Ed Harcourt talks highs and lows of songwriting and collaboration

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During our exploration of Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Ed Harcourt’s Oxfordshire studio, the inevitable question arises – about whether modern studio technology is a good thing and whether having unlimited track counts and thousands of instruments at your disposal is beneficial to the process.  Ed’s view is that in the songwriting sphere, less can be […]

Ed Harcourt on establishing and maintaining a career as a songwriter

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When embarking on a career as a musician and particularly as a songwriter, there will inevitably be difficult and challenging periods; the real-world pressures of maintaining an income, the slog of dealing with an often unsupportive industry and of course, simply keeping creatively stimulated and feeling that inspiration to write worthy work. Ed Harcourt is […]

Flume releases samples for the public to remix

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Australian producer Flume has released twelve unfinished track ideas, asking the public to remix and reimagine them as part of a new project called Flume Sounds. A more open source culture of creativity…wanted to put these out in the world and see what comes back – download a sound, create something, upload it with the […]

“The less time I spend in the studio, the better the end result is”: producer Roland Tings

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Roland Tings’ music makes an impression. At least, it did on Norwegian disco supremo Prins Thomas. When the veteran heard Tings’ first EP in 2012, he was compelled to sign the newcomer. Tings’ debut album was released in 2015 on Internasjonal to critical acclaim, and the much-lauded Each Moment A Diamond EP followed in 2017. Now, […]

Point Blank Tutorial: How to incorporate instruments into your live DJ set

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Point Blank has hosted DJ and electronic producer GRiZ for a tutorial on how to fit live instrumentation into DJ sets. The artist, who’s collaborated with Snoop Dogg, also revealed his methods for processing live sounds and gave suggestions on how to jam along to beats on stage. The video opens with, GRiZ – aka […]

Kraftwerk victorious in decades-long copyright battle

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Kraftwerk have won a lengthy copyright dispute involving the unauthorised use of a two-second drum sequence from 1977’s Metall auf Metall. Legal proceedings began in 1999 when the German electronic pioneers – comprising Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben – alleged that hip-hop producers Moses Pelham and Martin Haas had unlawfully sampled and looped the sequence […]

Point Blank: Watch Jax Jones break down Breathe at IMS Ibiza

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Back in May 2019, Point Blank sat down with Jax Jones at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza to discuss the British producer/DJ’s creative process. You can now view the full conversation through a recently uploaded video on Point Blank’s YouTube channel. In the video, Jones first explains his approach to songwriting and production, […]

Synth-pop juggernaut Georgia on her gear, production and being born in the studio

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Hype surrounding Georgia first started building back in 2015 with the release of her debut self-titled album, when The Guardian listed her as one of the artists to watch of that year. However, the artist and producer then seemingly disappeared over the next three years, refining her sound to perfection and is now trickle-releasing the […]

Dani Bennett Spragg discusses her engineering process and studio setup

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Dani Bennett Spragg’s approach to a typical session can vary, with required set-up time altering based on the artist she’s working with. However, there are some rules that always apply. “Because I work in house at Hoxa HQ [in London’s West Hampstead], a lot of my sessions are with people that I’ve never met before. […]