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Dance Legend Pete Tong Learns Native Instruments Maschine at Point Blank

We were delighted to welcome the legendary Pete Tong to our London school recently for a crash course in making music with Native Instruments’ Maschine. He linked up with our expert Maschine instructor, Paul Ressel, for an intensive one to one session. Check out the short video we made of his visit below, and don’t forget to take a look at our Maschine course, taught in our very own Native-Instruments supported studio. You can also take this course as part of our BA (Hons) Degree programme.

Pete Tong has been one of dance music’s most prominent champions, beginning with his early career as a soul DJ at BBC Radio Medway and Invicta Radio. However it was with the early electronic music of the rave era that Tong became a household name, as integral to the scene as Messrs Rampling and Oakenfold, the latter of which coined the now ubiquitous rhyming-slang phrase: ‘it’s all gone Pete Tong’. He moved to Radio 1 at the beginning of the 90s, and his Friday night show became the most iconic radio broadcast to cover dance music, an accolade which hasn’t been surpassed today. Here, he launched the Essential Mix, and supplying one remains one of the biggest milestones in a DJ’s career, with recent iconic entries coming from the likes of Midland, Nicolas Jaar and Helena Hauff. He’s visited us before, and as always it was a pleasure to have the lord of dance in the building.

Whilst we taught Pete Tong the basics and some of the many tricks and features on the new Maschine Mk 3, on our comprehensive 3-month programme we teach students everything from the very basics of setting up your unit, making beats, arrangement, sampling and synthesis, right the way through to live performance. It’s an incredibly powerful tool and the possibilities are virtually endless, so we know why Pete was so keen to learn the ropes.

Want to find out more? Check out our schools in London, LA, Mumbai, Ibiza and Online for information on all of our courses. If you have any questions, please call us on +44 20 7729 4884 to speak with a course advisor.

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