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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 Success April 2018: Wendy Bevan, Sara Simms, 1-800-Disco & Caspar Leopard

Welcome back to another edition of Point Blank Student Success. This month we’ve got a bumper edition, catching up with four students and alumni to talk about some of the exciting things they’ve been up to. We compile these every month showcasing students that have studied with us for any length of time and at any of our locations:  LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online.

Wendy Bevan (!K7, Unknown Pleasures) – Music Production (LA)

Wendy Bevan is a musician and producer who creates haunting atmospheric pieces and skewed gothic pop songs. Her latest track, ‘Falling’ was premiered by XLR8R.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I was introduced to Point Blank whilst researching courses online, I then realised that some of my friends had also studied here, and highly recommended it. So, I decided to sign up for some courses and try it out myself. I love learning new skills and Point Blank have so many top courses to choose from.

How much previous experience with making music had you had when you studied with us?

I have made music for many years and most recently released my debut album Rose and Thorn, on Kwaidan/ !K7 records, and had a couple of EP’s come out too. Rose and Thorn bought together dark pulsing electronic synths, minimalist post-punk basslines and featured live strings from the Balanescu Quartet.

Are there any things you’ve learned with us that really stick in the memory?

The main thing that I’ve learnt is that there’s an amazing community of artists out there who are supportive of one another. Point Blank encourages a very nurturing environment within the community both online and at school. It’s important to remember you are not alone and no matter what stage of your career there are always great new things to learn.

So you’ve obviously had a few releases now, how did you go about getting your first tracks signed?

I’d worked on a variety of different projects prior to having my first tracks signed as a solo artist. My debut album Rose and Thorn came out at the end of 2016 on French label Kwaidan and !K7. It was produced by Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague) who also runs Kwaidan. Marc is someone I had collaborated with for quite sometime before we released this record and it felt like a natural progression in our already established working relationship.

You’ve just dropped ‘Falling’ which was premiered on XLR8R – can you talk me through the track a little? Anything that’s interesting conceptually or technically about how it was made.

‘Falling’ was written earlier this year while I was in Joshua Tree, CA and recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Robert Harder.

Like a lot of my songs, the lyrics are a theatricalisation of a series of real encounters. It is quite a sad song but juxtaposed by the track which is pretty upbeat and the direct delivery of the vocal its uplifting rather than melancholic. I really love this song, it means a lot to me to have it out there in the world. The EP is [out] June 1st, and it will be released on Unknown Pleasures, with a remix of Falling by Hante and an extra bonus track entitled Wild Swan, produced by Bruno Coviello (formerly Light Asylum).

We’re hoping this is the start of a new album cycle for you – is that the case? If so, any details you can share?

Yes, it certainly is but I cant share any details just at this moment, all top secret!! #watchthisspace

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Caspar Leopard (The Happy Genius, No. 1 Baltic Place) – Music Production and Sound Engineering Diploma

Caspar Leopard is a London-based composer, producer and filmmaker. In January he won a Lift Off Global Network award for his film score of ‘The Happy Genius’. In February he launched his own label with his debut release ‘The Restoration EP’.

Firstly, can you tell me about the award you won in January?

The Lift-Off Global Network has an annual awards ceremony which selects works for each category from the 11 film festivals internationally that they organise.
I was very happy to be awarded ‘Best Score’ at the 2018 awards for my score for ‘The Happy Genius’ – a film written and directed by Hannah Mckibbin. I’ve only been composing for the film for a few years and this was actually the first film score I wrote.

I understand you and your brother run a studio together – what can you tell me about the kind of projects that have been going on recently?

Orlando and I set up the studio about 6 years ago (www.No1BalticPlace.com) – it started as a rehearsal space for our bands and a small recording studio setup. Over the years it’s grown into a bigger operation as we’ve slowly collected more gear and put in a proper console. We now run the studio commercially – recent artists include: Liam Gallagher, Jessie Ware, Rolling Stones, Bjork, James Bay and Florence & The Machine.

How did you come to find Point Blank?

