Pete Tong & BBC Radio 1 aren’t wasting any time in bringing their legendary broadcasts stateside. First, it was the announcement of a special Essential Mix show featuring Richie Hawtin at Exchange LA on January 22nd, and now Pete is set to broadcast his Friday night show from LA and Miami rooftops in the coming months. For the first broadcast in Los Angeles on January 22nd (10pm-1am UK time, 2-5pm LA time), Pete will be be hosting his show on a rooftop in West Hollywood with gorgeous views of downtown LA, which is the perfect venue for a show that will reflect on the local electronic scene. To sweeten the deal, Pete even invited some special guests to perform, including Eric Prydz, MK (with a special guest), Claude VonStroke, and Richie Hawtin will also be stopping by. More names are expected to be announced during Pete’s Radio 1 show this Friday (1/15).
Part two of Pete’s American broadcast will continue on March 18th during Miami Music Week, and he’ll be accompanied by Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Danny Howard for the special broadcast, as well as some of the biggest names in dance music. Stay tuned to BBC Radio 1 for more details to come.
“I’m very excited about my show coming live from LA on Jan 22nd. Los Angeles has become a creative hub for electronic artists from all over the world during the past few years and California and Las Vegas a hot bed of ground breaking festivals and some of the world’s leading clubs. Bringing the show out of Hollywood and being able to reflect some of the exciting things going on is a great way to start the year.”– Pete Tong
Point Blank have teamed up with FIA Formula E, the all-new global entertainment brand with city centre motor racing and music at its heart, to bring you a very exciting Music Producer Competition! They’re giving music producers the chance to create an original track and have their music featured on a TV broadcast of over 200 million viewers globally, as well as win some great prizes. To find out more and enter this unique competition, head to the competition page. The winning track or tracks will be professionally mastered and get amazing exposure if featured in the Formula E global TV broadcast. The winner will also be able to choose from any of Point Blank’s 8-week Online Courses, together with a cash prize of £500, tickets to a Formula E race of their choice and Formula E merchandise. The competition closes on 4th January 2016, so head to the competition page now to register and get started!
The first of Fabric’s legendary FABRICLIVE compilation series for 2016 was announced this week and at the helm is none other than house-music stalwart and general good dude Jesse Rose. It’s been a rollercoaster year for Jesse, with a new label A-SIDED now in effect, a seemingly endless tour schedule, an induction into BBC Radio 1’s Hall of Fame, and a particular low point when the majority of his belongings were stolen in Ibiza this summer. But somehow, in-between gathering back the pieces and traversing the globe on tour, he’s put together and mixed FABRICLIVE 85, set to release early next year on January 22nd 2016.
The lead single from the compilation sees Jesse collaborating with the talented vocalist and fellow producer Seven Davis Jr. “It’s Not Over” glistens with late-night feels, a musical and literal encouragement to keep doing… whatever it is you’re doing towards the end of the night ;).
Of course, “It’s Not Over” sees itself nestled between some true house classics along with a good flavoring of tracks from Jesse’s label imprints. There’s Henrik Schwarz’s “Leave My Head Alone Brain” all the way to a remix of Mathias Kaden from STAYGOLD, which is Jesse’s newly formed collaborative effort with Junior Sanchez.
You can read more about the Fabriclive 85 release HERE.
LA’s Justin Jay keeps on trucking through the year, even after several EPs, remixes, singles, a new project, Justin Jay & Friends, and a world tour. On top of it all, this recent University of Southern California graduate is going back to school to impart his wealth of music industry knowledge to students at Harvard, Northeastern, and The New School starting this Friday. In college, Justin was able to focus his studies on the music industry, so he was able learn about all facets of the industry, while also applying his knowledge and gaining real-world experience with his own artist career. Since he has this unique experience of being a world touring artist while in school, he’s taking the opportunity to give back, and teach people all that he has learned over the past four years. If you’re attending or around one of those schools this weekend, go try to crash some classes with Justin Jay.
