Pogo (musician)

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Birth name Christopher Nicholas Bertke
Also known as Pogo[1]
Born (1988-07-26) 26 July 1988 (age 30)[2]
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa[3]
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 2007–present
Website pogomix.net

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]


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]

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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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.[10][11]

In a YouTube livestream that was uploaded in 2016, Bertke stated that he has a "fairly robust resentment of the gay community".[12] On the topic of the Orlando nightclub shooting, a terrorist attack at a gay bar in Florida in 2016, he said, "It amazes me to see the West welcoming a culture through the floodgates that wants gays dead. I think that's fantastic".[13][14] Bertke later apologized for the statements, noting, "I have no hate for the gay community. I am in fact bi-curious myself, and it has not been easy within the culture I have been raised," as well as admitting that the video was "made in very bad taste" and that he never intended for it to go public.[15] He also stated that he was trying to "impersonate the far right and create hysteria", noting that the video was made around the time of the 2016 American election.[16] As a result of this video coming to light, Disney removed Bertke's songs from a restaurant playlist at its California Adventure location due to pressure from fans.[17]



  • 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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pogo's 'Pulp Fiction' Remix". Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Pogo interview on ComfortComes.com, archived from the original on 3 March 2016, retrieved 11 May 2010 
  3. ^ a b Pogo Interview on BrainsQuestionmark.com, 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". musicfeeds.com.au. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Crowder, Steven [@scrowder] (3 June 2016). "For those asking about the sick #LwC bumps, they come from either "Pogo" (@NickBertke) or "Psychotic Giraffe" (@Bl3nder_LDG)" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ "Australian Producer Pogo Arrested". Archived from the original on 30 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Aussie music producer jailed, banned from US". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  12. ^ Pogo Archives (2018-05-02), Why I called my channel Fagottron, archived from the original on 2018-05-30, retrieved 2018-05-31 
  13. ^ Farrell, Paul (31 May 2018). "Pogo aka Nick Bertke: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  14. ^ Riley, John (2018-05-31). "Video emerges of Australian EDM musician Pogo explaining how he hates gays". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Nick Bertke apologises for offensive video and shares he is bi-curious | OUTInPerth – LGBTIQ News and Culture". www.outinperth.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10. 
  16. ^ "Nick Bertke: Twitter Reacts As EDM Star 'Pogo' Fist-Pumps Over Pulse Massacre, Calls Gay People 'Disgusting'". 31 May 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  17. ^ "Disney Removes Pogo Tracks from Lamplight Lounge Playlist - LaughingPlace.com". 27 June 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 

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