What puts a spring into DJ Pogo?!
Reported by Jessica Alici
Submitted 13-08-18 17:05
DJ Pogo aka Jamie Patterson has been a firm fixture in the Psy-trance scene for over twenty years! Originally known for his legendary Wingmakers Parties, it wasn’t long until his production abilities were noticed and snapped up by well-respected labels Dragonfly and Nano Records. With such awesome labels backing his talent it’s no surprise that his gig list has seen him touring all corners of the Globe; under his DJ Pogo alias and as one half of the double act Master Blasters. Londoners will be lucky enough to sample his delights this September at the next instalment of Tribal Village. With this in mind, we decided it was time to grab Jamie for an insight into what puts the spring into his... Pogo!
Firstly, can you tell us about your early years? Where were you brought up; who and what were your early influences? Were they musical?
I grew up in an old vicarage in Oxforshire. When I was about 5 years old, I used to ask my sister to play me ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Space Oddity’ over and over.
Can you remember one of the first records you ever bought?
The Beatles - Greatest Hits
What was your first experience of electronic music and how did this lead you into Psy-trance?
I started to enjoy electronic music in the early nineties, with the advent of tribal trance (mainly from Europe). Previously I had been into sixties and seventies psychedelic rock, but it was hard to dance to that! In 1993 I went to a ‘Little People’ party in Bicester and a party in a quarry in Dagenham, where I heard Goa Trance for the first time. Soon after, Dragonfly and TIP started their first releases, and I knew I’d found my home.
What other musical genres are you passionate about?
I enjoy any music that sounds good on psychedelics which covers a large range of sounds, but my heart is in psy-trance.
Has your musical production process changed over the years? Do you ever have writers’ block, question your own productions and do you find it hard to be objective when listening back?
Music production is a never-ending learning curve, evolving on a daily basis. It’s incredible to be able to create music with some of the most talented psychedelic artists on the planet. We all enjoy working together on the quest to make mind-blowing dance music, and we are like a giant family, connected by our passion for psy-trance and maxing up life. Working with other artists is also a good way to learn new techniques, as everyone has their own angles. Working solo is more challenging in terms of objectivity, so I try hard to listen to my work on different speakers and in altered states of mind. I don’t find writers' block a problem at all; the challenge is to carve out enough uninterrupted studio time… I’d be in there all the time if I could!
You were responsible for putting on parties back in the 90’s under the Wingmakers banner. How did this come about and what made you stop?
We went to so many amazing parties in the nineties and really wanted to put something back into the scene. There was a bit of a dearth of cool events in the early noughties, so we tried to plug the gap. For a while it was just us and the Liquid Collective putting on large underground outdoor events. Finding venues where we could get away with blasting it has always been a problem in the UK… Always neighbour issues. The Glade Festival & more recently Noisily Festival have become the focus of our summers in the UK. We haven’t entirely given up the more underground Wingmakers parties though; we last did one in Wales about four years ago. When another great venue comes along we’ll definitely do another. Keep you posted!
It is now notoriously hard to put on parties in London. What do you think can be done to improve this?
I’m not sure what I can suggest on that front. If finding good venues in the countryside is hard, in London it’s ten times harder. For a while the squat scene was good, but I guess the change of law has put paid to that. Luckily ‘The Steel Yard’ is one of the best options available, so Tribal Village will be great.
Do you feel becoming a parent has changed you and your outlook on life? What words of wisdom do you try to instil into your children?
Looking after the needs of beautiful young souls who totally depend on you for their survival is definitely a life-changing experience. I try very hard not to instil my own viewpoints onto my children, but rather encourage them to come to their own conclusions about things. I will always try to support them to follow the path of their own hearts and flower into the beauty of their own beings.
If someone wrote an autobiography about your life, what should it be titled and why?
I really don’t feel able to come up with an objective answer to this one I’m afraid, but I’d be fascinated to see what someone else would come up with. I guess it would depend on who you asked. It’s a difficult question!
You’re playing at the awesome Tribal Village in London this September. What kind of prep do you do for your sets and what are you looking forward to the most about this gig?
I’ll be playing a live set of my own material at Tribal Village, so most of the prep will be the hours spent in the studio trying to fine tune all the tracks. There’s a lot of new material, collaborations and remixes, and I can’t wait to play them to you all at the event. We’re going to have a total blast!
What’s up next for you. Any plans/productions/releases in the pipeline you want to tell us about?
There’s a very exciting remix album in the pipeline at the moment, due out in November on Nano Records. It’ will consist of remixes of Pogo tunes, by some top international artists, including Altruism, Earthling, Volcano, Earthspace, Imaginarium, Tron, Neuromotor and myself. The first tracks are in, and sounding great. I’m also working on a number of collaborations with artists such as Tristan, Mandala, Earthspace, Dickster & Laughing Buddha, amongst others. I’ll be doing a remix for the Killerwatts remix album, which I’m looking forward to. You’ll also be seeing some fresh solo Pogo material soon. I really feel like I’m just getting warmed up… brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm.
Jamie - a big thank you for doing this interview! Looking forward to hearing you at Tribal Village on the 8th September! x
Catch DJ Pogo playing at Tribal Village this September 8th, 2018 at The Steelyard, London:
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