A couple of years ago, most people knew Cooper Saver as a promoter. His Far Away parties, which he’d largely been throwing in warehouses and other covert spaces across his native Los Angeles since 2012, were widely regarded as some of the best in the city, and regularly hosted DJs like Floating Points, Avalon Emerson, Young Marco, Four Tet, and others too numerous to list.
Point Blank’s online school has been championed by the likes of Claude VonStroke, Felix Jaehn and many more and features regular one-to-ones and exclusive video tutorials and masterclasses from leading producers from around the globe. Their online courses allow you access to world-class music education from industry experts and professional lecturers anywhere, anytime and gain personal feedback on your tracks from some of the best in the business.
At last year’s edition of CTM Festival, Ican Haram, the MC and hype man of Gabber Modus Operandi, was violently sick upon entering the stage. Given the extremity of the Indonesian duo’s music, many in the crowd presumed this was a rehearsed act — an attention-demanding shock tactic borrowed from the punk and heavy metal scenes that dominate their homeland. A year on, as they return to Berlin for a second consecutive CTM performance, Ican admits that this bout of bodily discharge was far more spontaneous. “The occasion got to me,” he confesses with a wry smile.
Pinching apples from a farmer’s tree, ringing a doorbell then running away, putting cling-film on a toilet; these are typical traits of your common skylarker. In the case of this particular Skylark, you can add ‘make gully minimal d&b bangers’ to that list. “I never knew it meant that,” laughs the Strasbourg artist named Thibault, who chose the name because the lark has an incredibly complex and unique way of singing. “I am a big joker though. I’m the kinda guy who’s looking to have a good laugh every time. But maybe more on the respectful side.”
Over the last decade, Korean pop, a.k.a. K-Pop, has taken the Western world by storm. K-Pop draws influences from numerous genres from around the globe such as hip-hop, pop, EDM, R&B, jazz, house and more and blends this infectious fusion with catchy hooks and flawless dance routines. Even if you’ve never heard of K-Pop as a genre, it’s likely you’ve heard of the global phenomenon, BTS.
With his fourth album ‘Joyful’, arriving on Tim Sweeney’s beloved Beats In Space imprint, Melbourne producer Andras delivers one of his finest works to date, capping off a decade of music under a variety of aliases that flits cordially between beat-driven club music and deeper ambient sounds. Often his Australian identity feeds heavily into his music, though as Andras explains, it’s also accompanied by a certain amount of ambivalence.
AKAI Pro are renowned for their hardware products. Over the course of history, their legendary MPC range has been used by iconic artists such as J DIlla, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Outkast, Big Boi and many more and continues to be a staple for many producers. The MPC is perfect for musicians who want to get their beats down rapidly on the fly - So in this video, Point Blank look at the AKAI Pro MPC One and show exactly how to make your first beat.
Aquarian is sipping tea at home in Berlin. The Canadian is back in Europe after a festive break that included time in his native Toronto, and Brooklyn, where he lived for 10 years until a recent relocation. “The food is much better there,” he laughs, “so it’s nice to really indulge. There are a lot of parallels with the joys of eating and the joys of experiencing music — they’re very visceral, but also sensual and real art forms.”
London’s Anu is an infectious kind of personality. Her un-dogmatic DJing and illustrations reflect the world around her in all its diverse glory. On her regular radio shows at both the BBC’s Asian Network and NTS, Anu can rope together stretches of progressive house and UK funky with a Wings track, or rub a vintage Bollywood singer like Asha Bhosle up against Gucci Mane. Nothing’s off limits. Her illustrations similarly comprise scribbled meditations on the people and moods that surround her on the street and the TV; a multimedia diary of Anu’s rich day-to-day.