It’s well documented that music, and in particular electronic music, has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. Thankfully, there are loads of fantastic artists and initiatives working tirelessly to rectify this. The problem is still very much alive (try looking at any festival line-up and checking the ratio of men to women on the bill) but in 2018 it’s higher on the agenda than ever before and there are more spaces being carved out for women every day.
That’s why this year at Point Blank we celebrated International Women’s Day with free DJ and Music Production workshops to those who identify as female, to help break down the barriers to entry into music making. The day was the brainchild of Point Blank’s Content Executive Carly Hordern, who reported from the event at our Orsman Road studios earlier this year. Carly’s hard work definitely paid off and it was a great success for all involved. Check out the video below to see what went down, and don’t forget to check out our courses in DJing and Production where you can learn the skills demonstrated here, and more.
As Carly explains in the video, the aim of the day was to give women a boost in getting into music. We welcomed budding producers and DJs of all levels for workshops held by a host of incredibly talented women made up of artists, PB instructors and graduates. Instructors Ceri Owens, Leddra Chapman, Natasha Klerks gave workshops on vocals and hardware, music industry, and DJing respectively. Bamz, the South London producer behind some of Nadia Rose’s biggest hits gave a workshop in Logic, while PB Alumnus and Blurred Recordings artist Halina Rice explored Ableton Live. And rounding it all up was experimentalist Chelsea Bruno (Eden Grey), who gave an introduction to the wonderful world of modular synthesis.
We’re really glad that we made access to our facilities available to help women who may have been put off in the past to get into making music. If you would like to learn production or DJ techniques in greater depth, please check out our school in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai. You can also learn online. If you have any questions or would just like to get in touch, head to our contact page.
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