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Music and education giants come together to give our past, current and future students the best advice on how to progress their careers and step inside the music industry.

View our panel guests, mentoring experts and partner stands below.

Panels

Meet our alumni / Room 2 / 11:00

Florentia

Dubbed an ‘Up & Coming Talent’ and 'rising star' by global phenomenon elrow, FLORENTIA is cementing herself as one of the UK’s most exciting fresh artists from London/Essex, as she catapults into the hub of the dance music realm. Despite her age, she has accomplished things that others strive for their entire career, such as securing an elrow residency and landing debuts in the hedonistic white isle Ibiza on their world-super clubs, Amnesia and Ushuaïa. FLORENTIA studied Point Blank’s BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree and now rubs shoulders with the upper echelons of electronic music.

 

Funk Cartel

Raised with a powerful connection to house music, it was only natural for the brotherly duo, Funk Cartel, to collect, share and create music from a young age. It was this early passion for music that gave them a deep understanding and love for the house genre. Developing themselves as artists and DJs, they are known for their high energy performances on the decks, with live sets frequently stacked with their own distinctive edits and original tracks. The pair studied the Music Production & Sound Engineering degree at Point Blank London, where they honed their craft and transformed their passion for electronic music into a way of life. Recent highlights for Rory and Cam Cochrane aka Funk Cartel include signing to Point Blank Recordings and teaming up with the iconic soul legends Ultra Naté and Kathy Sledge for two certified anthems, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Party Out’, as well as winning the ADAM Audio Award.

Adam Scivoletto (ATOM UK—Charge Recordings)

In 2012, Adam studied Point Blank’s Advanced DJ Course, followed by the Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma, going on to achieve tangible success in the music industry. A regular at the historic Bar Rumba nights in central London, Adam Scivoletto A.K.A. ATOM UK, was aware of veteran Mampi Swift, witnessing his incredible sets week after week. Fast forward 15 years and, by chance, Adam’s mastering engineer sent his music onto Swift, emphasising his talent and his ambition to find a home for his work. Shortly after, ATOM UK was signed exclusively to Mampi Swift’s Charge Recordings and subsequently worked alongside Mampi as label manager, running the everyday workings of the label. A DJ who plays across the entire drum & bass spectrum, he has since featured on Kiss FM, Rough Tempo and hosted his own show on Flex FM with DJ Coda. With tracks on the Mampi Swift Victory Rose LP, plus solo release “Tearout / How We Do It” and a brand-new remix and vocoder on the Hidden History LP, lookout for more from this uprising talent.

Tailor Jae

Tailor Jae is an East London native that lives and breathes technicality. A self-taught DJ, she is famed for quick mixes and high energy sets. Coining herself as “genreless at heart and heavy on the bass”, her unique approach to DJing has seen her leading various workshops with brands such as Saffron and Keep Hush. In 2017, she beat over 2000 DJs to be claimed the winner of Mixmag’s DJ competition and has continued to grow from there, with her efforts rewarding her a Scholarship at Point Blank music school in 2018. In 2019, she had her first release signed to London label szns7n, alongside duo Traces, and has had numerous features on platforms such as BBC AZN, Rinse FM, Rinse France, Reprezent, Kiss FM, Mixmag Lab, Foundation FM, Pioneer DJ Radio, Cashmere Radio (Berlin), Selector Radio, Keep Hush and Resident Advisor. In 2020, she captured the ears of Toddla T and delivered a spiralling mix on his BBC Radio 1 show, which then followed with a series of guest mixes for DJ Target and Nick Bright on BBC 1Xtra. Following with mixes for Berlin’s Inverted Audio, which was consequently picked as Resident Advisor’s mix of the day, Tailor went on to record an RA podcast shortly after, which was noted as a standout mix for its approach to rule-breaking, genre-bending and seamlessness. Tailor, who at the start of 2021 was highlighted in DJ Mag’s selection of ones to watch, studied Point Blank’s Music Production & DJ Diploma and is now one of the most sought-after DJs in today’s circuit. You can find her on Instagram and Soundcloud.

GET SYNCED—Music in media / Room 2 / 11:40

Bonnie Reilly—Music Supervisor (Leland Music)

After nearly six years working at VICE as a Music Supervisor, Bonnie now works at Leland Music, known famously for their work on Top Boy (nominated for countless awards including The British Academy Television Awards and NME,) as well as the annual John Lewis Christmas adverts. At Leland, Bonnie helps to blend the soul of picture with the art of music and raising the creative bar on every project. Bonnie not only supervises creative searches and licensing in advertising but she is passionate about music outside of her role at Leland and regularly DJs around London and festivals all around the world. (You can expect to hear anything from good-time soul classics, an eclectic mix of tropical treats, 80’s African grooves, heavy hitting funk & disco!)

