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Point Blank Launches Deep House Amsterdam Guest Podcast Series – Submit Yours Now

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with Deep House Amsterdam to launch a new mix series. In collaboration with this massive international publication, we are offering our students a monthly guest slot within their podcast series, which boasts a huge digital listenership of millions of monthly stream. Point Blank’s guest slots will sit alongside those by artists as big as Space Dimension Controller, Felix da Housecat, Fritz Kalkbrenner and François K. Take a look at the playlist below to see exactly who’s been featured in the past. We recommend you take a listen to some of them to get an idea of the kind of tone they’re looking for as well for when you send us your own mixes for consideration.

DHA’s industry props is clear from first glance, but for an idea of the kind of reach and backing a winning mix will receive, we can tell you they they have over 435k followers on SoundCloud, which in turn equates to over 2 Million plays each month. Through Facebook, there’s another 170k followers and the website is visited by over 200k people each month. Combine that with Point Blank’s 700k+ followers on Facebook and you get an idea just how much potential there is with this mix series. It’s a massive chance to rub shoulders with the best out there – you never know where this could take you.

How do I enter?

  • Record a one-hour mix, and try to make sure it fits in with Deep House Amsterdam’s editorial style
  • Send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com by 25 November

This is the first of a monthly series, so even if you don’t feel you’re at the right level yet, you could still grasp this opportunity. Take a look at our DJ courses to see what we can offer to suit your level. We also offer DJ courses at our schools in LA, Mumbai and Ibiza. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Also don’t forget about our other mix opportunities with Pioneer DJ Radio and Magnetic Magazine.

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Student Catch-up with TAYA: Beatport Beats In School Winner

Last week, the winner of the very first of Beatport’s Beats In School competition was announced. Beats in School is a collaborative venture involving a who’s who of electronic music heavyweights. Naturally, Point Blank is included as well as Pioneer DJ, Mixcloud, the Association For Electronic Music (AFEM), Future Music Magazine and more. We are offering a free online course of choice to the winner of each edition of the competition.

For the first round, Beatport teamed up with Circus Records to dig in to the hidden talent in the world of Tech House. Contestants were asked to produce an original track and include in a mix matching the style of the label. The winner was TAYA, an Australian DJ and Producer from Byron Bay. TAYA’s winning mix is a luscious blend of smooth and deep house tracks, and his original the perfect example of the hypnotic ebbs and flows that define his mixes and sets. As it turns out, TAYA had studied Music Production Diploma  with us online already, so we couldn’t wait to catch up with him to chat about his journey so far and what we can expect from him going forward.

Beats In School Winner TAYA

Hi Taya, So you’ve just won the Beats In School competition. Can you talk me through the winning track and mix?

I’d only found out about the competition from a friend about a week before the submissions closed. With the original time for submissions being 6 weeks, I obviously had a bit of work to do so I jumped into the studio and got a beat going straight away. Firstly I built a drum groove in Maschine studio and also layered my bass line using my Moog Sub 37 & Spectrasonics Trillian. Once I was happy with an 8 bar loop I built the rest of the track around that.

The inspiration for this track was flowing freely and I found I didn’t get writer’s block once throughout the whole process, which is pretty uncommon for me. The end result has a groovy, deep, progressive, tech vibe with the occasional vocal pad, complementing the atmospheric melody I had made in Native Instruments Reaktor.

I’d also polished the track off with a home mastering chain I’d made in Izotope’s Ozone.

What about your set up and writing process generally, any quirks or rituals that you follow?

My studio consists of a Moog Sub 37, Maschine Studio, Virus TI2 Rack, ADAM A7X with 10” sub, Novation Mininova, Novation SLMK2 and thanks to Beatport & the Beats In School sponsors I have a new AKAI MPK & Allen & Heath Xone K2

When starting a new track I get the drum beat and bass working together, then build around that. Initially, I’ll try to get the idea out as soon as I can so the vibe of the track stays smooth. I will always try to have the whole song written within 3 days. If I don’t get the idea out ASAP it turns into a continuous ball of infinite changing sound (this is not ideal).

There are quite a few “rituals” that I follow but I think the top 3 important ones for me are:

I have a template in Ableton live that I made so I don’t have to muck around every time I start a new track (It’s a huge time saver!) I have 6 groups set up as Kick, Bass, Drums, Synth, Vocals, Fx. I also have a few return FX that are Short Reverb, Long Reverb, Sort Delay, Long Delay, NY Compression, Vocal Return FX. I use mostly return FX as it frees up my CPU dramatically.

