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Rane Presents: The 2016 DMC World DJ Championships

Experience the most epic DJ competition at the DMC World DJ Championship Finals and witness the crowning of the world’s greatest DJ on September 24th at London’s 02 Forum in Kentish Town from 2pm – 11pm.

DMC World DJ Championships

On Saturday, September 24th the iconic DMC World DJ Championship Finals returns to London at the historic 02 Forum in Kentish Town where the most established DJs across the globe take their skills to the stage in one of the most fierce and prestigious DJ Battles in the world. From DMC battles, legends are made!

Running annually since 1985, the championship is sponsored by American pro audio equipment manufacturer Rane and has firmly rooted itself in DJ history as one of the most internationally recognized events in DJ culture. In addition to live performances, this year’s event offers and a running set of four workshops to all attendees from lyricism/DJ lessons to breakdancing and beatboxing introduction tips taught by industry professionals. Each workshop is set to focus on a particular aspect of hip-hop culture and supports a more interactive environment, allowing guests to hone their own skills to further appreciate the ever-evolving art form while experiencing the professionals at work.

“The DMC World DJ Finals are always a great way to help find future tastemakers as many of the people competing here today have the talent to be world-class DJs. It’s such an important event for the culture; there have many competitors who have gone on to achieve great things like A-TRAK who won at 15 years old and then went on to DJ for Kanye West. If you’re good enough, anything is possible.” – DJ Semtex (BBC Radio 1Xtrag)

Rane Presents:

The 2016 DMC World DJ Championships
Saturday, September 24th

Location:

O2 Forum Kentish Town
9-17 Highgate Rd, NW5 1JY London
All ages, Under 16s with adult
Doors: 2pm-11pm.

More Info and Tickets:

www.dmcworld.com

 


Turntablism Extensive Program

Turntablism allows students to interact with music on a deeper level and completely reshape songs live rather than simply playing them. The skills you learn in this program will fortify your DJ arsenal.

About This Program

Turntablism is the art of manipulating turntables like an instrument. Starting with the fundamentals of “Scratching” and “Beat Juggling,” the program will focus on proper technique, optimal practice habits, creative exploration, group work, applications, and eventually full-blown turntablist sets.

What’s Included

  • Turntablism Level 1: Spice Foundations Part 1
  • Turntablism Level 2: Spice Foundations Part 2
  • Turntablism Level 3: Boot Camp
  • Turntablism Level 4: Mild | Improvisation & Teamwork
  • Turntablism Level 5: Medium | The Next Level
  • Turntablism Level 6: Hot | Building Routines

Additional Information

Visit the Turntablism 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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Do You Make Electronic Music? We Want to Hear It! Submit Your Tracks to Point Blank Music

At PB, we’re committed to connecting our students directly to the industry. Since 2011, our in-house label Point Blank Music has given all PB students the exclusive opportunity to sign, release and, importantly, earn money from their music. In March this year, we launched the PB Music YouTube channel to signal boost the music we were releasing and give the artists we believe in a chance to be discovered by music fans across the globe.

Now we’re looking for new artists to join our roster. You’ll be in excellent company, joining the ranks of Fake Bear, DATAstream, Badoos, George Ruby, Pace, Manti and our most recent signees LateOn x CTY. From main room techno to poolside vibes, upfront house to atmospheric electronica, we’re not prescriptive about sound or style – if it’s good, we’ll get behind it. To give you some idea of where we’re at right now, check out a selection of our acts, and keep reading to find out how to join them.

If you’d like your music to be considered for the label, please submit your track to our A&R team via this submission form.

Students who sign their tracks to Point Blank Music enjoy 100% digital distribution coverage including Beatport, Juno Download, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify and extensive promotion through Point Blank’s social media, marketing and database networks. Point Blank Music releases music exclusively from our students, and showcases all of the best talent that we’re constantly developing and nurturing. We’ll also send your tracks to the world’s top DJs via our promo system Labelworxs. DJs that have supported Point Blank Music releases include Terry Francis (Fabric), Paco Osuna (Minus), Slam and Magda.

