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Artist Development (Online)

25% off this course. Save £120/$145

Enter discount code: ONLINE25. Offer ends 10th August

Overview

Every week approximately 25,000 tracks are released across the various download platforms but only a few will make an impact. This exclusive Artist Development course gives you the skills and knowledge to increase your chances of breaking through. It is an intensive programme designed to push your creative thinking and define you as an artist. Developed by industry specialists CUE and taught by our expert team of industry professionals, this programme is packed full of self-management and development tools which enable you to stand out from the crowd. The CUE team specialise in multiple areas including artist development and management, booking agencies, DJing, music production, record deals, marketing and brand strategy. We have also created an exclusive video interview library to support you through the course. You'll gain key insights, advice and knowledge from leading DJs, producers, managers, agents, A&R professionals, social media experts and press agents including the likes of Pete Tong, Fat Boy Slim, Danny Howard, David Holmes, Jay Pidgeon (manager of Claptone), Jaguar (BBC Introducing), Dubfire, Simon Dunmore and Sam Divine from Defected and many more. Places are extremely limited so apply well in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact a Course Advisor for details.

How It Works

Content

I am very excited to be a Point Blank student and I feel I have learned so much in just the few weeks that I have been studying. I love how the online modules are setup, how we are able to meet 1-2-1 with our instructor, and how interactive the course is. Whether it is links, video examples, or suggested resources, as a student I feel this is a great way to dive deeper into our studies and it is all placed right in-front of us. So far, I am very pleased with my course and I am looking forward to learning more. Thank you for founding this school! For the longest time I was looking for something like this and I am so grateful I came across Point Blank. - Joseph, online student

Alumni

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Claude VonStroke

Dirtybird boss Claude says: "I took a class with Point Blank in Ableton Live. It was awesome learning bass production!" The bass don was recently voted the No.1 DJ in USA! Watch him review PB above.

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Pete Tong

Godfather of Dance Music and long-time friend of Point Blank Pete Tong, founder of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and worldwide DJ superstar, learned Native Instruments Maschine with the team here in London.

Goldie

We taught Goldie something he didn't know already - Ableton Live! The legend drops in from time to time & recently invited PB students to a VIP drum recording session at Assault & Battery studios.

Felix Jaehn

After graduating, Felix went to #1 in 11 countries with 'Cheerleader'.  He says: "PB enabled me to network with other young artists & learn from each other. I’m still working with some of them!"

Patrick Topping

'The World's Biggest Tech House Producer!' Secured three Beatport #1s: ‘Get Beasty’, ‘Forget’ & ‘Voicemail’. Also owns two DJ Awards & DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’. Championed by Pete Tong & Annie Mac.

Madam X

DJ, label head, club impresario. Mixing grime, techno, bass, garage, Madam X is adept at playing huge crowds or 100-cap basements. Hosts shows on Radio 1, Rinse & NTS. She is multi-faceted and unique.

Cat Dealers

Luiz Guilherme Cardoso, one half of the Brazilian duo Cat Dealers, took our DJ Certificate and Complete Mixing and Mastering online course and has since gone on to rank at #74 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs in 2017.

Sandunes

Mumbai-based Sanaya studied at PB. Earned critical acclaim from VH1, Radio 1 India, Vogue, GQ & Rolling Stone. Featured in Red Bull’s Bedroom Producer series and remixed Bonobo and George Fitzgerald.

DJ Fricktion

Internationally renowned hip-hop DJ and producer. Worked with Wu-Tang members RZA, Raekwon and Ghostface, and DJ'ed for the likes of 50 Cent, Alesso and Travis Scott.

Monki

After graduating from PB's Radio course, Monki DJ'd for Annie Mac’s AMP parties, Bestival radio & landed her own slot on Rinse FM. She now presents on 1Xtra & Radio One.

Cedric Steinmyller

Half of duo Klingande. ‘Jubel’ was #1 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland & Italy. 46m YouTube views & 145,000 Facebook likes & rising. Plays the biggest clubs all over the world.

Arjun

With 1,500,000 Facebook followers, Sri-Lankan born Arjun is a South Asian pop superstar. His single ‘I’ll Be Waiting” charted at #1 on iTunes India and spent 30 weeks on the BBC Asian Download Chart.

