Browsing Tag

competition

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.

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!

LONDON W OUTLINE

The post Introducing the Winners of 2018s Defected Mix Competition appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

Loopcloud x Point Blank Remix Competition: Win Over £2000 in Prizes

If you’re a music producer at any level and you use a DAW, chances are you’ve come across Loopmasters and Plugin Boutique, two of the world’s biggest sellers of sample packs and plugins respectively. Well, to celebrate the launch of their free cloud-based platform Loopcloud 2.0, we’ve teamed up with both companies to bring you this outstanding producers remix competition. All you need to do is download Loopcloud and, using any of the 1GB of free sounds you gain access to on downloading, make a ‘remix’ track and submit it via Plugged In. The winner will receive prizes from an array of developers, as well as any of our ‘Complete’ range of online courses.

HOW TO ENTER

Step One: Download Loopcloud and make your track.

  • Use this link to download the programme, giving you access to 1GB of free sounds. Users who download will also get 500 free shop credits and 150 new free samples each week.
  • Make a track in any style or genre – whatever takes your fancy. The only requirement is that you use at least one of the free sounds from Loopcloud
  • Upload your remix to SoundCloud
  • Name the remix “Point Blank x Loopcloud Producer Competition: Your Artist Name ‘Your Track Name’ “

Step Two: Share your remix on Plugged In

  • Note that you will need to be registered in order to submit your track. For those not already registered, you can do so via this page
  • Once you’ve recorded your track and are ready to share it from SoundCloud, head to the Tracks page of Plugged In, then select Add Track to get started
  • On the Add Track page, simply paste the URL of your mix into the ‘track URL’ field, and name the track accordingly. You must also select ‘Competition’ under the ‘select category’ field for your entry to be eligible (see below)
  • Once you submit your track, it will now be visible when you filter in our ‘competition’ category within the Tracks channel. You’re all set!

JUDGING

All entries will be listened to and judged by the Loopcloud and Point Blank listening panel. Entrants are encouraged to promote through their social media channels to maximise the chances of them proceeding to the shortlist stage. Our panel will then judge the shortlisted remixes based on:

  • Votes and listens on Plugged In
  • Originality
  • Songwriting
  • Arrangement
  • Mixdown quality

The deadline for entries is 10th June 2018, and we will announce the winners shortly after. If you’re new to Loopcloud, watch the short video below to learn more and head to this page to see the full list of prizes on offer. Happy producing and good luck!

Want to study at Point Blank? At our London campus, we have a whole studio connected with the Loopcloud library, which you can access as part of your study experience. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there, on which you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing and mastering, composition and music business. We also offer additional degrees in Music Production and DJ Practice as well as Music Industry Management, all fully validated and accredited by Middlesex University. For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

Our London facility features a studio fully kitted out with Loopcloud licenses

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!

The post Loopcloud x Point Blank Remix Competition: Win Over £2000 in Prizes appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

Remix Competition: Eurovision Song Contest Entry ‘Bones’ by Equinox

Our students are no strangers to remix competitions. Not only do they offer inspiration and a great incentive to finish projects, they also provide a good gage of a budding producer’s progress. Our most recent competition – to remix EMF’s ‘Unbeliveable’ – is still live, but this one is too good to sleep on. The track is called ‘Bones’, by Equinox, and is this year’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest from Bulgaria. Three finalists will be released via Symphonix International on a special remix compilation and will receive a free copy of Ableton Suite. The overall winner will also receive a free online course. Check out the track below, as well as how to enter. If you’d like to join us for industry-leading tuition and access to more competitions of this ilk, check out the courses we have on offer.

How to enter

1. Download the stems – note, you must register with Point Blank in order to access the stems.
2. Create a remix in any style – 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 6th May. Please ensure the track title includes ‘Equinox Eurovision Remix Competition’, and use the artwork provided in the stems as the thumbnail.

Want to study at Point Blank? Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree is one of the most comprehensive music courses out there, on which you can also learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. For more information, contact our course advisors on +44 20 7729 4884. If you are a resident of the USA, you can reach us on 323 282 7660.

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!

The post Remix Competition: Eurovision Song Contest Entry ‘Bones’ by Equinox appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

Meet the winner of Anjunabeats x PB Beats In School Competition: Joel Freck

Announcing the winner of our latest Beats In School competition with Anjunabeats: Joel Freck. Joel is the second winner of the production competition after last year’s winner Taya, winning a Complete Online Mixing and Mastering course from Point Blank, along with gear and mentorship supplied by various top industry brands. He’s a Canadian Producer/DJ with support from Above & Beyond, Myon and Fatum, and his track ‘Violet Rose’ was nominated for ‘Dance Recording of the Year’ by the East Coast Music Awards. The competition involved recording a mix including an original production by the artist. Check out the winning mix below and read on for our recent catch up with Joel.

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

Hey Point Blank. Yeah!

I had three unsigned songs in there that I was actually working on to send to Anjuna. Two were the big “Anjuna Festival” style sound and another was a tribal track that I hadn’t yet finished but was dropping in my sets. I thought I might as well include it to highlight my versatility in production styles.

On top of that, I included 2 tracks I had finished earlier in the year.

The winning tracks were both tailored to Anjuna and the music their team was coming out with as of late. I had tested them at the club a few days before and the audience reaction was perfect, so I thought I had something special to share.

I took a bit of a risk and mixed some house, some tribal, and did a lot of mashups. All things I would do if someone were to see me perform live. I wasn’t sure how Anjuna would feel about me cutting up some of the classics, but they seemed to really enjoy the direction I went with the set, plus how my tracks sounded amongst some of Anjuna’s best.

