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DJ Mag at Work Presents Point Blank – Call Out for DJs!

We are thrilled to be teaming up once again with the monster platform that is DJ Mag for a new series of events at Work Bar in London, called DJ Mag at Work Presents Point Blank. For this event we’re offering up to four DJ slots for PB students and alumni to play alongside a very special headliner (TBA). The first event takes place on 31 May 2018 and all you need to do is submit a mix of up to an hour showing off your skills to theo@pointblankmusicschool.com by 13 May, and you could be in with a chance!

Students and graduates have a chance to play alongside a special headliner at DJ Mag’s Work Bar 

As well as getting the chance to play on a fully equipped club system, the night will be supported and streamed on both DJ Mag and Point Blank’s social media channels, with a potential reach of well over 1M followers. The event is also free to attend for any PB students past or present, but capacity is limited – to book your place RSVP here!

Not a student with us at Point Blank? Not quite ready to play on a club set-up? Why not check out our DJ courses in London to learn everything you need to move the dancefloor. All of our classes have unlimited access to our practise rooms which are fully equipped with all the latest DJ gear from Pioneer DJ and other industry leaders. If you have any questions, contact us on 020 7729 4884.

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Watch our Full Vlog Series w/ DJ Ravine as he Studies at Point Blank London

Now that his time with us in London has come to an end, its time to look back over DJ Ravine’s studies with us. Over three months, we followed him on his journey with three modules: Intro to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering, each an element that, as Ravine will tell you, have combined to improve his production significantly. Check out all ten of his video blogs below, don’t forget to check out our London courses for yourself.

When Ravine first got started with us, he confessed that his opinion of his own production prowess was less than stellar. So he picked the three modules that he thought would allow him to improve most quickly, all of which form part of our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree course. Intro to Production, to augment the modest knowledge he already had and to sweep up any essential techniques he may have missed, Music Composition, to give his tracks more direction, and Sound Engineering, which he actually selected accidentally… more on that later.

Throughout his studies, he brought us along for the ride and interviewed instructors and classmates for a special insight into the classroom. Anthony Chapman, his Sound Engineering instructor, takes very little time to convince him of the benefits of a little sound-engineering knowledge too, as his group record an original cover of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. Linton Bennett supplied constant nuggets of composition tips and mantras, and Tom Glendenning took him through all things Ableton.

Everyone here at Point Blank has enjoyed these videos immensely, so we’d like to say a big thanks to DJ Ravine for putting them together. For all that we try, there’s no way of showing how good our courses are without being there, but these videos give as good a taster as we can achieve. We hope you enjoy learning about the various extra-curricular activities that are constantly going down in and around the school too.

All of Ravine’s modules are part of our flagship BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering, and you can also find them in some shorter courses too, like the Master Diploma. That was our original degree programme here and we’re proud to have a launched a second starting in September, the BA (Hons) In Music Industry Management, in which we teach you all the steps necessary to make strides in a career in music. If you have any questions, please give us a call on 020 7729 4884 or send us an email.

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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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Get a Guided Tour of Point Blank’s London Studios with YouTuber DJ Ravine

Earlier this year we were delighted to have top Australian DJ and Vlogger DJ Ravine join us for an introduction to making a track in Ableton Live. Known for his top mixes and instructional videos that he shares with his legions of subscribers on YouTube (480k and counting), Ravine was keen to learn more about how to start making his own tracks. We must have done something right because he was so impressed he’s decided to come and study Introduction to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering with Point Blank at our school in London. Beginning in January next year, Ravine will be regularly vlogging his experiences on the course, so keep an eye on our socials in the new year. In preparation, we invited him to come and take a look at our fantastic Orsman Road studios and see where he’ll be studying.

DJ Ravine was shown around our studios by none other than Point Blank’s CEO Rob Cowan. They had a look at some recording studios for live music and radio, our flagship Studio 1 complete with SSL mixer and the DJ room kitted out with industry-standard Pioneer DJ 2000 Nexus CDJs. You’ll also hear Rob talk about the most important component in what makes Point Blank so special: our expert instructors. Check out the last video we made with DJ Ravine below.

