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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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Remix Anthony Touma ‘Walk Away’ (Universal) & Win Prizes Worth £2,000+!

We have teamed up with Point Blank graduate Anthony Touma together with his label, Universal Music Mena, to create a very special remix competition for students, graduates and our wider online community. We’ll be looking for the very best remix submissions for Anthony’s new single, ‘Walk Away’, out now on Universal Music. the winner will have their music judged by the A&R team at Universal Music Mena with the potential of an official release. They’ll also receive a free Point Blank ‘Complete’ course, plus copies of Komplete 11 and Ableton Suite! All you need to do to get started is download the stems here – check out the track below, and read on for full details of how to enter.

Anthony Touma took our Singing & Songwriting Certificate last year and after completing his courses, he returned to his home country of Lebanon, teaming up with local producers. This led to his signing by Universal Music Mena, and subsequently the release of his first single, ‘Walk Away’ in April 2017. Having received a positive response for the single, Anthony and Universal Music Mena are now looking to make a commercial dance remix of the track for clubs, extending this challenge to the Point Blank community.

The track should be something commercial that would play in clubs and get people dancing. The label would prefer to stay away from techno, house, deep house etc. however a Trap-style remix could be an option. This is the perfect chance for you to have your music heard by Universal Music Mena and potentially have your remix published, launching it on a global stage. Not only that, but the winner of the competition will receive a free Point Blank ‘Complete’ online course, plus copies of both Komplete 11 and Ableton Suite.

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 the style of a commercial dance release – 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 15th October. Please ensure the track title includes ‘Anthony Touma Remix Competition’.

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. We are currently offering a huge 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with a range of online courses until September 30th, so make sure you enrol soon to make the most of it! 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.

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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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PB x Defected Mix Competition 2017: 1 week left to enter!

Calling all DJs! Is 2017 the year you see yourself sharing a bill with some of the biggest stars in dance music? Point Blank and iconic house brand Defected have teamed up once again for a very special competition which gives you the chance to land a dream DJ gig. We’re looking for the freshest DJ talent to submit their best mix efforts in the form of a one hour mix – the prize up for grabs? A slot on the Pontoon Stage at Defected Croatia 2017! The winner will see themselves featuring alongside some of the most illustrious names in house music, including Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez, Julio Bashmore and many more! First, read our Competition Terms and Conditions, then see below for full details on how to enter – just remember, you have until 8th May to get your mix submissions in, so get cracking and good luck!

The Lowdown

The lucky winner will be responsible for a set on the Pontoon Stage at Defected Croatia 2017, happening 10th-15th August, with flights covered plus accommodation for two nights. This is an incredible opportunity to play at Defected’s first Croatia venture and is the sort of thing big breaks are made of. For two runners-up we also have two DJ slots up for grabs at a Defected event in London later this year.

How do you get involved? The competition itself will take place on Plugged In, Point Blank’s active community of music makers and DJs. Head to the Competitions tab for the full details on how to enter, including how long your mix should be, plus full terms and conditions for entry.

For those thinking about heading to Croatia this summer, find out more about Defected Croatia 2017 right here. As an added bonus, Point Blank are also offering discounts for students and graduates. Contact louis@pointblankmusicschool.com for more information.

Want to be able to enter the competition 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.

How to Enter

Record and upload your mix to Mixcloud

  • Record a 60-minute long mix, musically this should fit with Defected’s ethos of house music in all its different styles.
  • Use the cover art provided above.
  • Upload your mix to Mixcloud, adding the full tracklist
  • Name the mix “Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition 2017: Your DJ Name
  • Tag your mix ‘Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition 2017’.

Share your mix on Plugged In

  • Head to the Competition page to find out the full details, including style guide and submission guidelines, and to download the artwork
  • Note that you will need to be registered in order to download the artwork and submit your mix. For those not already registered, you can do so below or via this page.
  • Once you’ve recorded your mix and are ready to submit, head to the Tracks page of Plugged In and select Add Track to get started and paste your mixcloud URL link.
  • You must ensure that you submit your entry under the ‘Competition’ category for your mix to be eligible.
  • The deadline for entries is midnight on 8th May 2016.

Judging

All entries will be listened to and judged by the Defected 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 mixes based on:

  • Votes and listens on Plugged In
  • Track selection and curation
  • Technical ability
  • Originality
  • Flair and creativity

We will announce the winner on 12th May 2017. Happy mixing and good luck!

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PB Music Producer Competition: Get Signed and Win Komplete 11, Ableton Suite + More

Following the success of the one held in January, we have decided to hold another Producer Competition, giving those who didn’t make it last time another chance to get a release on PB Music as well as a bundle of fantastic prizes. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is submit an original track of any genre to our judging panel. Winners will not only win a release on PB Music but will also receive a free copy of Komplete 11, Ableton Suite & a ‘Complete’ Point Blank online course of their choosing!

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 outsome 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 April 30th.
  • The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from Point Blank.

The Prizes:

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 BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree 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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Subscribe to Point Blank Music: Win Ableton Suite & Online Course Worth £1800!

In 2011 we launched our own in-house label, Point Blank Music, as a way to showcase the incredible talent of Point Blank students and alumni. We’ve since embarked on phase two, launching the Point Blank Music YouTube channel as a platform to push the music even further and – along with label partners including Axtone, Defected, Toolroom, Cr2 and more – give the artists we believe in a chance to be discovered by music fans across the globe. To help get the word out, we’re once again offering subscribers the chance to win a free copy of Ableton Suite and a free ‘Complete’ online course worth over £1800! Courses include electronic music production, mixing and mastering, sound design and composition. You can take your pick. All you have to do is head to PB Music to confirm your channel subscription. Plus, you’ll be the first to hear fresh new music from up-and-coming artists like Fake Bear, MANTi, Badoos, Jorge Ruby and Sub One. The competition closes on 31st October.

Getting your music signed, released, and earning money from it through our own in-house label Point Blank Music is just one of the many reasons to study with us. Our online BA (Hons) Music Production &  Sound Engineering Degree is not only the most comprehensive course available online, but it offers 1-2-1 tutorials between you and your instructor every two weeks, alongside live masterclasses and the opportunity to receive customised feedback for your work as you progress. We are currently offering a huge 25% off all online courses until October 31st, so there has never been a better time to enrol!

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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.

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

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

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Viv May (Shogun Audio, Dispatch Records) – Remix Competion Winners Announced!

Back in November 2016, Point Blank singing course graduate Viv May offered a fantastic opportunity for our students, setting them the challenge of remixing her brand new track ‘Don’t Say It’. A hotly tipped UK artist who has chalked up collaborations with Zero T, Phase and Session Victim, Viv’s strand of spirited, soulful pop has found support from Radio 1, Ministry of Sound Radio and sister label of Shogun Audio, SGN:LTD. Projects were judged on quality and originality, with winners receiving a Point Blank ‘complete’ online course of their choosing, a Synthmaster Everything bundle and Nevo Analogue Machines, Samplephonic’s hybrid synth created in conjunction with Yoad Nevo.

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With over 40 entries from students, making a decision was always going to be a challenge, so much so that in the end we decided on two very different winning entries. Art Polikarpov’s imaginative remix took on a house flavour, with subtle sweeps and a catchy arpeggiated melody complimenting Viv May’s dulcet tones. Our second winner, Cavia, submitted a remix with all the elements of a Trap banger, mixing precisely chopped, pitched vocal samples with a classic drum loop and some sharp hi-hat action. Both entries were full deserved of the competition prize – there was no way we were going to be able to pick one over the other! Listen to both tracks below.

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