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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Pre Silent

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.

Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio – 068 Pre-Silent

Pre Silent is a live performer, sound designer and producer based in London via Gaeta and Milan in Italy. He cut his teeth playing house parties and clubs in Milan while studying sound engineering and mastering tracks for other producers and bands. He later moved to London to be closer to his favoured clubbing scene, and of course, to join the ranks here at Point Blank Music School. He studied the Music Production & Sound Engineering Master Diploma among other courses, and has continued to build on his love of synths and develop his uniquely inquisitive live show. The set ebbs and flows, riding a playful sense of groove throughout before unleashing a thunderous closing section of pure nosebleed Techno.

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

Feeling inspired?. Find out more about our DJ courses, or our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes modules covering live performance. 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 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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Magnetic x Point Blank Mix Series 001: Gabby Gunn – Submit your Mix for 002!

We’re delighted to be launching the new Magnetic x Point Blank Mix series, in association with Magnetic Magazine. For the first entry, we begin with the first PB x Pioneer DJ Accelerator Programme representative, and recent Point Blank graduate: Gabby Gunn. Gabby has a regular slot on Radar Radio, has previously produced mixes for Pioneer DJ Radio and Funky SX Radio, and recent gigs include Blissfields Festival, Secret Garden Party and Creamfields. She is also due to take her unique live/DJ hybrid set to Amsterdam Dance Event for Pioneer DJ Presents: Gabby Gunn Live Featuring the TORAIZ SP-16. Take a listen to the mix below.

This is the first of a new monthly series and we want your mixes for submission! All you need to do is record a mix that’s one hour long, and send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com. Magnetic Magazine is the brainchild of the team that produced BPM Magazine, and is committed to covering all aspects of electronic music culture and everything it entails. In addition to Point Blank’s own channels which reach an excess of 1m followers, Magnetic Magazine is respected the world over and reaches 33k+ on Instagram, 61k+ on Facebook and 22k+ on Twitter. All of which guarantees that these mixes are given the exposure you need to really push your DJ skills, so get mixing!

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Please note that this call-out is for Point Blank Students and Alumni only. If you’d like to have access to this and many more fantastic opportunities then why not join us at Point Blank. We offer a range of courses in DJing, Music Production, Radio and Sound Engineering, in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai, as well as online.

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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Gabby Gunn

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

Gabby Gunn has been studying at Point Blank for the last year, having enrolled on our Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma in January 2016. Gabby began her journey in music from the age of 5, learning to play the piano and going on to teach herself the drums and the guitar at age 14. Whilst at University, she invested in her first set of decks and within a month was performing her first set at a local hip-hop night. Since then, Gabby has toured Australasia with residencies at venues in Queenstown, Golden Bay and at the Luminate and Kuranda Roots festivals.

Upon her arrival back in the UK, Gabby decided to enrol with Point Blank to further her learning of music production, having started her journey at London’s Rinse FM. Within one summer Gabby received bookings for YNOT, BSTK and truck festival, as well as having her mixes broadcast on Secret Garden Party FM and on the BBC’s Introducing show. Currently, Gabby is working on an upcoming EP for which she has just been to Peru to shoot a music video. Not only this but she is in the process of doing remixes for Anna Pacaldi and Secret Company as well as continuing to gig in London. Watch this space!

Feeling inspired? Perhaps you too want to unlock your creative potential – and we can help you. Find out more about our DJ courses in London here, 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 0207 729 4884. And remember, If you’re studying with us and want to join Moudy in getting your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s show on Pioneer DJ Radio, get in touch with Louis at Point Blank.

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February Offer: Save £1,000 on Point Blank’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 extending our previous offer until 28th February! This is the chance to save a cool £1,000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma as part of a special New Years offer. To claim the money off, simply enter the code RAD1000 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. 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 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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When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Student Opportunities: Do You Want to be Worldwide FM’s Next Intern?

We strive to give our students and alumni unique opportunities to get involved within the music industry. These come exclusively from our extensive network of industry contacts, and can range from DJ performance to internships and paid roles too. Scroll down to see what’s popping this week, and for those that want to access many more ongoing opportunities like this, you can find out all about our courses right here!

Recently Launched Radio Station Worldwide FM are Looking for Interns

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New London-based radio station Worldwide FM are offering three month part-time internships, providing those wishing to kick start their career in radio with an excellent chance to gain first-hand experience of assisting with the running of a live radio station.