I will apply the same groove from the Ableton groove pool to everything in the track. This way the beat will have that relaxed, natural swing but all the elements still flow together.

And the last thing is I will move the milliseconds out, from about -0.10ms to 0.10ms for most of the tracks. This gives a track the feeling that it isn’t just a computerized beat as if it were played live, ultimately giving the track more life.

You studied an online course with PB before. What was the course like and how was it useful for you?

I studied with Point Blank in 2013 when I made the transition from Logic to Ableton.

The course I did was the Music Production Diploma which was made up of 4 modules, focusing on Ableton Live Production, Deep House Production, Sound Design and Mixing Dance Music. I’d never used Ableton live before I started the course and had no idea how to use the program.

I’ve done a lot of music study but this course is by far the best I’ve done. The teachers are really clear, easy to understand and to the point. By the time I had finished, I knew absolutely everything about Ableton Live and most important, my workflow was quick and flawless, so I could get my ideas out of my head and into Ableton within minutes.

A really good thing to note is that when you do a course with Point Blank, you know you’re getting the taught the correct way to do things. There’s so much false information on Youtube and the web so you have to be careful that you don’t learn and practice the wrong way. With the knowledge I’ve taken from Point Blank, I am confident in the techniques I use in my compositions.

TAYA’s competition-winning mix including his orginal track

You cut your teeth in the ‘doof’ scene in the Australian countryside. What can you tell me about that and how do you think it compares to what you’ve have heard or seen of the UK rave scene?

This is true, I’m what the call a “rave baby” I was bought up going to bush doofs from a young age. Given this, I’ve always progressed with this genre but taken the bits I like and created my own funky, techy cross-breed.

As for the UK & AUS scenes, I’m sure they’re quite similar. The parties in Australia though are all mostly held in remote Australian bushlands and have quite a cosmic earthy vibe. The closest neighbour is usually at least 30kms away so no one can complain about the sound being too loud.

Playing at those kinds of parties makes very different demands on you as a DJ. What did you learn from that time that you’ve carried into your DJ sets since?

One very important thing I learnt and have carried on from my rave days is to create a journey for the crowd and tell a story with your sets. I feel like crowds are best when they are following the journey of your set, so make it interesting for them.

You moved to Berlin a few years ago, what did you learn from that experience?

In 2012 I moved to Berlin purely because I wanted inspiration, to find my sound again. I’d gotten bored with psytrance music and felt like I had lost my passion for electronic music. I didn’t particularly know what I was looking for but I knew I had to throw myself out there.

The wide variety of smooth 4×4 beats that Berlin had to offer helped me get my passion back for electronic music and recreate my sound again.

What advice would you now give to your younger self just starting out?

Finish every song you start, don’t get distracted by continuous, pointless partying and take every opportunity that comes’s your way, you never know where it could lead!

As part of your prize, we are offering an online course of your choosing. Which one are you going for?

As I have already taken the Music Production Diploma and I have used Native Instruments plugins frequently for most of my music career, I think it’s a no-brainer that I choose Complete Native Instrument Sound Design. I’m also lucky enough that Native Instruments donated a copy of Komplete Ultimate 11 as one of the prizes for the beats in school Competition! This has complimented my Maschine studio very nicely.

You’ve been more successful as a DJ than a producer in the past, but this win demonstrates your obvious talent for both. Do you have any production-specific goals from now?

2017 has been the most successful year for my production, with the release of my Debut EP: ‘Perception’ through Aussie label Bassic Records as well as 2 remixes, 2 originals on VA Compilations and my forthcoming EP ‘Valhalla’ dropping Late November.

The next step for me will be the biggest in my career so far, my debut release with Circus Recordings. With Yousef mentoring me and the exposure the label guarantees, it will be a huge step for me with credible exposure on the production side of things.

For me, being able to collaborate with some of my all-time favourite acts, learn their techniques and hopefully share with them some of my own, are important personal goals.

What have you got lined up in the coming months?

The Beats In School competition is keeping me busy, with more and more prizes arriving at my doorstep it feels like Christmas. The next couple of month I will be busy learning all how to use the new pieces of hardware & software they are sending me and incorporating them into my workflow.

On top of all this, I have my “Valhalla” EP east coast Australian tour coming for the summer season. My schedule is looking quite busy, playing an array of Australian festivals including Subsonic, Earth Frequency and Bohemian Beat Freaks among others.

Thanks Taya and good luck!