Do you dream of releasing your own music one day but not sure where to begin? our Music Production and Sound Engineering Master Diploma could be the perfect starting point. Learning from our brand new second London facility it’s one of our most comprehensive courses with modules in composition, mixing, mastering and more. Find out more here and book yourself on a tour of our new facility by contacting us here.

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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Shadow Child Track Masterclass: Dua Lipa – Hotter Than Hell (Shadow Child Remixes)

Shadow Child is a formidable force in UK dance music. Dominating the scene since his Moda Black classic So High was released in 2012. Having recently compiled Red Bull Studios’ Mixtape 3, getting in the studio with some of the UK’s up-and-coming talent, we decided it was time to visit his impressive studio. Having visited Point Blank back in 2013, Shadow Child breaks down two new remixes, one vocal version and one dub for the club. Watch the video above and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more free tutorials and live events.

shadow-child-villunderlondonShadow Child is one of the UK’s most consistent producers, continuously smashing out club perfection 

Shadow Child is one of many producers and artists who both studied with us and visited our studios to speak to our students. If you want to have the chance to learn from expert instructors as well as internationally famous producers, artists and DJs, our Music Production and Sound Engineering Master Diploma is the perfect course for you. Learning from our brand new second London facility it’s one of our most comprehensive courses with modules in composition, mixing, mastering and more. Find out more here and book yourself on a tour of our new facility by contacting us here.

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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What to Expect at BPM 2016

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“We wanted to create a really modern show – one that mixed up a traditional exhibition floor with performances and showcases and learning sessions.” What to expect at this year’s BPM show…

Celebrating its first decade as the UK’s leading music tech show, BPM takes place on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of September at Birmingham NEC.

To find out more, we spoke to event director Mark Walsh about how BPM fits into the music tech landscape.

 

Attack: Can you tell us why BPM was set up in the first place? What did you want to offer people back then?

Mark Walsh: We set up BPM 10 years ago as there was just nothing for DJs. A show called Plasa in London had shifted its focus to large-scale sound and lighting and there was an opening for a dedicated DJ event. We wanted to create a really modern show – one that mixed up a traditional exhibition floor with performances and showcases and learning sessions.

How has that changed over the years? The music tech world’s a very different place now. What do you think BPM offers DJs and musicians in 2016?

BPM has continuously evolved. It started as purely DJ, then we added in some electronic music production and since then we have had a load of sound and lighting brands join us too.

A couple of years ago we split out the sound and lighting section to allow the DJ and production side of things to maintain its focus. 2016 sees our new redefined DJ and studio section in a new space. We have kept the core values but added in an outdoor performance stage, three learning areas with sessions and seminars, and a new feel to the exhibition floor with a more hands-on approach.

How do you think the growth of the internet has changed what you do? Now that new product announcements are spread round the blogs and forums within minutes of their release, have you had to respond to that?

Times have changed for sure. However, like anything, there are a core group of people – be it hobbyist or pro – that just love the industry and scene. BPM has always been more than just about the tech. It’s about the people. Whilst the internet has changed the way products are launched, you still can’t beat getting hands-on, trying and comparing things for yourself.

It’s our job as organisers to keep on delivering experiences that can’t be delivered online and give visitors a reason to annually haul ass to Birmingham.

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So many music shops have closed over the last decade that there aren’t many places left for musicians to go and try out instruments or DJs to check out new technology. How has the changing face of retail affected BPM?

The retail landscape is practically unrecognisable in 10 years and we still have some more major retail shifts to come. Brands are noticeably taking more hold over their brands and marketing, with many ready to flick a switch to go direct – they’re are all hanging on to see who goes first!

The nice thing about BPM is that for a couple of days we are the biggest showroom in the land, you can touch, feel and engage with the brands directly.

We have always worked closely with retailers to offer some great bargains at the show too. Many of the show prices can’t be published as they are one-off show deals.

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What do you think the future holds for BPM? If we look a few years down the line, do you think you’ll still be running a single annual event or might we see additions to the BPM calendar?

