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DJ Ravine Studies at Point Blank – Week 9: End of Term Assignments

DJ Ravine is back with his penultimate update on his progress with us here at Point Blank London. Over the past nine weeks, we’ve followed him as he studies Intro to Music Production, Music Composition and Sound Engineering, and we’ve watched his production skills improve exponentially. This week it was time to put everything he learnt to the test and complete the projects he’s been working on for weeks. His Intro to Production assignment was submitted already, so this week he checked back for the final time on the cover of ‘Wonderwall’ he and his sound engineering team have been working on, as well as his original composition for Linton in music composition. We’re pleased to be able to announce that he nailed all of his assignments, including getting a distinction for Composition.

These are all core modules in our BA Hons Music Production and Sound Engineering Degree. If you’ve only just discovered the series, we urge you to check out our YouTube playlist and catch up from the beginning.

A big thank you and congrats to DJ Ravine for taking us along with him on this journey. We’ve got a good feeling about his production, and we’re delighted we’ll be able to say we had a hand in honing his skills. We can’t wait to see his tracks selling and shelling the dancefloor. Check back next week for his very last entry, and as always you can check out our full list of production courses in London and Online at our website. For more info and to talk to a course advisor, call us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Meet the winner of Anjunabeats x PB Beats In School Competition: Joel Freck

Announcing the winner of our latest Beats In School competition with Anjunabeats: Joel Freck. Joel is the second winner of the production competition after last year’s winner Taya, winning a Complete Online Mixing and Mastering course from Point Blank, along with gear and mentorship supplied by various top industry brands. He’s a Canadian Producer/DJ with support from Above & Beyond, Myon and Fatum, and his track ‘Violet Rose’ was nominated for ‘Dance Recording of the Year’ by the East Coast Music Awards. The competition involved recording a mix including an original production by the artist. Check out the winning mix below and read on for our recent catch up with Joel.

Hi Joel, So you’ve just won the Beats In School competition. Can you talk me through the winning track(s) and mix?

Hey Point Blank. Yeah!

I had three unsigned songs in there that I was actually working on to send to Anjuna. Two were the big “Anjuna Festival” style sound and another was a tribal track that I hadn’t yet finished but was dropping in my sets. I thought I might as well include it to highlight my versatility in production styles.

On top of that, I included 2 tracks I had finished earlier in the year.

The winning tracks were both tailored to Anjuna and the music their team was coming out with as of late. I had tested them at the club a few days before and the audience reaction was perfect, so I thought I had something special to share.

I took a bit of a risk and mixed some house, some tribal, and did a lot of mashups. All things I would do if someone were to see me perform live. I wasn’t sure how Anjuna would feel about me cutting up some of the classics, but they seemed to really enjoy the direction I went with the set, plus how my tracks sounded amongst some of Anjuna’s best.

What about your set up and writing process generally, any tricks or rituals that you always stick to?

My setup is currently changing and upgrading thanks to Beatport and its partners, but for the most part it’s nothing crazy. I run a Mac Pro, Logic X, 2 KRK 6’s (Now AdamA5X’s) and a midi controller.

My writing process usually begins with me focusing on a song that’s exciting me at the moment. That song that I’m most excited to play in my sets that night. When I have a track like that stuck in my mind, I usually want to create something in the same fashion to go alongside it, or completely replace it. I try to look at the bigger picture of how the music will be played which influences how I step into the writing process.

From there (depending on the sound and style) I usually have a basic template I open that just has some sends to reverbs, delays etc. to save me 20 minutes. Then I Import any old percussion/bass/lead bus from other projects to pick the sounds I had worked with that I like and keep a semi-consistent sound. I then change them out, edit the processing etc. This is usually how I start every project.

How did you get into making tunes and mixing?

I had been fooling around making hip-hop and electronica beats for my friends in high school but that was all it really was. It wasn’t until my friend flew me out to a show in Toronto where I saw the full scale of a DJ/Producer. After that night, as soon as I got home to Halifax I bought Mixer, a Mac, and switched from FL to Logic.

Have you had any tuition before?

Definitely. I had done a year of schooling in Vancouver for film, then when I made the switch to music I enrolled in a Point Blank course for arranging electronic music. I always had bartending on the side to pay all of that down.

What inspires you?

I think a better question is what doesn’t. I get inspired by movies, people, sounds, ideas, everyday life. Anything and everything. Wanting to give people a moment that resonates with them the same way it does with me is a big one. When I have that “yessss!” moment, I try my best to make it translate to every listener.

What drives me is the visualization of performing on a festival style stage. I get energized by people having a great time.

What advice would you give yourself if you were starting out if any?

There are two things. Learn arrangement and why it works – do this by referencing others tracks that work, and learn the ins and outs of mixing. It’s so key. I never knew this when I started out. It’s probably standard knowledge now, but when I first began nobody ever touched on how important it was.