TAYA’s first release on Circus will follow his upcoming ‘Valhalla’ EP on Bassic Records

With hard work and the help of Point Blank, there’s no reason why you can’t get these same kinds of opportunities. If, like Taya, you live outside of places with Point Blank schools (London, LA, Mumbai & Ibiza), take a look at the full list of our remote online courses. For further information on any of our courses, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 488 in the UK, 323 282 7660 in the USA or +44 20 7729 4884 from anywhere else.

Also if you fancy yourself as a future trance star, don’t forget to apply for the second round of Beats In School, this time in association with Anjunabeats. Included among the prizes is your choice of online course with Point Blank, so there’s no excuse not to enter. The competition closes on 13 November.

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Student Opportunities Round-Up: Sync Opportunity, Oxjam Production Coordinator, Fred P

Point Blank always keeps current students and alumni 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! Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here!

Here are our most recent student opportunities…

Sync opportunity for AM Licensing


Sync agency AM Licensing is on the lookout for tracks to license for usage in major film productions, trailers, advertisements and for use by top artists & companies. They are currently on the lookout for tracks from genres as diverse as Hip-Hop, Trap, Electro, Pop and RnB. This is a fantastic opportunity to have your tracks featured in massive industry productions and is a great way to get into the world of music for sync. For the full list of current opportunities plus details on how to submit, check out the document below.

Oxjam Production Coordinator

 

Oxjam Hackney Festival is a one-day multi-venue music festival based in London Fields which will be taking place this October. The event is organised entirely by volunteers all in aid of raising money for Oxfam to help end poverty around the world. As Production Coordinator, applicants will need excellent planning and preparation skills, the ability to multi-task, the ability to manage a team and a fair amount of role-specific technical knowledge, preferably including experience of working with sound equipment and some experience of working with venues and bands.

Production Coordinator – key priorities

  • Ensure all venues are booked and contracts are signed.
  • Design contingency plans and do necessary risk assessments.
  • Ensure venue health & safety, emergency access, crowd control, and evacuation procedures are in place.
  • Ensure all venues have necessary licenses and insurance.
  • Work with the Fundraising Coordinator to draw up ticketing and money handling procedures.
  • All venue capacities to be given to Oxjam central team for the ordering of wristbands.
  • Recruit volunteers for each venue.
  • Ensure venue addresses, access and opening times are given to all acts and volunteers.
  • Ensure venue PA and lighting systems are confirmed and confirm if the venue backline is provided.
  • Ensure all artist equipment requirements, sound check and on-stage times are agreed and distributed.
  • Ensure all hire equipment is agreed and ordered.
  • Ensure parking and equipment access is agreed and distributed

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A practical mind and ability to work under pressure
  • A love for music and events
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in organising production for events
  • Good leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with a team
  • Contacts within the music production industry is a bonus

All roles for Oxjam Hackney are volunteer positions and therefore will not be paid and expenses will not be covered. However, you will be given the flexibility to work in a creative way to contribute to the festival and help end poverty around the globe.

This is a part-time role and will need up to 10 hours a week until 1st October 2017, when Oxjam will be holding the festival – applicants will need to be free on this day to work in all the venues and ensure things are running smoothly. The work will be a mixture of working from home and in your own time, and meeting with venue managers to work with them. Applicants will be required to meet with the Oxjam Hackney team from time to time as and when meetings are arranged.

This is a wonderful opportunity for those studying music production and events and will be a great experience to help build your CV. If you are interested, contact Alix at oxjamhackneyfestival@gmail.com.

Fred P Remix Competition

We are running a remix competition for the track featured below, with the winner getting a vinyl release on Fred P’s new label Private Society as well as a copy of Ableton Suite and Komplete 11. The deadline for the competition is the 31st July. See below for details on how to enter.

How to enter

1. Download the stems – note, you must register with Point Blank in order to access the stems.
2. Create a remix, completely open in terms of genre – entries will be judged on their quality and originality!
3. Upload your track to SoundCloud and submit the track via the Tracks channel of Plugged In – Point Blank’s social network for producers and DJs – before midnight on 31st July. Please ensure the track title includes ‘Fred P Remix Competition’.

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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Student Opportunities Round-Up: Fred P Competition, DJ Mag Sessions, Freelance Sound Engineer

Point Blank always keeps current students and alumni 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! Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here!

Here are our most recent student opportunities…

Fred P Remix Competition

We are running a remix competition for the track featured below, with the winner getting a vinyl release on Fred P’s new label Private Society as well as a copy of Ableton Suite and Komplete 11. The deadline for the competition is the 31st July. See below for details on how to enter.

