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Point Blank LA Instructor Sweatson Klank on His ‘Fine Lines’ LP

One of the best reasons to study with us at Point Blank, in Los Angeles or any of our schools including London, Ibiza, Mumbai and Online, is the combined experience of our expert instructors. We don’t use the term lightly, and everyone who teaches at any of our schools not only has a long CV but remains active in the music industry at the top of their game with ongoing projects, tours and collaborations. A prime example is Tom Wilson aka Sweatson Klank, who teaches music production at Point Blank Los Angeles. Tom has worked with some amazing brands and musicians, including Nike, Puma, Reebok and Ableton as well as Just Blaze, Flying Lotus, Kode9 and Little Dragon. His most recent album ‘Fine Lines’, which is the culmination of a year-long project with the excellent Friends of Friends, was released last month on May 25th and even features a collaboration with PB Graduate Anna Calvo, who he met when she was studying. We caught up with Tom to talk about the release and the spirit of co-operation that abounds at PBLA.

Hi Tom. So first off I would like to say congratulations on the LP – I really love its moody textures and sense of scope. You released ‘Like I Need You’ some months ago now with ‘Then I Was Me’ before that. How long has this project been forthcoming / when did it start to take shape as an album like this?

Thank you! The inception of the project took shape over a year ago. I signed with the wonderful Friends of Friends label and we strategized a release schedule and strategy for the coming year. It started with the ‘ Then I Was Me’ ep, followed by 2 double singles ‘Like I Need You’ and ‘Get it Back’. The last piece in the trilogy was the album ‘ Fine Lines’ which is essentially what we were building up to with the EP and singles beforehand.

What would you say you were trying to achieve with this body of work? Are there any themes or particular inspirations that have guided the work?

When I approach an album, I really want to make a cohesive body of work. I’m a huge record collector and I just love how old records often had a theme and continuity to them. So I aim for that first and foremost. Thematically, the record is really about the last few years of my life. In my opinion, music hits hardest when it’s from the heart. Without going into detail, I went through a lot in the last few years. So when I sat down to write, that came through in the music naturally. I’ve always aimed to make music that makes you feel something. Music that transports you out of your own element and into a different place. Similar to a good book.

What about technology, how did you make the album?

I use Ableton as my main DAW. I tracked vocals in Pro Tools and brought them back into the Ableton sessions. I like to use a combination of hardware and software. On this record, I used the Fender Rhodes, Juno 106, Korg poly 800, Dave Smith Prophet 6, Yamaha DX 7, a Fender Strat guitar, Kima Jazz bass, and a wide variety of guitar effects pedals. As far as software goes, I use Kontakt, Omnisphere, Dexed, Massive, Roland Cloud plugins and a slew of other stuff. When it comes to mixing, well that’s a very long list hahaha! I tracked and ran a lot of this record through a lunch box of API, and Neve pre amps, and then rounded some things out through a Manley Stereo Vari Mu Compressor for some additional warmth. The list of mixing software used would probably fill up 3 pages so I’ll spare you that one.

Fine Lines LP by Sweatson Klank

You worked with a Point Blank graduate in Anna Calvo for the single “Like I Need You’. How did you guys start collaborating? Did you meet at Point Blank?

Yes, Anna was a student of mine and she had a great voice and was motivated to work. We wrote the lyrics together in the live room at PBLA and she recorded the vocals at her home studio. I mixed the results in my studio. I love collaborating with my students. They are excited to work and since many of them have never had a release it makes it exciting to work with them and help them to shape there sound and get themselves heard. I have actually collaborated with a ton of my students here at PBLA.

Would you say that collaborating with students is something you find useful/important? It must be invigorating to see some talented people pass through that you vibe with musically.

It’s quite amazing actually. Every term there are a handful of students who I vibe with musically. When students are starting out, their music is so pure. They haven’t yet done it a million times, and so their musical ideas are so raw, in a good way. They often need guidance and direction to help them realize their full potential but its a two-way street. That is what collaboration is all about. I often get really inspired by a student’s talent or their approach to creation. I learn from them and they learn from me. It feels good to help people realize their talents and help them grow. So yeah, it’s a win-win situation.