BPM is a tough little cookie. We started it as we plunged in to recession and the scene has evolved so fast over the last 10 years. As a company we have had to be agile and go with the times. We are only a small team, and privately owned, so we have the ability to be instantly reactive to industry shifts and market challenges.

We have looked at doing some spin-off events, catering for a specific niche, however there is something about a large-scale national event that can’t be achieved with smaller low-key events. It just simply isn’t financially viable to bring in the talent and the production, which means the aspirational and entertainment level isn’t as great.

We plan to continue to be reactive, listen to our audience, and the industry, and deliver the best playground for DJs and producers.

 

BPM takes place Sunday 11th and Monday 12th of September at Birmingham NEC. Head here for more info.

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Mixes Of The Week: 29/8/16

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This week’s top mixes include New and Unreleased with Joy Orbison, Jamie xx and Floating Points’ NTS Mix, J Dilla: Back To The Crib Mixtape, and 100 Years of Women in Electronic Music.

New and Unreleased with Joy Orbison. Joy Orbison describes his new Dekmantel podcast: “The first half is basically a way of showcasing producers that are doing great things at the moment and is completely made up of new, unreleased music, and the second half is basically winding things down with a load of stuff from my record collection. A come down, of sorts.” Stream and download above.

Jamie xx and Floating Points’ NTS Mix. Esteemed producers and selectors Jamie xx and Floating Points join London’s NTS Radio for a colourful two-hour session that’s topped MixCloud’s house and soul charts, featuring music from a range of genres, with tracks from legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie HubbardArmand Van HeldenHortense Ellis, and many more. Stream above.

J Dilla: Back To The Crib Mixtape. An unheard J Dilla mixtape from 2000 emerges via Boiler Room as BBE Records readies their release of the legendary Detroit producer’s posthumously completed album The Shining on 7″ for the first time. It’s a “fly-on-the-wall showing of what Jay Dee had blaring out of his speakers while on the sofa or by the MPC”. Stream above.

100 Years of Women in Electronic Music. An hour-long mix featuring 60 years of electronic music from around 50 pioneering female artists, featuring work from M.I.A., Laetitia Sonami, Else Marie Pade, Maryanne Amacher, Kyoka and others, based on a research commissioned by Club Transmediale Berlin. Stream above.

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Music Tech News Roundup August 2016

This music tech news roundup features the latest announcements and emerging technologies from Roland, KORG, Novation, JD Sound, and Soundtoys.

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Roland to Host 24-Hour Online Music Festival + New Product Reveals

Roland announces the “first-of-its kind” 24-hour online music festival called “The Future. Redefined” on September 9th as a tribute to #909Day. The worldwide event fuses liveliness and diversity with artist performances, new product debuts, product demonstrations, and interviews with leading artists. During the festival, Roland will reveal more than 30 new musical instrument products during streaming video broadcasts from VIP events in Tokyo, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Toronto, NYC, Los Angeles, and more. Roland will introduce new synthesizers, digital pianos, electronic drums, DJ equipment, BOSS guitar related products, and a new genre of musical instrument never offered before by Roland.

Stream the “The Future. Redefined” here.

KORG Electribe Firmware Update

KORG has released a notable update to the newer Electribes’ firmware with version 2.02, which brings a much-requested undo function and a pattern chaining function that will be a great asset for live performances or music production. The lineup has also become more colorful with the new metallic blue model. In addition, KORG is also offering 200+ new bonus patterns that reveal even greater sonic potential.

Read more at KORG

KORG Arp Odyssey Desktop Spotted

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A now removed photo shared by keyboardist DANiiVORY (Theresa Danielle Flaminio), may have unintentionally leaked the reveal of a desktop version of the ARP Odyssey. Spotted in the photo next to the ‘KARP Odyssey’ keyboard appears to be two KORG ARP Odyssey desktop-style synthesizers without keyboards. For now, it’s only speculation, and we can only wait to see what the future brings.

Novation Launchpad Pro Scale Mode

The latest firmware update for Novation’s popular Launchpad Pro introduces Scale Mode, which expands upon the existing Note Mode. The new Scales Mode browser opens up the ability to use Launchpad Pro as an expressive musical instrument while retaining its ability to offer intuitive control over Ableton Live and external hardware in Standalone Mode. Watch Harry Coade take us through some of the scales in his performance using the Bass Station 2 to highlight Scales Mode and hardware control.