How to enter

1. Download the stems – note, you must register with Point Blank in order to access the stems.
2. Create a remix, completely open in terms of genre – entries will be judged on their quality and originality!
3. Upload your track to SoundCloud and submit the track via the Tracks channel of Plugged In – Point Blank’s social network for producers and DJs – before midnight on 31st July. Please ensure the track title includes ‘Fred P Remix Competition’.

DJ Mag Sessions

Point Blank has teamed up with DJ Mag and Egg London to present an exclusive opportunity to PB students and graduates. We’re offering the chance to perform at Egg as a part of DJ Mag’s ‘DJ Mag Sessions’, an event held regularly across the year that has previously featured the likes of Solomun, Adesse Versions & Detroit Swindle to name a few. This is part of a new opportunity in which Point Blank will be offering support slots at EGG to students and graduates at future DJ Mag Sessions.

Nic Fanciulli has been confirmed for the next session on 22nd July – he’ll be playing a 3-hour set, and you can buy tickets for just £5 here. Students and graduates who’d like to apply for this first slot will need to submit a relevant mix (via Soundcloud or Mixcloud link) along with a cover email detailing live DJ experience to date and current set-up to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com. You’ll need to take into account that this will be a support slot, and cater your mix accordingly!

Freelance Sound Engineer for Ear Candy Live

London-based entertainment agency Ear Candy are currently seeking Freelance Sound Engineers to support their events/weddings during the busy summer period. Equipment is provided however your own transport is required. Fees are variable, most ‘base fees’ range between £125 – £160 plus travel, parking costs & extras. Travel is charged at 40p per mile and is calculated from their Wimbledon lock-up to the venue and back. Candidates should be prepared to manage a mixed set of tracks between act sets, although Ear Candy provide training for this.

This job typically includes:

  • Picking up equipment from our Wimbledon lockup (can sometimes be arranged a few days in advanced),
  • Driving to the venue,
  • Setting up and performing a sound check,
  • Mixing the band,
  • Manning mixed music between the bands set,
  • Packing down,
  • Returning the equipment to the lock up (can be arranged next day).

Criteria to be met:

  • Must hold a full license and be eligible for work and driving in the UK,
  • Own your own transportation or be prepared to hire a vehicle on a gig by gig basis. A medium sized hatchback with good boot size will be adequate for most occasions, a van is obviously an advantage,
  • Be reliable, professional and client friendly.
  • Have good available to take Saturday jobs, particularly over the summer.

Interested? Contact Vas at vas@earcandyav.co.uk with a cover letter and a copy of your CV. Interview/auditions taking place imminently in Wimbledon.

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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PB x Defected Mix Competition 2017: Winner Announced!

With so many fantastic entries, it was always going to be a difficult decision. However, we are glad to announce our winner for the 2017 PB x Defected Mix Competition! Francesca Rose will be heading down to Defected Croatia 2017 to play a set representing Point Blank on the Pontoon Stage, joining a stellar line-up that features  Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez, Julio Bashmore and more. Check out her winning mix:

Honourable mentions to the two runners-up, R3wired and Proper Soul, who will both play at a London event TBC! You can listen to their mixes below.

For those thinking about heading to Croatia this summer, find out more about Defected Croatia 2017 right here and check out the line-up below.

Want to be able to enter these competitions 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 supported by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller. If you’re interested in studying production with us, our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive courses available. Using our London studios incredible facilities, you will have access to all sorts of hardware, from synthesisers and samplers to full recording booths. For a virtual tour, click here. For further information on our degree course or any of our courses, contact our Course Advisors here.

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PBLA Open House Event With David Harrow & Sam XL (Pure Filth): Thurs March 16th

If you’ve been to one of our PBLA Open Houses before, then you know that we are committed to presenting only the highest calibre of industry professionals at our events to assist you in your experience and learning of the music industry. If you haven’t, now is your chance to dive into an evening of performances, masterclasses and networking at our upcoming event on Thursday 16th March. For this event, we are privileged to have Pure Filth founder and DJ Sam XL coming down to present a masterclass, Point Blank’s David Harrow performing live and much more. All you need to do to attend is RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

PBLA instructor David Harrow could easily play on musical heritage, having played with enough true legends of overground and underground music for several lifetimes and being involved in a variety of different musical scenes. David is constantly searching for new and stimulating sounds, from when he first launched into the post-punk climate in the 80’s So through synth-soaked new wave and Neue Deutsche Welle, through playing with disco legends like Sylvester on the San Francisco scene, going deep into dub and experimental electronics as part of the On-U sound production team, through the dirty rave haunts of London with Andrew Weatherall, huge international tours with The Orb, through a huge pop smash with Billie Ray Martin, through his live drum’n’bass extravaganzas as James Hardway, through the trance world, on through the Californian bass and weird-beat scenes as OICHO, to the esoteric ambient soundscapes and percussion soundtracks he releases today. 