I was at university in Bristol DJing at a lot of techno nights and spending my free time trying to learn music production. I decided to find a production course I could do in my summer holiday’s to speed up the learning process – Point blank was a great intro into the world of electronic production.

What was the biggest thing you took from your studies?

That studying was a great starting point but that it takes a lot of time and effort to make a mark in the music world. While the instructors at Point Blank can teach you the basic theory and point you in the right direction, it’s up to you to put in the hours to make a career out of it.

Any projects on the go that you would like people to know about?

2018 is an exciting year as I’ve got quite a few projects coming out this year which have been in production for a while now. As well as the EP, I’m composing a few more film scores and I’ve just finished making a surreal dark fairy tale short film I’ve co-written and co-directed called ‘The Blood Bride’ which will be hitting the film festivals later in the year.

Follow Caspar on Twitter and SoundCloud.

Craig White (1-800-Disco, Disco Express) – Complete DJ & More

Craig White is a DJ who plays Disco, House and Electro and runs The Disco Express in Shoreditch, London, which celebrated its first year back in February.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I started taking DJing a bit more seriously moving from the bedroom to DJing out and I knew I needed to add more skills to my repertoire. Point Blank was perfect.

How much previous experience with making music had you had before you studied with us?

Before studying with you I had no previous experience in making music. The courses at Point Blank are great as they cater for people like me starting out with making music with no real knowledge of how tracks are put together.

Are there any things you’ve learned with us that really stick in the memory?

I think learning music theory was one of the biggest things. I’d never considering mixing in key before until i started at point blank. Also having access to all of the top of the range pioneer gear was a massive help in learning all of the functions of the CDJ’s and DJM’s and the tricks you can do with them.

The party you run, Disco Express, has recently celebrated its first birthday. Can you tell me about what the night is about? How did you get started?

Tom Lily, a friend of mine who DJ’s under the name Bustin Loose, had the idea for the night just over a year ago. It’s based on a love of Disco music and takes a lot of inspiration from David Mancuso’s loft parties in New York back in the 70’s. Tom brought me in as a resident and I play every month. It’s really growing: the birthday was incredible, we had Eli Escobar over from New York.

How is your own music making going?

I’ve just finished the Maschine course at Point Blank which has enabled me to jam out ideas really easily so i’m looking forward to continuing with that. I recently just moved to Berlin to work on music production full time and really focus everything I have into making some good music. I’m doing the online sound design as we speak and have just acquired a new synth so watch this space!

Is there anything coming up in the future that you are particularly excited by?

Other than my monthly residency at The Disco Express. I’ve got a couple of big roof top parties on at the South Place hotel (APWU) and then Dalston roof park (Pop on over) which will be a great way to kick off the summer! I’m also playing Bermondsey social club for the first time which looks like a sick venue.

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Sara Simms (Simmetry Sounds, Mixed In Key) – Introduction to Music Production (Logic)

Sara is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ who also handles PR for the software company Mixed in Key.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I discovered Point Blank a few years ago when I was searching for an online music production school to attend. At that time, Point Blank offered a Minimal Techno online course that really appealed to me.

How much previous experience in music had you had when you studied with us?

As a child, I studied piano and music theory with my Mum. When I was a teenager, I transitioned into playing the guitar and studied rock and later jazz. I had a brief stint in the Jazz Guitar program at Humber College in Toronto, but I found myself spending more time
on the decks than on the guitar. I ended up dropping out of college to pursue DJing on a full-time basis. I learned the art of turntablism from DJ mentors and have a degree in Audio Engineering from the Harris Institute of the Arts.

Are there any things you learned with us that really stick in the memory?

I learned a lot at Point Blank about creating bass lines for techno and programming drums. I also remember my teacher at Point Blank taught me how to parallel compress the drums so they sound huge.

Tell me about getting a Management position with Mixed In Key. How did that come about?

I’ve been a fan Mixed of Key for over a decade. I immediately loved the concept of the software; I come from a musical background and harmonic mixing made a lot of sense to me.

What else have you been up to? Any recent performances you’ve really enjoyed?