How else would you say that your teaching has filtered back into your work as a producer?

Teaching has really helped me grow as a producer. For instance, I get inspired by students who just have this ability to pick it up so easily. I watch them grow and really develop over the course of the 3-6 months that they study with me. We all know that there a million ways to approach music making. Its easy to get stuck in a pattern as a producer and begin to feel like you are repeating yourself. Working with fresh talent like my students is a constant inspiration and reminder of the many different approaches one can take to songwriting and production. I always ask a student to tell the whole class what their process was in making a certain song. I think this helps everyone, myself included, to look outside their own approach and try new things.

You must be feeling relieved and happy with the release of the LP, but you don’t strike me as someone to rest on their laurels. Will you take a break or are you already on to the next project? Either way, what can you reveal about what that project may be?

Ha, you’re right. I am already hard at work on the next projects. The first is a huge beat tape that will likely be out early fall on Friends of Friends. I speak on this a lot in my classes, but the fact is, not every track has to develop into a full-blown song. It’s fun to just make beats and tracks without the pressure of structuring them into full-blown verse/chorus/bridge type of arrangements. Beat tapes can be a fun way to showcase a different side of your production. I really look forward to dropping that. Of course, I am also hard at work on my next “REAL” album. I don’t want to give too much away as it’s still in the development phase, but all I can say about that one is that it will be different. Super excited to see how these new ideas and songs develop!

What else is in the pipeline, do you have plans to tour this record at all?

Glad you asked. I’m preparing to launch my label Tone and Manor later this year. We already have 4 great releases done and in the bag. Its taken a while to get everything prepared and ready but its going to be fantastic! In fact, our first release will be a compilation, introducing the world to all the artists we plan to work with and release in the future. Many of whom are Point Blank graduates!! We have full releases coming from Billie Fountain, Vané, and Verbless who were all students of mine and who I have worked closely with on their records. Look out for that in the fall as well!

Thanks Tom!

We hope this leaves you feeling inspired and like Point Blank is somewhere you want to study. Tom himself teaches Introduction to Music Production as well as Creative Production and as part of our software offer in LA you can currently receive free copies of NI Komplete & Ableton Suite Worth $1,350 when you enrol. We also offer courses in mixing, sound design, DJing and more. For more info get in touch by calling 323 282 7660.

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Join Us for the next PBLA Open House w/ Brian Markman: December 7

We’re back with another PBLA Open House event at our gorgeous location in the Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. Point Blank Los Angeles will be open to the public on the evening of December 7, giving anyone curious about the school, or our courses, the chance to get the answers they need right from the mouths of those who teach them. PBLA expert instructor Brian Markman will be giving a special masterclass on how to have a powerful workflow with Ableton Live, from the studio to the stage. Also, take a tour of our home in the famous hundred-year-old studios and get a look at the state-of-the-art equipment we exclusively use. All you need to do is click attending on Eventbrite to book your place.

Join PBLA instructor Brian Markman for Powerful Workflow with Ableton Live: from the Studio to the Stage. Markman began his career over 12 years ago playing records in acid jazz clubs before becoming one of the US’ most notable champions of drum & bass, which he used to play at raves around the country. In 2011 he became an Ableton Certified Trainer and he now teaches engineering, production and performance. For this very special masterclass, he will be bringing hardware synthesizers to the table as well as demonstrating different racks and set-ups in Ableton Live, looking at both production and performance.

The full itinerary for the event is as follows:

7:00pm: Open House arrival, welcome and meet the instructors
7:30pm – 8:15pm: Powerful Workflow with Ableton Live Masterclass with Brian Markman.
8:15pm – Close: Prize giveaway / networking /  tour

Don’t forget, to grab a free place at the event you’ll need to RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? We offer more introductory courses in production and DJing, plus more advanced courses in audio mastering and the art of mixing. You can mix and match any of the three-month classes we offer and take up to three at the same time. For more information, contact a course advisor or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884.

