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Point Blank Launches the New BA (Hons) in Music Production & DJ Practice

As the technology in music production and DJing gets more advanced, the possibilities for innovative music-making and performances are becoming greater each day. Not only that, but it’s easier than ever before to merge elements of both production and DJing, and it’s possible to use one to inform the other in ways unheard of just a few years ago. Gigging and touring are very much the lifeblood of the electronic music scene and the primary source of income for the vast majority of artists today. Again, the link with music making is inextricable, as there’s no better way of earning yourself a booking than by releasing a killer track.

Our DJ Studio at Orsman Road is fully stocked with the latest equipment from Pioneer DJ Radio as well as other industry leaders. Whenever a new piece of kit is released you can be sure we’ll have one in here. 

The long and short of all of this is that if you want to give yourself the best possible chance of success, you need to be able to back up your production with DJ Skills and vice versa. That is why we have developed a new degree with a much greater focus on the performative side of electronic music, in order to give students everything they need to carve out a career as an artist. Get all the details on our new 3-year B.A. (Hons) in Music Production & DJ Practice, including a full list of modules and FAQs, here. You can apply for student funding for this programme. We also offer a two-year accelerated version, and both are enroling now from September 2018. Please note that this degree programme is subject to validation by Middlesex University.

We’re extremely proud to have been voted best independent HE provider at the 2018 Whatuni Student Choice Awards. Coupled with our status as DJ Mag’s ‘Best Electronic Music School’, this means there is nowhere else you will find an education quite like you will at Point Blank. We’ve been teaching music production at degree level for several years now and our students and alumni are consistently producing music at a level we’re proud to be associated with. With our state-of-the-art, Pioneer DJ supported studio and new modules that get deeper into the nuances of DJing than ever before, you can be sure that at the end of this degree you will have everything needed to build interesting, layered sets that go far beyond the basic tenets of beatmatching and song-key.

Every student in every production class will have their own fully-stocked workstation to themselves and unlimited access to studios for practice time

Coupled with this, the new degree also contains a good level of focus on the industry side of things, giving students the understanding that being an artist requires a certain level of non-creative work and discipline. With modules like Record Deals and Branding, Music Entrepreneur and Production Portfolio students will learn how to get themselves and their careers into the positions they need to occupy to build a career. Plus, as with all of our London programmes, students gain access to our unique, industry-leading Virtual Learning Environment developed for our online courses, where you can easily find course materials, masterclass footage and more.

All of our studios are fully equipped with industry-standard, state-of-the-art gear, like the SSL Duality mixing desk found in studio 1 at Orsman Road

There’s really no other degree course like this anywhere else. Many hours of work and dedication have gone into the development of this programme, and we feel anyone who completes this qualification will be in the perfect position to begin their career as a Music Producer and DJ, whatever avenue they wish to take.

Find all the information you will need here, and please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you might have, on the number +44 20 7729 4884. You can also contact us using this form.

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Enrol Now for Point Blank Summer School 2018. Dates Available in July & August

Point Blank Summer Schools are back, offering the perfect chance for younger students to get into a myriad of disciplines within music over a short period at affordable rates. If you’re aged between 11 and 19, or are a relative of a budding young producer / DJ / radio presenter / singer of that age, we might have just the course you’ve been looking for. Check out the full range of summer classes here.

The barriers to entry for making music have never been easier to overcome than they are today, but we know that the first step is often the hardest. If you’re not sure what kind of avenue you’d like to go down, or you don’t have any of the necessary equipment to try something out – you might never get started at all. This is why we offer summer school classes to young people. Our instructors are all accomplished artists in their own right and have worked with the likes of NWA, Warren G, Bjork, Kevin Saunderson, Doves and Stevie Wonder. Plus, our studios are kitted out with the latest, state-of-the-art gear.

With our Music Production summer classes, each student receives their own workstation fitted with the latest versions of hardware and software by industry leaders such as Ableton and Native Instruments

Our Pioneer DJ-supported DJ Suite contains the very best in modern DJ gear, so DJ Summer School students can learn in a high-end club environment.

With our Radio summer class, students can learn the key tenets of broadcasting in one of the most fluid industries in the world. PB alumni such as Monki and Madam X have gone on to regular shows with stations like Radio 1, 1 Extra and Rinse FM.

Having trained singers like Leona Lewis and with instructors including Grammy-Award winner Phil Ramocon, our Singing classes are world renowned.

These four courses cater for all tastes in the music industry, and these Summer School courses offer fantastic value. If you have any questions or just want to get in touch, please call +44 20 7729 4884 or click here.

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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Joshua Michael

After an extended layoff, we are back with our regular guest slot with Pioneer DJ Radio. We’ve had a relationship with the station for a minute now and we’re proud to put our students on the radio alongside artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. If you’re a PB student or graduate and think your mixes belong on the biggest stations along with that illustrious company, send them to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Joshua Michael studied the Music Production Certificate with us back in 2016. He’s been playing since he was just 14. His early interest in electronic music has since developed into a fixation for anything house and techno. With the launch of his own club night upcoming at XOYO and his first release just around the corner, big things are in the pipeline!

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Student Opportunity: Apply now for the Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme 2018

We are very excited to announce that we are now taking applications for the 2018 Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme! Read on for all the info you need on how to apply. With the Programme now open once again for 2018, we were delighted to catch up with Gabby to talk about how the past year has been for her since winning the 2017 programme. Check out the video below for the full lowdown.