To follow the vlog series from DJ Ravine subscribe to our youtube channel where you can find loads of tutorials and track deconstructions. If you like what you see from us at Point Blank, we’d be delighted to welcome you to take a course with us. You can find out about all of our London courses here, and if you’d like to speak to an admissions officer don’t hesitate to email or call +44 20 7729 4884.

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Point Blank Presents Phil’s Open Mic Night – Wed 8th November

Point Blank will be continuing our fortnightly Point Blank Open Mic Nights, every other Wednesday, at The Stag’s Head pub opposite our Orsman Road studios in November. If you would like to perform all you need to do is turn up – the pub has a back-line setup and there will be a sound engineer present at the event to ensure you’re sounding your best! This is a great opportunity to showcase the skills you have learnt with us, or for production students to network with some artists to potentially collaborate with. This is an open event and as such anyone is welcome to come down whether a student at Point Blank or not, so why not bring your friends and family down for a night of live music! You can click attending and share the event here. Food is available at the pub so feel free to come straight from work or college and grab a pre-show bite.

Our host for the evening will be PB instructor and open mic night organiser Phil Ramocon, an Ivor Novello Award and a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who’s worked with a range of high profile artists from Jamelia right through to reggae legends Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. He co-wrote ‘Buffalo Stance’ with Neneh Cherry for which he won an Ivor Novello award and a Grammy. ‘Buffalo Stance’ has also recently been featured in Grand Theft Auto. Phil is involved in both remix and production work and is a hugely experienced instructor, ready to teach you all the skills you need to become an accomplished singer and songwriter. Don’t forget to check out our singing and songwriting courses.

The Stag’s Head, our location, is a Grade II listed, Neo-Georgian pub designed by famous inter-war architect A E Sewell for Truman’s Brewery. Having stood at 55 Orsman Road since 1856, the pub would have originally had strong links to the nearby Grand Union Canal, with its clientele mainly being workers from the local factories and wharves. Sewell reconstructed the pub in 1936 and since then it has remained largely unchanged, retaining the original bar backs, counters, panelling, fireplaces, mirrors and tilework. This pub is a true, original fixture of Orsman Road situated almost directly opposite our studios. This and the intimate space set up for live music makes it the perfect place for us to host this event. See you there!

Leona Lewis, Aluna Francis and Izzy Bizu are just a few of the former Point Blank students who have gone on to achieve global success and industry recognition. If you think you have what it takes to join their ranks, why not take a look at our singing and songwriting courses. You can find out more by heading to the course page or contacting a course advisor. You can also give us a call on 0207 729 4884. If you’re calling from outside of the UK, call +44 20 7729 4884, and if you’re in the USA call 323 282 7660.

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Antoine Karam Interview: PB’s First BA (Hons) Degree Graduate

Here at Point Blank, it was always our aim to be able to offer degree level courses to our students, and in September of last year we began our first BA Honours courses. So you can imagine our delight when our first student obtained a BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering just one year later. That student was Antoine Karam, and he kindly agreed to tell about his background and his time at Point Blank as he became a part of our school’s history.

Antoine Karam graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music Production & Sound Engineering in July 2017

Do you have a background in music?

I learned a couple of instruments when I was younger and played the piano by ear. I got influenced mostly by my mom and my 3 sisters since they are singers which pushed me to listen to many different tracks of many styles and languages.

What made you decide to come and study at Point Blank?

I started DJing when I was 16 years old and then moved to basics of music production in 2015. I found PointBlank online and other music schools but PointBlank seemed the most interesting, as it has many different courses to learn from and information from all aspects of the music industry.

What have been the highlights of your time at Point Blank?

I think that the whole 2 years were amazing. Learning many different courses from different tutors gave me more knowledge and different opinions on many aspects, however, in one of the modules we were required to put on an event and my group was able to make good profits which is something that I would mark as a big highlight from the time I spent at PB.

