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Pete Tong learns Native Instruments Maschine at Point Blank



Point Blank Music School welcomed Radio 1 royalty Pete Tong to their London school recently for a crash course in making music with Native Instruments’ Maschine. He linked up with expert Maschine instructor, Paul Ressel, for an intensive one to one session.

Check out the short video of his visit below, and take a look at PB’s Maschine course, taught in a special Native-Instruments supported studio. You can also take this course as part of their BA (Hons) Degree programme.

Pete Tong has always 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 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.

Whilst Pete Tong learned the basics and some of the many tricks and features on the new Maschine Mk 3, Point Blank’s comprehensive 3-month programme teaches 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 it’s no surprise Pete was so keen to learn the ropes.

Want to find out more? Check out our schools in LondonLAMumbaiIbiza 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.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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