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

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

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

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

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Attend the Free PBLA Open House Event on September 13 – Masterclass w/ Computo

Once again we have lined up one of our expert instructors for our next Open House event, happening at Point Blank Los Angeles on September 13. This free event is perfect for anyone interested in finding out more about the courses and study experience at our Los Angeles school. The event includes a free masterclass, which gives you a flavor of what it’s like to learn with our expert instructors. For this event, Point Blank instructor Computo will be hosting a music production and performance masterclass using Ableton Live and modular setup. All you need to do to attend is RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

 Joe “Computo” Caputo is a sound designer, producer, audio technologist and music software instructor with a serious addiction to modular synthesis. Having worked as a software specialist at Apple and individual/group instructor in Logic, Garageband, and Final Cut Pro, Computo then went on to complete six years at Native Instruments, where he provided software training to artists such as LMFAO, Zedd, Flying Lotus, Duran Duran, Cliff Martinez, and many more. Computo left Native Instruments and in 2015, joining PBLA and simultaneously starting his own online resource devoted entirely to modular synthesis: Voltage Control Lab (VCL). At Point Blank Los Angeles, Computo teaches courses in Music Production, Composition, and Sound Design.

For the special production masterclass, Computo will be going over the music production process with both digital (Ableton Live) and modular/analog equipment. He will be walking us through a track, sharing sound design techniques and showing us how to set up for an improvised performance combining both digital and analog gear, as well as setting up for a performance with modular equipment.

The full itinerary for the event is as follows:

7:00pm: Open House arrival, welcome and meet the instructors
7:30pm – 8:15pm: Ableton Live production masterclass and Q&A from PBLA instructor Computo
8:15pm – Close: Prize giveaway / networking /  Tour

Don’t forget, to grab a free place to the event you’ll need to RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? The Complete Music Production & Sound Design course is our most comprehensive course covering production, sound design, engineering (live and in the studio), DJing, and mastering. For more information, contact a course advisor or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. We are currently offering a 20% discount plus a free copy of Ableton Suite worth $750 with all our LA production courses. Enrol before 31st of August to get your copy. For more information head here.

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PBLA Guest Masterclass Hosted by Chris Holmes (Paul McCartney’s Tour DJ)

At Point Blank Los Angeles we are constantly reaching out to our network of music industry contacts in the local scene, organising guest workshops and masterclasses for the benefit of our students and graduates. Just in the last six months we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Mix Master Mike, Robot Koch, and Sample Magic CEO Sharooz Raoofi join us at Mack Sennett Studios to impart their knowledge, giving us an insight into their creative processes. On August 17, musicologist, DJ and producer Chris Holmes will be joining us to lead a remix masterclass and live performance before holding a Q&A. This is available for all students and graduates to attend, and to RSVP you can head to the Eventbrite page.

Chris Holmes has worked with the likes of Disney & Rockstar Games both as a composer and consultant, as well as being responsible for bringing together an elite creative class of film and music producers, fine artists, writers and actors at events he produces himself with his DJ and events collective known as The Embassy. Chris has produced events and curated the talent for Los Angeles mayoral elect Eric Garcetti, Rolling Stone Magazine, NPR, The Black Keys, Atoms for Peace, Daft Punk and Questlove of the Roots and helped to create the magical screening of the Breaking Bad finale at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. As well as being a consultant for various tech companies including Native Instruments, Sonos, Audeze Headphones and Novation/Focusrite, Chris is a member of rock band Ashtar Command. He has produced alongside Joshua Radin, Felix da Housecat, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Har Mar Superstar and has remixed everyone from Radiohead to David Bowie, The Beatles, Fischerspooner and FUN.

Guest workshops are a core part of the experience at studying at Point Blank Los Angeles. To find out which class is for you, visit our Los Angeles course page to find out more – but hurry, you’ll need to sign up ASAP as spaces are limited for the forthcoming term. We’ve got everything from production, sound design and mixing courses to DJ’ingIf you want to know more and you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660, or contact us 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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PBLA Open House Event With Sweatson Klank – June 15th

If you’ve been to one of our PBLA Open Houses before, then you know that we are committed to presenting only the highest calibre of industry professionals at our events to assist you in your experience and learning of the music industry. If you haven’t, now is your chance to dive into an evening of performances, masterclasses and networking at our upcoming event on Thursday 15th June. For this event, LA legend and Point Blank instructor Sweatson Klank will be presenting a masterclass on sampling, followed by a Q & A. All you need to do to attend is RSVP to the Eventbrite page here.

