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On 9th June at 19:30 BST we are hosting a special live PBLA Industry Talks masterclass: PBLA Industry Talks: Collaborating With Industry Giants With Nick Long.
PBLA Industry Talks is a new series in which Point Blank LA’s key music business instructor Marko DeSantis sits down with some of the music industry’s biggest names to chat about their careers, insights into the music business, the skills it takes to achieve success, and more. Marko is an industry legend in his own right, best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band Sugarcult, with whom he received an RIAA-Certified Gold® Record for the debut album, Start Static. For this Industry Panel session, Marko will be joined by songwriter/producer Nick Long.
Nick Long is a highly successful writer and producer with an impressive list of credits. As one of Machine Gun Kelly’s closest collaborators, Nick is responsible for 13 songs off the Billboard #1 album Tickets to My Downfall, including the singles “My Ex’s Best Friend” feat. blackbear, “Bloody Valentine,” “Forget Me Too” feat. Halsey, and “All I Know” feat. Trippie Redd. He is also widely known for co-writing “Electric Love” by BØRNS and “1950” by King Princess, with whom he’s collaborated with closely on 10 songs. In addition to these accomplishments, Nick has also written and produced for Weezer, Miley Cyrus, Travis Barker, Miguel, YUNGBLUD, Lil Huddy, The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha, Iann Dior, and more.
For this industry talk, Nick will equip attendees with the knowledge and insights they need to become a successful writer and producer. Drawing upon his countless successes with collaborations, Nick will share the work it took for him to work with so many high-profile artists and answer any questions you may have on how to do that same. Nick will also dive into what sparks his inspiration, how he pushes through creative blocks, and the essential elements of a chart-topping hit.
Join Liza Buddie, who’ll demonstrate what it takes to make it in the music industry. Buddie will share details on developing a career in music management, self-releasing for artists, funding & grants available, as well as the importance of UK industry representatives such as Music Managers Forum, Association of Independent Music and the BPI.
You’ll come away with insights into self-management for artists, the key considerations you need to think about and how to access funding.
Nat Powers is a Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed producer and writer. His credits include Run Dmc, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Professor Green, Maxi Priest, Skepta, Giggs, D Double E, Kano, Novelist, P Money, Idris Elba, Janet Jackson, Luniz, Spice 1, Death Row Records, Sam Sneed, Capleton, Tommy Lee Sparta, Tifa, Backroad Gee, Frisco and many others globally.
In this Masterclass, British music producer-songwriter Nat Powers looks into ways to turn negatives into positives as creatives facing hard times ahead. After being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of musicians and creatives have felt uncharged, displaced and unsure of their future. Nat leads this talk to help look at ways of reversing hopelessness and finding loopholes in the middle of unprecedented hardships to flourish and grow as creative professionals.
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