The successful applicants will gain experience across the following areas:

  • Studio assisting with live radio shows and play-listing.
  • On-demand content: editing and uploading to Mixcloud & worldwidefm.net.
  • Social media: learning about and assisting with the creation, publishing and scheduling of digital marketing content.
  • Radio delivery: learning about and assisting with music reporting.
  • Editorial : writing copy for the website.

They are looking for candidates who have an interest in the following:

  • An interest in radio, underground music, Brownswood and Gilles Peterson.
  • An awareness of the online music landscape and social media trends.
  • Copywriting experience.
  • Well-versed with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and Mixcloud.
  • An interest and basic knowledge of audio production (Ableton and Audition)
  • Administrative attention to detail, with an ability to complete paperwork accurately, consistently and efficiently.
  • Additional skills in copywriting, design, and video production are also a bonus.

Additional details:

  • There are 2 and 3 day a week positions available, each lasting 3 months.
  • These placements will be based in Worldwide FM’s London studios.

If you’d like to apply, please send your CV and a 150 word covering letter to internship@worldwidefm.net, detailing what you feel the future of radio looks like and what your perfect show on Worldwide FM would look like. Deadline for submissions: 9pm on December 7th 2016.  

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

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Free TMA 2 Studio Headphones, Adobe Audition + Tascam Digital Recorder for Radio Students!

It’s no secret that a massive percentage – around 100% of a class – of Point Blank radio course students go on to achieve success in the industry after completing their study. Why? 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, all for FREE. To buy all this gear in the shops would cost £500, so that’s some serious saving. What’s more, we’re currently offering 10% off all diploma courses, including the Radio Broadcasting Diploma so you can save even more money. To get your discount, just go to the enrolment page and enter PB10 before 30th June.

However, the biggest incentive to study with us is our success rate. We’ve launched the careers of a broad spectrum of talent, from independent trailblazers like Radar Radio‘s Ollie Ashley and S I S T E R co-founder Shan McGinley, BBC radio stars like Monki and Gemma Cairney and groundbreaking producers like Anna Kay. From Beats 1 to 1Xtra, our former students lead the way, and as radio continues to evolve in step with technological advances and changing listening habits, many of our graduates are at the very forefront of these developments. Below is a small snapshot of some of our recent breakout radio talent, but the number is growing all the time. Could you be next?

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.

Gemma Cairney (Radio Production part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma )

Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney is one of the most recognisable of the BBC’s new generation of DJs. She’s hosted a number of Radio 1’s most high profile shows including Weekend Breakfast and the Surgery. A former stylist, she switched up careers after taking a Radio course at Point Blank – a decision that would help her land her first radio job, at Channel 4’s radio strand 4radio. From there she made the leap to 1Xtra and ultimately Radio 1. Also known for her radio documentaries and TV appearances, she’s cemented herself as one of the freshest voices in broadcasting and we’re proud to call her one of ours. Speaking on the role of Point Blank in her career, she says: “Without the intensity and professionalism of the Radio Course I would never have had the skills, knowledge or even guts to approach Channel 4 in the first place.”

Ollie Ashley (Founder of Radar Radio) – Radio Production (part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma)

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Since studying with Point Blank, Ollie Ashley has gone on to make serious waves in the industry. He’s the founder and station manager of Radar Radio, which has already been received support from the likes of Thump and Fact Mag. The online station supports the best upcoming DJ talent, and regularly has shows hosted by the likes of Ikonika, Brackles, Amy Becker and Girl Unit.

Proving that your time at Point Blank is as much about building networks and fostering collaborations as it is completing award-winning courses, Ollie met fellow PB graduate Monki while studying here. After serving his time as an intern at Rinse FM he went on to become the station’s first full-time evening producer before becoming the studio manager at NTS for nine months. With both Rinse FM and NTS Radio on his CV, Ollie is now running his own station Radar Radio which continues to go from strength to strength.