Daniel Sonaben—Composer/Lecturer

Daniel’s recent work includes music editing the BBC Two series House of Maxwell and Amazon Prime feature film Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, as well as contributing musical sound design to the Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Loki. His scores also include the award winning documentary feature film Piano to Zanskar (which he scored alongside Werner Herzog’s composer Ernst Reijseger), the short film Rachel (directed by BAFTA winning director Caroline Bartleet). In recent years Daniel has also worked with composer Natalie Holt on films such as Journey’s End (Based on the R. C. Sherriff play), Infidel (starring Jim Caviezel), Gun No. 6 (2019 BAFTA winner for Best Single Documentary), Pin Cushion, Doing Money, Herself, The Boy With The Topknot and on BBC ONE’s primetime TV drama Press. Daniel has also composed music for a variety of long and short form projects, including advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Cartier, Volvic, and Philips and has contributed a string arrangement for the 2017 John Lewis Christmas advert directed by Michel Gondry.

Joanna Gregory—Head of Strategy (Cavendish)

Joanna has worked in sync for over 10 years. Her passion for music began as a young teen writing and playing music in various (notably terrible) bands. She then went on to study music and media at the BRIT School before embarking in a career within TV. Working as a researcher for shows such as Richard & Judy and Saturday Kitchen, she’d spend long hours in the edit suites, cutting together features which ignited her passion for sync. In 2010 she decided to turn her hand to music publishing and began to work at EMI Production Music, before eventually moving on to head up the marketing department at Cavendish Music, one of the UK’s leading production libraries. Here she has developed relationships with global media organisations, broadcasters and advertising agencies which has resulted in Cavendish's catalogue being placed in adverts, films, games, TV shows worldwide.

 

Hollie Buhagiar—Composer

Hollie Buhagiar is a multi award-winning Gibraltarian composer based in London, who specialises in crafting bespoke scores for film, TV and Theatre. She has worked on a plethora of feature length films and series alongside Grammy and Academy Award winning engineers in the finest studios across London.

Graduating from Leeds College of Music with first-class honours in Music production, Hollie continued her studies on to complete a Masters at the National Film and Television School.

Throughout her career she has been hailed for her unique and varied sonic palette as well as her ability to create fascinating scores that approach traditional composition from a new and exciting perspective.

Hollie's experience spans worldwide and includes work for the likes of Film 4, Netflix, Sky, Channel 4, BFI, NOWNESS, Creative England, Tate, The Guardian, Film London, VICE and BBC.

Q & A with Keith Harris / Room 2 / 12:20

Questions from founder and CEO of Point Blank Music School, Rob Cowan.

Keith Harris OBE began working in the industry in 1975with Transatlantic records, EMI Records and Motown before joining Stevie Wonder as his Operations Manager. He then formed his own management company boasting Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson & Omar on his roster and managed the late Lynden David Hall.

Keith is now a music industry consultant and received the Music Industry Champion Award at the Artists and Managers Awards Ceremony in 2014, as well as an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Music Industry.

We are proud to have Keith as a Non-Executive Director here at Point Blank Music School.

Rob Cowan

Rob Cowan is the CEO and Founder of Point Blank, voted ‘Best Music School’ by DJ Magazine. Starting his musical journey as a bass player in Sony signed band, Honeychile, Rob then became a music producer at London’s famous Matrix Studios before setting up Point Blank in 1994. Now with schools in London, LA, China, Mumbai, Ibiza and online, a record label for new talent, and an international audience of over 2 million followers on social media, Rob has overseen the growth of the company into a truly global brand.

Women in music / Room 2 / 13:00

Verity Mayes—Head of Product Strategy (Beatport)

Verity Mayes is Head of Product Strategy for Beatport's Music Services department based out of Berlin, where she drives the future vision of products for Beatport's artists, labels, and suppliers. Verity comes from a diverse industry background having worked across product, events, marketing and project management for brands including Ministry of Sound, Rinse FM, Block 9, The Weird & The Wonderful, Solid Grooves and Mobilee Records. She is also one half of DJ duo Maze&Masters, residents for London's He.She.They. and Little Gay Brother.

Halina Rice—Artist

Halina Rice is an electronic music producer and live AV artist working at the intersection of music, art and tech. Her NEW WORLDS project comprises a series of releases, each with their own visual environments using mixed reality and generative art. Halina produces and promotes her own immersive events - blending impactful projections, bespoke lightshow and spatial sound, the shows have been described as "part rave, part art happening".