I’m always DJing and producing; a few recent performance highlights include playing at ADE on
SpinZinn’s live broadcast at the Allen and Heath booth and playing on Detroit’s 313.FM. I’ve been playing in Toronto’s techno scene and this year played at a Box of Kittens event, at Toronto’s longest running electronic event Architextures, at Nightshift on live broadcasts at CTRL Room and Invisible City Records. I also write Traktor articles for the Native Instruments blog and for DJ gear/equipment reviews and production tips for Ask.Audio.

What’s in the pipeline? Anything you’re particularly excited by?

I’m excited to release two upcoming tracks with Desiire, a Toronto based R&B/soul singer. He’s a great artist and is also my stylist. It’s exciting that our relationship is developing in new ways and we’re working on music together. Our first track, ‘Fading’, is quite Disclosure influenced and is musically different than anything either of us has released. Look for it out on my label Simmetry Sounds later this year.

Follow Sara on Instagram and SoundCloud

Successes such as these are not uncommon among our students and alumni, and the common denominator is Point Blank. We can teach you how to DJ like the best of them at any of our schools. If you’d like to learn how to produce, then we can build your skills from the ground up. Our most comprehensive course, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is accredited by Middlesex University, as is our online alternative. For more information contact us via our contact page.

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PBLA Guest Workshop with Jesse Rose (Play It Down, Get Physical, Dubsided)

PBLA students are in for a real treat for our next guest masterclass, as we invite the legend that is Jesse Rose to share his secrets on how to turn your hobby for DJing or bedroom production into a fully-fledged and successful career in the music industry. Given the house and garage producer/dj’s own long, fruitful career in which he’s worked with pretty much everyone, played everywhere, and spent time writing an as-yet-published book on the very subject of this class, there really is no-one with more authority on the matter. Please note, this masterclass is only open to students and graduates of Point Blank! If you’d like to get access to regular guest masterclasses like this, check out our full list of classes in Los Angeles.

With a career spanning a quarter-century, Jessie Rose is in more of a position to talk about longevity in dance music than most. His path and trajectory follow what has become the benchmark by which most people judge the ‘proper’ way to climb the ladder. There is, of course, no such thing, but there are steps you can take as your reputation grows, incrementally or rapidly, which are always a good idea. Trust us when we say Jesse knows them all.

He began by playing parties in Bristol, UK before his productions caught the ear of one Derrick Carter. Jesse wasted no time capitalising on the co-sign from one of the biggest figures in house music and started his own Front Room imprint. Made To Play and Play It Down both followed, and in 2015 he launched his fourth label A-SIDED. His release catalogue is over 100 deep, and he has topped bills at the biggest clubs in every corner of the globe. This is not one to miss.

At Point Blank, these are the kinds of careers we seek to build, and with our mix-and-match courses, you can build the skills that are right for your vision with three courses at a time. Maybe a classic trio of Music Business with Intro to Music Production and Complete DJ? Whatever you choose, we are currently offering free software worth $1,350 with all 3-month courses at PBLA, so there’s never been a better time to enrol. If you have any questions contact a course advisor on 323 282 7660.

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Watch a Special Live Performance by NINJA at Point Blank London

A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome back a very talented PB alumnus for a live performance. One of the most tenacious students we’ve ever had, NINJA has gone from strength to strength since finishing her course with us in 2010. Back then she studied how to DJ with us on the Complete DJ course, and she has since gone on to create the intricate hybrid live-set you see here, using live instrumentation to build hypnotic webs of rhythm and melody. It was great to have her back, and we think you’ll agree her live set is something to behold.

When we last featured NINJA on this website, we told you how she had taken our class on her gap year and dived straight into playing out to her peers when she went to university. Her hustle took her to Ibiza where she’s played at places like Destino and Privilege regularly since. We also told you she was in the middle of developing a live show and getting her head around music production… Well, here we are a couple of years later witnessing the fruits of her labour, a truly unique set that trades deep tech-house against microtonal melody, resulting in a masterful exercise in texture, tension and release. NINJA’s also says she’s planning on releasing her first album, titled ‘The Thirteenth Code’, before this summer. As ever, we’re inclined to believe she’ll make it happen.

