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Point Blank at IMS Ibiza: Andrea Oliva DJ Masterclass

You may have noticed how much fun we had at the International Music Summit in Ibiza last month, what with our Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme winner Ambian playing at the Hard Rock in support of Flashmob and Seth Troxler, and DJ Ravine reporting from some of the parties at the event. Well, even that wasn’t the entirety of what we were up to out on the island – we also hosted a DJ masterclass with Swiss superstar Andrea Oliva. Check out the video below and take a look at some of our DJ courses to see how you too could learn some wizardry on the decks.

 

Andrea Oliva is known worldwide today, with past gigs on the biggest stages as diverse as Coachella and Panorama Bar and a whole host of Elrow parties. Everyone starts somewhere, however, and we learn here that he started out with a pair of belt-driven decks and Numark’s extremely basic two-channel mixer (which, let’s face it, is the beginner’s mixer of champions). We also learn some of his first inspirations to take his mixing as far technically as he could, including Erick Morillo and Little Louis Vega, leading him to his affection for four-deck mixing as demonstrated here.

After the show incorporating the four decks, Oliva gets into some of the technical nitty-gritty of his set, beginning with his RMX-1000 from Pioneer DJ. The effects unit can add impact when needed, and spices up looped sections simply. Simplicity isn’t necessarily something Oliva goes for, however, as he favours a “chaotic” approach to playlisting and planning to help allow a more natural creative process. We learn as well the importance of the warm-up set and how experience and risk-taking are the cornerstones of a constantly improving DJ.

IMS Ibiza is a massive event in the dance music calendar, drawing people from all over the globe to the white isle. Delegates in attendance are entitled to a 10% discount on course at Point Blank Ibiza, which is now enrolling for classes this summer. The courses on offer teach the basics of both DJing and Production, suited to your level, and there is another option to focus on DJing and Radio Production. Back in London, our flagship DJ course is the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice, quality-assured by Middlesex University. For more info don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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DJ Ravine Reports from IMS Ibiza 2018

Point Blank’s connection with IMS Ibiza runs deep: you may have caught our recent video following the 2018 Accelerator winner and Point Blank student Ambian on his trip to play at IMS in support of Seth Troxler and Flashmob, and you may or may not know that PB students get discounted tickets to the event every year. You probably don’t know what our man DJ Ravine got up to when he accompanied Ambian on his trip this year – but you can find out the video below. We love the white isle so much that last year we opened Point Blank Ibiza, where you can take a two-week intensive course in DJing and production by day and head out into the island’s world-famous nightlife by night – the best way to fully immerse yourself in the culture. The next courses begin in less than a week, so hurry if you would like to snap up the last remaining places.

The International Music Summit in Ibiza is one of the biggest events in the global dance music calendar. Set in the spiritual epicentre of clubland, leading figures and inspirational artists fly in from all over the world to give lectures and host panels on the most important things happening in the industry. It’s a fantastic way to keep up with the latest developments and make sure that, whatever your involvement in music, you stay at the cutting edge of what’s going on. There are loads of masterclasses and workshops too and this year that included our own DJing masterclass with Andrea Oliva.

Of course, a trip to Ibiza wouldn’t be complete with a little partying, and in his video dispatch from IMS, DJ Ravine takes us along to the centrepiece of the event – the Dalt Vila party, this year featuring the likes of Dixon and Maceo Plex. He also shows us around the amazing classrooms and gorgeous surroundings of Point Blank Ibiza.

If you’d like to study with us out there, you have three options, each expertly tailored to fit in with whatever your interests might be. The original DJ/Producer course is perfect if you would like to split your time between making tracks and playing them, giving you a boost to get started in the world of electronic music. Given we’re back for our second year, we also offer an Advanced DJ/Producer course for those with a bit more experience or who perhaps did the original course last year. Expect to fine-tune your skills here and really begin to get creative. Finally, we have the DJ/Radio course, on which you will learn the ins and outs of radio production and presenting as well as how to spin tracks – perfect if what you really want to do is rule the airwaves. Get in touch if you have any questions.

