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Introducing the Winner of the PB x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme 2018: Ambian

We’re delighted to announce that Ambian is the winner of this year’s PB x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme. After the success of last year’s programme, which saw Gabby Gunn* playing huge events like IMS Ibiza and ADE, we’ve extremely excited to relaunch the initiative. Ambian, real name Robbie Palmer, impressed us with an excellent mix entry and an insatiable work ethic to match, and we can’t wait to start putting him on some of the world’s biggest stages.

The aim of the programme is to maximise the promise shown by an exceptional Point Blank student or graduate, giving them access to exclusive opportunities which include live performances at events including IMS, ADE, DJ Mag at Work and DJ Sounds. Ambian, with his accomplished mixing style, recent debut track release and an unwavering level of dedication, will begin the programme in the coming weeks. The first event will be a slot at IMS Ibiza playing for Pioneer DJ Radio, broadcast across the island. Following that will be the main support slot at DJ Mag at Work, and on into a year of guest mixes, gigs and networking opportunities.

After revealing his victory, we had a chat with Robbie to see what he hopes to make from the year.

Hi Robbie, congratulations on becoming the winner of this year’s Pioneer DJ x Point Blank Accelerator Programme! How does it feel to have won?


Thanks! To be honest it feels absolutely amazing to be recognised by the school and of course, Pioneer. I have worked extremely hard over the past year honing my skills and style and I feel I couldn’t be in a better position now to win something of this calibre. I can’t wait to fully immerse myself in everything on offer to me and carry on making my dream a living reality.


You’ve got a lot of strings to your bow but if we could go back to the beginning – how did you get into music? What were your first loves?

I think it all started at home for me. I had an older sibling that was DJingn and he would show me euphoric Trance tracks and high energy DNB stuff when I 13/14. I felt a connection and each year I found myself searching, hunting and familiarising myself with electronic artists every day. I think I was the only kid in my school that listened to High Contrast on the way home. At 17/18 my life then revolved around clubbing and experiencing the music first hand with friends. At this time the Dubstep scene was very strong and I was instantly drawn in by the huge bass and spectacular energy from people in the crowd. I experienced some of the best party’s I have ever been to at the likes of Cable, Fabric and places like Alexandra Palace and 02 Brixton. Being part of a scene and culture that young really helped cement and sculpt my thoughts and undeniable love for dance music. Without experiencing it first hand and feeling what I felt in the moments I doubt I would be where I am now.

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When you love music starting to DJ is often a logical step. But was there a moment or catalyst that made you think it was something you needed to do?

I wouldn’t say there was one particular moment but rather a build up of many moments from many events. From my first party, I have always been extremely fascinated by how one person can control a room of thousands of people. Being able to take them on a journey, controlling emotion and energy from the tracks they play had me in awe. I would attend every event possible but slowly I would find myself getting closer and closer to the DJ booth trying to catch a peek at the brightly lit equipment and the DJ’s techniques. Eventually, this led to a point where I was more interested in the what the DJ was doing technically then enjoying the party and at that moment, I guess you could say I knew what my destiny was.

Your production is coming along nicely too with the release of ‘Nebula’. What is your set up like and what would you say you aim to create when you sit down to make music – is it all about the dancefloor? A certain vibe?

Thank you. My set up consisted of mainly VST-based stuff for a long time but recently I have got into hardware with the additions of a Prophet6 and a Sub37. I love the natural colouration and tones circuitry can add over binary. I always felt within the box stuff it had to be perfect, everything had to be quantised perfectly and I would sit there tweaking automation over and over but now I believe in the beautiful mistakes you can get from being hands-on with a machine and recording in one take.

When I sit down to produce I think about four things: story, emotion, rhythm, and energy. I like to take people somewhere else when they listen to my music – to escape the real world and venture into a totally different mindset. I am highly inspired by film scores and how they capture so much emotion and I like to incorporate this into my music. For me, there is nothing better than a track that can make you question life, question existence and question yourself. It is important to me for people to be moved by the music and actually experience something within. I bring it all back to the club by incorporating coherent grooves from heavily sound designed bass and natural percussive afro rhythms that get your body moving without even thinking about it.

How do you see your production and DJing sitting together? Do they play into each other at all?