Getting vocals to sit in the mix is one of the most challenging aspects of music making. When working with electronic music, it becomes even more difficult as you attempt to balance a dynamic, real-world source with a more consistent, sample-based bed. For Point Blank’s latest FFL, JC Concato took a track by PB student Gutto Serta and rebalanced the vocals. The track ‘Smokey Mirrors’ had some classic vocal issues that Point Blank address over the course of the video. Find out more below and make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you never miss another FFL. If you want to learn more mixing and mastering techniques, as well as composition and even music business, Point Blank’s online Diploma course is perfect for you. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, it’s one of PB’s most comprehensive courses. With graduates including Claude VonStroke, Nicole Moudaber and Plastician, you know you’re in good hands. Find out more about Point Blank’s online Diploma courses here.
iZotope’s Ozone software has grown to become one of the go-to tools for mastering in the box. Version 6 saw the introduction of a new signal path system, allowing users to drag and drop different modules from the software, as well as third party plugins for the first time. Now version 7 has introduced new vintage modes, bringing brand new EQ, compressors and tape emulations to the plugin.
Last winter, Electric Paradise attracted over 12,000 attendees for their inaugural festival, and it’s coming back for more on December 19th, along with a great lineup to match. With just over 30 artists set to perform, Electric Paradise has upped the ante and continues to hold the title of being the largest dance music festival in the Caribbean. The one-day festival will include performances from high-profile, main stage-friendly acts such as Skrillex, Diplo, Steve Angello, Porter Robinson, Cashmere Cat, and more, as well as indie-leaning and underground acts like AlunaGeorge, Nicolas Jaar, Guy Gerber, and Hot Since 82, amongst others. Additionally, a grip of local acts like the house duo, Lash, Dav Motta, and more will be rounding it all out to bring vibes cultivated within the Dominican Republic.
Electric Paradise is sure to be a bliss-filled affair, especially with these names on the bill, so treat yourself before the holidays, and grab your ticket here.
Push 2 is here and to celebrate its sampling features Point Blank hosted a classic French house deconstruction on the latest FFL! Joined by Ski Oakenfull, they broke down the Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond track ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ using the new features of Ableton Push 2 and version 9.5 of the software. To get more tutorials and live events like this, make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel. If you want to learn more about how classic tracks were composed as well as learn about music theory, mixing and mastering, Point Blank’s Ableton Live online Diploma course covers all this and more. Taken for up to 64 weeks and from anywhere in the world, it’s the perfect course for anyone looking to take their career to the next level. Point Blank’s graduates include Goldie, Jon Rundell and Patrick Topping so make sure you find out more about their online Ableton Diploma course here.
The Point Blank Music Machine is their very own platform that allows you to quickly and easily put together a beat, and now it features Deep House loops from The Chemical Brothers, one of dance music’s biggest and most respected duos. Alongside that, you’ll find Deep House, Drum & Bass, Funky House, Electro, Hip Hop loops and everything in between. As a great incentive to get you creating some unique tracks, Point Blank are giving away an online course and studio setup worth £1,295 to the music-maker who submits the best track to them. The setup includes a pair of KRK Rokit monitors, Novation LaunchKey 25 keyboard and Scarlett 2i2 soundcard. Don’t delay though, because there’s not long left to get your entries in before the competition ends.
The deadline for competition entries is November 8th, so head here and get involved now by creating and submitting your track! Please note, only tracks submitted from October 15th up to the deadline will be considered, with the eventual winner decided by a combination of votes and judges’ decisions from the Point Blank panel.
If you’re not already familiar with how the Point Blank Music Machine works, it’s very simple to use – simply drag your loop from the style of your choice and start making music right in your browser. It enables you to put full tracks together using a huge selection of samples that Point Blank have provided across multiple genres. It’s capable of impressive results and one of the most popular parts of Point Blank’s website.