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Student Opportunities: Thamesmead Radio, Fudge & The Frequency & Lizzi

Point Blank strives to keep our students and graduates linked with 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! NB: these opportunities are for Point Blank students and graduates only. Want loads more opportunities like this? Find out all about our courses right here.

Thamesmead Radio Opportunity

Artist and producer Sam Skinner has been invited by TACO! to develop a new radio station for Thamesmead. A pilot for the radio station will go live on air in October 2018 for a period of 28 days, turning TACO! Into a live radio station, broadcasting a programme of local talent, music, artists, interviews, local history and more.

From July 2018 onwards TACO will be offering training in broadcast and music production by professionals from the world of radio to people who want to get involved in the running of the station or make a radio programme. They are also looking for people to submit ideas for new shows for their 4-week pilot programme in October. If you’re interested in either opportunity please contact info@thamoradio.org.

Fudge & The Frequency: Studio Assistant Opportunity

Recording artist Fudge & The Frequency is building a studio space in Heathrow and is looking for a studio assistant. Responsibilities will include assisting on ongoing projects and input into the work. The successful candidate will have access to the studio outside of this, including an isolated drum room, live room (up to 10 musicians), vocal booth and control room. If you’re interested please send a CV and portfolio of your work to theo@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Lizzi: Keyboard Player Opportunity

Lizzi is a singer and songwriter who makes soul-pop/contemporary R&B and a Point Blank alumnus. She’s looking for someone who into her style of music who could play keyboards at her upcoming live dates. The position is unpaid but ticket sales are split evenly. Please get in touch with theo@pointblankmusic.com.

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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Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio 075 – Auriga

Welcome back to our fortnightly mix series with Pioneer DJ Radio, our longest running guest radio slot and home to artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. Pioneer DJ obviously need no introduction as the world’s biggest DJ brand. Their radio station is full of names like the above and covers artists from all over the musical spectrum. This fantastic opportunity is open to Point Blank students only – if you’re a PB student or graduate and think your mixes belong with this illustrious company, send them to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

As a classically trained pianist (she studied at the Oviedo Conservatory of Music) Auriga has a deeper understanding of music than most. She has since taken a different path, however, following her lifelong affection for club music instead. Since beginning her studies with us here at Point Blank her skills and dedication have led to sets at clubs all over Madrid and Ibiza including Goya Social Club, Studio76, Florida Retiro, Café La Palma, Nubel, Atenas Terrace, Ballesta Club and Pirandello. She has recently launched her Pitch Ladies series of parties as well, and a debut EP is in the pipeline.

Keep up with Auriga on Soundcloud and Facebook, and keep up with Pitch Ladies here.

Want your mixes heard by the world? Or are you a beginner wanting to learn? Our DJ courses can help you either way. Or if making tracks and live performance is your thing, have a look at our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes comprehensive instruction in both. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on +44 207 729 4884. And don’t forget to send your mixes to Ollie at Point Blank if you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio.

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Enrol Now for Point Blank Summer School 2018. Dates Available in July & August

Point Blank Summer Schools are back, offering the perfect chance for younger students to get into a myriad of disciplines within music over a short period at affordable rates. If you’re aged between 11 and 19, or are a relative of a budding young producer / DJ / radio presenter / singer of that age, we might have just the course you’ve been looking for. Check out the full range of summer classes here.

The barriers to entry for making music have never been easier to overcome than they are today, but we know that the first step is often the hardest. If you’re not sure what kind of avenue you’d like to go down, or you don’t have any of the necessary equipment to try something out – you might never get started at all. This is why we offer summer school classes to young people. Our instructors are all accomplished artists in their own right and have worked with the likes of NWA, Warren G, Bjork, Kevin Saunderson, Doves and Stevie Wonder. Plus, our studios are kitted out with the latest, state-of-the-art gear.

With our Music Production summer classes, each student receives their own workstation fitted with the latest versions of hardware and software by industry leaders such as Ableton and Native Instruments

Our Pioneer DJ-supported DJ Suite contains the very best in modern DJ gear, so DJ Summer School students can learn in a high-end club environment.

With our Radio summer class, students can learn the key tenets of broadcasting in one of the most fluid industries in the world. PB alumni such as Monki and Madam X have gone on to regular shows with stations like Radio 1, 1 Extra and Rinse FM.

Having trained singers like Leona Lewis and with instructors including Grammy-Award winner Phil Ramocon, our Singing classes are world renowned.

These four courses cater for all tastes in the music industry, and these Summer School courses offer fantastic value. If you have any questions or just want to get in touch, please call +44 20 7729 4884 or click here.

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Get an Insight into our Radio Classes (Radio 1, Sony, Mi Soul + More)

If you follow this blog, or indeed Point Blank at all, you’ll know how passionate we are about radio. From Madam X to Gemma Cairney and Monki, some of our most successful alumni came through these classes in London, and the landscape of internet radio tells you all you need to know about the longevity and dynamism of the medium (thanks in part to one Ollie Ashley, another former student of ours who went on to form Radar Radio). As such we’re always striving to keep our radio courses on the pulse of what’s happening, and one of the many ways we do this is to enable our students to gain access to some of the biggest radio studios and have them spend time with those who have been there and done it. Take a look for yourself with this photo tour of our latest excursions.