Gemma Cairney

"Without the intensity & professionalism of Point Blank I would never have had the skills, knowledge or even guts to approach Channel 4 in the first place." She’s now a hugely popular TV/Radio presenter.

Izzy Bizu

Izzy cites Amy, Adele & Ella as heroines and has a freshness to her sound (reverby guitars, handclaps, gospel piano) which you’ll love. We’re so proud we helped hone her craft  at PB!

Jon Rundell

Took our Intro to Production in London and then made a name for himself in the house and techno scene with remixes and original releases on labels including Rekluse, Etch Recordings & Carl Cox’s Intec.

Nicole Moudaber

Studied DJing at PB. Carl Cox: “I've been following her for years. She's amazing.” Residencies in Ibiza, Ministry & releases on VIVa Music & Plastic City show Nicole’s doing things her way.

Josh Dowler

Josh met B.Traits during a guest masterclass at Point Blank, and went on to work as an assistant on her BBC Radio 1 show. Josh is now Head of Promotions at Project:Mooncircle.

Sanchit Balhara

After studying our Music Production and Sound Engineering Diploma, Sanchit Balhara went on to compose for some of Bollywood's biggest films including the smash hits Ram-Leela & Bajirao Mastani.

Imogen Richmond

Imogen has gone on to play at Berghain and support the likes of Ben UFO and Nina Kraviz at Printworks, London. She's released music on techno institution Earwiggle on Sunil Sharpe's compilation EP.

Will Clarke

Will has released chart topping records on Dirtybird & Defected, has remixed for Riva Starr, Hot Natured, Jamie Jones & Azari & III and his radio show has over half a million monthly listeners.

Plastician

Plastician started Terrorhythm Recordings & established his name as key grime producer Toured USA with Aphex Twin's Rephlex label & featured on the Grime album. Remixed M.I.A.'s URAQT track for XL.

Tayo

Fabric Resident DJ, Producer, Label Manager: "I went to Point Blank to learn to make tunes and the teachers were great - really helpful. I'm tempted to go back and get some more knowledge now.”

No Artificial Colours

Lewis & Ryan have released on Kerri Chandler’s Madtech & Defected, had their tracks played by Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles & Visionquest. Pete Tong hailed them as Future Stars on Radio 1!

Paula Fairfield

Award winning Sound Designer for Game of Thrones, Lost & Tropic Thunder. Took multiple online courses at PB and says: "The courses put me way outside my comfort zone - and that’s a good thing!"

Dev

BBC Presenter. Made his name on 1Xtra, now presenting early breakfast on Radio 1. A DJ since age 14, when Dev decided to get serious about making his own beats, he swiftly enrolled at Point Blank.

Fiora Cutler

A classically trained singer, pop songwriter with a love of orchestral music & sound design, it’s clear that not only would it be unwise to put Fiora Cutler in a box, it’s also pointless to try!

Juan Maclean

US based Juan released three disco-influenced albums in ten years on DFA. Studied Deep & Minimal House to expand his production style & toured extensively with DJ sets & live performances since then.

Dave Rene

Interscope Records A&R Dave is a powerful man in EDM. He signed acts like Nero & Zedd to the label. He was recently named as one of the three most powerful people in America’s EDM scene in Billboard.

Nathan Barato

Internationally-renowned DJ and producer, recently hitting #1 on Beatport alongside fellow PB alumni Patrick Topping  with their 'Paradise on Earth' mix series.  Nathan has taken a number of our online courses.

Travis Holcombe

PB Certificate student Travis is a KCRW DJ spinning lost un-classics, playful electronics, spine-snapping breaks and a quirky selection of mind-melting grooves by the pound. Served fresh weekly.

Kamel Omais

Kamel aka Dead-Tones is Guy Gerber’s protege, personal assistant and tour manager. Over Summer he is based in Ibiza as Rumours' main resident, and has releases on labels including Kindisch, Motek, Dialtones Records.

Andre Crom

Andre, head honcho of OFF Recordings, has had a slew of successful releases on the likes of Ovum, 100% Pure and Sleaze. He has toured and performed with huge success in all corners of the globe.