What about your set up and writing process generally, any tricks or rituals that you always stick to?

My setup is currently changing and upgrading thanks to Beatport and its partners, but for the most part it’s nothing crazy. I run a Mac Pro, Logic X, 2 KRK 6’s (Now AdamA5X’s) and a midi controller.

My writing process usually begins with me focusing on a song that’s exciting me at the moment. That song that I’m most excited to play in my sets that night. When I have a track like that stuck in my mind, I usually want to create something in the same fashion to go alongside it, or completely replace it. I try to look at the bigger picture of how the music will be played which influences how I step into the writing process.

From there (depending on the sound and style) I usually have a basic template I open that just has some sends to reverbs, delays etc. to save me 20 minutes. Then I Import any old percussion/bass/lead bus from other projects to pick the sounds I had worked with that I like and keep a semi-consistent sound. I then change them out, edit the processing etc. This is usually how I start every project.

How did you get into making tunes and mixing?

I had been fooling around making hip-hop and electronica beats for my friends in high school but that was all it really was. It wasn’t until my friend flew me out to a show in Toronto where I saw the full scale of a DJ/Producer. After that night, as soon as I got home to Halifax I bought Mixer, a Mac, and switched from FL to Logic.

Have you had any tuition before?

Definitely. I had done a year of schooling in Vancouver for film, then when I made the switch to music I enrolled in a Point Blank course for arranging electronic music. I always had bartending on the side to pay all of that down.

What inspires you?

I think a better question is what doesn’t. I get inspired by movies, people, sounds, ideas, everyday life. Anything and everything. Wanting to give people a moment that resonates with them the same way it does with me is a big one. When I have that “yessss!” moment, I try my best to make it translate to every listener.

What drives me is the visualization of performing on a festival style stage. I get energized by people having a great time.

What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out if any?

There are two things. Learn arrangement and why it works – do this by referencing others tracks that work, and learn the ins and outs of mixing. It’s so key. I never knew this when I started out. It’s probably standard knowledge now, but when I first began nobody ever touched on how important it was.

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

There were quite a few that interested me but I went with the “Mixing & Mastering” course. I really want to understand everything there is to know about making a clean & punchy and a greater grasp on how to polish it up and make it shine in the master.

Outside of your course, what have you got in the pipeline?

All sorts ;). I’m working with Anjuna at the moment firing lots of new tracks back and forth, and Beatport’s keeping me busy with all sorts of fun stuff. I’m sure some of it will be announced in the near future.

Thanks Joel and good luck!

If you want access to loads of competition like Beats in School, plus award-winning tuition in production, check out our courses, including our new Online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree. You can also study with us in London, Mumbai, Los Angeles or Ibiza! If you’d like more information, to book a tour or help with the application process, contact a course advisor.

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!

The post Meet the winner of Anjunabeats x PB Beats In School Competition: Joel Freck appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

Remix Competition: No.1 Hit ‘Unbelievable’, EMF. Win a Course and Komplete 11

Who remembers this one? We have an unbelievable (sorry) opportunity for Point Blank students and graduates this week. A remix of an absolute classic by EMF – ‘Unbelievable’. That’s right – we’ve teamed up with EMF’s songwriter and guitarist, Ian Dench, and got our hands on the stems of one of the early nineties biggest hits. To enter, send an email to theo@pointblankmusicschool.com and we can provide private access to the stems. Please note that you won’t be able to share them, or your finished track until approved – submissions must be made privately to Point Blank only. The winning entrant will win a free ‘Complete’ online course and a copy of Komplete 11 by Native Instruments, worth £1,700. The winning remix also has the chance to be signed and released by the artist! These are the kind of opportunities you get on a regular basis when studying at Point Blank.

‘Unbelievable’ was released in 1991, a concise distillation of the vibe and feel of the Madchester style of guitar music that had gripped the UK. At the time, there were countless bands mining the same rich vein in the post-rave landscape, but something about ‘Unbelievable’ took it to the top of the Billboard chart in the USA, breaking into the American psyche where so many had failed.

After the band split in 1997, Ian Dench went on to form the band Whistler, who released two LPs in ‘Whistler’ and ‘Faith in the Morning’. Later, he became a songwriter for hire and has penned hits for the likes of Shakira, The Prodigy and Beyoncé. Tracks by Dench have also appeared in the ITV series The Halycon.

Remixing is a key part of producing dance music, is covered extensively on our comprehensive BA (Hons) in Music Production and Engineering degree, also available online. Check out our other schools too in Ibiza, Mumbai and LA. For more info, or to book a tour of one of our schools, speak to a course advisor.

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!

The post Remix Competition: No.1 Hit ‘Unbelievable’, EMF. Win a Course and Komplete 11 appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

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.

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!

LONDON W OUTLINE

The post Point Blank Launches Deep House Amsterdam Guest Podcast Series – Submit Yours Now appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

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.

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!

ONLINE w outline

The post Student Catch-up with TAYA: Beatport Beats In School Winner appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

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.

 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!

The post Student Opportunities Round-Up: Sync Opportunity, Oxjam Production Coordinator, Fred P appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

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.

 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!

The post Student Opportunities Round-Up: Fred P Competition, DJ Mag Sessions, Freelance Sound Engineer appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here

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.

Register to Access Free Courses, Projects, Plug-ins Samples & More

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

The post PB x Defected Mix Competition 2017: Winner Announced! appeared first on Point Blank’s Online Magazine.

Read more here