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Introducing the Winners of 2018s Defected Mix Competition

The ballots have been cast, the votes in, and we can now reveal the winners of this year’s Point Blank x Defected Mix Competition. We had more entries than ever before this year and more than we even hoped for so firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to apply and send us your mixes. With almost 600 entrants, it required almost a month of man hours to listen to all of the mixes, and we enjoyed hearing them all. After whittling the list down to a final shortlist of 10, it was over to the famed A&R department at Defected to decide which three mixes would take the podium and which overall winner would win a slot to play at this year’s Defected Croatia festival alongside the likes of Basement Jaxx, Derek Carter, Honey Dijon and Masters at Work.

Without further ado – here are the winners:

  1. Vin Postega
  2. Lambert & Handle
  3. DJ TQ

When we contacted the winners to let them know how they had got on, we asked them to tell us a bit about their mixes and what it means to win. Read on to find out, and to listen to each mix in full.

Vin Postega

With a love of all things groovy, Vin Postega moves through house, disco, soul and jazz in his sets, with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. His winning mix managed to nicely represent modern house music while retaining a classic feel, and of course just sound fun – one you could instantly imagine against the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic.

On winning, Vin had this to say: “Winning the Defected Competition and playing among all of my heroes is absolute a dream come true!”

Keep up with Vin on SoundCloud.

Lambert & Handle

Having met in Poland after many years of DJing and working in music individually (Handle worked at Ultra Records in New York and Lambert was first released as far back as 2000 on Sony Records), these two veterans joined forces in 2016 under their shared love of disco and of course house. On their Defected mix they said the following.

“We have been fans of Defected since its early years. It is our big dream to get signed by Simon’s label one day. Our goal was to deliver at least 18 quality house tracks in the set, carefully building the track order not forgetting about harmony, cool more obscure tracks to mix together. The set opens with our own edit specially revised for the set, it grows along the whole time, from the groovy, summer vibes to tech themes. It reflects some of the gigs we’ve played in Poland recently. We really enjoyed working on it.”

Lambert & Handle are on SoundCloud.

DJ TQ

Hailing from NYC and infusing his Caribbean roots, hip-hop influence, and soulful style into his sets, along with the spirit and energy of his home city, T.Q. has spent most of his career putting his own spin on drum and bass. With hundreds of gigs under his belts a more innate connection with the dancefloor has been cultivated, and in recent years T.Q. has turned his attention to the world of house music, and on the basis of this mix, we won’t be surprised if he takes that game by storm too. Here’s what he thought of the competition and his entry:

“They say the 3rd time’s the charm, well for me it was four because that is how many times I recorded my entry for the 2018 Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition. I’ve spent over 200 USD simply on gathering tracks. Being that I’m in commute for most of my day (via subway, LIRR, or car), I have time to listen to so much music. I pay attention to what Sam Divine (and her occasional guest DJ) plays – I wanted to be sure that I didn’t include any of those tracks in my mix and bring as much originality and emotion to your headphones as possible. This was the most challenging and rewarding part of the entire competition.”

Follow DJ T.Q. here.

Vinculum

Honourable mention goes to vinculum, who’s genre-bending set was a favourite among the listeners here at PB.

Feeling inspired? We teach DJing at all levels here at Point Blank, and this is just one of many opportunities open to our students. We’ve recently added our first degree course in DJing, quality assured by Middlesex University, launching next academic year. That is the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice For more information or to book a studio tour, contact us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Student Opportunities: fiit.tv & Factory 45

Point Blank always keeps current students and graduates in the loop with all of the best music industry opportunities, so with that said here’s our latest student opportunity round-up. All of these student opportunities come exclusively via PB using our extensive network of contacts, so get stuck in! NB: these opportunities are for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here.

fiit.tv

fiit.tv is a new independent fitness platform aiming to revolutionise the way we exercise at home, with bespoke programmes based on Smart Technology and data science. They are looking for 1 or 2 interns/contractors to come on board and assist with curating music. The music will be selected from a royalty-free catalogue. The mixes have a specific structure to suit each workout from warm up to main exercise to cool down. There’s specific timings to meet and areas of tension to build so editing of tracks will be required, white noise used and they would like input in any areas the candidate thinks the mixes can be improved. Renumeration will be per mix and there is potential for the role to be ongoing as the company expands.

Essential requirements:

  • Familiar with Ableton
  • Able to create mixes on Ableton and warp, edit, bounce finished mixes
  • Commit to 2-4 mixes a month
  • Be able to visit the office
  • Be able to meet deadlines
  • Organised
  • Become part of the team in an exciting tech start-up

Preferred requirements

  • Interest in Hip Hop or DnB
  • Interest in Fitness/Wellbeing

If you’re interested, please get in touch with oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com with a CV and a short paragraph on why you should be selected.

