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Re-live the Spectacular Launch Party for AMANI’S ‘Perpendicular’

Last week, Point Blank Recordings’ AMANI dropped her debut EP, ‘Perpendicular’. The record was released on Friday 3 November having been gathering attention from the likes of XLR8TR, Creators, Dash Majesty and Electronic Groove. To celebrate, the launch party for ‘Perpendicular’ took place at Peckham’s Rye Wax on 8 November and, true to form, AMANI’s gorgeously fierce performance brought the house down. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones in attendance, or if you were and just want to re-live it, take a look at photos from the gig below.

AMANI are we

Drummer and backdrop

He concentrates as much when playing bass too…

At the keys

The wedding dress was one of the less out-there ideas for an outfit

‘Perpendicular’ is available now to stream and purchase

Captivating the crowd with her singular vocal style

Point Blank Recordings was established in 2017 and AMANI is the first artist to be released by the label. Find the release on Spotify and Apple Music. Check out AMANI on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. You can also keep track of all thing PBR on the same channels: Twitter YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Fancy yourself as a boundary-pushing artist like AMANI? We can help you, whatever stage you’re at. We offer courses in songwriting and singing to give you the foundation to express your ideas. Or if you prefer being behind the scenes but love live music, why not try a course in live sound engineering? These courses are held in London, but we offer many online courses for people who want to study remotely, and with the online school relaunching in January 2018, any modules on any course you book now are eleven weeks in length instead of eight, all at no extra cost!

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Join Us at the PB London Open Day: Sat 11 Nov. Includes Free Workshops

Here at Point Blank, we believe we offer the best possible environment for musicians of every level to enhance their skills. Our most comprehensive courses, like the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree programme, are quality assured by Middlesex University, and we offer access to state of the art equipment in everything we teach. That includes studios built with partners like Pioneer and Native Instruments, and kit which includes our industry-leading, 48-channel SSL Duality Delta mixing console.

We’re holding an open day for prospective students to come and learn more about what we offer at Point Blank London, on 11 November. It’s the perfect opportunity to come and take a look at our facilities, meet our instructors and admissions staff and ask questions you might have about anything that we offer. What’s more, workshops are held in the afternoon to give you a hands-on taste of some of our courses. RSVP here to reserve your space.

Point Blank’s newest studios on Orsman Road

Arrive at 12:45 pm to meet the staff and other prospective students, then take your place at the introductory seminar, a tour of the campus, interactive workshops and Q&A sessions, wrapping by 3:45 pm. There will be ample opportunity to find out about our Higher Education Courses, as well as courses in Radio, DJing, Music Industry and Songwriting. If you have any questions at all, head to our contact page.

For full timings and address, check out the schedule of the day below and don’t forget to reserve your free tickets as places are limited.

Our fully-kitted Pioneer DJ studio

Our 48-Channel SSL Duality Delta mixing console

One of our soundproofed studios

Saturday 11th September, 12.45 pm – 15.45 pm, 26 Orsman Road, London, N1 5QJ.

The Programme

12:45 – 13:15: Arrival on campus.

Meet and greet with Point Blank staff

13:15 – 13:45: Introductory seminar

Admissions staff present an overview of Point Blank and our music production courses

13:45 – 14:15: Tour

Tour of the facilities and learn what it’s like to study at Point Blank

14:15 – 15:15: Workshops

Interactive seminars with Point Blank instructors where you can learn more about the course curriculum

15:15 – 15:45: Your questions answered

A chance to speak to our Admissions Team and ask questions or raise issues not covered throughout the seminars

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PB Los Angeles: Course Taster Workshop, Nov 8 w/ Computo

After the success of last month’s masterclass with the legend of House and Garage that is Todd Edwards, we didn’t want to leave it long before treating you to another free event at our Los Angeles school. On 8 November, our expert instructor Computo will be giving a taste of what can be expected on our Sound Design course in Los Angeles. Tickets are free and you can RSVP here to reserve a place for the workshop. Not only is Computo a top teacher, educating the likes of Flying Lotus, but he’s also one of the most well-respected modular synthesists in the game, working on projects like building the complete analogue representation of a digital composition for the film Operator.

