When we recently talked to DJ Mag, the question arose that we have heard many times down the years from those sceptical about the role of places such as Point Blank Music School:
“Why do you think there is a need for a DJ course? Shouldn’t it be an organic affair? Get a pair of decks/go round your mate’s house, practice, get good, become a superstar, make loads of cash etc?”
Our reasoning has always remained the same and in his response Point Blank CEO Rob Cowan summarised it nicely saying:
“You could say the same about any skill, you can teach yourself the guitar, keyboards, dancing or whatever but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a course in it; a course that shows you how to do things properly and gets you from A-Z in a fraction of the time. Also relying on a mate’s good will to show you what’s up can be a bit wearing on both sides after a while. We take music and DJ skills seriously enough to spend time figuring out how to break it down for people who want to learn. With producers of the calibre of Claude Vonstroke appreciating our classes and coming back for more, I think the answer is clearly that you are never too good to learn more, not if you’re savvy”.
Touching on some other interesting facets of education in the music industry, Rob also fielded questions about what makes Point Blank’s style of learning facility different to that of the heavily marketed Red Bull Music Academy, what has been the secret of Point Blank’s success over a long period of time, what can students expect to achieve from a course, and what ability levels can benefit from studying.
You can find the full article with the answers to these questions plus some more funky snaps of our studios by clicking here.
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Editor’s Note: This is an old article and things have moved on considerably since the original publication date 🙂
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