The Accelerator Programme launched early last year, starting our search for a student or alumnus with the potential to hoist to the top of the industry, using the combined resources and contacts of Point Blank and Pioneer DJ.  The 2017 winner, DJ/Producer Gabby Gunn, enjoyed access to huge industry events such as IMS Ibiza and Amsterdam Dance Event, and was providing a wide range of mix, live performance and networking opportunities across the year.

One year on, Gabby returned to our studio in London to talk us through what she’s been up to over the past year. If you read this blog you will know about a fair few of her exploits already – which included trips to IMS Ibiza and ADE – but as Gabby explains in the video above, many more opportunities presented themselves along the way. Take her set at the BBC Introducing stage at Creamfields for an example, or her recorded performance at the final edition of the much-loved UK institution Secret Garden Party. She also shares some of the networking opportunities that arose over the year, together with access to the latest Pioneer gear.

Our DJ studio at Point Blank London is fully kitted with the latest equipment from Pioneer DJ, including the DJS-1000 sampler released late last year

If you are a student or a recent graduate who has already played a variety of DJ gigs, then you could be this year’s winner. The profile of these gigs doesn’t matter, all we need to see is potential and the drive to succeed – the successful candidate will be catapulted to some of the industry’s highest-profile platforms, so this is not for the faint of heart.

Interested in applying for this exclusive opportunity to fast track your DJ career? You’ll need to send an application to matt@pointblankmusicschool.com by 11th March 2018. Your application should give a full outline of your DJ credentials to date, together with a link to one of your mixes which you feel gives the best representation of your selector and mixing skills. After an initial shortlisting process, the successful candidate will be confirmed in March, with the programme commencing through to December. Please note this opportunity is for Point Blank students and graduates only.

Don’t forget that if you’re not at the level required yet we can help you get there. Take a DJ course with us and get started, or hone your skills with that little bit of guidance. Want to go deeper still, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering covers all the bases for you to make it as a musician in today’s industry, so don’t hesitate. As a student you’ll also qualify for this and countless other opportunities too.

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Watch our Comprehensive Guide to Setting Up Your DJ Equipment

So you’ve bought your first set of decks, or maybe you’ve finally upgraded your equipment or even just added some CDJs for the first time… happy days! Of course, now you have to set them all up, and despite Pioneer’s continued commitment to making their tools as easy to use as possible, to get the most of out of your new toys you need to set them up properly. Luckily Point Blank’s lead DJ instructor Ben Bristow is on hand to show you both the basics and a few tricks to fully optimize your set-up. NB: Though Ben is using top-of-the-range equipment from Pioneer, much of this video applies to decks and mixers of all makes and models. If you fancy learning to spin tunes, Ben himself teaches many of our DJ Courses in London.

Check out the video above for a comprehensive guide to setting up your DJ equipment. As our lead DJ instructor, Ben Bristow has set up more than his fair share of DJ studios in his time, so you can be sure that if you follow his advice you won’t go far wrong. In the video we cover the basics of which inputs and outputs to use on your mixer, in this case a Pioneer DJM 900 Nexus, along with two Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus’. We plug everything into a separate LAN hub too so as to allow for perfectly quantised effects – meaning your mixer will automatically match the tempo of your effects to your tracks. Later we learn the slightly more fiddly trick of enabling the fader start function, allowing you to start and restart a track from its queue point using the crossfader – especially useful for scratch DJing. Another lesser-practised trick is to update the firmware on your CDJs, which will ensure there are no compatibility issues with Rekordbox.

We hope this is a useful tool for anyone setting up new equipment or those wanting to make sure everything is performing optimally. Get loads more advice, and comprehensive instruction in whatever style of DJing you’re interested in, with a DJ Course at Point Blank. We offer these in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai, and if you’re using virtual DJ software you can even study online. For more information or to speak with an admissions advisor, contact us using this form.

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Enrol Now at Point Blank Ibiza for Summer 2018. Save €150 with a 10% Earlybird Discount

Though we’ve well and truly entered the depths of winter, we can’t help but let our minds wander to the next time we’ll be able to step outside without three layers and a scarf. We’re sure that, like us, you could use a reminder that the sun is out there somewhere. So we’ve turned our attention to our Ibiza courses and started planning our next summer spent on the white isle. We’ve recently announced some improvements and expansion in the courses on offer, and to give you a proper understanding of what you can expect, we’re delighted to share this video with you from last summer. There’s no better place to immerse yourself in nightlife and DJing, and there’s no better time to book your place, as we’re offering 10% all Ibiza courses to the earlybirds who book before 31 December. Just enter the code: 10IBIZA on enrolment to claim your discount.

In the video, get a look at the students at work: honing their skills in our classroom, hearing from our expert instructors at talks and workshops, and playing their own sets on the gorgeous rooftop at the Ocean Drive Hotel. Hear testimonials from the students too, telling us (as if they need to) what’s so special about their two weeks spent learning to DJ and produce by day, and partying in the world most famous clubbing hotspot by night.

One of last summer’s students playing atop the Ocean Drive Hotel

The courses on offer at Point Blank Ibiza include our original DJ/Producer course which offers the perfect introduction or opportunity to brush up on your skills, an Advanced DJ/Producer course so those who have either studied with us before or have some experience of their own can take their sets to the next level, plus a new DJ/Radio course where students learn with an angle on braodcasting in the most dynamic part of the music industry. If you’d like to know more, call +44 20 7729 4884 or use our contact form.

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

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