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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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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio 075 – Auriga

Welcome back to our fortnightly mix series with Pioneer DJ Radio, our longest running guest radio slot and home to artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. Pioneer DJ obviously need no introduction as the world’s biggest DJ brand. Their radio station is full of names like the above and covers artists from all over the musical spectrum. This fantastic opportunity is open to Point Blank students only – if you’re a PB student or graduate and think your mixes belong with this illustrious company, send them to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

As a classically trained pianist (she studied at the Oviedo Conservatory of Music) Auriga has a deeper understanding of music than most. She has since taken a different path, however, following her lifelong affection for club music instead. Since beginning her studies with us here at Point Blank her skills and dedication have led to sets at clubs all over Madrid and Ibiza including Goya Social Club, Studio76, Florida Retiro, Café La Palma, Nubel, Atenas Terrace, Ballesta Club and Pirandello. She has recently launched her Pitch Ladies series of parties as well, and a debut EP is in the pipeline.

Keep up with Auriga on Soundcloud and Facebook, and keep up with Pitch Ladies here.

Want your mixes heard by the world? Or are you a beginner wanting to learn? Our DJ courses can help you either way. Or if making tracks and live performance is your thing, have a look at our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes comprehensive instruction in both. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on +44 207 729 4884. And don’t forget to send your mixes to Ollie at Point Blank if you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio.

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Dubspot Radio Rewind: DJ Obi + Exclusive Interview

Nigerian globetrotter DJ OBI visits Dubspot NYC to take us on a soulful journey around the world through a classic house mix followed by an exclusive interview.

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This episode of Dubspot Radio welcomes Nigeria’s DJ OBI who holds the world record for the longest DJ set lasting 240 hours. During his visit to Dubspot New York, DJ OBI fired up the decks to record a classic house mix followed by an exclusive interview where he discusses his musical background, his path to becoming a DJ and breaking into the New York music scene, and how the Nigeria scene is quickly changing. He wraps up the interview with some sound advice for young DJs looking to move ahead in the music industry, delving into the promoter/DJ relationship, and how it’s important to get to know people in the party atmosphere before jumping into business right away.

 

 


About DJ OBI

DJ OBI has a very diverse style of music – there are Disc Jockeys, and then there’s DJ OBI who has been in the business of making people dance to great tunes for over eight years. His media and educational background allow him to be unique among his peers and within his musical environment. His passion, dedication, and love for music led him to win the Nigerian Entertainment Award (NEA) for “World Best DJ 2011.”

DJ OBI has had the opportunity of working with artists on stages such as Lupe Fiasco, 2face, Banky W, M.I, Naeto C, Lynxxx, and a host of others. As a young business entrepreneur, he thrives for perfection and success. A notable highlight of his career was having the great opportunity to meet his idol Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs a couple of times. Some of his past clienteles include numerous college organizations, clubs, various club promoters worldwide, and much more. DJ OBI is also a member of the famous Coalition of Nigerian DJs.

“I am a very versatile DJ and my music library is very diverse. I feel like when I am playing, people should pull out their passports, cause I’m gonna take them on a musical journey around the world, and that is what anyone that experiences DJ Obi at any event should expect.”

Connect with DJ OBI on Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

 


DJ Extensive Program

Immerse yourself in the complete art of DJing: from the fundamentals of beatmatching and mixing to using effects and programming extended club sets. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to learn fundamentals or a seasoned pro looking to take your talent to the next level, our curriculum is designed to accommodate all skill levels and styles of music. This comprehensive DJ program covers everything from basic mixing to advanced digital DJing with both Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro.

About This Program

At Dubspot you’ll be working at personal student workstations equipped with industry standard and cutting-edge technology: Technics SL-1200 / 1210 series turntables, Pioneer CDJs, Pioneer DJM or Rane TTM mixers, Apple iMacs and MacBook Pros, Native Instruments’ Traktor Scratch Pro, Serato Scratch Live, vinyl, CDs, timecode, and MIDI controllers.

Our instructors teach you the necessary techniques and draw on their vast collective experience to give you insight into the mindset, workflow, and art of DJing. Graduates of the DJ Extensive Program will have an opportunity to perform at an event in a New York City venue, organized and promoted by Dubspot together with you and your fellow students. At Dubspot, we want you to do more than just learn. We want you to be great at doing what you love. Let us help you get there!

What’s Included

  • DJ Level 1: Rookie Sessions | Essentials I
  • DJ Level 2: Phrase Mixing | Essentials II
  • DJ Level 3: Beyond The Blend | Intermediate Skills
  • DJ Level 4: Preparation | DJ Psychology
  • DJ Level 5: Classroom to the Club | Advanced Techniques I
  • DJ Level 6: Club to the World | Advanced Techniques II

Additional Information

Visit the DJ course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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