What have you been working on since graduating? Do you have any gigs/projects you’ve been working on?

I had a couple of DJ gigs while studying with PB but for the moment I am more focused on my own music production skills and I’m planning on working in the gaming industry.

What would your top tips be to new students coming to PB?

My top tips would be: one – don’t miss classes since you can get new information from tutors even if you know the course you are working on and, two – try working every day on your music because you will always find new things you didn’t know and you will always have new questions to answer.

Check our website for more information about BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering in London. Or, if you live internationally, from this year our you can study at degree level online. More information on that can be found here. For information on our entire range of courses in London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Ibiza and Online, head to our website.

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Watch Octave One Give A Masterclass In Live Performance

Here at Point Blank, we’re always looking for ways we can link up with special artists and industry professionals to show you how the very best operate. We’ve recently sat down with the likes of Fred P and MJ Cole who gave the kind of insight that only their vast experience can glean. In keeping with that theme, our latest masterclass is with Octave One, who demonstrate the kind of slick intuition with a live set up that a quarter of a century in the game will bring. Take a look a below at their incredible live performance at our London studios and listen out as they talk us through their set-up, “The Mothership”.

Lenny and Lawrence Burden recently dropped into our London Studio and treated us to a live performance of their gorgeously soulful techno. The video gives the perfect vantage point to watch what the brothers get up to behind the controls of their incredible array of hardware. They also give us the inside scoop on what their live set is about, telling us why they eschew computers, what the art of performing is to them and how to make the most out of the interaction between person and machine. The pair get technical about their gear and we learn why they call their Akai MPC 1000 “The Brain”, as well as how their set up is designed to allow as much lossless experimentation on the fly as possible. Finally, the veteran duo share their thoughts on the possibilities available today vs when they started out, and why the most important thing to learn is how to fail.

Octave One have been a part of the techno landscape since 1990 when they first started releasing on Derrick May’s legendary Transmat label in Detroit, and soon after their own 430 West imprint. Initially, they were focused almost completely on recording, with Lawrence taking care of the DJing and travelling, but when a tour demanded they play live, Lenny devised the show in just two weeks. When on-stage he found he was struggling to get around all of their gear, Lawrence stepped in to help with the mixing and effects so Lenny could focus on sound-creation: an arrangement that still exists to this day. In the years since, Octave One have become synonymous with live, analogue techno. Their set has evolved with technology but they still play with hardware only and every set is defined by feel and the injection of the human element to sequenced music – an approach that has seen them play every big stage in techno, and forge longstanding links with institutions like Tresor and Berghain. In 2008, after the release of ‘Summers On Jupiter’, they stopped releasing, saying they had nothing left to say through music. A smattering of old tracks and one-offs would follow, before their touring schedule inspired their real return with ‘Burn It Down’ in 2015. Between the record’s riotous reception and their seminal Boiler Room performance from Moscow, the band’s legendary live set has never been so in-demand.

Want to up learn how to built sets like these? On our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree you can learn everything you need to know about music production including mixing & mastering, composition and music business, and in our Electronic Music Performance you’ll be taught how to tailor your set-up and play live like the best of them. The module is developed by Saytek, a hardware aficionado and celebrated live artist in his own right. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. 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. Check our contact page for more options.

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Book Before 12th Jan and Save £1,000 on PB’s Radio Broadcasting Diploma

The radio industry is the oldest but most agile of the broadcast media – and right now it’s booming. If you want to break into this hugely exciting world, there’s no better place to study than Point Blank – and no better time. We’re offering a huge £1,000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma, plus £500 of free equipment until 12 January. To claim the deal, simply enter the code 1000RAD upon enrolment.

