Last month, Point Blank made their way to Florida to attend the annual Miami Music Week Winter Music Conference. Now, they have unveiled exactly what they got up to whilst they were there; from interviewing legendary DJs and producers to sitting in on thought-provoking panels, hosting beat-making sessions and of course checking out the epic parties on offer, see what went down at WMC 2019 in their Miami Music Week video roundup.
J. WORRA has come a long way from her small town Midwestern roots. While her blue-collar peers were busy playing sports, Jamie Sitter spent her adolescence teaching herself instruments like guitar and piano. It wasn’t until moving to Chicago after college that the rising star first discovered and fell in love with electronic music. “A big turning point for me was Spring Awakening music festival,” J. Worra tells DJ Mag. “I was looking around thinking to myself, ‘Why are there no women playing? I could do this, and do it better than some of the men.’”
Point Blank London were joined by rave legend, DJ Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter, to discuss his fascinating life in the music industry and how to survive as a DJ. If you’re just starting out your career as a DJ and need the best in tips, tricks and industry insights, they can help.
Point Blank have announced a music producer competition in partnership with next-gen audio and music technology creators, Accusonus. The first-place prize giveaway is a massive beat-making bundle which comes equipped with the fantastic Regroover Pro and Beatformer plugins as well as one of Point Blank’s Complete Online Courses completely free!
Africa has been getting a lot of attention within the Western dance music sphere over the last few years, with the rise of reissue labels such as Awesome Tapes From Africa, the homegrown gqom phenomenon and superstars like Black Coffee. In East Africa, Uganda’s Nyege Nyege festival has been a driving force for new artists with wholly unique sounds — a description which couldn’t be more apt for Freddy Njau, aka Slikback.
Charming not grand, proud without being obnoxious, up for it yet far from rowdy, Lyon is a pretty city currently caught in an electronic music moment that places it among the most vital European villes. “There are more parties, more people, the vibe is here,” says Florent Aguerra, the man behind one of Lyon’s most beloved techno institutions, the six-year-old Tapage Nocturne.
“It’s a no gender party [with] fully free expression, so you can do whatever you want”
“They don’t book big names, just cool names and quality names,” Aguerra says. “Underground, if we can use that word. And they sell out, not because they have big names, but because they have good ideas. It’s a no gender party [with] fully free expression, so you can do whatever you want.”
Sairen, aka Renske van Kollenburg, has immersed herself in the Dutch dance scene since her min-teens. “At 15 or 16 I started going to gabber raves for a few years, and I loved it,” she tells DJ Mag. “My parents were somewhat afraid of it as it can appear to be aggressive, but it’s nothing to be afraid of — it’s just a high energy, hard, fast bpm sound and definitely an important part of our Dutch rave culture.”
Point Blank are back with Ski Oakenfull for an extra special deconstruction of Adamski’s huge 90s hit, ‘Killer’, featuring soul-sensation, Seal. This PB deconstruction is particularly special as they were joined by Adamski himself to answer some questions about his processes, how he hooked up with Seal for the track and his career before delving into the magic behind his anthemic ‘Killer’.
In Point Blank’s latest studio tech overview, they were joined by Dave Clark, the man behind Digital and Vinyl Expert, to explore the differences and upgrades from the Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 to the S4 MK3.
It’s well-known in the world of music production that a carefully placed vocal hook on a track can transform a good song into an unforgettable one. There are lots of different ways you can use vox in a track and the way you arrange and manipulate them can sometimes make all the difference.