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Point Blank Launches Deep House Amsterdam Guest Podcast Series – Submit Yours Now

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with Deep House Amsterdam to launch a new mix series. In collaboration with this massive international publication, we are offering our students a monthly guest slot within their podcast series, which boasts a huge digital listenership of millions of monthly stream. Point Blank’s guest slots will sit alongside those by artists as big as Space Dimension Controller, Felix da Housecat, Fritz Kalkbrenner and François K. Take a look at the playlist below to see exactly who’s been featured in the past. We recommend you take a listen to some of them to get an idea of the kind of tone they’re looking for as well for when you send us your own mixes for consideration.

DHA’s industry props is clear from first glance, but for an idea of the kind of reach and backing a winning mix will receive, we can tell you they they have over 435k followers on SoundCloud, which in turn equates to over 2 Million plays each month. Through Facebook, there’s another 170k followers and the website is visited by over 200k people each month. Combine that with Point Blank’s 700k+ followers on Facebook and you get an idea just how much potential there is with this mix series. It’s a massive chance to rub shoulders with the best out there – you never know where this could take you.

How do I enter?

  • Record a one-hour mix, and try to make sure it fits in with Deep House Amsterdam’s editorial style
  • Send it to oliver@pointblankmusicschool.com by 25 November

This is the first of a monthly series, so even if you don’t feel you’re at the right level yet, you could still grasp this opportunity. Take a look at our DJ courses to see what we can offer to suit your level. We also offer DJ courses at our schools in LA, Mumbai and Ibiza. if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Also don’t forget about our other mix opportunities with Pioneer DJ Radio and Magnetic Magazine.

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PB Recommends #45: Finn, Giant Swan And More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#45 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

As the nights begin to close in, leaves fade to brown and inevitably cover the ground in a wet, brown mulch, its tempting to let your musical tastes fixate on darker hues. Saying that, sometimes you just need to surround yourself in sonic sunshine and drag your mind back to the summer. For the 45th edition of PB Reccommends, we’ve got both tendancies covered. Releases from Jasss, Sun Yufka and Giant Swan (on the outstanding Timedance imprint) pander to the darkness, while Nilüfer Yanya, Miles From Kinshasa and Finn exist on the sunny side (the latter has the office divided but we’ll let you make up your own mind).

For more music including the recent live set and masterclass we were blessed with from Octave One, head to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel, where you can also check out what’s going down on our label. As always we hope this inspires you to want to make your own music. If that’s the case why not take a look at our Online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Or if playlisting is your thing, why not have a look at our Radio Courses? As it happens we’re currently offering £1000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma until 31st October!

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P-LASK & MVIENIGHT – ‘Feel Love’: Out Now! [Stream + DL]

‘Feel Love’ is the latest to come out on the PB Music imprint, a collaboration from LA-based producers P-LASK and MVIENIGHT. A classic House banger with clear Chicago influences, ‘Feel Love’ is now available to download on iTunes and to stream on Spotify. Check out our interview with P-LASK below.

Do you have a musical background? What is your experience in music so far?

I’m not very proficient at playing any instruments.  However, I did sing in concert choirs and choral groups throughout high school and college, and this helped me learn a lot about music theory.  I have also been DJing for nearly 20 years and producing for a little over a decade.

What first piqued your interest in music production?

After DJing for so many years, I got to a point where I figured “Hey, I can make this stuff too!”  I think a desire to combine all of the sounds/elements that I liked from disparate styles of electronica (techno, house, trance, ambient, breakbeat, drum & bass, etc.) was a driving factor in my journey toward producing.

Where did you draw your inspiration from for the track?

I’m definitely heavily inspired by the classic house sounds of Chicago, New York, Detroit, the UK, etc.  Of course, I try to modernize it a bit too.  But this is a sound that has survived (and thrived) for so long.  I can’t put my finger on it, but there is definitely something special (maybe even spiritual) about this type of music.  It’s timeless, not disposable, like so much of the modern electronic music coming out today.  You can hear a house track that came out 20 years ago, and it still holds up.

What did you use in the production of the track? (any specific hardware/software/plugins etc)

I’m an Ableton Certified Trainer, so Ableton Live (and Push), have been at the core of my studio for a while now.  I think on this track, I also used my Roland JP8080 (great 90s synth for pads and leads), and I sampled a few drum sounds from the Roland TR-8 (another one of my studio toys).  I’m a minimalist when it comes to plugins, but I’ve definitely been using XFER Serum quite a bit.  I was fortunate enough to beta test the softsynth before it came out, and I designed some of the factory presets for it as well.  It’s also become a “go-to” tool for me.

Did you have a particular vision before you began?