The full itinerary is as follows:

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Open House arrival and welcome
7:30 – 7:45 pm: Live performance from PBLA instructor David Harrow
7:45 – 8:00 pm: Meet the PBLA instructors
8:00 – 8:45 pm: Guest masterclass from Sam XL
8:45 – Close: Prize giveaway / networking / Student Performances / Tour

Don’t forget, to lock down a place RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? The Music Production & Sound Design Advanced 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. We are currently offering a huge 20% off all of our LA production courses (excluding Maschine) plus a free copy of Ableton Suite worth $750, bringing your potential savings to $3750! Enrol before 31st of March with the code LOSANGELES20 to redeem your discount. For more information click here.

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Register to Win a Producer Pack, Online Course & Ableton Suite worth over £2,000!

As we steam through February, we decided to make your day that little bit brighter by offering you the chance to win Ableton Suite, a Novation producer bundle and a free online course of your choice, together worth over £2,000! All you need to do is register here before the 12th March to be in with a chance of winning.

Our complete range of courses form part of our Music Production Master Diploma, and will give you the knowledge you need to produce music at an expert level, whether taking a deep dive into Composition, Production or as a DAW-focused approach using Logic Pro or Ableton. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to join the Point Blank family by registering here on our website.

The winner of this month’s competition will receive Ableton Suite, a Novation Producer Pack & a free online course worth over £2,000.

If selected, you will receive a Novation Producer Pack, 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 and a copy of Ableton Suite. This all totals to over £2,000!

Once registered you’ll also be able to download our extensive collection of free plugins, samples and more and you’ll be the first to know about our exclusive discounts and opportunities via our weekly newsletter. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more free content! Register here or use the form below, and good luck!

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Exclusive Production Competition w/ PB Music & Magnetic Magazine!

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We’re teaming back up with Magnetic Magazine to bring you yet another exclusive production competition on Plugged In. We are asking you to submit your own original tracks, of any genre to our panel of judges. The winner will land themselves an exclusive feature on Magnetic Magazine, the fantastic Wave Alchemy ‘Revolution’ Plugin (worth £150) plus a Novation Producer Pack + free Point Blank online course worth over £1,300! Not only that but your track will get a release on our in-house record label, Point Blank Music. With our extensive network of music industry contacts this is great chance for students to get their music heard, and could lead to some fantastic opportunities. So what are you waiting for – scroll down for full entry details, and you can check out some of our previous releases below from Point Blank Music artists Halina Rice & Dylan.JK.Vogt to get an idea of the diversity of styles.

How to enter:

  • Download the artwork to use here (you must be registered and logged in to do this)
  • Upload your strongest track to Soundcloud as a public link, and submit the track via the Tracks page on Plugged In. Only one track per person can be submitted.
  • Entries will be judged on their quality and originality. All electronic genres are allowed.
  • Make sure you include ‘PB Music Competition‘ in the title of your track when you submit it here on Plugged In (so we can identify them as competition entries).
  • All entries must be submitted by midnight PST January 31st.
  • The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from both Magnetic Magazine and Point Blank.

The Prizes:

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At Point Blank, we regularly host competitions with incredible prizes up for grabs – from DJ spots to thousands of pounds’ worth of kit – as well as incredible career opportunities. If you want to be in with a chance of fending off the competition, you need to make sure you’re at the top of your game – and we can help. Our Online Master Diploma course covers sound design, production, mixing, mastering and composition. You can take it from anywhere in the world and, lasting for up to 64 weeks, it’s one of the school’s most comprehensive courses. With alumni including Claude VonStroke, Plastician and Jon Rundell, the quality speaks for itself. Find out more here.

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Student Opportunities: JW3 are Looking for Bands to Compete in Bangers & Crash

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.

Aged 14 – 18? JW3 are Looking for Bands to Take Part in Their Own Battle of the Bands

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Migdal Ohr, in partnership with JW3, have teamed up to create BANGERS & CRASH. This fresh, festival-themed battle of the bands will present some of the best homegrown London talent. Featuring an impressive roster of musicians aged 14-18, with an equally exciting panel of judges, BANGERS & CRASH will be kicking off 2017 in a loud way!