Queenie

Debut single 'And Every' was signed by Greenmoney & went to 1 in the Juno charts. Says: “I attended Point Blank with Madam X who has supported my music & played it on her 1Xtra shows from the start.”

Ben Scarr

Island Records A&R. Worked with Tinchy Stryder, Taio Cruz, Amy Winehouse, Frankmusik & Sugababes. Studied music production at Point Blank and is a regular masterclass guest.

Alysha Wood

Alysha Wood joins Gemma Cairney, Monki & Mistajam as Point Blank graduates who enjoy successful radio careers. Alysha has worked on the new Chris Moyles Radio X launch among other achievements.

Marilia Feix

"I was introduced to Fierce Panda & Ho Hum Records by my PB music business tutor. It was a great opportunity for me and led to where I’m working now as International Manager in music promotions".

Halina Rice

Since studying at Point Blank, Halina has become an established and distinctive voice within electronic music with several releases, including her album 'REDUX', under her belt.

Jon Kong

One half of duo Leftwing & Kody, Jon Kong studied Music Production, Composition and Sound Design in 2008. The duo have gone on to release a slew of successful tracks and DJ around the world.

Varun Murali

Varun Murali is an integral member of hugely popular Swarathma, one of India's leading folk-rock bands. With several international tours & TV appearances, they are India's most sought after indie act.

Spoony

Spoony is a legend in UK dance music having brought garage to the masses in 2000 as part of the Dreem Team. He's since gone on to become a staple on Five Live but proved he's always learning by enrolling at PB!

Paradoks

Paradoks began his studies with us on our degree program in 2017. Since then, his release, 'Eternal', on Timeless Moment, reached #1 on Beatport.

DJ Reiki

DJ/Producer Reiki (Tay Jean) DJ’s at SBTRK, Dubfx & Kalbata & in Jamaica. Influences: hybrid music genres fused with both Eastern & Western elements, Reiki's MINDPORT EP was a killer!

Rachel Innes

”PB was one of the best things I did. My tutors still keep in touch & give me advice. I met amazing people." Rachel is now Resident DJ at Hed Kandi, and A&R at Island Records.

Weibird

After studying Sound Engineering, Composing Film & TV, Ableton & Advanced Composition with us in 2017, Weibird has gone from strength to strength, amassing a huge following and millions of views on YouTube.

Steve McMinn

Since studying music production at Point Blank, Stevie formed English dream pop / post-rock outfit Mt. Wolf with a Point Blank classmate, as well as setting up boutique label Akira Records.

Filth & Splendour

James: “PB helped focus & develop my skills. I went on to co-produce over 40 releases remixed by Paul Oakenfold, Umek & Beckers.” Releases on Perfecto, Armada & CR2, residencies at Ministry and Pacha.

Cathleen Cher

Cathleen has been dancing all her life & already accomplished a bunch of amazing things while studying at PB. She toured with Kanye West as part of his creative team and is a DJ and classically trained pianist.

Detboi

After taking a variety of online courses, DJ/Producer Detboi saw his crazy brand of tropical flavoured, bass-heavy rave skyrocket. Releases on Skint, Surface Noise & Herve's Cheap Thrills.

Loren Granic

Co-founder of 'A Club Called Rhonda', has organized parties in LA & beyond for the past 8 years. Known for its stylish crowd and underground vibe, Rhonda hosts up-and-coming DJs and artists alike.

Eddie Bitar

The Canadian-Lebanese artist has stacked up releases on Paul van Dyk’s VANDIT label, played The Gallery at Ministry of Sound as well as Tranceport tours in Argentina and had a residency for London’s The Energy Box during his time at PB.

Gina Cat

PB graduate Gina holds residencies in top California night clubs, tours internationally & plays festivals around the world from Rhythm & Vines in New Zealand, to Soundwave Canada & Burning Man.

Gareth Wyn

Remixed Beyonce, Rihanna & Leona Lewis, BT’s ‘Flaming June’, The Gossip, Junkie XL & Duffy. Says G: "The Sound Design course brought everything together for me and gave me the kick start I needed."

R3WIRE

After a string of headline shows at top international festivals & singing to Ministry of Sounds 'Unitrash', R3WIRE landed a role as music curator, host and ambassador to MTV UK's 'Club MTV'.