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Go Behind the Scenes w/ Accelerator Programme Winner Ambian at IMS Ibiza

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dalt Villa in Ibiza, and all its surrounding natural beauty, we followed the winner of this year’s Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator programme on his first major trip with us to play at the world-renowned IMS Ibiza, an electronic music summit like no other. Ambian is studying his degree with us currently, on the BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, quality assured by Middlesex University, and the Accelerator programme is a result of a collaboration between two of electronic music’s biggest institutions in Point Blank and Pioneer DJ. Check the video below and watch Ambian as he embarks on his biggest year yet.

With DJs and performers at the very top of their game flying in from all over the world, between 23 and 25 May there was nowhere else we’d rather be in the world than on the famous white isle. As well as our own masterclass featuring Andrea Oliva, we were represented by Ambian, supporting none other than Flash Mob and Seth Troxler with his favoured brand of afro house and melodic techno.

As he points out, IMS is a fantastic place to meet likeminded music people and network – the first of many opportunities to advance his career as much as possible over the course of the year. His first time at IMS, he even got the chance to drop a tune of his into his set at the Hard Rock, which you can hear in the video. With his goal of becoming a world-renowned DJ and producer firmly in sight, this is certainly a big first step.

Feeling inspired? As mentioned Ambian studies his degree with us at Point Blank, and this is just one of many opportunities open to our students. We’ve recently added two new degree courses, also quality assured by Middlesex University, launching next academic year. They are the BA (Hons) in Music Production and DJ Practice and the BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, so you can tailor your studies to your exact preference. For more information or to book a studio tour, contact us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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We Return to IMS Ibiza w/ DJ Masterclass feat. Andrea Oliva – Full Lineup Announced!

Point Blank returns to the White Isle in May for the 11th edition of the International Music Summit Ibiza. As a long-term industry partner, we have curated and presented many workshops, talks and masterclasses over the years and we can’t wait to head back for this year’s edition. This year music journalist and Point Blank presenter Declan McGlynn will host a DJ Skills masterclass with international headliner Andrea Oliva, who’ll be sharing his expertise with IMS attendees. As ‘Best Music School’ according to DJ Mag readers, we have a fair bit of experience of teaching people to DJ – don’t forget to check out our DJ Courses in London and on Ibiza itself if you’re interested.

 

Launched with Pete Tong in 2007, IMS Ibiza has long held an enviable position as one of the world’s premier music conferences and has gone from strength to strength each year. Billed as “The Premier Platform for Thought and Leadership in Electronic Music,” every year the industry’s biggest players come together to share ideas with the aim of advancing the cause of electronic music worldwide. Held at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Villa, it’s the perfect marriage of natural beauty, Ibiza’s inherent buzz and true, game-changing innovation.

*Update* The programme at IMS Ibiza 2018 has been fully revealed and we can say with some confidence it looks set to be the best yet, looking at all facets of the industry and ways it can improve. Pete Tong will give the opening keynote address, paying particular attention to the tragic loss earlier this year of Avicii. A focus on wellbeing in music is a fitting tone-setter for the five-day conference, with many of the most interesting talks looking at progressive ways to make the culture safer, including tackling sexual harassment in music and drugs testing at clubs. These accompany the usual array of label showcases, masterclasses and panel discussions. For the full list of talks and shows head here.

A photograph of a talk on gender disparity in electronic music from last year’s IMS Ibiza conference

As for us, we have invited Swiss/Italian superstar Andrea Oliva to use his renowned skills as a DJ to demonstrate some choice DJ Skills. Our own Declan McGlynn, a music journalist and DJ of considerable talents himself, will be hosting, so you can be sure he will uncover some choice nuggets of information. Andrea has been having a stellar year already, continuing his long-running association with the all-conquering Elrow and playing at respected clubs like fabric, Watergate Berlin and The Warehouse Project. You don’t want to miss this one, which is held 11 AM on Friday 25th May.

