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Point Blank’s Luke Hopper talks Music Career Development

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Jon Skinner

19.12.2012

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Point Blank Studios Music Tuition – A King Amongst Courses

Everyone who takes music even partially seriously dreams of becoming the next Slash, Britney Spears or Danny Elfman and yet, however incredible your songs or scores may be, they are nothing without a lot of treatment outside of the writing process.

A composer once told me that music these days was 20% writing and 80% production – I am inclined to agree. When an experienced musician wants to record an EP/demo/album they more often than not need to be able to do a lot of the recording/mixing/mastering themselves (not to mention the potential satellite requirements of orchestration/arranging/copying/transcribing). Gone are the golden days where all you had to do was write something and then a legion of audio minions would make it sound incredible. This obviously costs a bomb and your average musician can only afford to pay for a small bang at best.

So what can you do? Well, learn how to do it yourself obviously. Teaching yourself is always an option but learning from experienced professionals who know the ins and outs and (more importantly) shortcuts, along with a few flashy audio tricks is far more preferable, as well as easier. Point Blank, dubbed the best electronic music school in the world and winner of Best Music College six times, offer just that, allowing you to work and learn seven days a week at their state of the art studio in central London.

Courses varying in length from a weekend to two years and costs are competitive.  Point Blank aims to train budding musicians into a fully functional music industry aficionado with courses in music production, DJing, radio production and music business as well as the more strictly musically orientated singer/songwriter course.

The equipment provided is frankly incredible with each production course student getting their own Apple work station including a selection of the latest samples, loops and sequencers. This equipment, coupled with the expert teaching and guest producers/DJs etc, more than justifies the expense of the fees with scholarships provided by the likes of Mark Ronson and Pete Tong for exceptional potential students.

The student testimonial page is brimming with comments raving about how Point Blank Studios has changed their lives as well as their music. The added aspect of learning in such a centralised location is that students are right where the action happens, and the list of star performers, DJs and producers that do guest lectures or just wander in is really impressive. This can only give a significant advantage when a student begins to wave his or her music at the real world. This, coupled with some real successes that come out of the course (there are radio DJs who land jobs straight off and multiple remixes that make it pretty high up the chart for a newly finished student), shows that Point Blank Studios, for whatever type of musician you want to become, is an investment worth the time and the effort.

“Point Blank is an award-winning music production & DJ school based in London UK, providing world class, tutor lead music courses and learning programs. Voted “Best Music Production and DJ School” by the readers of DJ Magazine, the college offers bespoke tuition from its London HQ with personalised teaching to intimate classes, as well as ground-breaking virtual learning via their international online courses. Reaching out to avid producers and DJs around the globe, Point Blank’s tutors include multi-million selling Grammy award winners, songwriters, producers and remixers. Former students include: Claude VonStroke, Nicole Moudaber, Gareth Wyn, Edith Bowman and many more.”



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