March 18, 2019  

Read LA Club Queen Kim Anh’s PBLA Diary – Pt. 1: Introduction to Ableton Live

LA club queen Kim Anh strives to create diversity in L.A.’s underground nightlife by supporting underrepresented communities in music. She’s a DJ, producer and creative with an endless passion for music and a focus on pushing club culture forward. She’s been hosting parties in Hollywood since 2008, kicking off with her night, Booby Trap! (which eventually made its way to NYC) which has been described by Guest of a Guest as “one of the best party vibes ever witnessed”. In addition to her pioneering work in the LA music scene, Anh has hosted voter registration drives, coordinated rallies and served as an official ambassador of LA Pride, with her efforts helping raise over $1 million in direct support of the LGBTQ community. If you’d like to learn more about club culture, running your own events, label or management company be sure to check out our Music Industry courses, which feature a number of different pathways.

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As an avid Logic user looking to tighten up her skills in Ableton Live, Kim decided to enrol on a PBLA course. She’s currently studying the Music Composition and Music Production courses, including the Intro to Music Production: Ableton Live module and has decided to share her PB journey with us as it unfolds. Below, find the first update from Kim as she enters the world of Point Blank.

Jan 14 & 21

As someone who has used Logic religiously for nearly a decade, I have been hearing lots of encouragement from colleagues in the dance community that I should make the switch to Ableton.  I had been considering it for some time and thought there would be no better time than now to sharpen up my skill set while taking some time off to work on my new record. I wanted to avoid the YouTube click-hole instruction that tends to have no chronology in the learning space.  I also wanted to learn the DAW inside out from the beginning and have someone there who could answer my questions throughout the process. After asking around various people in the industry, Point Blank seemed like an obvious choice for me. Learning can begin at all levels and with the ever-changing technology of production, there is always room to grow.

Just two weeks in, the intro course to Ableton has been an eye-opening experience. The first pro that I noticed is how Ableton streamlines the creative workflow. I’ve not seen any DAW that supports on-the-fly ideas in this way. It makes for “happy accidents” — strokes of musical genius that can take you in an exciting new direction with your music.

As I mentioned before, I’m currently working on my third record and will be using Ableton along the way. I will continue to share more about my journey as we get deeper into how powerful this daw actually is.

Stay tuned for more, Kim Anh.

That’s all for today, folks, but Kim will be back with more insights into her time with us at PBLA soon. If you’re interested in developing your skills in Ableton Live or Logic Pro, or learning to DJ like a don, why not check out a Point Blank course? We offer programmes in Music ProductionMusic CompositionAudio MasteringRemix & PerformanceMusic BusinessDJing and more with great software freebies and exclusive deals.

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