Sampology, producer, Future Beauty Up Late
Work hard and find something unique to contribute ...
It was in his bedroom at the age of 15 where Brisbane schoolboy Sam Poggioli – aka Sampology – first began experimenting with music. From those early days navigating his way around a set of turntables, to now featuring on the bills of major festivals like Splendour in the Grass, SXSW, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Tropfest, Sam’s feet have always remained firmly in Brisbane. In fact, the local talent will be performing in his hometown tomorrow night with a very special custom-produced audio-visual show planned for GOMA’s Future Beauty Up Late series. Taking inspiration from the gallery’s current exhibition Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, the audio-visual DJ and producer’s live performance will no doubt live up to its reputation. The Weekend Edition caught up with Sam this week to talk Brisbane storm seasons and unexpected bum pats.
If you were to take a visitor on a tour of Brisbane’s music and cultural venues for a day, where would you go?
Definitely South Bank and West End, with GOMA being a major destination – especially in the Queensland summer with the air-conditioning blasting inside the gallery … I think depending on what’s on at that time, venues like The Tivoli, Black Bear Lodge, Judith Wright Centre and Depo might be ones to visit.
What do you love about living in Brisbane?
What I’ve come to discover from living here my whole life is it’s the perfect place to work on, and develop your art. If I’m being honest, when I was younger I longed to spend more time in Melbourne and for me it remains a really inspiring place, but Brisbane is really on the rise at the moment – there’s a bunch of creative crew in the city doing really great things. I feel as though the next few years are going to be really good in this city.
… and what would you love to change?
More support for community-focused music and arts events.
What’s the best advice your mum ever gave you?
My mum’s an artist, so just the fact that there were pencils, paint and clay around was enough for me.
You’ll be presenting a one-off AV show at Future Beauty Up Late; what were your inspirations for the performance?
The biggest inspiration came from actually walking through the Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibition and checking out all of the amazing pieces. I really enjoy doing these kinds of themed shows because it forces me to jump into learning about a subject I might not be super familiar with, which is the case with this bespoke AV show for Future Beauty Up Late.
Any hints of samples or visuals you can share with us?
There are heaps of stills and video I’ve sourced from books, the internet and beyond, with pieces from the exhibition plus inspirational sources for a lot of the designers. There’s a video I found of a Merce Cunningham ballet called Scenario that Rei Kawakubo designed some Lumps and Bumps costumes for, which I found really unique.
What was your personal highlight of the exhibition?
I enjoyed pretty much all of it! The Commes des Garçons Lumps and Bumps series is really impressive, plus I enjoyed the way Undercover (Jun Takahashi) autumn/winter 2000/01 was set up in the gallery.
How would you describe the health of the music scene in Brisbane right now?
There’s a heap of young talent coming up right now and I think if everyone works together within that scene, the next two or three years are going to be really big for Brisbane.
We couldn’t help but notice the comments on your Triple J Unearthed page: ‘Oof’ from Nina Las Vegas and ‘I just wanna dance like a mad woman in a tribe’ from Rosie Beaton. Any other interesting reactions to your music or gigs you can share with us?
Once halfway through a DJ set someone patted me on the bum – I turned around and it was Ben Harper.
You’re known for your unique blend of sound and visuals, when did you first start experimenting with mixed media?
When the software came out that allowed me to control whatever audio and visuals I wanted, at the same time using turntables in the same way I was DJing, this instantly filled me with creative ideas. The fact that you can have audio and visual hitting at the same time is quite powerful when you get a room full of people together in front of a big projection screen.
Can you remember your first gig? Success or fail?
About two weeks after I finished high school, I played a DJ set at the now-closed Milk Bar on Caxton Street. The fact that people were dancing to music that I loved and chose to play on that night completely blew my mind.
What would you say has been one of the most influential albums or songs on your own work?
Since I Left You, The Avalanches.
You’ve performed at major festivals like SXSW, Splendour in the Grass and Big Day Out, as well as in some incredible venues – what’s been your most memorable gig so far?
Last year I did a tour of India, which was the most different place I’ve ever been to and I was incredibly grateful to find myself in such a crazy and amazing place, to play music at a bunch of festivals.
What makes you happy?
Hummus, travelling, record shopping, Vietnamese pork baguettes and my girlfriend’s smile.
What annoys you?
Eating an avocado pip, and people who need to talk less and listen more.
Who would you love to see in your audience one night?
What’s your personal definition of success?
Any words of wisdom to share?
Work hard and find something unique to contribute.
Only a Brisbane local would know that … in storm season, if you own a trampoline there’s a strong possibility it could end up in your neighbour’s yard, five houses down.