Just a sample of DJ’S coolness factor
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.