I see my production and Djing playing into each other very well. For me, it is crucial that they link. When people come to see me play, they are coming for a reason. They are coming to hear the sound of Ambian and that is what separates you from the next person. Whenever I sit down to produce I always have the clubs and festivals in mind. When I’m critically listening I will close my eyes and imagine how it would go down in the club.



You also run Sensus. Can you tell me a bit about the concept of the night?

 Any parties that particularly stick the memory?

Sensus is a Techno & House party formed by myself and 2 other lifelong friends. It was formed to provide a platform for ourselves to play out and to integrate into the scene with something substantial behind us. We started off at an amazing club called The Arch in Brighton and so far we have booked the likes of Route 94, Monki, Amine Edge & DANCE & PAWSA. We started off on the more Tech-housey route due to Brighton’s crowd and scene but as we move into London and Ibiza we plan to stay true to ourselves and take it down a much more Melodic Techno route which matches our sound pallet and individual styles as residents

One party that sticks to mind is our launch event last September with PAWSA. We were all really nervous about the turnout and I think we only sold about 200 tickets online. Luckily about 400 people turned up and it was absolutely packed. We knew this would be the start of something really special.

What about future events, or tracks of yours? Aside from the Accelerator programme what have you got in store this year?

We have just launched our next event in London at The Steelyard for 20th July with two of the biggest techno label head honcho’s out there. Noir Music’s NOIR and Suara Record’s COYU. We are extremely excited about this event and pairing these two together will make for a spectacular party in the capital. Of course, you can catch me and other Sensus residents playing on the night too. Aside from this, we have even bigger parties and line-ups planned London / Brighton / Ibiza but nothing I can reveal right now. Stay tuned!

In regards to my own productions I have been hammering away in the studio this past year and I feel I have finally found a sound and style I am happy with that represents me as a DJ & producer. I have tonnes of tracks in the pipeline that are waiting to be sent out to labels and A&R guys and thanks to this competition hopefully I can get it in the hands of some really cool people. If I cant find any fitting labels for my material I have always thought to launch Sensus Records and release it by myself.

Finally, what do you hope to achieve with the Accelerator Programme? Do you have any particular goals?

I would like to build on and take solid steps to reaching my ultimate goal which is to be globally recognised as a producer, DJ & event owner. Seeing how far I have come over this past year has felt really good but the work is never done. I am ready to immerse myself in networking and hopefully make the connections I need to make my dream a long-lasting reality. I like to go by a saying that is: ‘the harder you work, the further you get’ and I apply this to everything I do. I will not be slowing down at any point over this competition period and I can’t wait to put myself out there amongst some of the best artists in the industry.

Our amazing DJ studio in partnership with Pioneer DJ

We have a longstanding relationship with Pioneer DJ, as exemplified by our array of equipment in our DJ Studio, and we’re delighted to be teaming up with them once again for the Accelerator Programme. If you like the look of the facilities why not check out our courses in London, which now include our new B.A. (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice. For more info or to book a tour of the campus, speak to a course advisor: 020 7729 4884.

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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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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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Magnetic x Point Blank Mix Series 001: Gabby Gunn – Submit your Mix for 002!

We’re delighted to be launching the new Magnetic x Point Blank Mix series, in association with Magnetic Magazine. For the first entry, we begin with the first PB x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme representative, and recent Point Blank graduate: Gabby Gunn. Gabby has a regular slot on Radar Radio, has previously produced mixes for Pioneer DJ Radio and Funky SX Radio, and recent gigs include Blissfields Festival, Secret Garden Party and Creamfields. She is also due to take her unique live/DJ hybrid set to Amsterdam Dance Event for Pioneer DJ Presents: Gabby Gunn Live Featuring the TORAIZ SP-16. Take a listen to the mix below.

This is the first of a new monthly series and we want your mixes for submission! All you need to do is record a mix that’s one hour long, and send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com. Magnetic Magazine is the brainchild of the team that produced BPM Magazine, and is committed to covering all aspects of electronic music culture and everything it entails. In addition to Point Blank’s own channels which reach an excess of 1m followers, Magnetic Magazine is respected the world over and reaches 33k+ on Instagram, 61k+ on Facebook and 22k+ on Twitter. All of which guarantees that these mixes are given the exposure you need to really push your DJ skills, so get mixing!