We’re also bringing the winner of this year’s Point Blank x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme along with us to this year’s conference, where he will play the first set of his year-long partnership with us. For some more information on Ambian and the scheme, check out this in-depth interview we conducted with him after he was announced the winner.

Ambian is this year’s winner of the 2018 PB x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme, and he plays this year at IMS Ibiza

Last year we launched Point Blank Ibiza and this summer we return with an expanded list of courses. Come and join us to learn the fundamentals of DJing and Production, or DJing and Radio Production. There’s also an advanced course for those who attended last year or have some experience already. You can study all of this while enjoying the most exciting party destination in the world, on the most beautiful island in the world! For more information give us a call on  +44 20 7729 4884.

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Point Blank Host Workshops & Panel as Educational Partner at IMS Asia-Pacific

Point Blank is heading East! With Point Blank an official educational partner of the International Music Summit’s (IMS) Asia-Pacific Conference for the first time, Rob Cowan and expert instructor Saytek will be taking part in panels and workshops at the event, which takes place in Shanghai on 21st – 22nd September. This event also sees a number of other high-profile guest artists and speakers including Laidback Luke and Howie B host a range of workshops and masterclasses, together with industry pro’s from Pioneer DJ, Warner Music, BBC Radio 1 and many others involved over the two days. Check out the highlights from last year in the video below.

To kick off the event, Point Blank expert instructor Saytek will be hosting a ‘music production 101’ workshop, before giving 1 on 1 support to aspiring music makers at dedicated production stations at the event throughout the day. Saytek is currently developing the Electronic Music Performance module for our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, whilst outside of PB his hardware-heavy live shows have led him to be billed as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting acts’, and his energetic performances have won him the support of the likes of Seth Troxler, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier and Nic Fanciulli.

On the second and final day of the event Point Blank CEO and Founder, Rob Cowan, will be joining a number of other industry professionals on a panel entitled ‘Big Thinkers: Big Picture’, discussing current developments in the music industry. Fellow panelists include CEO of events company A2LiVE Eric Zho and Australian DJ program Your-Shot’s co-founder Steve Pillemer.

On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, we teach everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business. 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 25% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite or Logic Pro X with select online courses until September 11th, 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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IMS College Malta – Last Chance to Save up to 50% on Delegate Passes!

This Friday, Point Blank are heading back to Malta as education partner for IMS College Malta for the day’s programme. We are excited to announce that Carly Hordern will be hosting artist masterclasses with Spanish producer/DJ Uner and French counterpart Agoria on songwriting and composing for film respectively. In addition, a number of respected industry speakers and artists will be providing panels, keynotes and masterclasses covering the four pillars of music education: performance, production, promotion and publishing. There will also be networking events and DJ performances in the evenings including Sven Vath (Cocoon), DJ Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed (Hot Creations).

Point Blank are offering 25% off tickets to IMS College Malta, with discount code PointBlank_25off. You can buy tickets here. If you are a Point Blank student you are entitled to a huge 50% off IMS Malta tickets. To redeem this offer, get in touch with us here.

In addition to our masterclasses with Uner and Agoria, PB course developer Ski Oakenfull will be deconstructing Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’ and creative director JC Concato presents a masterclass sharing his essential tips and techniques for mixing tracks for the club. Attendees can expect additional masterclasses and panels as part of a full day of programming curated by Point Blank.

Don’t forget, Point Blank students are entitled to a huge 50% off IMS Malta tickets. To redeem this offer, get in touch with us here. This is one of many discounts students at Point Blank are entitled to, if you’d like to join us and gain access to more exclusive discounts and opportunities check out our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques, as well as 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. Watch how it works to find out more, and try a free online sample course here.

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Further Details Announced w/ Exclusive Discounts: Point Blank @ IMS College Malta

After the success of last year’s event, Point Blank are once again heading to Malta to co-curate the International Music Summit’s (IMS) summer educational programme, IMS College Malta, as the official education partner. From the 7th – 9th July, a number of respected industry speakers and artists will be providing panels, keynotes and masterclasses covering the four pillars of music education: performance, production, promotion and publishing. There will also be networking events and DJ performances in the evenings including Sven Vath (Cocoon), DJ Agoria, Todd Terry and Richy Ahmed (Hot Creations). You can buy tickets here.