The course is Cert HE validated by Middlesex University and offers a comprehensive, 360-degree education in all things radio. You’ll be learning how to present and produce, how to build a station identity and learn the business side inside out. Crucially, in an industry that thrives on innovation and fresh ideas, the Radio Broadcasting Diploma looks to the future of the medium, playing close attention to current and future trends. Take our current crop of students’ recent masterclass with Shan McGinley, who besides starting SISTER Radio is the face of Snapchat as a presenter and works in content creation for Nike. In short, if you want to ensure your first steps towards your career in radio are as strong as they can be, this is the course you need.

But we would say that, wouldn’t we? So how do we prove it? Simple: when it comes to our radio alumni finding success in the industry, our track record is second to none. Whether it’s institutions like BBC Radio 1 or 1Xtra, taste-making stations such as Rinse FM or the new generation of cutting-edge, online platforms led by NTS and Radar, Point Blank graduates haven’t just bagged roles within the top tier of the broadcasting world, they are helping to redefine its future.

Did you know the founder of Radar Radio, Ollie Ashley, is a former PB student? Or that Radio 1 favourites Gemma Cairney, Monki and Mista Jam cut their teeth at our London School? That’s before we even get to the connections we help nourish and build – both Josh Dowler and Seb Hodgkiss have taken posts as musical assistants for B.Traits after studying with us. You see, we don’t just help you get a foot in the door, we ensure those first steps are the best you can take. Don’t take our word for it – the above video, featuring some of our brightest alums and insider tips, pretty much speaks for itself.

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The reason for our students’ success? Firstly, all of our instructors are proven professionals with enviable track records. Their knowledge, gathered at some of the biggest and most respected stations, ensures we track the newest developments in the medium and equip our students with skills to succeed at the highest level. Secondly, because we believe in giving our students the very best practical foundation for their career – including all the kit needed to get a head start. On top of unlimited practice time in the Radio Practice studio, students on our Radio Broadcasting Diploma each receive a pair of Aiaiai TMA 2 professional studio headphones, a copy of professional editing software Adobe Audition and a Tascam digital recorder. To buy all this gear in the shops would cost £500, but PB students get it for free. Find out more here.

If you’re thinking about studying radio with us, there’s no better time: in addition to our flagship Radio Broadcasting Diploma we now also offer a whole range of shorter courses which give you the option of drilling down into either the presenting and production aspects of radio. What are you waiting for? Whether you want to be the next B.Traits or harbour dreams of starting your own agenda-setting online station, we can help you get there.

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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix From Sean B

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

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

Sean Burtenshaw (Sean B) is a lover of deep, tech house grooves. The 21-year-old fell in love house music when he went to his first rave at the age of 18,  Since going to many more raves he quickly decided he wanted to provide the passion he feels for music for other people to enjoy. So, while working full time as a web developer in London, Sean decided to enrol on the DJ and producer course at Point Blank to help kick start and boost his career in the music industry. Since then Sean has greatly increased his skills with the excellent instructors at Point Blank and by practicing in the fully fitted Pioneer sponsored DJ studio.

Remember – if you think you have what it takes to have a mix featured on Pioneer DJ Radio, submit your 1 Hour mix to louis@pointblankmusicschool.com and you could be the next on our regular slot, with your mix being broadcast twice a week for two weeks.

Feeling inspired? Perhaps you too want to unlock your creative potential – and we can help you. Find out more about our DJ courses, or if you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, please book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on 0044207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Saumya in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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Attend a Guest Masterclass with Garage Legend Todd Edwards at PBLA

At Point Blank Los Angeles we organise regular guest workshops and masterclasses for the benefit of our students and graduates. Over the last six months we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Mix Master Mike, Robot Koch, and Sample Magic CEO Sharooz Raoofi, who have all joined us at our LA school to impart their knowledge and give an insight into their creative processes. On October 5th, House/Garage legend and Grammy-award winner Todd Edwards will be joining us to lead a masterclass 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.

Grammy-award winning DJ and producer Todd Edwards is credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, best known for cut-up vocal samples over swung beats and disco-flavoured basslines. With his remix credits including Daft Punk, Phoenix, Justice and Matthew Dear, Todd will have a wealth of knowledge to share with our students!

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’ing. If 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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