seb – The Waiting Room [London] – Friday 10th June

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Monthly party Tropical Waste have built a rep for showcasing fast-rising names from the dance music underground. The June edition bears this out, with a live performance from recent Wire cover star and Brixton-born boundary-tester Gaika. His future-primed productions – an alien splicing of grime, dance hall, garage, hip hop and R&B – mark him out as an agitator as much as an innovator. Catch him before he blows up. More info here.

Field Day w/ James Blake, Optimo, Bicep, DJ Koze, Plastician, Holly Herndon + loads more – Victoria Park [London] – Saturday 11th June

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Field Day has come into its own since its inaugural edition back in 2007. Now something of a festival calendar highlight, this year’s line-up demonstrates why it’s so popular. With a typically massive and diverse roll call of artists spread over nine stages and two days, you’d better start planning your schedule. The Resident Advisor Stage alone will be hosting the likes of Bicep, DJ Koze, Floating Points and Holly Herndon while headliners include James Blake and PJ Harvey. Unmissable. More info here.

Rumors Chinatown Block Party w/ Guy Gerber, DJ Harvey – Gin Ling Way, Chinatown [Los Angeles] – Saturday 11th June

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Guy Gerber’s Rumors party has transcended its Ibizan origins to become a truly international presence. Following excursions to Art Basel Miami and London, this outdoors Chinatown takeover is the first time Rumors has come to LA – so expect it to go off. Gerber has not only taken over a whole block, but he’s also recruited DJ Harvey for an extended set to do it. Dressing up is encouraged, so don’t be caught out. More info here.

Trauma Live presents: Lady Chann, Rizzla, 6blocc & Special Guest – The Globe Theater [Los Angeles] – Thursday 23rd June

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Trauma Live’s BASS series promises to explore the outer reaches of all things low-end with this future-focused line-up. London dancehall queen and Suncycle crew member Lady Chann is joined by Fade To Mind’s Rizzla, an artist who delights in deconstructing the status quo with his politicised productions. The line-up’s completed with LA’s own 6blocc. Dress to sweat. More info here.

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