The event will start at 7:00pm at Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tickets are free and available to the general public – grab your FREE ticket here.

Guest workshops are a core part of the experience at studying at Point Blank Los Angeles. To find out which class is for you, visit our Los Angeles course page to find out more, we cater to any interest in music, got everything from production, DJ’ing, composition and of course sound design. If you want to know more and you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660, or visit our contact page.

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ADE 2017 : Top 5 Talks And Parties

Every year industry professionals, artists both aspiring and established, as well as hoards of electronic music lovers descend on Amsterdam for the biggest festival of its kind in the world: Amsterdam Dance Event. The programme is split loosely into a conference and a festival, one side dominated by lectures, panel discussions and networking events, the other by parties showcasing the best DJs, promoters and live performers on the global dance music scene. The scale is frankly staggering, and if you’re in Amsterdam right now or planning on heading over, it’s likely that you’re a little overwhelmed. Never fear, we’ve trawled through the extensive programme to come up with a list of the top five events in both of ADE’s two strands

Fancy yourself to play at ADE one day? Well, Point Blank can help you get there. Don’t just take our word for it either: former student Gabby Gunn plays at Pioneer DJ Presents: Gabby Gunn Live for DJsounds on the TORAIZ SP-16 on Thursday 19 October. Gabby studied Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma , or you might want to take Complete DJ Course. Why not take a look?

Read on for our top five talks and parties at ADE 2017.

ADE Conference

The Origin of Gatherings: Why We Do What We Do – ADE Pro / ADE Green

A discussion on the history of parties and gathering, featuring representatives from Arcadia, Garbicz and more. The panel will explore the changing reasons people engage in parties on all levels, and which way to take their respective interests amid the ever-increasing popularity of the scene.

Native Sessions: 25 Years of Masters at Work – ADE Sound Lab

Masters of Work are Kenny Dope and Lil Louie Vega, who over 25 years of collaboration have carved out their unique blend of house, latin music and hip-hop, and inspired generations of musicians and dancers with their unmistakable soul. In this talk with Tony Nwachukwu, hear two undisputed bedrocks of house music discuss their long history.

Defiant On The Dance Floor: How Nightlife Empowered the LGBTQ+ Community (and Vice-Versa) – ADE Pro / ADE Green

It’s all-too-often forgotten that house music, and, by extension, our entire culture is borne of the LGBTQ+ community. Dance music as we know it rooted in that scene, and it should be shouted about far more. Bogomir Doringer, Honey Dijon, Loren Granich and Peter van Vught talk through the advances wrought through music, and more importantly, everything music and culture has gained from LGBTQ+ struggle and resistance since the Stonewall riots of 1969.

Roland Masterclasses with A Guy Called Gerald – ADE Soundlab

Roland present three new products over three days with some of the worlds leading artists on demo duty. Our pick of the bunch is A Guy Called Gerald, who everyone knows for his Haçienda classic ‘Voodoo Ray’. Less well known is that he also made one of the best Jungle albums of all time in ‘Black Secret Technology’, so you know the man’s a wizard with the machines.

Lecture: Breaking Down The Wall: Entering the Chinese underground scenes by Merlijn Poolman – ADE Pro

Merlijn Poolman gives a lecture on the truly underground scenes bubbling away in China, and how and what to get into. It’s part of a stellar programme focused on China on the Sunday, which we think sums up the inquisitive and insightful nature of ADE as a whole.

ADE Festival

RADION Saturday | Resident Advisor Night

Along with De School, RADION is probably Amsterdam’s best big club, and on Saturday night it plays host to what is likely the festival’s best party. The list of DJs is undeniably amazing. Ben UFO, DJ Nobu, Umfang, Mister Saturday Night, Jayda G… Need we say more?