Factory 45

London club and art space Factory 45 is organising an Open Deck night on Thursdays, open to beginners and professional DJs alike. You can practise your mixing skills and even organise your own party for free with your own identity. To inquire about booking a space, please contact louise@thefactory45.com, making it known you are a student at Point Blank. A fantastic opportunity to get you and your vision out there.

Please note: We are happy to advertise roles and work experience which help students obtain the sort of experience you may need to gain a job in the music industry or to further your career in the music industry.  We interpret this broadly. However, we are not an employment agency and we take no responsibility for the terms upon which positions are advertised, nor the conditions which apply to any such positions or opportunity.  As such you should satisfy yourself that the terms offered are acceptable when considering any role advertised.

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Point Blank LA Instructor Sweatson Klank on His ‘Fine Lines’ LP

One of the best reasons to study with us at Point Blank, in Los Angeles or any of our schools including London, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online, is the combined experience of our expert instructors. We don’t use the term lightly, and everyone who teaches at any of our schools not only has a long CV but remains active in the music industry at the top of their game with ongoing projects, tours and collaborations. A prime example is Tom Wilson aka Sweatson Klank, who teaches music production at Point Blank Los Angeles. Tom has worked with some amazing brands and musicians, including Nike, Puma, Reebok and Ableton as well as Just Blaze, Flying Lotus, Kode9 and Little Dragon. His most recent album ‘Fine Lines’, which is the culmination of a year-long project with the excellent Friends of Friends, was released last month on May 25th and even features a collaboration with PB Graduate Anna Calvo, who he met when she was studying. We caught up with Tom to talk about the release and the spirit of co-operation that abounds at PBLA.

Hi Tom. So first off I would like to say congratulations on the LP – I really love its moody textures and sense of scope. You released ‘Like I Need You’ some months ago now with ‘Then I Was Me’ before that. How long has this project been forthcoming / when did it start to take shape as an album like this?

Thank you! The inception of the project took shape over a year ago. I signed with the wonderful Friends of Friends label and we strategized a release schedule and strategy for the coming year. It started with the ‘ Then I Was Me’ ep, followed by 2 double singles ‘Like I Need You’ and ‘Get it Back’. The last piece in the trilogy was the album ‘ Fine Lines’ which is essentially what we were building up to with the EP and singles beforehand.

What would you say you were trying to achieve with this body of work? Are there any themes or particular inspirations that have guided the work?

When I approach an album, I really want to make a cohesive body of work. I’m a huge record collector and I just love how old records often had a theme and continuity to them. So I aim for that first and foremost. Thematically, the record is really about the last few years of my life. In my opinion, music hits hardest when it’s from the heart. Without going into detail, I went through a lot in the last few years. So when I sat down to write, that came through in the music naturally. I’ve always aimed to make music that makes you feel something. Music that transports you out of your own element and into a different place. Similar to a good book.

What about technology, how did you make the album?

I use Ableton as my main DAW. I tracked vocals in Pro Tools and brought them back into the Ableton sessions. I like to use a combination of hardware and software. On this record, I used the Fender Rhodes, Juno 106, Korg poly 800, Dave Smith Prophet 6, Yamaha DX 7, a Fender Strat guitar, Kima Jazz bass, and a wide variety of guitar effects pedals. As far as software goes, I use Kontakt, Omnisphere, Dexed, Massive, Roland Cloud plugins and a slew of other stuff. When it comes to mixing, well that’s a very long list hahaha! I tracked and ran a lot of this record through a lunch box of API, and Neve pre amps, and then rounded some things out through a Manley Stereo Vari Mu Compressor for some additional warmth. The list of mixing software used would probably fill up 3 pages so I’ll spare you that one.

Fine Lines LP by Sweatson Klank

You worked with a Point Blank graduate in Anna Calvo for the single “Like I Need You’. How did you guys start collaborating? Did you meet at Point Blank?

Yes, Anna was a student of mine and she had a great voice and was motivated to work. We wrote the lyrics together in the live room at PBLA and she recorded the vocals at her home studio. I mixed the results in my studio. I love collaborating with my students. They are excited to work and since many of them have never had a release it makes it exciting to work with them and help them to shape there sound and get themselves heard. I have actually collaborated with a ton of my students here at PBLA.

Would you say that collaborating with students is something you find useful/important? It must be invigorating to see some talented people pass through that you vibe with musically.

It’s quite amazing actually. Every term there are a handful of students who I vibe with musically. When students are starting out, their music is so pure. They haven’t yet done it a million times, and so their musical ideas are so raw, in a good way. They often need guidance and direction to help them realize their full potential but its a two-way street. That is what collaboration is all about. I often get really inspired by a student’s talent or their approach to creation. I learn from them and they learn from me. It feels good to help people realize their talents and help them grow. So yeah, it’s a win-win situation.

How else would you say that your teaching has filtered back into your work as a producer?