If you’d like to try your hand at performing live, our in-house live don Saytek teaches a module on live performance as part of our music production degree programmes. Check out Saytek’s recent live demo on the new Roland TR-8S for a demonstration of what he can do. Find out about the range of DJ courses, of which NINJA is an alumnus, too. Any questions, call +44 20 7729 4884 to speak with a course advisor.

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Nicolas.R – Live at the Hub (Deep House DJ Set)

Welcome back to the Hub where, for the latest session, we invited Nicolas.R to supply us with some more lunchtime grooves. Melodic vocal cuts, rubbery rollers, disco vibes and even some breaks were all thrown into the mix. Keep up with Nicolas.R on Soundcloud, Facebook and Instagram and, if you’re feeling his skills, why not check out the degree course that he’s currently studying with us in London.

Live at the Hub is our regular DJ and live performance slot open to students on any course who are ready to share their skills with the world. Think you’re ready? Send your best mix to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com in order to be considered for our next slots. Study with us and you can have access to plenty more opportunities like this one, including guest radio slots, club performances and more. Find out more about our DJ courses, or our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes modules covering live performance. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a solo tour with a course advisor.

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Student Success February 2018: John Kerfoot, Heroarky, Alan Cross

Each month, we catch up with Point Blank students and alumni to showcase their successes since studying with us, giving you an insight into how music industry careers are established and nurtured right here at Point Blank. This month we’ve decided to do our student success blog a little differently, as all of the successful students and alumni we approached wrote back with considered and reflective answers to our questions. Read on for full interviews with each of our three success stories compiled for February and don’t forget to check out our LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online course pages to begin your own journey in the music industry.

KERFO (Universal) – BA (hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering

John Kerfoot aka KERFO is a second-year student on our two-year BA (hons) degree programme here in London. After entering a remix competition through the school, his winning entry was picked up by the label and released last year. We caught up with him to see how he’s been going since then.

Could you tell us how you discovered Point Blank?

I discovered Point Blank online. It was a close call between heading to the Royal Academy of Music and following the live performing route full time, or head to Point Blank for a more holistic qualification. Point Blank was the winner because of the huge spectrum of modules that are covered, I felt that it would set me up in the best way for a successful career in the fast-paced modern music industry.

Are there any things you’ve learned with us that really stick in the memory?
Too many really useful things to go through! One thing I do remember is the Music Composition module, for which I had Linton Bennett tutoring me. I remember being amazed at breaking down these massive hit songs and learning the many effective techniques that top songwriters use to take a good song to a hit song. I am eternally grateful to Mr Bennett. He is a truly fantastic teacher & motivator!

Tell us about being signed to Universal.

I won the Anthony Touma remix competition which was an opportunity on the Point Blank opportunities page. The label team loved the remix and wanted to release it. It came out on 15th December and is available to listen to here. A massive thank you to Alex Phountzi, my tutor for the Creative Production & Remixing module for helping me hone my remixing skills and shed light on new & innovative production techniques.

Since then, I have been asked to do a second remix for a Universal artist which will be coming out towards the end of March. The label also asked me to send them some of my ‘Radio Style/Top 40″ songs which was a fantastic opportunity for which I am very grateful! Looking forward, I would like to start working with Universal’s artist roster on their original material.

How has life been with a major label?

It has been really good experience to work with Universal. It’s great to see how such a big label operates efficiently, splitting up its world territories, distribution channels and artist rosters, and how the company markets their artists music differently for each territory. It has also been really useful to learn what is expected of a songwriter/remixer in today’s music industry first hand, such as delivering the finished product on time and to the highest quality that is called for.

You must have plenty of things in the pipeline – anything your particularly excited by?