THE PRIZE: A 5-Hour recording session at Premises Studios with a top sound engineer supplied by Premises. Other artists who have recorded at Premises include, Florence and the Machine, Jamie T, Paolo Nutini and Michael Bublé.

THE JUDGES: Max Bloom; the founding member of London-based, indie band Yuck. With three albums and performances at Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading and Leeds, Max is excited to see the band’s create some major hype.
Jules Drade; a guitarist/producer/songwriter who has worked with artists in London, Peru and the U.S. He is currently working on an international project that fuses the sounds of Peru & Columbia with psychedelic influences from England and Spain. His ear for originality will be defining presence on the judging panel.

If you’re in a band and think you’ve got what it takes to take your music to the next level, then get in touch with us about performing at BANGERS & CRASH, contact Louise who will forward you on.

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Monthly Round-Up November 2016: Marco Faraone, Win an Analog Heat and More!

As we power into the final month of 2016, there’s little sense of running down the clock. Indeed, November was as packed as ever with production tutorials, exclusive free giveaways and informative features geared towards building your knowledge and taking your music-making to the next level. And you had incentive to do just that, as we launched another unmissable remix competition, this time in partnership with rising star Viv May. Elsewhere, we invited techno’s new Italian Master Marco Faraone in for a masterclass at our London studios and launched a new register and win competition. The prize? An Analog Heat.

To see each post in detail, click the corresponding title to be taken through to the page. And for those not already in the know, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and following us on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss out on our cutting edge content. Now, roll November’s highlights reel:

Register with Point Blank before 11th December to Win an Analog Heat + Online Course!

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Want to bag yourself an Analog Heat alongside a Complete online course – a prize haul worth £1,969? All you need to do to be in with a shot is register here before midnight 11th December. The Analog Heat is a brand new stereo analog sound processor from Elektron. Described as an audio enhancer and audio destroyer, you’ll be able to experiment with eight different stereo analog distortion circuits, add stereo analog filtering and EQ, and hear beautiful – and radical – things unfold. What’s more, the Analog Heat comes with Overbridge support, allowing it to be used as a VST/AU effect plugin. G’warn, get your name in the frame and register now.

Ableton Live Tutorial: Creative Rhythm Programming

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You may have noticed that this month saw us roll out a new tutorial series PB Course Developer and Ableton-certified Trainer Freddy Frogs. In this, the third episode, the focus shifts to creative rhythm programming. Exploring techniques such as varying velocity, shifting the starting point of a pattern, multi-tap delay and even switching up time signatures, Freddy delves into ways that you can create interest and drive. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events.

Remix Competition: Viv May (Shogun Audio, Dispatch Records) – ‘Don’t Say It’

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A hotly tipped UK artist who has collaborated with Zero T, Phase and Session Victim, Viv May’s strand of spirited, soulful pop has found support from Radio 1, Ministry of Sound Radio and sister label of Shogun Audio, SGN:LTD. November saw us commence a search for your best remixes of her new track ‘Don’t Say It’ – there’s no genre stipulations or style restrictions, the winning track will be judged solely on quality and originality. But what’s in it for you? A Point Blank ‘complete’ online course of your choosing, a Synthmaster Everything bundle and Nevo Analogue Machines, Samplephonic’s hybrid synth created in conjunction with Yoad Nevo. Head to the original post to find out everything you need to know.

Marco Faraone – ‘Climax’ and ‘Over the Clouds’ Track Masterclass

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In this interview, recorded at our London studio, the Uncage boss talks about his trajectory, from those early jams on Reason – when his friends were off playing Playstation –  to his later gravitation towards hardware. He also offers an instructive and in-depth look into his creative process as he breaks down, step by step, two huge tracks, ‘Climax’ and ‘Over the Clouds’ from his 2016 EP for Drumcode. Watch the video above and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more tutorials, interviews and live events.

Free Logic & Ableton Template Download from WeMakeDanceMusic.com!

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Here at PBHQ we know that kit costs cash money so we are always on the lookout for freebies we can pass on to our loyal audience of producers and songwriters. Register with Point Blank today and you can download a selection of free Logic and Ableton templates which have been exclusively created for Point Blank by WeMakeDanceMusic.com. These handy free Logic and Ableton template downloads can be used for remixing, sampling, edits, and for learning by deconstruction and reverse-engineering. They will also help speed up your workflow and kickstart some new creative ideas, helping you to create plenty of new tracks!

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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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