Like many successful entrepreneurs, much of Yann Pissenem’s success lies in his ability to see opportunities, and capitalise on them. The Ushuaïa founder got his start in the music industry when he moved to Barcelona around 1994. The city was experiencing a post-Olympic boom, with a “really exciting after-party scene and lots of amazing new venues,” Pissenem says.
Pioneer DJ have just unveiled the brand-new addition to their DDJ controller family, the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000SRT, and prior to its release, Point Blank were given one of the consoles to test out and explore the new features. Aside from the Serato-compatible controller’s stylish LCD jog wheel displays, heavy-weight CDJ plates and Pioneer DJ standard effects controls, it has a great deal to offer. The DDJ-1000SRT includes a variety of tactile features which are both advantageous and incredibly fun to use such as the Beat Jump function, auto key matching and Serato Sampler to name a few.
In May 2019 Point Blank attended IMS Ibiza to check out the annual summit’s festivities and explore the variety of panels, events and parties on offer. Whilst there they sat down with DJ and Producer, Jax Jones, to discuss exactly how he writes and produces hit tracks from start to finish.
One of the curiosities of psychedelia is that, until 1967, American “happenings” had been mostly sound-tracked by electronic music. Then, as soon as acid trips and cultural liberation became widespread in the US, machine sounds were replaced by folk guitars, The Grateful Dead, and hippies.
Formed in 1967 by Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream had already seen four previous incarnations before Baumann joined. But its best-known line-up was as a trio between 1970 and the end of that decade, consisting of Froese, Christopher Franke and Baumann. It was this line-up that recorded the band’s first releases, including the iconic and contemporary-sounding ‘Phaedra’, the title track of their equally seminal LP. Tangerine Dream formed in Berlin at the height of the Cold War, where there was surprisingly little going on.
For their first year together, Tangerine Dream spent a lot of time in Froese’s flat listening to new releases. “Pink Floyd were always top of the list. We’d listen for hours and smoke joints.”
“Richard called and said, ‘Hey, I’m starting a record label, and if you have time, can we talk?’ Richard said we could come over to record in Oxford, where he’d got a recording studio. It was in a really nice country manor. But when we arrived, there was nobody there. We finally found everybody — they’d been eating hash brownies and were watching movies in the basement. They could barely show us our rooms, but we settled in and began working the next day. We started recording, and then it was 12 hours later. ‘Phaedra’ was the first track.
“It took me a good 10 years to develop my own musical style,” says Natalia Zamilska, the Silesian-born, globally informed producer from Poland whose new album ‘Uncovered’ is already one of this year’s most startling highlights. “When I was younger, I was often told that I should choose one music genre. I could never agree with that. I wanted to combine it all into one. That required hundreds of hours of work on my craft, but I cannot say that I created something unique. If I ever say that, I should end my career.