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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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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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Point Blank Hosting Workshops at IMS Ibiza 2017

With IMS Ibiza celebrating its ten-year anniversary, Point Blank is returning to the island as an industry partner to curate two masterclasses for the event. Each year, the International Music Summit heads to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila, with a series of unique back-to-back performances curated for the appreciation for electronic music and the artistry related to DJing and all related art forms, as well as hosting a series of workshops and guest speakers at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Kicking off today, Point Blank’s Carly Hordern will be hosting DVS1 for a DJ Skills Masterclass, with the Berghain resident DJ discussing his unique mixing style, his record collection of over 35,000 vinyl and his experiences of the infamous Berlin club. A part of today’s ‘free day’, this is open to all Ibiza residents.

On Friday, Point Blank instructor Alex Phountzi (Bugz in the Attic, NameBrandSound) will be hosting a masterclass on boosting your creativity, sharing some essential techniques to inspire a more creative approach in the studio and equipping you with new ideas for starting your tracks. Attendees will learn creative ways to approach remixing and composition, learn new approaches for working with samples and have the opportunity to get hands-on with new creative techniques by participating onstage. Alex teaches Intro to Production and Creative Production and Remixing on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree.

We’ve recently begun a brand new course based in Ibiza over the summer. This truly is an incredible chance to learn the core skills of a music producer and DJ whilst immersed in one of the centres of electronic music. The course is limited to just 20 spaces and is selling fast, so enrol today to ensure your place. Upon enrollment, you’ll receive a free copy of Ableton Suite and Rekordbox DJ, worth over £620 / €740, plus access to 50% off Native Instruments. For more information, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 4884 or if you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884.

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

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