Gabby Gunn

Please note that this call-out is for Point Blank Students and Alumni only. If you’d like to have access to this and many more fantastic opportunities then why not join us at Point Blank. We offer a range of courses in DJing, Music Production, Radio and Sound Engineering, in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai, as well as online.

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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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Gabby Gunn Announced as PB x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme’s First Representative

Back in January we announced the application details for our new Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator programme, which commences next month. This initiative aims to reward one exceptional DJ talent from Point Blank and maximise their potential, giving access to a range of exclusive music industry opportunities taking place over the course of 2017. Over the past two months, we have listened to some brilliant mixes from a wide range of PB talent and after a lengthy judging process we’re very excited to announce that Gabby Gunn will be the first representative on the programme!

We’ve chosen Gabby as Point Blank and Pioneer DJ’s first Accelerator representative on the strength of her eclectic selection skills and ability to incorporate live performance elements as part of her mixes. Gabby will be starting the Accelerator programme from April as part of a year-long schedule of guest mixes, DJ slots and conference access at world-renowned music industry events and platforms, including IMS Ibiza, DJ Sounds and ADE. You can check out Gabby’s mix submission below, which formed part of her application.

Gabby has just finished her studies at Point Blank, having enrolled on our Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma in January 2016. She began her journey in music from the age of 5, learning to play the piano and going on to teach herself the drums and the guitar at age 14. Whilst at University, she invested in her first set of decks and within a month was performing her first set at a local hip-hop night. 

Since then, Gabby has toured Australasia with residencies at venues in Queenstown, Golden Bay and at the Luminate and Kuranda Roots festivals. Upon her arrival back in the UK, Gabby decided to enrol with Point Blank to further her learning of music production alongside DJ’ing, having started her journey at London’s Rinse FM. UK bookings for YNOT, BSTK and Truck Festival followed, as well as more recently having her mixes broadcast on Secret Garden Party FM and on the BBC’s Introducing show.

Stay tuned for further updates as Gabby embarks upon the Accelerator programme, kicking off with a live streamed set at DJ Mag’s Work Bar next month, followed by a slot for Pioneer DJ Radio at IMS Ibiza in May.

Feeling inspired? Point Blank London’s DJ Studio is supported by Pioneer DJ and features top-of-the-range kit including CDJ-2000NXS and DJM-2000NXS and the DDJ-SX controller

If you want to get your music career off the ground with access to opportunities with close partners like Pioneer DJ – as well as learn about DJ’ing, music production and the music industry – you can find out more about our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. If you want to come down and see our studios for yourself, we host tours every Wednesday at 17:30 and Saturdays at 12:30. Click here to book yourself on one.

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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Gabby Gunn

One of the many reasons to learn the craft of DJing at Point Blank is that you get the chance to have your mixes played exclusively on Pioneer DJ Radio alongside the likes of top artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. We get a real kick out of showcasing our students’ talent and seeing it reach an audience of thousands each week. What’s more, because PDJR also features shows from some of the biggest and best labels out there including Cadenza, Get Physical and Defected, you never know who might be listening.

weekend-djPoint Blank’s brand new DJ Studio in our second London facility is sponsored by Pioneer DJ and features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

Gabby Gunn has been studying at Point Blank for the last year, having enrolled on our Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma in January 2016. Gabby began her journey in music from the age of 5, learning to play the piano and going on to teach herself the drums and the guitar at age 14. Whilst at University, she invested in her first set of decks and within a month was performing her first set at a local hip-hop night. Since then, Gabby has toured Australasia with residencies at venues in Queenstown, Golden Bay and at the Luminate and Kuranda Roots festivals.

Upon her arrival back in the UK, Gabby decided to enrol with Point Blank to further her learning of music production, having started her journey at London’s Rinse FM. Within one summer Gabby received bookings for YNOT, BSTK and truck festival, as well as having her mixes broadcast on Secret Garden Party FM and on the BBC’s Introducing show. Currently, Gabby is working on an upcoming EP for which she has just been to Peru to shoot a music video. Not only this but she is in the process of doing remixes for Anna Pacaldi and Secret Company as well as continuing to gig in London. Watch this space!

Feeling inspired? Perhaps you too want to unlock your creative potential – and we can help you. Find out more about our DJ courses in London here, or if you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, please book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on 0207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Moudy in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s show on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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