Up until last night, i had been under the misconception that Pogowas an internet phenom largely regulated to the nerdier factions amongst us. As the sold out crowd at the Black Cat last night proved, however, i obviously could not have been more wrong.
Pogo puts on a multi-media performance as much as a night of music. Largely hidden behind the speakers, the young Nick Bertke played both music and videos on a large screen that dominated the room. The videos mimicked the music, utilizing the same chopped format to show an almost acid-drenched dance party for the kiddies. For those of you unfamiliar with his sound, Pogo samples and loops largely from Disney-based movies, though he threw in some other kiddie and crowd favorties, including clips from H.R. Puffenstuff, The Mighty Boosh, The Empire Strikes Back, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Matilda, Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, Alladin, Peter Pan, Snow White, Up, Toy Story and a somewhat unnecessarily violent Terminator mix. For the life of me, i can’t figure out how he gets away with using all this source material.
What amazed me most, however, was how knowledgable of the music that the crowd was. Lyrically speaking, the music is comprised of snippets of dialogue. Yet at every opportunity, the crowd shouted right along as if they’d all been given songbooks prior to the show. And every time a new movie or song was presented, the house immediately recognized it and went wild.
This was a night for head bobbing (not to be confused with head nodding or booty bustling). With very little exception, Pogo kept the crowd up for his entire hour and a half set, no small feat for a DJ, yet alone one specializing in re-purposing Mary Poppins.
By the by, i brought my nifty new-ish camera last night to snap all sorts of kick ass action shots for you jackals, and then promptly left the memory card at home, so…