As part of your prize, we are offering an online course of your choosing. Which one are you going for?

There were quite a few that interested me but I went with the “Mixing & Mastering” course. I really want to understand everything there is to know about making a clean & punchy and a greater grasp on how to polish it up and make it shine in the master.

Outside of your course, what have you got in the pipeline?

All sorts ;). I’m working with Anjuna at the moment firing lots of new tracks back and forth, and Beatport’s keeping me busy with all sorts of fun stuff. I’m sure some of it will be announced in the near future.

Thanks Joel and good luck!

If you want access to loads of competition like Beats in School, plus award-winning tuition in production, check out our courses, including our new Online BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering degree. You can also study with us in London, Mumbai, Los Angeles or Ibiza! If you’d like more information, to book a tour or help with the application process, contact a course advisor.

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

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

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

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

Could you tell us how you discovered Point Blank?

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

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

Tell us about being signed to Universal.

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

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

How has life been with a major label?

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

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

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

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Heroarky – Electronic Music Production (Online)

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

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

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

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

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

What were your favourite things you learned from the course?

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

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

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

What have you got in the pipeline?

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

Find Heroarky on Soundcloud

Alan Cross (Census Recordings) – Mixing and Production

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

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

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

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

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

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

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

What else have you been up to?

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

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

Follow Alan on Soundcloud to keep up with his movements.

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

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Watch a Deconstruction of Calvin Harris – ‘Slide’ ft. Frank Ocean (FFL!)

Welcome to another edition of Friday Forum Live where you’ll be able to watch our Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull deconstruct one of Calvin Harris’ many earth-shattering hits from last year. Graced with the presence of the most popular rap group in the states, as well as arguably the most excitingly independent voice in popular music, this one was never likely to falter. Tune in at 13.00 GMT 9 Feb for a live deconstruction of ‘Slide’ feat. Frank Ocean and Migos. Want to get to know a DAW the way Ski does? Or wish you could construct tracks with the assurance of Calvin Harris? Take a look at our music production courses in London and Online.

In one of the biggest hits of 2017, Calvin Harris teamed up with two of the biggest stars in music today in Frank Ocean and Migos for ‘Slide’. Veering slightly from his default EDM-banger mode, Harris rolled back the years on this one for a beat more reminiscent of his work at the start of his career (remember ‘I Created Disco’ anyone?). It’s a laid-back, breezy funk number quite perfectly summed up by it’s accompanying video: ultra-slow footage of a palm canopy and general tropical lushness. In typical style, Frank Ocean’s appearance on the track takes it to a new level entirely, with an effortless control of melody and tone, and it’s a real treat to hear Ocean back on a classic summer anthem. Migos’ turn ties everything with a flourish, and there you have it: three and a half minutes of perfect pop for the sunshine.

If you’re not so keen on production and rather see yourself writing these kinds of hooks or even jumping on the mic, Point Blank can help you there too. Check out our classes on singing and songwriting. If you have any queries about anything school related, please contact us or call +44 20 7729 4884.

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

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

Andre Crom (OFF Recordings) – Music Composition

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

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

Could you tell me how you discovered Point Blank?

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

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

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

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

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

Would you recommend us to a friend?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Bopperson – Intro to Radio Broadcasting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Producer Wanted with Platinum Selling Artist

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

Summary

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

Project Requirements

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

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

Skills

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

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

Please note: We are happy to advertise roles and work experience which help students obtain the sort of experience you may need to gain a job in the music industry or to further your career in the music industry.  We interpret this broadly. However, we are not an employment agency and we take no responsibility for the terms upon which positions are advertised, nor the conditions which apply to any such positions or opportunity.  As such you should satisfy yourself that the terms offered are acceptable when considering any role advertised.

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Watch a Grime Track Breakdown & Interview w/ Nat Powers (Run DMC, Pharcyde, Giggs)

With a CV of production spanning legends and newcomers alike from the UK and the US, Nat Powers is deservedly viewed within the top tier of hip-hop producers. Collaborations with the likes of Run DMC, The Pharcyde, D Double E and Giggs tell you everything you need to know about the regard in which he is held. As such, you can imagine how thrilled we were to be able to sit down and have a chat with him. He was warm and generous with his time, and we’re proud to share with you the following video of his recent visit to our studios in London. Check out the full list of courses we offer in London here. For those unable to make it to our London school, we are currently offering a huge 25% off 25% online courses and 30% off LA courses, plus a free copy of Ableton Suite until January 12th, so make sure you enrol soon!

