Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Win £50 worth of Juno Download vouchers!

It’s Competition Time!

Being the generous bunch that we are, we have decided to give our Facebook faithful the opportunity to win an online music gift voucher worth £50! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on our wall telling us your favourite genre of music… simple as that! If you are not already part of our Facebook following, you will have to click the like button on our page before you can post your comment.

Head this way to enter:

The winner will be picked at random from all of the entries made before 6.00pm, 30th September.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Dubstep for the Weekend

During the 4th and 5th September, Point Blank continues its Pro Producer Weekend series from their studios in London; this time with a focus on Dubstep production, using Ableton Live. Whether you want to devastate dancefloors with the classic filthy wobble style of major players such as Skream, Benga and Rusko; or hone in on the moodier heads-down approach of techno/garage crossover artists like Martyn, Kode 9, 2562 and the Hessle Audio crew, Point Blank’s Dubstep weekend course will guide you the steps you need to take to achieve your desired sound.

Course tutor Jonny Miller has made an impressive stamp on the Dubstep scene hosting Manchester’s legendary Dub Spot nights alongside Zed Bias, as well as DJing as, and producing under his Joshua Black alias. With Jonny’s vast knowledge of Dubstep production and the worldwide bass scene, students can rest assured they will garner all the knowledge they need throughout this intensive weekend course.

right, poster from the legendary Dub Spot parties. below, Exclusive track produced for Point Blank by Course tutor Jonny Miller AKA Joshua Black

Joshua Black - Terra Firma by Point Blank

The Dubstep course is aimed towards producers at all skill levels, but with experience of using Ableton Live, and will be taught in small, intimate classes... so don't hesitate in booking your place for this exclusive one-off masterclass with an industry pro.

Here's a taster of past tunes from some of our bass heavy students:

Pip Williams - Girls In Hooded Tops by Point Blank

R.E.P.L.I.C.A - Plains of Existence by Point Blank

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Point Blank Teams Up with SoundCloud

We are proud to announce our new partnership with the leading online audio platform, SoundCloud.

We are offering everyone who enrols at Point Blank's music college in London or online music production school a free SoundCloud Lite account for the entire duration of your course. This means you get a raft of extra features that aren’t available with the free account, including customizable artwork players, private sharing features such as the secret link, more stats, and increased audio storage of up to 4 hours.

SoundCloud is the perfect solution for bands, artists and music professionals who want to receive, send and distribute their music. The service helps musicians throughout the lifetime of a song, from collaborating on unfinished tracks direct from the studio to promoting finished releases across the web. SoundCloud allows you to share your music privately to colleagues and industry contacts. Or to millions of fans via Facebook, Twitter, social networks, music blogs or your own website. Profile users include artists such as Smashing Pumpkins, Four Tet and Moby, to labels like Warp, Domino and Point Blank partners, Universal.

We also have some exciting competitions in collaboration with SoundCloud coming up in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on those!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Ben Westbeech to Give Music Industry Masterclass at Point Blank

The latest in our series of VIP Masterclasses comes from man of the moment Ben Westbeech. Ben will be joining us here at the college on Tuesday 17th August at 5pm to answer your questions.

Ben is a DJ, musician, producer, and vocalist whose musical output spans hip-hop, house, drum'n'bass and everything in between. His track 'So Good Today' was the first single on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings. He’s currently recording an album for Strictly Rhythm and has collaborated with a host of artists including Rusko, Professor Green, Jazzanova, DJ Marky, Henrick Schwarz, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Pezzner and more.

His exciting live sets, showcase his impressive array of talents and are definitely not to be missed! You can check him out performing on "Later with Jools Holland' in the video below.

The masterclasses are open to all current and past students. Places are strictly limited and on a first come first serve basis so don't delay. Email us at now to book!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Danny J Lewis Music Production Seminar at Vocal Booth Weekender

If you fancy a bit of late summer sun, sangria and sonic delights at the same time, then we have the event for you!

The Vocal Booth Weekender 2010 takes place on 17th, 18th and 19th September in La Dehesa de Campoamor, Alicante - a beautiful village on the south of the Costa Blanca.

The event will showcase some of the best Deep & Soulful DJs in the world, including our very own Danny J Lewis as well as two former students, Miles Numan and Logistix. Follow the links to find out more about the gorgeous coastal setting and to check the full line-up.

Danny will be representing Point Blank, by giving an exclusive music production seminar and Q&A session based upon our ever-popular Deep and Soulful House Pro Producer Course. This is a rare opportunity to see Danny in action outside of the Point Blank courses and for his ex-students, the perfect chance to meet your tutor in person.

With lecturing experience of over 8 years and numerous releases on Defected, 4th Floor, Masters at Work Records, and his own imprint Enzyme Black, this is definitely one sunny adventure not to be missed!