Just a sam­ple of DJ’S cool­ness fac­tor

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CLUBBING -

RUCE Wil­lis sav­ing the world from cats. Tom Hanks danc­ing to gangsta rap. Nicki Mi­naj voic­ing a killer plant.

They are not the night­club scenes you’d ex­pect on the av­er­age evening, but ones that flood from the mixed-up mind of DJ Sam­pol­ogy (pic­tured).

No or­di­nary turntable tech­ni­cian, Sam­pol­ogy – aka Sam Pog­gi­oli – is Australia’s lead­ing au­dio-vis­ual DJ, splic­ing film clips with song sam­ples to make mu­sic that moves and en­ter­tains on the big screen.

His Su­per Vis­ual AVDJ se­ries has trav­elled the world sev­eral times, play­ing in­no­va­tive fes­ti­vals such as South By South­west, Big Chill, Ber­lin Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and Ed­in­burgh Fringe. The lat­est in­stal­ment will de­but dur­ing a tour of Australia and New Zealand this win­ter, be­fore Sam­pol­ogy re­turns to Europe and the US.

But only if the world hasn’t ended by then, as the show is based on an 2012 apoc­a­lypse. It’s the rea­son Bruce Wil­lis is sav­ing the world from an in­va­sion of cats. Ob­vi­ously.

‘‘Bruce seemed the ob­vi­ous char­ac­ter for the show be­cause so many of his films are about him sav­ing the day,’’ Pog­gi­oli says.

‘‘I like tak­ing some­thing ev­ery­one recog­nises and flip­ping it into an­other world us­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments. The crowd can re­late to what they’re see­ing and hear­ing but it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to what they’re used to.’’

Pog­gi­oli has sprin­kled fa­mous faces through his au­dio­vi­sual shows since ris­ing through the ranks of Bris­bane’s club scene. Hulk Ho­gan and Tom Hanks are the big­gest crowd-pleasers when pro­jected over hip-hop or big beat, a vis­ual stim­u­lant the DJ puts down to nostal­gia.

‘‘Peo­ple have an at­tach­ment to cer­tain stars they’ve grown up with and when they see them do­ing bizarre things to mu­sic they can’t help but cheer,’’ he says.

The apoc­a­lypse theme also de­fines the forth­com­ing de­but al­bum by Sam­pol­ogy, Dooms­day Deluxe, which fea­tures an eclec­tic mix of in­stru­men­tals and tracks with guest vo­cal­ists.

The songs have been de­signed to com­ple­ment his au­dio- vis­ual show with sam­ples cut through­out, although Pog­gi­oli re­fuses to be too self-in­dul­gent.

‘‘The songs will sound­track the AV show but in sub­tle ways. I’m in­spired by DJ Shadow, who picks out cer­tain parts, such as a bass line or drums in­stead of whole tracks.’’

The al­bum is a step up from what Sam­pol­ogy is known for mu­si­cally, but he’s al­ways been set for big­ger things than a nov­elty act. As well as jokey jux­ta­po­si­tion­ing of film favourites, he also mixes images of cur­rent events, such as the re­cent Oc­cupy protests.

‘‘I’m not just about mak­ing peo­ple laugh, more pro­vid­ing a unique ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he says.

‘‘I’ll throw news clips and se­ri­ous images in there some­times to stim­u­late dif­fer­ent emo­tions.’’

is out on June 4. DJ Sam­pol­ogy plays Oh Hello!, in Bris­bane, on June 10; South­ern Cross Uni, Lis­more, on June 28; and Splen­dour in the Grass, By­ron Bay, July 27-29.

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