December 24, 2013  

Point Blank’s 2013 Round-up

Well, it’s almost time to close the book on another year and what a year it’s been. If you haven’t already been catching up with the year that was 2013, make sure you check out our top 5 lists we’ve been publishing over the past few days including our favourite Ableton Live tutorials, Logic tips and Friday Forum Live broadcasts. Outside the PB walls though, it’s been an amazing year for us and for the music industry as a whole with incredible albums, EPs, tracks, gigs and events to keep us busy and inspired right up to the Christmas break. We were lucky enough to travel around Europe and beyond to visit and cover some of the biggest electronic music events of the year and you can read our report here.

Another undeniable highlight of 2013 was the Academy of Electronic Music. Not only did we take in seven finalists, give them a crash course in EMC, introduce them to some of the biggest acts in electronic music for one-to-one Q&As and provide them with expert industry insight, we had the pleasure of seeing our graduates move on to have their tracks released on the legendary Armada Music. If you STILL don’t know what the Academy is and was, visit the official website here and re-watch all the hangouts on our YouTube playlist.

If you’re a keen follower of PB+ you’ll already know through our PB Profiles that many of our staff and tutors are heavily involved in the music scene inside and outside of the city we call our home. With all the music, parties and experiences we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy, we gathered up our staff picks for 2013 to recap on an amazing year. See you on the other side and don’t forget, our online courses start on January 9th so it’s the perfect time to take a look and treat yourself to a place at our award-winning school.

Anwar Hamad: Course Advisor
Track of the year: No Artificial Colours – Crying Wolf
Mix of the year: Art Department at Live Robot Heart Burning Man 2013
Producer of the Year: Sante
Favourite Moment of the Year: Playing the Carl Cox closing party at Space, Ibiza

Ski Oakenfull: Course Developer
Track of the year: Floating Points Ensemble – Wires
Album of the Year: Ayota – Helicopter Cuts
Producer of the Year: Theo Parrish
Favourite Moment of the Year: Return of Galliano gig at House of St. Barnabas

Ben Bristow: Head DJ Tutor
Track of the year: Get Up Stand Up – Public Enemy
Album of the Year: Chas and Dave – That’s What Happens
Producer of the Year: Bearcubs
Favourite moment of 2013: DJing at Space, Ibiza for ‘Carl Cox Presents’

Anthony Chapman: Course Tutor
Track of the year: Phuture Doom – Doom Terror Corps
Album of the Year: Phuture Doom – Phuture Doom
Producer of the Year: Phuture Doom
Favourite Moment of the Year: Being introduced to the Phuture Doom album by one of my students

Luke Hopper: Course Advisor / PR & Marketing
Track of the year: DJ Richard – Leech2
Mix of the Year: Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher
Producer of the Year: Levon Vincent
Favourite moment of 2013: Playing on a boat party a stop making sense festival in Croatia

James Humby: Head of Video
Track of the year: Florian Kupfer – Feelin
Mix of the Year: DJ TLR – Above The Clouds It Never Rains mix (Creme Organization)
Producer of the Year: Paul Woolford / Special Request
DJ of the Year: Mr Beatnick
Favourite Moment of 2013: Hearing lots of amazing unreleased material on A Guy Called Gerald’s laptop!

Rob Cowan: CEO
Track of the year: Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Album of the Year: Disclosure – Settle
Producer of the Year: Nile Rodgers
Favourite Moment of the Year: Relaxing on a beach with wife and daughter this summer

Declan McGlynn: Social Media Manager
Track of the year: Todd Terje – Strandbar (Disko Version)
Remix of the Year: Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix)
Producer of the Year: Chris Malinchak
Favourite Moment of the Year: Two words: Hanchen Haus

Caroline Kaven: Marketing Manager
Track of the year: Mr. Beatnik – Symbiosis
Album of the Year: Dinky – Dimension D
Producer of the Year: Session Victim
Favourite Moment of the Year: Filming Point Blank’s Producer Profile’s in Berlin

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