As well as the upcoming remix, I have just finished composing all of the music and sound FX for a brand new theatre show called Version 2.0 run by Squire Lane Theatrical. The shows have just started and run through until 3rd March at Leicester Square Theatre. It was a really good challenge as I was asked to compose music ranging from a single instrument lullaby for flute & a John Williams-esque piece with cinematic orchestration, right through to pounding house music as well as various robotic sound FX. In particular, the Advanced Composition & Composing for Film & TV modules helped tenfold with this project.

Check out KERFO on Facebook

Heroarky – Electronic Music Production (Online)

Heroarky is a producer from Sydney who last year had his VO/CE Ep featured by xlr8r. Check out the release on bandcamp. Musically he draws the listener into an otherworldly fuzz, with a warm and crackly raison d’etre that won’t let go once it’s taken hold.

Hi Heroarky! Could you begin by telling me how you discovered Point Blank?

I came across one of Pointblank tutorial videos on YouTube while I was learning about Ableton Live. I really liked Pointblank’s deconstructions and master class tutorial videos and wanted to get deeper into production techniques so I decided to take a course last year.

How much previous experience with making music had you had at that point?

I had a few years of experience making music but it was only last year when I officially released my tracks. Before the course, I didn’t really have any formal music education so I had minimal understanding of music theories and sound design.

What were your favourite things you learned from the course?

I benefited a lot from one to one tutorials and getting feedback on my tracks from experienced music producers like Stefano Ritteri and Mike Koglin who are both very knowledgeable and really easy-going. I got some great tips and advice from them, like slicing audio samples into MIDI and then create my own beats. I think my production flow has become much more efficient as they demonstrated how to produce a track from start to finish focusing one or two techniques each week.

Your last release featured on xlr8r, can you tell me a bit about the VO/CE EP? What went into making it?

I guess The VO/CE was my experimentation of using Ableton Live and making music with it not just for fun but more serious production for the first time. I was testing Sampler and some audio effects in Ableton like Auto Pan and RePulser then altered vocal samples in a way I’ve never done before, which led to the production of the first track. I also used a couple of found sounds/field recordings in this EP to make it more interesting and original.

What have you got in the pipeline?

I’m currently working on my second EP which will be released within a few months. It’ll include not only experimental stuff but also techno oriented tracks this time. Also planning to travel more this year and make more music.

Find Heroarky on Soundcloud

Alan Cross (Census Recordings) – Mixing and Production

Alan Cross, FKA Dirt Revolver, is a DJ, producer and head of Census Recordings. the first track from his debut untitled album recently hit number 1 on the Traxsource progressive house chart. Check it out here.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

I studied at PB around 2011 I think: I did the evening mixing and production course with Justin Underhill, then went on to do various online genre courses.

Are there any things you learned with us that really stick in the memory?

The main thing I took from you guys was studying with other students in a classroom situation, and bringing my confidence levels up as a producer, breaking out of my comfort zone. It was good to get hands-on experience and have the chance to ask stupid questions about stuff that I was struggling to really grasp.

Tell me a bit about the untitled release – How did you make the tracks and what were your reference points?

Regarding the album, I took a 2-year break from my regular job in the NHS to move to Sweden with my partner, I built my own sound-proofed studio and basically worked every day developing my mixing and style. I wanted to write a full body of work for once instead of individual tracks, and I found working on 3 or 4 tracks at a time was great as I started to get consistency in style and production. The album itself is a reflection of my more melodic-tech side, but do also write darker stuff. Reference points – Anjuna Deep have been a big influence over the years, but all types of music have influenced me from classical to techno. One thing that someone once taught me was: ‘if it sounds right, use it.’

What else have you been up to?

I started my own label, Census Sound Recordings in 2014 and started releasing music under my own name (Previously Dirt Revolver) and last year I got a promo company involved with the label who have been REALLY helpful. We got a feature on Traxsource when the album was released. I also did a pre release on Bandcamp which generated more money than store sales, so would recommend that approach for any-one out there!

I do a bit of DJ’ing with friends on the label and we have played Gottwood for the past 2 years and are returning this year also. I’m hoping to put on more label parties in UK as I am moving back this summer.

Follow Alan on Soundcloud to keep up with his movements.