In the video above we get a glimpse into the workings of the self-styled ‘producer, writer and human being’ Nat Powers. He tells us about the old rock n roll bands he grew up listening to and how The Beastie Boys opened his eyes to the world of hip-hop. We focus on the massive ‘Lovely Jubbly’ he made with D Double E: how each of the elements were made in and out of the box, the inspiration of classic video-game sounds and how the crunchy arpeggiated synth led the track’s development. On a broader level, he gives us some insight in the workings of grime, and some choice advice to aspiring producers about how the track’s you don’t think are your best can sometimes be the ones that really capture others’ imagination.

Nat Powers has produced for massive artists on both sides of the Atlantic including Ghostface Killa and Footsie

There are loads more videos with fantastic artists on our Youtube channel, which you can find by clicking through the video above, as well as free demonstrations and sample lessons. To get the most from Point Blank though, taking a course with us is the way to go. We offer a BA (Hons) degree in Music Production and Sound Engineering here in London and Online, which is the most comprehensive course we offer, supplying students with all the tools they need to make a career for themselves in the industry. There are more streamlined courses on offer too, in Production, Composition and Mixing, among others. For more info contact us using this form, or call 020 7729 4884.

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An Introduction to Bamz: Grime Producer and Nadia Rose Collaborator

Happy New Year reader! This year at Point Blank Plus we aim to bring you more of the content you love. More tutorials, demonstrations, deconstructions, FFLs and interviews. The first of these is focused on one of our very favourite young producers, who is making big waves in grime and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. That producer is Bamz, a 21-year-old South London beatmaker best known for her work with Nadia Rose including Station, Boom and the recent hit Big Woman. We recently invited her to our London school where she filmed some really exciting content that will be coming very soon. For now, we’d like to share a short interview from when we hooked up with Bamz at the tail end of last year.

Can you start by telling the readers exactly what it is you do? How would you describe yourself in music terms?

I’m a music producer/programmer & DJ. I also beatbox, song-write/rap occasionally but right now I’m focusing on music production and mixing.

What have you been up to recently? Any particularly exciting projects?

I’ve been going through all my unfinished Logic files, finishing up beats and organising them to either place, release or sell. Just doing some general prep for the new year!

Going back to the beginning, what was it that first got you interested in music?

Honestly, I’ve always been interested in music – the love for rhythm and sound has always been embedded in me. When I was young I’d always be vibing along to theme songs of cartoons and films, and my family’s music. I started beatboxing when I was 6 years old which lead me to get into production at 10.

You mentioned in a video that you got FL Studio as a gift pretty young. What were those early experiments with the software like?

It was nice to have access to a programme like that. I was never bored because there was always something new to play around with and it was just cool to think I was making my own music and people liked it.

You spoke about being homeschooled in the same video. How do you think this has affected you as a creative?

Being homeschooled I became very isolated – there were pros and cons to it. I was able to work more on my music and started freelancing and workshop facilitating at places like Southbank Centre. Plus I was doing beatboxing workshops which allowed me to get equipment to create a home set-up. However, having to adjust from being in a place filled with loads of people to being by myself was a challenge. But overall I was happier doing what I loved.

How do you think being from and living in South London affects what you do?

I love being from South London! It’s had its limitations but it’s that very same thing that makes us South Londoners who we are. The traffic is always crazy, the characters can be interesting, but South London offers a great spectrum of cultural and artistic juxtaposition.

You’ve mentioned that you work better alone – do you find that you make music without a vocalist in mind a lot of the time then?

At the moment I tend to work alone because I need to become more consistent with my workflow and how much I’m putting out. A lot of the time, as I’m making beats vocalists do spring to mind but my main goal really is to get it to a place where I’m comfortable to approach artists and/or sell my productions. As well as that, I’m still getting used to producing music in front of people: that’s a challenge I’ve gradually been overcoming. In 2018 I aim to work with more artists in the studio.

Obviously your best known for your work with Nadia Rose – How do you guys know each other or how did you start working together?

Nadia saw me performing at a show 5 or 6 years ago. I was the only act she liked so she hit me up on twitter the next day. We’ve been working ever since. She’s such a great friend and artist to work with. We understand each other when it comes to making music or putting together projects.

How does your creative relationship work? Do you tend to send her beats that are fully formed or will you work toward something together a bit more?

The creative process varies. Sometimes I’ll have beats that I’ve been working on and send it over as it is, and if she likes it we’ll build on it. Other times we’ll be in the studio and work on things together. Then I usually tweak the projects in my own time, if my laptop can take it!

What other artists have you been working with?

I recently finished 10 weeks at the Floor Sixx academy where I was a producer working with artists also at the academy. While I was at the academy I made tracks with Yus, Yung Bush & Jaz Karis as well as producing some beats for Dnzo. I aim to work with all the artists & producers that were at the academy. Away from that, I’ve got unfinished projects with Courtney Bennett, Santino Le Saint, a track with Nadia & Izzie Gibbs, Tiana Major9 and a few others. Now I’ve got more confidence to work with people, I’m going to be collaborating more.