Basheba

Basheba has received backing from SBTV, Afro Punk, Mobo & Vevo and radio support from BBC London, Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Kiss FM & Capital Xtra. She has also been featured on MTV UK & US.

Aerreo

International Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma graduate Nikhil Mehta released on Starter Records, Cr2 & Armada Trice as well as garnering support from the likes of Nicky Romero & Tiesto.

Anna Kay

After studying on our Radio Course, Anna went on to work on radio shows including BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, Ministry of Sound Radio, Rinse FM & Kiss FM. She currently works for Beats 1 & Apple Music.

Jake Warren

Composes music for One Direction, Versace, Chevrolet, Lexus, SBTV and many more. Originally, Jake won a pitch for a global Swatch advert campaign, an opportunity that was presented to him right here at Point Blank.

Bodalia

Since studying with us, Bodalia has won a global DJ contest, played at Tomorrowland, produced regular mixes for the BBC and recently performed an exclusive mix for DJ Charlesy on his Capital XTRA show.

Bloom Twins

Anna & Sonia studied Point Blank's Singing Course & since graduating featured in some of the most world’s most iconic publications including Bullet, Music & Musicians, Artist Direct, Flaunt & Vogue.

Anthony Touma

Lebanese-French singer-songwriter Anthony Touma attended our Singing Course in 2016. Since graduating, Anthony has gone on to sign with Universal Music and release his international debut single, ‘Walk Away’.

Expert Instructors

Pete Gooding CUE

Resident DJ at Cafe Mambo Ibiza for over 20 years and performed in over 90 countries worldwide. His management company has developed over 350 artists worldwide and currently manages South Africa’s rising star, Themba, amongst others. Released over 100 tracks, remixed Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Nathan Burroughs CUE

Professional DJ for over 20 years across the UK and Ibiza. Former music buyer, booking agent and currently Client Director at Genre Music - consulting and managing brand music for award winning hospitality clients across the UK, including The Ivy, The Alchemist and over 15,000 DJ and live music residency bookings per year.

 

Asle Bjorn CUE

Professional DJ for over 25 years. Produced and released music in many different electronic genres across the biggest labels for over 20 years. Currently working as a vocal producer, writer and composer, mastering engineer and A&R. Since 2015 has worked as an artist development manager with clients across the world.

 

Key Info

Duration 3 Months
Available start dates
  • September 28, 2020

Fees

Fees
$875 payment in full
$50 reg fee + balance of $825
$50 reg fee + $275 per month
Monthly installment plans are subject to a nominal fee already included in the price above. See details during the enrollment process.

Discounts

  • 50% off NI Komplete
  • 50% off Ableton Live Suite
  • 70% off Eventide plugins
  • 40% off Serato DJ

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FAQs

How do the online courses work?

Studying with Point Blank online is a completely unique experience and unlike any other online course. You are personally guided by a professional producer and provided with regular opportunities to discuss and submit your work to get expert feedback and analysis on your music:

  • Masterclasses : where the whole class is online with your instructor every week for an hour
  • Live Tutorials : 1-2-1 tutorials between you and your instructor every two weeks, in every module
  • All live interaction is recorded for you to revisit at your leisure 
  • For more info click here.

Is this course suitable for beginners?

Yes. The course caters for students who have little or no prior knowledge. Students with production experience can also greatly benefit from Point Blank's world renowned courses.

What materials do I get on this course?

Weekly high quality videos

2 hours of Live Group Masterclasses per week

4 Live 1-2-1 Tutorials

2 year access

Comprehensive well written course notes

24/7 access to forum

Are there academic entry requirements?

No. There are no academic requirements for this course. This course or programme is practical, and therefore aimed at those who wish to develop their skills to a professional standard.

What support do I get during this course?

Throughout your course you will be instructored and supported by our expert team of professional music producers. You will be able to contact them via the student forum, raise any issues that you may encounter on your course, and receive a timely response. All of the instructors are highly experienced in making music and/or have in depth knowledge of the music business and will be able to offer valuable advice and guidance. You will also be able to participate in a weekly online masterclass where you can raise specific questions related to the module you are currently taking.

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