Josh Dowler – Radio Production Certificate

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After completing the Radio Production Certificate, Josh Dowler went on to work alongside DJ and producer B. Traits at the record label Digital Soundboy, Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Josh initially met B. Traits when she came in to Point Blank to give a guest lecture for his radio class where she discussed her new role as a Radio 1 presenter as part of their “In New DJ’s We Trust” programming. He says, “after the lecture was over I spoke to her about some electronic artists I thought were showing promise for the forthcoming festival season and about the history of the bass music culture in Britain. We got on really well.” Four months later, Josh was contacted by B. Traits’ manager and asked if he would like to come in for an interview with her for two internships. The first as an intern at Digital Soundboy then secondly as her Radio Assistant on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Josh now aspires to produce specialist radio shows for DJ’s and pioneers of new sounds and regards his radio idols as the likes of Giles Peterson, Benji B and David Rodigan. Well embedded within London’s burgeoning radio movement, he broadcasts shows on Ollie Ashley’s Radar Radio and occasionally plays the ‘Open Deck’ slot on NTS Radio. He says “Attending Point Blank was the best thing I could have done to enhance my chances of gaining a foothold in the industry. The combination of learning the technical skills required in radio and hearing first hand the structure of how things work from tutors who not only teach the subject, but also have years of experience at the top, gave me all the confidence I needed to confirm that this was the industry I wanted to work in! The college has great facilities and a wealth of creativity round every corner. It’s a truly inspirational place not only for those passionate about radio, but music as a whole.”

Monki – Radio Course (part of the Radio Certificate)

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Both Radio 1 and 1Xtra have form when it comes to accommodating truly taste-making DJs in their schedules, and Monki continues that legacy with her eclectic underground vision. A club DJ at heart, after graduating from the Point Blank Radio Production Certificate course, Monki went on to DJ for Annie Mac’s AMP parties and Bestival Radio before landing a career-making slot at London’s Rinse FM while still in her teens. She now presents on 1Xtra and, frequently, Radio 1, bringing her club selections to a massive audience in the evening slot.

Shan McGinley – Radio Production Certificate

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Shan came to Point Blank to study the Radio Production Certificate. Since completing his course, he secured internships at a few of London’s most cutting edge radio stations including Shoreditch Radio and Ministry of Sound Radio before going on to produce radio shows for Artwork (Magnetic Man) and Youngsta at Rinse FM. Recently, Shan set up brand new radio platform S I S T E R with Rinse FM’s Carly Wilford and former PB instructor Chris Bailey. Scouting the cream of international club talent, S I S T E R has already played host to Benga and Seth Troxler with more big names lined up for the future. We caught up with Shan and Chris to talk about the S I S T E R project here.

Anna Kay – Radio Course (part of the Radio Certificate)

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Much like Monki, Anna Kay studied the Radio Course as part of the Radio Certificate at Point Blank. Shortly after graduating, Anna interned at Somethin’ Else where she got to work across radio shows on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, interned at Ministry of Sound Radio as a Broadcast Assistant and she produced the Breakfast show on Rinse FM before becoming a Radio Producer at Kiss FM. Here she worked across live and and pre-recorded specialist radio shows for the likes of Shortee Blitz & DJ MK, Majestic and Steve Smart, as well as producing shows for Kiss’ new digital station, Kiss Fresh. She’s now at the forefront of streaming radio, working as a producer Apple Music’s Beats 1.

When asked about her studies at Point Blank, Anna Kay said: “I loved my time at Point Blank. It made such a difference learning in an environment full of people that were passionate about what they were doing, and it was great meeting other creatives who were on other courses. The Radio Course gave me an understanding of how radio works, what makes good and bad radio, as well as the practical knowledge of how to use a radio desk. I think doing a course at Point Blank definitely made people take what I wanted to do more seriously as so many people have heard of the college and its great reputation. Thanks, PB!”

Bailey (Instructor)

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Like all of Point Blank’s instructors, Bailey’s real world music industry experience is second-to-none. Rising to prominence as part of the ’90s drum’n’bass scene – he was made a resident of  Goldie’s legendary Metalheadz club nights in 1995, a post he still holds – he cut his teeth on the capital’s pirate stations of the time. In 2002, he went legit with a weekly show on BBC 1Xtra where he stayed for a decade, scooping a handful of awards and plaudits along the way. He followed this with a new weekly show on Ministry of Sound Radio in 2013 and now presents the Official Drum & Bass Show on Mi-Soul Radio, the digital station set up by original Kiss founder Gordon Mac. In 2014 he was part of a new wave of artists to be included in the Serato Icon series, the brand recognising his influential and transformative impact within club music.

Interested in joining us and carving out your own path in radio? Our Radio Broadcasting Diploma offers the ideal foundation. Students will not only learn core skills across production and presenting from expert instructors like Bailey but also delve into future trends and developments within the industry, placing them at the cutting edge. You can currently get 10% off this diploma if you enrol before May 31st. To claim your discount enter PB10 when enrolling.

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

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