If you could work with anyone, who would it be?

I would have loved to work with Aaliyah and Left-Eye! I’d really like to work with the production powerhouses like Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Pharrell and Wondergurl. And then I’d be interested in working with artists all over the world such as Kendrick Lemar, Drake, Rihanna, Stromae, Princess Nokia, Kamiayah, Molly Brazy, WizKid, Davido, Mr Eazi, Konshens, Popcaan, Giggs, Skepta, Dave, Ray Blk, Raye, Chxrrie, Lil Simz… so many to mention!

What have you got coming up?

I’ve got something cool coming with Native Instruments. I won’t speak too much on it, but it’s really big and I’m excited it for it to be announced! Other than that, I’m just focusing on building the catalogue with the intention of dropping some fire projects.

The new year is here, where would you say you hope to be by the end of 2018?

I have a lot planned for this year! I hope to have had my music featured in some adverts/programmes, dropped more than 3 projects, collaborate with more artists and producers, secure more DJ bookings and hopefully a booking agent. Plus more YouTube content and a lot more tricks up my sleeve.

Thanks Bamz!

We’ll be back with more from Bamz next week when we’ll get to know more about her creative process, as well as an inside glimpse at the make-up of one her biggest collabs with Nadia Rose to date. If you’d like to learn how to make your own tracks and beats then Point Blank Music School can teach you everything you need to know. In London, we’ve got a huge range of production courses, including a fully accredited honours degree, our BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering. Bamz herself uses Logic Pro, but with Point Blank all our production courses are cross-platform, using your choice of Logic or Ableton. You can also study online and save 25% on our online courses until 12th January!

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Student Success November 2017: Cat Dealers (Sony), Paradoks, Cameron George (Defected)

Each month, we catch up with Point Blank students and alumni to showcase their successes since studying with us, giving you an insight into how music industry careers are established and nurtured right here at Point Blank. In our Student Successes November 2017, we were inundated with successful students both current and past. We eventually settled on the three contained herein: Brazilian duo Cat Dealers, who have made their way into DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs; the Beatport chart-topping Paradoks, and Defected records’ Cameron George. Check out our LondonLos AngelesIbizaMumbai and Online course pages to begin your own journey in the music industry.

Cat Dealers (Sony Music Entertainment) – Complete DJ


Cat Dealers are brothers Luigi and Pedrão. Over the past couple of years, they’ve been gaining traction in Brazil to become one of the country’s biggest artists. Brazil being the largest country in South America, this has translated into a sizable following on a global scale. So much so that Cat Dealers broke into DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs poll for 2017, while their latest release, ‘Sober’, has been flying out on Beatport.

Luigi studied a DJ course with us in 2013, and he told us he decided on Point Blank over schools in North America and across Europe. Also, on production, which is what has launched Cat Dealers into the stratosphere he said this: “I started to become interested in music production after seeing other students producing their tracks on the PB Studios, and I became really close to ERI2. This was my first contact with producing, and I decided to stay on to study Music Production.”

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Cameron George (Defected Records) – Music Production, DJing, Music Industry

Cameron George is a Producer and DJ. He is also A&R at Defected Records and Radio Producer at Defected and Glitterbox Radio. Cameron’s mixes have appeared on atone and Fibre. and he is working on the launch of his own label, Steel City Death Wish, due early next year.

“I first found PB through an advert in DJ Mag, and I then used a lot of your walkthroughs and similar content. I then decided to study for 9 months.” Cameron told us of his discovery of PB. And what was the biggest thing he took from his studies?

“Probably my friends and contacts. The majority of projects I’ve worked on, and still am, are with people I met at Point Blank. The friends and contacts I made led me to put on my own events, collaborate on new music and form collectives. Without those friends, I think I’d have really struggled to get involved in music in London.”

“As a DJ and producer as well I’d definitely recommend PB to a friend. When I first started I would spend hours on the internet searching for the simplest of answers. At PB I could get answers instantly, growing and learning as a producer and DJ far quicker.”

Paradoks (Timeless Thought) – BA (Hons) in Music Production and Sound Engineering

Kobe Motmans, aka Paradoks is a degree student at Point Blank, a few months into his two-year course. His release Eternal on Timeless Moment recently spent a week at number 1 in the Beatport chart for all genres. For a student at the start of his career, it’s a great step.

“My first release only came out in March, but I’ve had huge support from the likes of Lane 8 and Solee.” He told us via email. “I finished my bachelor’s degree in economics and had really started to believe in myself that I could make it in the music industry, so I immediately started at Point Blank.”

With such a strong start behind him, we asked him what he wanted to achieve in music. “I want to send people on a musical journey, all around the globe. There is nothing better than performing and seeing the crowd really get into the music.” Check out Paradoks on Facebook here.

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

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