Point Blank will be curating the entire first day of the event. Carly Hordern will be hosting an artist masterclass with DJ/Producer Agoria in addition to a panel discussion, whilst PB course developer Ski Oakenfull will be deconstructing Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’ and creative director JC Concato presents a masterclass sharing his essential tips and techniques for mixing tracks for the club. Attendees can expect additional masterclasses and panels as part of a full day of programming curated by Point Blank.

You can secure your tickets here. Remember, if you are a Point Blank student you are entitled to a huge 50% off IMS Malta tickets. To redeem this offer, get in touch with us here. This is one of many discounts students at Point Blank are entitled to, if you’d like to join us and gain access to more exclusive discounts and opportunities check out our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

If you want to learn recording, engineering and mixing techniques, as well as 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. Watch how it works to find out more, and try a free online sample course here.

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Monthly Round-Up May 2017: MJ Cole, Revilo, Sample Culture, Online BA, Robot Koch & More!

April was a busy month at Point Blank. Due to popular demand, we opened another course at our Ibiza complex, as well as hosting masterclasses at our London and LA schools. We held sampling events and production/mix competitions, welcomed new tutors, caught up with some PB alumni and had some fantastic new releases on PB Music. Here we run down a few of our highlights from the past month, before getting back to the grinding wheel for what is looking to be an equally busy May!

To see each post in detail, click the corresponding title to be taken through to the page. And for those not already in the know, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel and following us on Facebook and Twitter so you never miss out on our cutting edge content. Now, roll January’s highlights reel:

Watch Rag’n’Bone Man – Human: MJ Cole Remix Masterclass

In this exclusive session, MJ Cole gave us a tour of his incredibly well-equipped studio, showing us some of his favourite bits of kit, such as his Rhodes Eighty-Eight – originally owned by Portishead and used on their first album. For the masterclass element – a remix of Rag’n’Bone Man’s hit ‘Human’ – he shows us his creative workflow, touching on everything from chopping the track up for samples, vibing and coming up with ideas to mixing and arrangement. He explains and shows us how he works out a melody on his piano, finding the tonal key he wants to use and his process moving on from there in great detail, all throughout highlighting some of his favourite plugins and how he likes to apply them.

Revilo – ‘Hold On’: Out Now on PB Music! [Stream & Download] 

he sun has started to come out here in the UK and what better way to celebrate than to get down to a brand new banger from the PB Music squad. We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the Point Blank Music roster, Oliver Evans aka Revilo and his track ‘Hold On.’ DJ Pioneer featured this as his ‘Track of the Moment’ on his KISS FM radio show, which you can check out here, or grab yourself a copy now on Juno, iTunes and Spotify.

A Brief History of Sample Culture: Borrowing, Adapting & Shaping

Over the past few months, we have been sharing a new series of articles based on excerpts from our Production Analysis module, a part of our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Our journey thus far has taken us from the roots of dance, tracking movements like Disco and Dub, through Punk and DIY culture to the UK’s urban scene, and that’s just the beginning. As we continue the series, we’ll be taking a look at more of the most pivotal cultural movements in music history, as well as their effect on the music industry as we know it today. For this edition, we look at one of the most groundbreaking production techniques of all time -sampling – together with the rich history that surrounds it.

Announcing our new Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree

After more than a year of intensive development we are very proud to announce the launch of our brand new flagship online course, the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree (online). Building on the successes from our degree course in London and our online Music Production Master Diploma, the Point Blank team has worked hard to ensure our new online degree course delivers an intensive, immersive and practical education across all areas of music production and sound engineering. Taught by our award-winning instructors, this programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you receive a Middlesex BA (Hons) degree on successful completion.