Successes such as these are not uncommon among our students and alumni, and the common denominator is Point Blank. We can teach you how to DJ like the best of them at any of our schools. If you’d like to learn how to produce, then we can build your skills from the ground up. Our most comprehensive course, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is accredited by Middlesex University, as is our online alternative. For more information contact us via our contact page.

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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 Success January 2018: Andre Crom, Tomas Crow & Neil Bopperson

Each month, we catch up with Point Blank students and alumni to showcase their successes since studying with us, giving you an insight into how music industry careers are established and nurtured right here at Point Blank. This month we present former students from a variety of disciplines, including one Andre Crom, the Barcelona-based head of OFF Recordings and Composition alumnus. Check out our LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online course pages to begin your own journey in the music industry.

Andre Crom (OFF Recordings) – Music Composition

Andre Crom was already a globally touring DJ when he came to study with us, already in charge of his OFF Recordings label and had already released several tracks, including a few with his frequent collaborator Luca Doobie. But even successful artists need to learn sometimes, and as so many producers will tell you, the best way to learn the nuts and bolts of composition and music theory is to be taught. So, in 2015, we welcomed Andre to our school to study Electronic Music Composition with us online.

Andre was kind enough to spend some time answering a few questions about his experience with Point Blank. Read the full exchange below.

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

When I set out to seriously learn solo music production about 3 years ago I wanted to do a course that would teach me the basics of music theory aimed towards the specific things I’d need to know for electronic music. So I googled for production schools and the “Electronic Music Composition” course of Pointblank seemed the right fit.

How much previous experience with making music had you had when you studied with us?

I had several years of experience of doing co-productions with different partners, and as well finished maybe two or three dozen solo tracks. So I knew my way around Ableton… but as I had no clue of music theory, I just jammed around, and I was always kinda scared to play something “out of tune”.

Are there any things you learned with us that really stick in the memory?

Yeah, to really understand what a “scale” is, and the most common progressions, like 3 or 5 semitones, and that if you just hit the white keys focusing on “A”, you’ll stay inside the A Minor scale which is extremely common for underground electronic music… that was very helpful to understand in the beginning. Almost the same like when I realized the system of “8/16/32… bars” when learning to DJ.

Would you recommend us to a friend?

Yes. It was a comprehensive course teaching all the basics I needed to get started on my journey to become an accomplished producer.

Check out Andre on Instagram and all other social media platforms, and be sure to subscribe to OFF Recordings on YouTube.

Tomas Crow – BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Tomas Crow is a producer, sound engineer and musician hailing from Rosario, Argentina, now based in London. He came to study with us in 2015 after lengthy research into his chosen field of music production and sound engineering. He has gone on to put everything learned to good use, playing regularly at Egg London and Number 90, and developing a unique live set with live guitar playing. Not only that, but he’s also been working as a sound and light tech at Egg. He spent much of his time while studying with us putting the equipment to good use, the result of which is his forthcoming album ‘Detoxify’.

On his time at Point Blank Tomas had this to say:

“I had amazing lessons and teachers, we got unlimited studio time to practice, get creative and get to know the huge amount of gear the school provides, and there are people from all over the world to learn from. The combination of all those attributes made me find my own original sound… something that everybody is always looking for.”

For a preview of the new record, check out Tomas on Instagram and Soundcloud.

Neil Bopperson – Intro to Radio Broadcasting

Neil Bopperson is a DJ and Radio Host based in Paris. Neil studied radio broadcasting with us back in 2011 and recently moved to Paris to work as a radio plugger. He has a monthly show on Le Mellotron Radio. He is also a resident at the Bussey Building’s long-running South London Soul Train, playing deeper cuts in the basement at Rye Wax.

We asked him what was the biggest thing he took from his six months with Chris Bailey, to which he replied: “Lot’s of things really; from crucial organisational skills, tips and tricks over various DAWs, key contacts that I still use plus friends that I still have to this day.”

Catch Neil co-hosting Le Mellotron’s breakfast show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM next Thursday 8th Feb.