Read more at Novation

JD Sound GoDJ Portable DJ System

Korean company JD Sound has designed an ultra-portable battery powered DJ system called GoDJ Plus which is being funded through an Indegogo Campaign. Inspired by GoDJ Pocket Music Studio, the GoDJ Plus features more detailed knobs, launch pads, 16GB internal memory, built-in speakers, various effects, a host of performance tools, and more.

Read more at Indegogo

Soundtoys Feature on Tycho

Scott Hansen is a San Francisco-based producer, composer, musician, graphic designer, and mastermind behind the critically-acclaimed project Tycho. Soundtoys invited Scott to their headquarters to discuss inspiration, gear, production, design, and using Soundtoys plug-ins in his creative workflow.

 


Mixing and Mastering Program

Transform rough ideas and basic compositions into dance floor bangers and sonically pleasing commercial quality masters. Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects.

Mixing and MasteringAbout This Program

This program gives you everything you need to refine tracks into a clear commercial quality release, including special mixing and mastering techniques for dubstep, techno, house, trance, downtempo, hip-hop, and the gamut of electronically-produced music.

You will learn to mix and master your tracks using the same plugins that top industry engineers use every day, including plugins by Izotope, Soundtoys, Sonnox, Altiverb, and more.

What’s Included

  • Mixing & Mastering Level 1: Mix
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 2: Modify
  • Mixing & Mastering Level 3: Master

Additional Information

Visit the Mixing and Mastering 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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PB Los Angeles Open House: September 17th w/ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Following the massive success of our previous PBLA Open House events, including May’s masterclass with Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Markman, we’re gearing up for another exclusive Open House. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting our LA school, the Open House is the ideal opportunity to check out the brand new kit, meet our instructors and even benefit from a very special guest artist masterclass. The event takes place at Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Avenue, Los Angeles on 17th September – spaces are strictly limited so RSVP via the Eventbrite page to reserve your place.

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But who have we lined up for you this time? Excitingly, we have the honour of being joined by critically acclaimed producer and DJ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs! The project of Oxford-born Orlando Higginbottom, his 2012 album Trouble was championed by i-D, NME, Pitchfork, The Guardian and was DJ Magazine’s Album of the Year. However, he cemented his dancefloor credentials two years earlier, with his 2009 EP All in One Sixty Dancehalls released on Joe Goddard’s Greco Roman label. An in-demand DJ with a huge knowledge of dance music history – and record collection to match – he has played some of the most respected clubs in the world. Taking the helm for the fourth instalment of Crosstown Rebels’ Get Lost mix series, he showcased his inimitable style and influences, pulling together music by artists as diverse as UR, Axel Boman, LFO and Gold Panda.

Indeed, with so much of his artist identity tied into the broad sweep of his music taste, we simply couldn’t pass up an opportunity to delve into his famed record collection. This very special session will see Orlando digging deep and pulling out four records that have inspired him throughout the years and breaking them down to demonstrate why they stand out. Not only will the half-hour session offer rare insight into the award-winning artist, it promises to be a musical education. What’s more, it’s absolutely free.

Afterwards there will be an instructor introduction and a tour of the school, including a Q&A. Here, prospective students will get a chance to see firsthand the cutting edge facilities available to students at Point Blank and put any questions they have to our course advisors. Ensure you save your space by heading over to the Eventbrite page and hitting RSVP now. The full itinerary is as follows:

12:00PM – 12:45PM: Producer Perspective: TEED talks about four of his favourite records
12:45PM – 1:00PM: Instructor Introductions
1:00PM – 1:30PM :Q&A + Studio Tour with Course Advisor Hart Thorson

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? The Music Production & Sound Design Diploma course is our most comprehensive course and the ideal foundation on which to build a career in the music industry. Covering production, sound design, engineering (live and in the studio), DJing, mastering, and how to manage a career, the intensive course provides a 360 degree view of your options in the music business upon graduation. 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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