BBC Radio 1xtra

As part of the Station Identity and Branding class, expert instructor Bailey took our students to the BBC’s Broadcasting House to one of the biggest influences within broadcast for electronic music – Radio 1xtra.

Mi Soul Radio

Bailey also took students along to Mi Soul Radio, which covers London, Manchester and Brighton on DAB radio, and is home to the likes of Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson among others.

Radio Class Guest Masterclasses: Shan McGinley (Snapchat) + more

SISTER Radio and Snapchat’s Shan McGinley (shown below) was a recent guest masterclass in radio classes. Other guests this term include Ami Bennett (Executive Producer – Somethin’ Else), Elise Cobain (Playlist Programming at Sony) and Alex Lawless (Producer at Radio 1), giving students additional real-life industry perspective alongside their expert instructors. Check out our in-depth piece on Shan’s visit here.

Students at Point Blank are presented with industry opportunities and guest masterclasses across a wide range of our courses so if radio isn’t your thing, you can find out more about our courses in music production, DJ, songwriting or the music industry. Plus, if you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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Listen to Point Blank on Pioneer DJ Radio: Guest Mix from Joshua Michael

After an extended layoff, we are back with our regular guest slot with Pioneer DJ Radio. We’ve had a relationship with the station for a minute now and we’re proud to put our students on the radio alongside artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. If you’re a PB student or graduate and think your mixes belong on the biggest stations along with that illustrious company, send them to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Joshua Michael studied the Music Production Certificate with us back in 2016. He’s been playing since he was just 14. His early interest in electronic music has since developed into a fixation for anything house and techno. With the launch of his own club night upcoming at XOYO and his first release just around the corner, big things are in the pipeline!

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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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Shan McGinley Returns to Point Blank for a Guest Masterclass

Shan McGinley was a student of ours back in 2011. He studied the Radio Production Certificate and has since gone on to be one of the most successful alumni we’ve had, particularly in his field. We last caught up with him for this magazine in 2014, when he had moved on from his internships at Shoreditch Radio and Ministry of Sound, becoming broadcasting assistant at Rinse Fm, presenting for IAmMusicTV and Launching SISTER with Carly Wilford.

Shan McGinley is now content curator for huge brands like Snapchat and Nike

The intervening years have seen Shan expand SISTER into a fully-fledged radio platform as well as event, and begin working with Nike and Snapchat. McGinley has become of of the latter’s most visible faces as a presenter and curator of live socials, working at huge events like The Brits, and artists as big as Kendrick Lamar, Dev Hynes and Justin Bieber. With Nike, McGinley blurs the lines between sport and music, and was behind the recent ‘100th Game’ story with Real Madrid and Croatia footballer Luka Modric. Take a look at a short clip of his recent talk at our London radio studio below.

Students at Point Blank are regularly treated to guest masterclasses of this ilk. This year alone has seen talks by Japanese instrumentalist Clive Bell, Bassment Jaxx percussionist Oli Savill and the live performer Sandunes. And that’s just in London. In LA we welcomed Mixmaster Mike, Todd Edwards and more, while in Ibiza we hosted DVS1 for a masterclass in DJing.

Inspired by Shan’s successes? We are too. Come and join us on one of our radio courses and there’s no telling where your potential could take you. Check out our school in Ibiza and LA too for more access to incredible guest masterclasses.

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

When it comes to DJing, the best way to gain confidence and take your skills forward is to record your mixes, get to know your style, refine those mixes and get them out there! As per usual, Point Blank students are given a leg-up to do exactly that. Our longest running guest radio slot is with Pioneer DJ Radio, home to artists like Slam, Sante and Eats Everything. If you think your mixes belong alongside that illustrious company, don’t hesitate to send your mixes to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com.

Aldanya is a techno DJ hailing from Switzerland. Her pan-European heritage has instilled her with a wide range of references, and her basis in classical piano means her musical foundation is rock-solid. Her sets are bedded in groove, driven by basslines and melodic flourishes, while a connection with the audience is key. For this mix, she flies through an hour of deep, moody techno, showing off a knack for dropping in vocal tracks at key moments for maximum impact.

Point Blank’s state-of-the-art DJ Studio in London. Supported by Pioneer DJ, it features all of the latest top-of-the-range kit – including CDJ2000nxs, DJM2000nxs and the DDJ-SX controller

Want your mixes heard by the world? Or are you a beginner wanting to learn? Our DJ courses can help you either way. Or if making tracks and live performance is your thing, have a look at our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, which includes comprehensive instruction in both. If you want to see the state-of-the-art facilities yourself, book a tour by contacting a course advisor or give us a call on +44 207 729 4884. And don’t forget to send your mixes to Ollie at Point Blank if you’re studying with us and want your DJ mix played on Point Blank’s slot on Pioneer DJ Radio.

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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!

Gabby Gunn

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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