ZeeZout x Dimensions ADE 2017 // Thursday

Hunee B2B Call Super brings together two of the best selectors for a quite unexpected meeting of styles. Throw in Mike Servito and Courtesy and you’ve got a broad church of the cutting edge.

NGHTDVSN & LittleBig Present: Teleport ADE

With Clark and Nathan Fake playing live, you can expect the unexpected for this one. With Jon Hopkins donning the decks too, among a host of other great acts, this is a line-up dripping with class.

Everlasting BAR Love

Just three DJs over seven hours allows them time to craft the kind of journey that sticks in the memory for years. In Trevor Jackson and Red Light Radio’s Orpheu The Wizard they’ve nabbed two of the world’s finest selectors. Jackson plays a special ‘Metal Dance’ set after his compilations of the same name, so prepare for some mad music from the fringes of EBM, Krautrock, Dub and Post-Punk.

Shelter; Clone Records ADE

Blawan. Head Front Panel. Nosebleed Techno. One thing’s for sure – this will be big.

Fancy yourself to play at ADE one day? Well, Point Blank can help you get there. Don’t just take our word for it either: former student Gabby Gunn plays at Pioneer DJ Presents: Gabby Gunn Live for DJsounds on the TORAIZ SP-16 on Thursday 19 October. Gabby studied Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma , or you might want to take Complete DJ Course. Why not take a look?

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Point Blank Present Phil’s Open Mic Night – 26th April

On Wednesday 26th April, Point Blank will be hosting the second of our fortnightly Point Blank Open Mic Nights at The Stag’s Head pub opposite our Orsman Road studios. If you would like to perform all you need to do is turn up – the pub has a back-line setup and there will be a sound engineer present at the event to ensure you’re sounding your best! This is a great opportunity to showcase the skills you have learnt with us, or for production students to network with some artists to potentially collaborate with. This is an open event and as such anyone is welcome to come down whether a student at Point Blank or not, so why not bring your friends and family down for a night of live music! You can click attending and share the event here. Food is available at the pub so there is no need to worry if you’re coming straight from work or college.

Our host for the evening will be PB instructor and open mic night organiser Phil Ramocon, an Ivor Novello Award and a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who’s worked with a range of high profile artists from Jamelia right through to reggae legends Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. He co-wrote ‘Buffalo Stance’ with Neneh Cherry for which he won an Ivor Novello award and a Grammy. ‘Buffalo Stance’ has also recently been featured in Grand Theft Auto. Phil is involved in both remix and production work and is a hugely experienced instructor, ready to teach you all the skills you need to become an accomplished singer and songwriter. Don’t forget to check out our singing and songwriting courses.

The Stag’s Head, our location, is a Grade II listed, Neo-Georgian pub designed by famous inter-war architect A E Sewell for Truman’s Brewery. Having stood at 55 Orsman Road since 1856, the pub would have originally had strong links to the nearby Grand Union Canal, with its clientele mainly being workers from the local factories and wharves. Sewell reconstructed the pub in 1936 and since then it has remained largely unchanged, retaining the original bar backs, counters, panelling, fireplaces, mirrors and tilework. This pub is a true, original fixture of Orsman Road situated almost directly opposite our studios. This and the intimate space set up for live music makes it the perfect place for us to host this event. See you there!

Leona Lewis, Aluna Francis and Izzy Bizu are just a few of the former Point Blank students who have gone on to achieve global success and industry recognition. If you think you have what it takes to join their ranks, why not take a look at our singing and songwriting courses. You can find out more by heading to the course page or contacting a course advisor. You can also give us a call on 0207 729 4884. If you’re calling from outside of the UK, call +44 20 7729 4884, and if you’re in the USA call 323 282 7660.

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PB team up with Smirnoff x fabric for ‘Women Shaping Tomorrow’: Apply Now!