Aly McHugh—Senior Press Manager (Listen Up)

Aly McHugh is an experienced Senior Press Manager who has worked in the music industry for over six years. She has worked on large scale events and both established and emerging artists in the industry. Past and present clients include events such as Parklife Festival, SW4, Lost & Found Festival, Café Mambo, Field Day, and artists including Josh Wink, Nicole Moudaber, Moscoman, Aluna, Route 94, Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Jamie Jones and many more.

Amy Wiles—Product Manager/Producer & DJ (Anjunabeats)

Amy Wiles is a London based DJ and producer originally from a small town in Essex. She started her DJ career at 16 and was taken under the wing of flagship Trance & Progressive label Anjunabeats (Above & Beyond) as a resident DJ in 2018.

Since then she has supported Above & Beyond, ilan Bluestone, Seven Lions, Mat Zo, Paul Van Dyk, Cosmic Gate plus more at the likes of Tomorrowland, Creamfields, The Warehouse Project and Electric Brixton to name a few. She made her debut at The Drumsheds in London for ABGT 450 last year, made a second appearance at Creamfields Festival and supported ilan Bluestone on his sold out London show at The Steel Yard. 2022 so far has Amy playing at the brand new Creamfields South, Creamfields North, Tomorrowland plus making her U.S debut at The Gorge in Seattle.

Amy released her debut original release 'Biding Time' on Anjunabeats in 2021 as part of the new Rising series followed by an inclusion on the Anjunabeats 20 Years Deep Mixes compilation with her collab remix with Boxer on Above & Beyond's 'Home'. Her release schedule this year is already stacked with a bunch of remixes and collaborations that were played out in her sets last year. Amy has also been selected as one of Ben Malone’s future five artists for 2022 on commercial U.K. radio station Kiss FM and recently did a guest mix for the show.

Hardware, software, everywhere / Room 2 / 13:50

Owain Wilson (Digit Music)

Owain combines a practice as an electronic musician, technologist and educator. His combined passion for music and inclusion dovetail rewardingly into his portfolio career. As a musician, he has experience performing and releasing music commercially. Before starting Digit Music, a record label, digital instrument manufacturer, and music education and performance company, he led product education at Native Instruments, a leading manufacturer of music software and hardware. Sitting as a key influencer in the accessibility community of practice he specialised in working with people in challenging circumstances.

Jack Canham (Product Planning Executive—PioneerDJ)

Pioneer DJ’s Product Planning Executive Jack Canham has over 15 years experience within the music production and live events industry. His career spans from many different sectors such as sound & lighting operations / engineering for clubs and venues in London, stage management for music festivals around the UK. Jack also finds the time to DJ and produce under his stage name Maxin and has featured on prime time radio show and is highly regarded in the scratch open format / hip hop scene. By day Jack works closely with world renown DJs / producers and music venues in the industry around Europe planning, evaluating and develop DJ and music production products.

Alex Godfrey (Product Specialist—Focusrite, Novation, Adam Audio)

Alex has worked at Focusrite since 2015, starting as a placement student in Customer Support, and after completing a sound engineering degree, returned as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Novation hardware and software projects. He's worked on the development team for Launchkey, Circuit Tracks, Circuit Rhythm, Bass Station, Peak, Summit & Novation Components. Since 2021 he has been working as product specialist for Focusrite, Novation & Adam Audio. he also releases music under the name Acid Tea.

Jobs in the industry / Room 2 / 14:40

Mulika Sannie—Legal Counsel for Music (Google)

Mulika is a Non-Executive Director for Point Blank Music School and has worked in the music industry for nearly 20yrs. She is currently Legal Counsel for Music at Google and has been a practising lawyer for over 12 years. In addition to this, she is founder of the UK Black Music Lawyers Network and Deputy Chair of the BRIT Trust.

Alex Jann—Account Manager (Focusrite)

Alex works for Focusrite as account manager handling B2B sales for the ADAM Audio, Focusrite, Novation and Sequential brands, and in his spare time DJ’s, performs live and runs his Censor Music label whilst making electro under various pseudonyms. Through his passion of music and formal music education this has enabled him to have deep product understanding for the music technology domain and what musicians want, this journey has led him to the dream job working for a cutting-edge music company, whilst enjoying artistic freedom in his own time.

Annie Norman—Head of Events (Anjuna)

Annie Norman is Head of Live Events for the London based electronic dance music labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, founded by GRAMMY nominated trio Above & Beyond in 2000. Since starting at the label in 2018, she has produced a variety of events including a multi-day camping festival in Washington State, a sunrise yoga party on a New York rooftop, and a multi-cam broadcast concert in Hong Kong. Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep operate under the Involved Group umbrella, working across recordings, publishing, live and artist management for the likes of Above & Beyond, Lane 8, Ben Böhmer, and Yotto.