I don’t always have a particular vision in mind when I go into a track’s production.  But I WILL usually spend at least one session just choosing the sounds I want to put together.  I joke with my students that I’m like Bob Ross (famous late American painter, with a show on PBS) choosing his colors at the beginning of each episode before he starts painting.  I think the initial development of a “soundscape” for your track can really expedite the actual production/arrangement process.  Live’s Session View is like my massive “color palette” whenever I start a new track!

What advice would you give other full-time students or professionals who are looking to find success in the music industry in their spare time?

I think the best advice I can give to ANY producer (beginner, or advanced) is to keep making music.  And I don’t mean start an idea, then get tired of it and scrap it.  I mean full-on FINISHING tracks.  Do this as much as possible, and as quickly as possible, and don’t judge the results.  Just get the idea out, arrange it, then move onto the next thing.  Not everything you finish is going to get released.  Build up a “portfolio” of 100+ finished tracks.  Most of them are going to be crap, but who cares?  Then you pick and choose the best ones to put out.  It’s really all about quantity over quality.  Quality will come if you stay disciplined and keep working at your craft.

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

I’m always busy! As I’m typing these answers, I am literally listening to a finished mix that’s coming out on a new label based in Los Angeles, called Krafted DTLA, this Fall.  These guys have been working closely with Toolroom Records and I’m super excited to get the track out with them.  My partner David (MVIENIGHT) and myself are also currently working on an EP.  I’m in the middle of working on a sample pack that will hopefully be available to everyone via Splice Sounds very soon.

Check out the track, ‘Feel Love’ on PB Music. You can keep up with P-Lask on his Soundcloud page.

If you’re interested in learning more production and mixing techniques, we cover all of this and more on our BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. To book a tour of our state-of-the-art studio complexes in London or LA, visit the contact page on our website to get in touch with us. We also offer an online alternative, in the form of our new online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree, plus we are also offering a huge 20% off a range of online courses, plus a free copy of Ableton/Logic Pro X until August 31st. 

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Point Blank Recommends #38: Young Marco, Paranoid London & Marquis Hawkes

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#38 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

As February flies by, we thought we’d accompany you through the rest of the month and into March with another Point Blank Recommends playlist. Featuring releases from The Trilogy Tapes, Dekmantel and Aus Music, fresh cuts from Joy Orbison and older bangers from Paranoid London, this selection is sure to keep you on your toes and set you in good stride for the coming weeks.  Plug in your headphones or turn up your speakers, it’s gonna be a ride!

Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. If all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too.

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Point Blank Recommends #37: Featuring The Black Madonna, Romare, Fold + More

Point Blank Recommends is your handy digest of our essential new music recommendations, whether it’s box-fresh material or tracks that may have slipped under the radar. If you’re seeking fresh inspiration from unusual places, PBR#37 has got you covered. As always, this one covers a broad spectrum of electronic music, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

Hello, 2017. A New Year provides new opportunities (and hopefully less loss to the music industry). 2016 was a compelling year for electronic music and club culture. We saw London’s legendary Fabric nightclub closing, only to reopen after overwhelming backlash and support from the electronic community and the focus being shifted from Western European club staples to a fast rising, up and coming Eastern European rave scene. We’ve lost some of music’s finest pioneers and seem some amazing new artists break through, so with January speeding past its time to take stock and push forwards into the New Year with positivity, and a whole batch of new music! Whether you’re still recovering from NYE (come on now) or are back into the swing of things we’ve got you covered with a new playlist, featuring cuts old and new from the likes of The Black Madonna, Romare and Fold, not to mention new releases from Lobster Theremin, The Trilogy Tapes, Phonica Records and more.

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Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. And if all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online diploma course can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too.

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Point Blank Recommends #31

Summer 2016 may have thrown a fair few curveballs, but here’s one thing you can rely on: Point Blank Recommends is the immutable guide to the month’s essential new music recommendations. That’s not to say we’re playing it safe –  as usual, PBR#31 covers a broad spectrum of electronic music perfect for these strange times, so open your mind, your ears and a fresh tab on your browser of choice and get refreshing those listening habits with our handy Soundcloud playlist.

Taking the temperature of where music’s at in July 2016, we’ve loaded up on some D∆WN – yes, that’s Dawn Richard – on Fade to Mind with Kingdom on the beat. There’s also a cut from Marquis Hawkes’ awesome Social Housing LP on Houndstooth plus Krystal Klear reworks his ‘Squad’ track into eight minutes of languid, long-form house on ‘Squad Pt. 2’. Too chill? Get stuck into the latest for M.E.S.H. or the blown out techno of Imre Kiss. Whatever your tastes there should be something here to get you going.

Still hungry for new music? Get on over to the Point Blank Music YouTube channel to discover what’s going down on our label, and be sure to subscribe to keep ahead of the curve. And if all this is inspiring you and you can see yourself on the Point Blank Recommends playlist one day, you should join us. Our online diploma course can take your music to the next level. It covers everything from mixing your tracks, composition skills and mastering too.

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