Tom Wilson is not only a celebrated artist but a sought after Music Producer and Composer, with a wealth of experience in the music industry having worked on composing music for apps, video games, commercials, television and film as well as working with brands such as Nike, Puma, Reebok, Novation, Ableton, Native Instruments and more. As Sweatson Klank, he has shared the stage with some incredibly talented musicians, like Mos Def, Just Blaze, Kode 9, Little Dragon and Flying Lotus to name a few and has been called upon as a Music Supervisor, Curator & DJ for some of the leading brands in Entertainment, Film, Fashion and Lifestyle.

An LA legend in his own right, Sweatson Klank has releases and remixes on labels like Sony and Warp with his sound being championed by Gilles Peterson, Benji B and Mary Anne Hobbs. His releases weave a musical tapestry between Hip-Hop, R&B, Future Bass, and a sound that is undeniably his own. Hard hitting tunes often transform into cinematic tear jerking soul expeditions. His stunning live performances have resulted in bookings at some of the most highly regarded music festivals and events around the globe including Coachella, Sonar Music Festival, Wakarusa, Decibel Festival, Low-End Theory and many others. You can keep up to date with Sweatson Klank on his Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Watch Sweatson Klank present a sampling masterclass at our PBLA open house event, as well discuss the new label he is preparing to launch which amongst others features talent hand-picked from his classes at Point Blank LA. The full itinerary for the event is as follows:

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Open House arrival and welcome
7:30 – 8:30pm: Live sampling masterclass and Q & A from PBLA instructor Sweatson Klank
7:45 – 8:00 pm: Meet the PBLA instructors
8:30 – Close: Prize giveaway / networking / Student Performances / Tour

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

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? The Music Production & Sound Design Advanced Diploma course is our most comprehensive course and the ideal foundation on which to build a career in the music industry. Covering production, sound design, engineering (live and in the studio), DJing, mastering, and how to manage a career, the intensive course provides a 360 degree view of your options in the music business upon graduation. For more information, contact a course advisor or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884. We are currently offering a free copy of Ableton Suite worth $750 with all our LA production courses. Enrol before 30th of April to get your copy. For more information click here.

 

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Robot Koch ‘Eclipse’ Track Breakdown in Ableton Live @ 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, and you can discover Robot Koch’s music via his channels below.

Soundcloud | Twitter | Particle Fields Reimagined (latest release)

Originally a member of electronica-trio Jahcoozi, Robot Koch has firmly established his credentials with numerous releases on tastemaker labels including Project Mooncircle and Monkeytown Records. His collaborative track ‘Here With Me’ has garnered a whopping 30 million streams to date, whilst other accolades include winning ‘Best Electronic Music Composer’ at the German Music Composers’ Awards in 2014, with his music has being used on shows and films including NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ and blockbuster ‘San Andreas’.

In this guest masterclass session co-hosted by PBLA instructor Sweatson Klank (who is a labelmate on Project Mooncircle), Robot Koch give some insight on his approach to collaboration – in this instance with French pianist Julien Marchal – before touching on his ‘destructive’ approach to his workflow, highlighting the benefits of committing midi to audio and demo’ing some live processing techniques.

Thinking of joining us at PBLA? The Music Production & Sound Design Advanced Diploma course is our most comprehensive course. Covering production, sound design, engineering (live and in the studio), DJing, mastering and much more, this intensive course provides a 360 degree view of the skills needed to make the most from your passion for music. For more information, contact our Course Advisors here or call 0207 729 4884 or, if you’re in the USA, give us a call on 323 282 7660. If you’re calling internationally, use the number +44 20 7729 4884.

