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Introducing the Winners of 2018s Defected Mix Competition

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

Without further ado – here are the winners:

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

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

Vin Postega

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

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

Keep up with Vin on SoundCloud.

Lambert & Handle

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

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

Lambert & Handle are on SoundCloud.

DJ TQ

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

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

Follow DJ T.Q. here.

Vinculum

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

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

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Student Opportunity: Outlook & Dimensions

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

Outlook & Dimensions

Chances are these two sister festivals need no introduction… Two of the best festivals at the cutting edge of electronic music at one of Europe’s most stunning locations are looking for senior volunteers for this year’s editions. Full job description below.

OUTLOOK AND DIMENSIONS SENIOR VOLUNTEER POSITION MUSIC ARENA EVENT ASSISTANT

The Package
• Your Festival Ticket
• 2 x Festival tickets for the festival you are working at to sell at cost price to help towards the cost of your travel
• Free camping
• 2 x Food vouchers per shift
• 1 x Amphitheatre ticket
• 3 x 12 hour shifts and 1 x 6 hour shifts

Dates Required
DIMENSIONS: Wednesday 29th August until Saturday 1st September OUTLOOK: Wednesday 5th September until Saturday 8th September
You do not need to apply for both events. Please note, you must arrive onsite the day before your first shift.

Music Area
Music Arena is a space for music creation and conversation. The space will be made up of one production zone and one performance zone. Offering the opportunity to work with the industry’s most up to date music technology equipment and electronic music tutors. Curated by NVS, the project will offer a deeper look into the world of the music that surrounds the events; artists will be working each day to explain their techniques, offer advice and inspiration.

The Role
Working with Music Technicians, Artists from each event and Professional Tutors you will be assisting with the set up, pack down and smooth running of each event. Responsibilities include: auditing equipment, preparing technology, organising on-site marketing, capturing basic media for social media platforms, guiding customers exploration of the space and assist with artist liaison.
Technology set up will include both hardware and software: Ableton Live, Native Instruments Machine, Komplete, TRAKTOR and Logic.

Personal Specification
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for music. This passion can be based in music technology, music making or simply a deep interested in the music at the surrounding events. Applicants need to be personable, organised and reliable to ensure that all Knowledge Arena customers have an informed and pleasurable experience. Music Production experience and experience with music technology is required.

Sounds like the role for you?
Please email your CV and covering letter explaining why you would be perfect for the role to laura@nvsmusicgroup.com with the subject line MUSIC ARENA ASSISTANT APPLICATION.
All applicants will be contacted via email. Successful applicants will only be issued with their Festival Tickets to sell once they have provided copies of their travel confirmation documents as commitment to the project.

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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