Point Blank have teamed up with Smirnoff & fabric, to host a free, exclusive music production workshop as part of the ‘Women Shaping Tomorrow’ series.

This series of events has been designed to help break down barriers for women in electronic music through practical advice, mentoring and networking opportunities. Held within fabric, ‘From Dancefloor To Record Store’ is a 360 masterclass, designed to help inspire and enable creativity within music production, promotion and performance skills.

Kate Simko (DJ/Producer/Composer), Judy Griffith (fabric Booker) and Mandy Parnell (Mastering Engineer) will be sharing their knowledge and insight, with Carly Hordern from Point Blank as host for the evening. The program will include a session led by Kate about approaches to creativity within music production, a discussion panel, Q&A opportunities and a hands on synth/drum machine workshop with a Point Blank instructor. Guests are encourage to bring along an original production to play on fabric’s system and to the panel for creative and mixing feedback.

There will also be opportunities to pass your tracks onto the fabric team and DJ network and the chance to shadow Kate and her team at the next LEO gig.

Critera: You must be woman-identifying, produce electronic music, and be available on the evening of Thursday May 4th 2017.

How To Apply: Please email carly@pointblankmusicschool.com to register your interest. Include your artist name, a Soundcloud link to your best production, and a sentence or two about yourself. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to respond to those who are successful.

Applications close Sunday April 23rd 2017, and successful applicants will be notified by Thursday April 27th. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you’d like to learn music production, mixing or mastering, Point Blank offer courses at every level. Our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree in London is one of the most comprehensive courses out there, with modules covering mixing, sound design, production and much more. 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 20% off online courses until April 30th, so make sure you enrol soon! 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 Returns to Malta to Curate IMS College 2017: Exclusive Discounts Available

We are proud to announce the return of Point Blank to International Music Summit’s (IMS) summer camp educational program, IMS College – Malta, on July 7-9. Point Blank will be co-curating the education programme on the opening day of the event, which offers the next generation of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their career, via a two-day, intensive learning experience.

Following the success of the 2016 event, Point Blank and IMS College are once again set to provide a series of carefully curated panels, keynotes, networking sessions and workshops from music industry figureheads, providing attendees with a rare insight into every aspect of the electronic music industry from the creative process to business management, covering radio, production, management, PR, live bookings, trade organisations and much more. Over the weekend there will be specials performances from some of the world’s best artists, including Sven Vath (Cocoon), DJ Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed (Hot Creations).

To find out more details, including information on packages, head to the IMS College Malta website. Information on how to book can also be found here. What’s more, Point Blank students and graduates are eligible for a massive 50% discount! To claim the code, students and former students should get in touch with Point Blank confirming their date of study.

Point Blank’s Ski Oakenfull will be hosting a track deconstruction at IMS College Malta this year

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques and master the music business, our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree and Diploma courses cover all this and more. Taken from anywhere in the world they’re some of our most comprehensive programmes. Graduates include Patrick Topping, Jon Rundell and No Artificial Colours so you know you’re in good hands. Take a virtual tour to find out more, and try a free online sample course here.

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DJ at Work Bar for Point Blank x RESET

At Point Blank, we know how important it is to gain hands-on experience in order to build a successful career in the industry and if you choose to study with us we’ll ensure the best opportunities will come your way, whether your focus is on DJing, music production or live performance.

Once again we’re collaborating with London house and techno night RESET to bring our students and graduates an exclusive DJ opportunity, playing at DJ Mag’s Work Bar. If selected, you’ll join Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator representative Gabby Gunn on a special Point Blank line-up for the event. To apply, submit your best house mix to Louis with the subject heading ‘RESET DJ’. It can be tech house, funky house, deep house or some other variant – as long as you win us over with your mixing skills and selections, you’re in.