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Student Opportunities Round-Up: Axtone, iam+, AVA festival & TSM

Point Blank always keeps current students and alumni in the loop with all of the best music industry opportunities, so with that said here’s our latest student opportunity round-up. All of these student opportunities come exclusively via PB using our extensive network of contacts, so get stuck in! Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here!

Here are our most recent student opportunities…

Axtone Records are looking for an Intern.

Axtone Records are looking for an intern 2/3 days a week for 3 months. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for some hands-on, practical experience in the music industry at a record label. As a party to all conversations in the office, applicants can expect to learn a lot from the environment they will be in. Responsibilities would include:

  • A&R for the label and publishing, including listening to demos & finding new producers and singers Axtone could potentially work with,
  • Reports on releases and tracking artist achievements,
  • Spotify playlist curation,
  • Documenting release metadata for the label,
  • Asset creation such as videos for the YouTube and basic Photoshop work.

Applicants will need access to a laptop they can bring into work with them. If you are interested in applying, email your CV and cover letter to louis@pointblankmusicschool.com with the subject header ‘Axtone Internship’.

i.am+ Music Production Assistant (PBLA)

Will.i.am’s Music and Technology company, i.am+, is looking for an intern to assist them in their day to day.

Applicants will need to be based in Los Angeles and meet the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of Ableton, Maschine Studio & Protools
  • Knowledge of analogue synthesis (use of a Moog is involved)
  • Mixing skill is a plus but not essential

Applicants will also assist with playlisting and potentially DJ at Coachella utilising new technology in music.

To apply email louis@pointblankmusicschool.com with the subject header ‘iam+ internship’.

AVA Emerging Talent Competition

AVA Festival & Conference is holding competitions for emerging Producers and DJs based across the UK & Ireland.

EMERGING DJ

The emerging DJ contest requires applicants to submit a 30-minute mini mix showcasing their skills, with the three finalists performing in a live final battle at Belfast Underground Records. The full criteria for application is as follows:

  • Must not have been a previous/current resident DJ.
  • Entrants must be from Ireland & UK
  • Entry can be any style of electronic music.
  • Entry to be 320kbps & mp3 format
  • 30 minute mix maximum.
  • If shortlisted, finalists responsible for organising travel to live final and winner to AVA Festival.
  • Submissions will be made to Hiive with the heading ‘AVA Emerging Artist Mix – (Your Name)’ by Friday 5th May 2016.
  • Entrants must create a Hiive.co.uk account to submit.

Winners will perform at AVA Festival 2017 and be featured on Belfast Underground Radio. Entries must be submitted by May 5th. Apply here.

EMERGING PRODUCER

The criteria for applicants hoping to win the Emerging Producer competition are:

  • The producer must not have had a previous release.
  • Entrants must be from Ireland & UK
  • Entry can be any style of electronic music.
  • 1 track per entry.
  • Entry to be 320kbps & mp3 format
  • Submissions will be made to Hiive.com with the heading ‘AVA Emerging Artist Track – (Your Name)’ by Friday 5th May 2016.
  • If shortlisted, finalists responsible for organising travel to final at AVA Conference.
  • Entrants must create a Hiive.co.uk account to submit.

The winner will feature on Extended Play, BBC Across The Line and the Feel My Bicep blog, as well as receiving support and mentoring from Native Instruments, JMX & T-BONE. Entries must be submitted by May 5th. Apply Here.

The True School Of Music in Mumbai is looking for music production and film scoring teachers

Ever thought about teaching Music Production yourself? Living in an exciting and striving new cultural environment abroad? Receiving a competitive salary and earning credentials for teaching in higher education abroad?  

The True School of Music in Mumbai is looking for teachers in music production and film scoring from July onwards. TSM is an innovative music school at the heart of India’s music scene and has grown to be the largest contemporary music school in the country. Their faculty come from all over the world and together with Point Blank, they are exploring ways of partnership across continents.

To get involved, see the below flyer for full details of the position. Contrary to what the flyer says, for PB Students a Masters Degree is NOT essential.

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

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

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

The full itinerary is as follows:

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

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

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

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