Teaching has really helped me grow as a producer. For instance, I get inspired by students who just have this ability to pick it up so easily. I watch them grow and really develop over the course of the 3-6 months that they study with me. We all know that there a million ways to approach music making. Its easy to get stuck in a pattern as a producer and begin to feel like you are repeating yourself. Working with fresh talent like my students is a constant inspiration and reminder of the many different approaches one can take to songwriting and production. I always ask a student to tell the whole class what their process was in making a certain song. I think this helps everyone, myself included, to look outside their own approach and try new things.

You must be feeling relieved and happy with the release of the LP, but you don’t strike me as someone to rest on their laurels. Will you take a break or are you already on to the next project? Either way, what can you reveal about what that project may be?

Ha, you’re right. I am already hard at work on the next projects. The first is a huge beat tape that will likely be out early fall on Friends of Friends. I speak on this a lot in my classes, but the fact is, not every track has to develop into a full-blown song. It’s fun to just make beats and tracks without the pressure of structuring them into full-blown verse/chorus/bridge type of arrangements. Beat tapes can be a fun way to showcase a different side of your production. I really look forward to dropping that. Of course, I am also hard at work on my next “REAL” album. I don’t want to give too much away as it’s still in the development phase, but all I can say about that one is that it will be different. Super excited to see how these new ideas and songs develop!

What else is in the pipeline, do you have plans to tour this record at all?

Glad you asked. I’m preparing to launch my label Tone and Manor later this year. We already have 4 great releases done and in the bag. Its taken a while to get everything prepared and ready but its going to be fantastic! In fact, our first release will be a compilation, introducing the world to all the artists we plan to work with and release in the future. Many of whom are Point Blank graduates!! We have full releases coming from Billie Fountain, Vané, and Verbless who were all students of mine and who I have worked closely with on their records. Look out for that in the fall as well!

Thanks Tom!

We hope this leaves you feeling inspired and like Point Blank is somewhere you want to study. Tom himself teaches Introduction to Music Production as well as Creative Production and as part of our software offer in LA you can currently receive free copies of NI Komplete & Ableton Suite Worth $1,350 when you enrol. We also offer courses in mixing, sound design, DJing and more. For more info get in touch by calling 323 282 7660.

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Caterina Barbieri: Minimalism, Modular and Live

Caterina Barbieri was one of the participants we were most excited about at Loop 2017. Her album Patterns of Consciousness had received much critical acclaim and is a favorite around the office. And so we jumped at the chance talk to her and have her perform live at the event….

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Tutorial video: Creative Extensions tips and tricks

Creative Extensions is the new addition to Live 10 Suite with eight tools suited for experimental sound processing and generative composition. With five new audio effects, two revamped synthesizers and a slick melodic sequencer, the Max for Live collection offers much to explore and combine. And in the tutorial video…

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Go Behind the Scenes w/ Accelerator Programme Winner Ambian at IMS Ibiza

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dalt Villa in Ibiza, and all its surrounding natural beauty, we followed the winner of this year’s Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator programme on his first major trip with us to play at the world-renowned IMS Ibiza, an electronic music summit like no other. Ambian is studying his degree with us currently, on the BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, quality assured by Middlesex University, and the Accelerator programme is a result of a collaboration between two of electronic music’s biggest institutions in Point Blank and Pioneer DJ. Check the video below and watch Ambian as he embarks on his biggest year yet.

With DJs and performers at the very top of their game flying in from all over the world, between 23 and 25 May there was nowhere else we’d rather be in the world than on the famous white isle. As well as our own masterclass featuring Andrea Oliva, we were represented by Ambian, supporting none other than Flash Mob and Seth Troxler with his favoured brand of afro house and melodic techno.

As he points out, IMS is a fantastic place to meet likeminded music people and network – the first of many opportunities to advance his career as much as possible over the course of the year. His first time at IMS, he even got the chance to drop a tune of his into his set at the Hard Rock, which you can hear in the video. With his goal of becoming a world-renowned DJ and producer firmly in sight, this is certainly a big first step.

Feeling inspired? As mentioned Ambian studies his degree with us at Point Blank, and this is just one of many opportunities open to our students. We’ve recently added two new degree courses, also quality assured by Middlesex University, launching next academic year. They are the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, so you can tailor your studies to your exact preference. For more information or to book a studio tour, contact us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Download Andrew Huang's FREE patches for Europa by Reason

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Andrew Huang is a Toronto-based music and video producer with a penchant for working within absurd, self-imposed limitations. 

A versatile and prolific musician, he has released over 2,000 songs in a massive range of genres. He is perhaps best known for the strange feats of musicianship which have earned him over 1.3 million subscribers and 170 million views on his YouTube channel: He has rapped 300 words in a minute, and maybe you know him from his Glorious MIDI unicorn video?

In this video, Andrew tries our latest creation Europa by Reason (VST / AU plugin available for any DAW) and boldly sets out to “turn any sound into a WAY COOLER SOUND”. Watch the video to learn more about our new wavetable synthesizer’s powerful sonic possibilites and maybe learn a new trick or two?

Andrew also created 20 custom patches for Europa which you can download from the link below and load up in Europa (the patches are already included in the VST / AU version).
 

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