Robot Koch ‘Eclipse’ Track Breakdown in Ableton Live at Point Blank Los Angeles

We’ve had the pleasure of hosting masterclasses with some of the best musicians and producers in the business, grabbing time with artists as diverse as Matthew Dear, Ritchie Hawtin, Shadow Child, Shawn Lee and Prince Fatty. In our latest guest workshop, we were joined by award-winning producer and composer Robot Koch at our Los Angeles school as he treated our students to a live deconstruction of ‘Eclipse’, a track from his 2015 album ‘Hypermoment’ released on Monkeytown Records. Check out the full video above.

PB Returns to Malta to Curate IMS College 2017: Exclusive Discounts Available

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.

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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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IMS College Malta Round Up with Pete Tong, Eli & Fur and More

Nine years since its foundation in Ibiza, International Music Summit has become a global institution. While the homegrown conference continues to be the landmark event, its spread its wings around the world, setting up shop in Singapore, Los Angeles and now one of electronic music’s new homes: Malta.

Taking a slightly different slant, IMS College Malta focussed on education, and who better to head up the programming than Point Blank? We were invited to host panels, workshops and networking sessions with the next generation of music industry elite.

IMG_2315Sound Advice lawyer and industry veteran Robert Horsfall gave the opening speech to a
packed room at IMS College Malta

Music lawyer and industry veteran Robert Hosfall was first to take the podium, quoting his peers with some excellent advice around the Five Pieces of the Jigsaw to success. Next up was PB’s Declan McGlynn interviewing dance music legend Pete Tong for the keynote opener. He talked the early days of his career, what radio means to him, what he looks for in a demo and where he sees the future of the industry. Stay tuned to the PB YouTube channel for the full interview coming soon, and for those looking to get into the music industry check out our full range of courses.

7e9c5fa9-fc0b-4066-a200-73b1723f1216Pete Tong MBE talked about his long career, the early days of radio, A&Ring hit records, discovering Frankie Knuckles, signing Goldie and much more

Eli & Fur joined us on stage for the second of our keynote interviews. They spoke about their time working with Brian Higgins and the pop powerhouse Xenomania before breaking away and starting their own production duo. They also passed on their advice for anyone starting their own label and how to recover from a bad gig.

b1db2393-cdb6-4bac-88ee-c877df40f31aProduction and DJ duo Eli & Fur took to the stage for an interview with Point Blank’s Declan McGlynn

Later Point Blank lead course developer and instructor Ski Oakenfull deconstructed Duke Dumont’s summer anthem Ocean Drive using Ableton Live and Push 2 before an industry panel featuring Pete Tong, Eli & Fur, CAA Talent’s Laura Newton and PR company Listen Up!’s Lucy Allen. In it we talked about highs and lows on the music industry, artist development and the importance and power of team work. It was an inspiring talk – subscribe to  the PB YouTube channel to watch the video in full.

IMG_2768PB’s very own Ski Oakenfull took his world-famous deconstructions to IMS College Malta, taking apart Duke Dumont’s summertime smash Ocean Drive in Ableton Live

IMG_2773L-R: Laura Newton (CAA), Lucy Allen (Listen Up!), Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1), Eli & Fur 

To wrap up the busy day, we invited DJ, producer and PB instructor Stefano Ritteri to give a masterclass on Creative Workflow. We spent the previous day exploring the island collecting various samples to then create a groove from using the Teenage Engineering OP-1 and Ableton Live. Watch the video below to see what we got up to and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the full masterclass.

What would a dance music event be without a party? Once the day had wrapped up at the Dragonara Westin, it was time to head to Uno Village for a very special b2b set from Diynamic don Solomun and Pete Tong himself. It was a brilliant party, highlighting both DJ’s eclectic tastes and the growth of Malta’s dance music scene.

IMG_2626Behind the booth for a special b2b set from Pete Tong and Solomun at Uno Village, Malta

The first IMS College Malta proved that you never stop learning, with attendees young and old coming together for an inspiring day. With graduates and current students from all over the globe making their way to St Julian Bay, it was great to see so many familiar faces and an honour to curate the event. See you next year, and for those looking to find their own way into the music industry, check out our full range of courses.

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