Successes such as these are not uncommon among our students and alumni, and the common denominator is Point Blank. We can teach you how to DJ like the best of them at any of our schools. If you’d like to learn how to produce, then we can build your skills from the ground up. Our most comprehensive course, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering is accredited by Middlesex University, as is our online alternative. For more information contact us via our contact page.

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Student Opportunity: Producer Wanted to Work with Platinum-Selling Artist

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. Student opportunities come exclusively via PB using our extensive network of contacts, so get stuck in! NB: this opportunity is for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here!

Music Producer Wanted with Platinum Selling Artist

We have a very special opportunity this week to work with an artist who we can’t actually name. Suffice it to say that he is a multi-award winning musician with a successful career as a solo artist and with his band, who have a certified-platinum selling album as part of their catalogue. Get the full job description and brief below and send your CV and cover letters to theo@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Summary

We require an Ableton Live producer to help complete an album and theatre project that is 90% done. The project has a label release scheduled for the end of summer and will be adapted for the west end theatre as a musical. There are a total of 13 tracks and you will be working with a major label artist. Please submit links to your music when expressing interest. There is potential to work on further releases in addition to this project.

Project Requirements

Refix 2 tracks that were created for another project to fit in with this project. This includes adding percussion tracks, editing drum patterns and potentially adding melody tracks.
Mix in new vocals and guitar tracks to 11 existing tracks. These tracks are 90% produced and mixed, but we now have new vocal and guitar tracks to replace the guides.
Adapt these 13 tracks for the stage. Attend theatre meetings and make fast turnarounds for edits.

Genre
Electronic music on the tech house/chill out/rnb/hip hop spectrum, fused with organic percussive african elements.

Skills

  • Skilled with Ableton Live
  • Love making beats!
  • Confident with taking on an existing project and bringing that aesthetic to refix two new tracks.
  • Experience with mixing projects to high standard
  • Experience working with industry standard plugins i.e. Waves.
  • Experience mixing vocals (and guitars but not essential as you can pick this up easily).
  • Bonus if you have a home studio with the ability to record guitars or vocals, but not required.

Availability
Primarily next two months, the project has potential to extend further.
Payment with be project based and to be discussed with the chosen producer.

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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Top Indian DJ/Producer Suketu Studies Online w/ Point Blank. Watch Week 9 of the Vlog Here

DJ Suketu returns for another weekly vlog following his progress on our Complete Electronic Music Production course. DJ Suketu is one of India’s top DJs and also runs The Music Inc (TMI), one of Mumbai’s finest musical institutions. Having completed the first module in Electronic Music Production 1, we and he move on the aptly titled second module: Electronic Music Production 2. This module builds on the techniques and theory studied in EMP 1 to give a much fuller appreciation of producing tracks. This module incorporates a few new genres and styles which are House, Deep House, Trap and Drum & Bass.

So here we are, beginning the second module of Complete Electronic Music Production online. Week 1 of EMP 2 acts as an introduction to the module as a whole, and we dive right into Beatmaking. As we learned in EMP 1, the beat is often the starting point for producing electronic music, and here we delve much deeper into the vast sea of possibilities when programming your beat. Students will learn about choosing the rights sounds, building custom kits, what the advantages are of programming in your own sounds, and what special effects you should look to for inspiration. As Suketu explains, this week allows students to build much more complex and interesting beats than they are taught in EMP 1. By way of example, we’ve included in this week’s blog a video from the course, namely how to programme a trap pattern in Ableton. Take a look at that below, and don’t forget to check back next week for another update from ourselves and DJ Suketu.

Programming a Trap Beat in Ableton

DJ Suketu and The Music Inc have been working closely with Point Blank in recent months to create a unique educational pathway for their students looking to study with us in London. Indian students looking for academic accreditation in the UK can benefit from saving up to £3,000 on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, in which we shape a bespoke range of modules for their programme. We have also developed two courses for TMI students looking to study with us in London based on a short-term visa, in the form of our Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Diploma and Advanced Music Production & Sound Design Certificate.

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