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PogoMix (AKA Fagottron on YouTube, or simply Pogo) is the persona of Nick Bertke from Perth, Australia who samples sounds from various locations, such as nostalgic films, and then sequences these together with a rhythm he creates, to make a whole new piece of music. His most famous hit is ‘Alice’, which has gained over 9,400,000 hits on his official YouTube channel and at least 2,200,000 more from an unofficial upload by YouTuber Realtje.
Some great examples of Pogo’s work are:
On December 25th 2009, DisneyPixar released ‘UPular’, a remix that Pogo made based on the Pixar film ‘Up’. Since then, Pixar have commissioned him to make two other remixes, both based on the first two Toy Story films, and these were released on Pixar’s channel on June 14th 2010.
In October 2010, Pogo’s ‘Gardyn’ which comprises of sounds found in his mother’s garden (and is also his first remix of the real world), made it into the finalists of YouTube Play, and he was invited to the Guggenhiem Museum as a result, along with the other finalists.
In February 2012, he made a remix of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and this quickly rose up to be his 5th most-viewed remix.
Pogo has hosted two competitions. One for creating a logo for himself, which was finalized as the space bunny (Pogo has said that if you look closely, you can also see the face of Mickey Mouse) and another for creating a video which would become the official video for ‘Mellow Brick Road’.
On his website, he has original songs at a fixed price, but all of his remixes which contain copyrighted material, have been offered at a pay-what-you-want level, wherein entering $0 into the price box lets you download the song for free. Some of Pogo’s songs cannot be released for copyright reasons, prompting fans to create petitions and other stuff to force companies to allow release of these tracks, however, some of the legal costs of acquiring the rights would be too much, according to Pogo on his Twitter.
During his September 2011 tour of America, Pogo was arrested for not carrying a proper work visa, and is not allowed to return to America for 10 years.
Some people have made tributes, or Pogo-style videos, and have labelled these as Pogo Mixes. Others have re-remixed Pogo’s work or made videos for songs which Pogo has yet to make videos for himself.
Similar to Pogo
There are other artists out there which make music don’t quite qualify as being tributes to Pogo. However, these people deserve an honorable mention, as many people have spotted similarities to Pogo’s music.