As a Point Blank student, there are many advantages open to you but maybe this is the best one…Granted, you tap into a network of expert tutors and become exposed to many one-off opportunities. From regular music industry guest lecturers to exclusive internships with labels like CR2 and Mute, we point you in the right direction to succeed in your chosen field. But Point Blank Music, our in-house imprint, is unique among music schools. Our students get the chance to have their music signed and released through some of the top digital distributers including Beatport, Juno Download and iTunes, while they’re on the course.
Here are our releases for June…
Artist: MJ Fitz
Michael Fitzgibbon aka MJ Fitz is an underground electronic artist, Producer and DJ currently based in Tynemouth near Newcastle. He studied the Dubstep/Bass Music: Ableton Live and Deep House: Ableton Live courses. Entrenched in underground electronica from a young age, he bought his first set of decks aged 17 and fell in love with house music and warehouse parties spending as many summers in Ibiza as possible. Always fresh and innovative his output is at once melodic and musical and devastatingly heavy, influenced by all things four to the floor.
Tipped as “One to Watch” in 2013 by Newcastle club Shindig head honchos Scott Bradford and Neil Bainbridge along with making his debut on BBC Introducing in February this year. Michael is a freelance producer and tutor, MD of 440Hz Collective and also runs Double Yolk an exclusive digital promo service running campaigns for underground house labels and recently signed his debut 4 track EP to 22 Digit Records. His influences span from Underworld, Depeche Mode, Orbital, Art Of Noise, Prince, Massive Attack, Sasha, BT, Frankie Knuckles, Kerri Chandler & Derek Carter to present day inspirations like Homework, Audiojack, Duke Dumont & Locked Groove.
MJ Fitz’s track Rollin’ is an upbeat melodic deep house groove which manages to blend a lush summer vibe rhodes piano with laid back drum grooves and dark atmospheric pads and effects that would warm up any crowd and would not be out of place in any bar grooves mix or warm up sets. Rollin’ has already received some great responses from music industry professionals around the world including Ministry of Sound, Oh So Coy Records and Nocturnal Soul. Domineeky Nelson-Ashley from Good Voodoo Music said “This is seriously hot. I’ll be watching out for more. Very tasty!” Check out a snippet of it below. You can buy Rollin’ now on Beatport here.
MJ Fitz says “Both the Deep House & Dubstep Ableton online courses have given me extra knowledge and techniques but more importantly inspiration to take my productions to a professional level. Being able to study the content at any time of the day and have it at hand to refer back to at a later date has helped massively fitting into my busy life. Getting the DVR feedback was the first time an industry standard producer had given constructive feedback and comments about my music and gave me the confidence that I could succeed. Jonny Miller and Ski Oakenfull were fantastic tutors and really knew how to engage constructively throughout the courses. Highly recommended no matter if you are a novice, intermediate or professional producer, you will learn new techniques”.
For more information on MJ Fitz head to his Facebook page.
Artist: D I Y O D
Track: Sunny Daze
Hailing from Dublin, producer Simon Burke aka D I Y O D is currently enrolled on the Music Production with Ableton Live Certificate. Citing the likes of J Dilla, Caribou, Flying Lotus, Jamie xx and Brian Eno as influences D I Y O D was looking to take his productions to the next level. He says “The Ableton course was the best money I’ve ever invested in myself and making music. It turned my production from slow and sloppy to being seriously fluid and creative. The feedback you get from Jonny is brilliant, but watching everyone else’s dvr’s as well and following their progress really helped me to get 10 times as much out of the course.”
His track ‘Sunny Daze’ is a dark but forward moving electronic track with a garage inspired drum beat and includes sharp but airy piano chords and legato basslines.
You can buy ‘Sunny Daze’ on Beatport here. Check it out below…
To catch all the latest news on D I Y O D follow him on Twitter.