The event will be live streamed across Point Blank’s channels – the kind of high-profile exposure that will put you in front of tastemakers, promoters and label heads, while giving you some real world experience in a live club setting. If you want to be considered, make sure you submit your mix to Louis before April 9th, when the line-up will be finalised.

Do you want to enter this competition and others like it, but your skills not quite up to par just yet? You need to sign yourself up to one of our DJ courses. Point Blank’s DJ Studio at Orsman Road is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller – meaning by the time you leave us, you’ll be club-ready. You can find out more about our DJ courses in London here, and even book a studio tour of our Orsman Road complex here.

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PBLA Open House Event With David Harrow & Sam XL (Pure Filth): Thurs March 16th

If you’ve been to one of our PBLA Open Houses before, then you know that we are committed to presenting only the highest calibre of industry professionals at our events to assist you in your experience and learning of the music industry. If you haven’t, now is your chance to dive into an evening of performances, masterclasses and networking at our upcoming event on Thursday 16th March. For this event, we are privileged to have Pure Filth founder and DJ Sam XL coming down to present a masterclass, Point Blank’s David Harrow performing live and much more. All you need to do to attend is RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

PBLA instructor David Harrow could easily play on musical heritage, having played with enough true legends of overground and underground music for several lifetimes and being involved in a variety of different musical scenes. David is constantly searching for new and stimulating sounds, from when he first launched into the post-punk climate in the 80’s So through synth-soaked new wave and Neue Deutsche Welle, through playing with disco legends like Sylvester on the San Francisco scene, going deep into dub and experimental electronics as part of the On-U sound production team, through the dirty rave haunts of London with Andrew Weatherall, huge international tours with The Orb, through a huge pop smash with Billie Ray Martin, through his live drum’n’bass extravaganzas as James Hardway, through the trance world, on through the Californian bass and weird-beat scenes as OICHO, to the esoteric ambient soundscapes and percussion soundtracks he releases today. 

The full itinerary is as follows:

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Open House arrival and welcome
7:30 – 7:45 pm: Live performance from PBLA instructor David Harrow
7:45 – 8:00 pm: Meet the PBLA instructors
8:00 – 8:45 pm: Guest masterclass from Sam XL
8:45 – Close: Prize giveaway / networking / Student Performances / Tour

Don’t forget, to lock down a place RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? The Music Production & Sound Design Advanced Diploma course is our most comprehensive course and the ideal foundation on which to build a career in the music industry. Covering production, sound design, engineering (live and in the studio), DJing, mastering, and how to manage a career, the intensive course provides a 360 degree view of your options in the music business upon graduation. For more information, contact a course advisor or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. We are currently offering a huge 20% off all of our LA production courses (excluding Maschine) plus a free copy of Ableton Suite worth $750, bringing your potential savings to $3750! Enrol before 31st of March with the code LOSANGELES20 to redeem your discount. For more information click here.

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PBLA Guest Workshop with Los Angeles Music Project (LAMP)

On Thursday 2nd March 2017 Point Blank Los Angeles will be hosting the Los Angeles Music Project (LAMP) for a guest workshop at our complex in Mack Sennett Studios.

 

LAMP is a multi-faceted music collective comprised of a blog, record label, artist management group and event production service. Through these platforms, the group produce high-quality content across the board by way of immersive experimental events, well-curated music content, a mix series and much more. They place special emphasis on nurturing up and coming artists, educating emerging DJs and Producers and raising the quality of music writers. LAMP strive to highlight growing artists and labels who opt for a community approach to their content and help to develop artists both locally and around the globe. This workshop will offer an opportunity for students to get an insight into this approach and see how a collective like this works, it should be a very interesting hour so don’t miss it!

Our current students have had access to guest workshops and masterclasses from the likes of Daddy Kev, DiViNCi, TEED and many more. If you want to kickstart your music career and gain access to future Point Blank masterclasses why not enrol on our Music Production & Sound Design Advanced Diploma, at our Los Angeles studios.

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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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