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Pogo (electronic musician)

Christopher Nicholas "Nick" Bertke (born 26 July 1988) better known by his stage name Pogo, is a South African-born,[3] Australian electronic music artist whose work consists of recording small sounds, quotes, and melodies from films, TV programmes or other sources, and sequencing the sounds together to form a new piece of music. A number of Pogo's works consist almost entirely of the sounds he samples, with few or no additional music or sound samples.[4]

Birth name Christopher Nicholas Bertke
Also known as Pogo[1]
Born (1988-07-26) 26 July 1988 (age 29)[2]
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa[3]
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 2007–present



Nick Bertke has produced tracks using samples from films and TV shows such as Pulp Fiction.[1] He has also sampled from other sources, such as field recordings for his project Remix the World.[5] Bertke is also known for his use of video sampling to produce music videos, which he uploads on the video-sharing website YouTube.[6] As of October 2017, his most popular YouTube video is Alice, made of samples of Disney's animated film Alice in Wonderland, with more than 20 million views.[6] In 2010, his music video Gardyn was juried along with 24 other YouTube videos for an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.[7] On 29 September 2016, Pogo released a song called "Trumpular" on SoundCloud which consisted of quotes from Republican nominee, and later President, Donald Trump.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

On his September 2011 US tour, Bertke was arrested and taken into custody for three weeks due to the lack of a proper work visa, and is prohibited from re-entering the United States until 2021.[9][10]



  • Texturebox (30 December 2010)
  • Wonderpuff (27 June 2011)
  • Forgotten Fudge (2 November 2013)
  • Star Charts (22 December 2014)
  • Kindred Shadow (11 June 2015)
  • Weightless (30 December 2016)
  • Ascend (22 February 2018)


  • Wonderland (28 May 2007)
  • Broken Beats (2008)
  • Table Scraps (2008)
  • Weave and Wish (22 March 2009)
  • Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole (30 November 2010)
  • Fluctuate (5 January 2014)
  • Perfect Chaos (21 May 2014)
  • Younghood (8 June 2014)

Music used elsewhereEdit

Pogo's music is used on the popular conservative YouTube talk show, Louder With Crowder, on YouTube channel, Steven Crowder. Various music of his is used coming back from commercial breaks.

One of his songs, "Forget", is the source of an animation meme on YouTube, in which a character from a franchise is depicted "dancing" to the song (usually only the first 40 to 50 seconds) in a similar fashion to the jump and smash cut-reliant clip splicing of the official music video.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Pogo's 'Pulp Fiction' Remix". Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Pogo interview on, archived from the original on 3 March 2016, retrieved 11 May 2010 
  3. ^ a b Pogo Interview on, archived from the original on 13 February 2012, retrieved 11 May 2010 
  4. ^ "Nick Bertke : The Story of Pogo and His Ideas of Music". SVANAPAPER. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  5. ^ Emami, Gazelle (6 December 2011). "'Kadinchey': Pogo's Latest Remix Mashes Up Bhutan (VIDEO)". HuffPost. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Adams, Erik (1 May 2013). "Pogo's "Alice" is the Internet's nostalgia fixation at its most enchanting". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Smith, Roberta (21 October 2010). "The Home Video Rises to Museum Grade". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Zanda (29 September 2016). "Aussie Producer Pogo Drops A+ Banger Made Entirely Of Donald Trump Quotes - Music Feeds". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Australian Producer Pogo Arrested". Archived from the original on 30 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Aussie music producer jailed, banned from US". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  11. ^ Luigifan (May 12, 2018). "Pogo's "Forget"". Know Your Meme. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 

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