Jaime Sheerin—Social Media Co-ordinator (Ministry of Sound)

Jaime studied music at university in Brighton and took part in radio features, interviews, presenting and internships. She then started working at Sony Music/ Ministry of Sound through Sony internships for a year before continuing on as a social media co-ordinator.

What is a record deal in 2022 (CLintons) / Room 2 / 15:30

Berkeley heads the music team at Clintons – representing many of the best known musicians in the UK – from Michael Kiwanuka, Griff and Girl in Red through to Jungle and Lewis Capaldi. Recognised as one of Europe’s leading talent lawyers he has been at the forefront of the development of record deals and distribution deals over the past decade.

Ben works across Clintons’ established client base and also assists his own clients which include artists, producers, mixers, songwriters, session-players, influencers, A&Rs, as well as a handful of independent record labels, publishers and management companies.

Mentors

Room 3 / 11:00 - 16:00

Kwame Kwaten

Kwame Kwaten is a British manager, music consultant, musician and producer and owns the artist management and consultancy company Ferocious Talent. Artists managed by Kwaten include Laura Mvula, The Night VI, Steve Brown, Shannon Saunders and Kerry Leatham.

Aly Mchugh

Aly McHugh is an experienced Senior Press Manager who has worked in the music industry for over six years. She has worked on large scale events and both established and emerging artists in the industry. Past and present clients include events such as Parklife Festival, SW4, Lost & Found Festival, Café Mambo, Field Day, and artists including Josh Wink, Nicole Moudaber, Moscoman, Aluna, Route 94, Eats Everything, Patrick Topping, Jamie Jones and many more.

Florentia Stassi

Elrow's new resident DJ/Producer alongside De La Swing, Tini Gessler and George Privatti. Florentia has also worked at the influential House music label, Defected Records. Florentia will be offering advice on current studies and post graduate options.

D-Code

DJ, Producer and Broadcaster. One half of D-Code & Psylence with releases on ProgRAM, 4NC¥, Proximity, The Weird & The Wonderful, and BMG. Presented on BBC Radio 1, Asian Network, and Soho Radio. Senior Producer of BAFTA-nominated DJ Hero. D-Code can provide guidance on music production and podcast production.

J-Fresh

J-Fresh is a BBC Radio 1Xtra mix resident, Ministry of Sound music curator, DJ, Broadcaster and Producer with support from BBC Radio 1, Mixmag, GRM Daily & Spotify Editorials. John will be offering support on Dj'ing, Radio and general advice on how to begin your career in the music industry.

Ski Oakenfull

Ski is a Producer, Remixer and Composer and currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records. He is also Head of Education Curriculum at Point Blank and has featured in more than a hundred videos for the schools YouTube channel.

Daniel Curpen

Anjunadeep A&R Daniel Curpen has worked across some of the label's most successful projects including Cubicolor, Ben Böhmer, Eli & Fur, Tinlicker and Franky Wah. He also counts himself amongst the brand’s touring DJ roster. Daniel and James offer general industry advice and track feedback. 

Chris Hayne

Over the span of 25 years Dr Chris Hayne has successfully combined a career as an academic and a music professional. Chris offers advice on postgraduate study, preparing an application, careers in education, developing a portfolio and balancing different work strands.

Alex Phountzi

Alex Phountzi is the Programme Leader and a lecturer for the Music Production and Sound Engineering BA at Point Blank. He also co-runs an independent label, CoOp Presents and hosts a monthly radio show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.

James Donaldson

Anjunadeep A&R James Donaldson started at the label last year, but in his short time has worked across several recent single, EP and album projects and the newly founded Reflections label rosters. In addition to his role as A&R, he has released music under the moniker Jai Dee.

Carroll Thompson

Carroll Thompson has worked as a session singer with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Boy George, Maxi Priest, Sting, Billy Ocean, Chaka Khan, Aswad and M People. Composer for documentaries Comedy Central US. Channel 4. Musical director/composer of Babymother. 

Partner Stands

Room 1 & MEZZANINE / 11:00 - 16:00

 

 

Cavendish Music

 

 

Ableton

 

AIAIAI

Endless FM

 

PMC

Roland

Universal Audio

Point Blank Recordings

 

Featured Artists Coalition

Roundhouse

 

Focusrite

 

Trans Creative

Musicians Union

 

leeds becket uni

 

Gloucestershire University

 

goldsmiths uni

UK Music

 

Warner Music Group