Girl Talk (musician)

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Girl Talk

Background information
Birth name Gregg Gillis
Born October 26, 1981 (1981-10-26) (age 27)
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Genre(s) Mashup, Electronic, Dance, Glitch, Experimental music, Pop
Instrument(s) Laptop
Years active 2001–present
Label(s) Illegal Art
333 recordings
SSS Records
Spasticated Records
12 Apostles
Girl Talk in Paris, 2007

Gregg Gillis (born October 26, 1981), better known by his stage name Girl Talk, is an American musician. Gillis, who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has released four LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on 333 and 12 Apostles. He began making music while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He specializes in mashup style remixes, in which he uses often a dozen or more unauthorized samples from different songs to create a new song; The New York Times Magazine has called his music "a lawsuit waiting to happen,"[1] a criticism that Gillis has attributed to a mainstream media that wants "to create controversy where it doesn’t really exist," citing fair use as a legal backbone for his sampling practices.[2]

He has given different explanations for the origin of his stage name, once saying that it alluded to a Jim Morrison poem[3] and once saying that it alluded to an early Merzbow side project.[4] Most recently, he attributed the name to a grunge band called TAD, based in Seattle.[5]

In school, Gillis focused on tissue engineering. He later worked as an engineer, but quit in May 2007 to focus solely on music.[6]


[edit] Awards

In 2007, Gillis was the recipient of a Wired magazine Rave Award.[7]

In December 2008, Feed the Animals was number four on Time Magazine's Top 10 Albums of 2008.[8]

In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a very positive review of Feed the Animals and gave the album four stars. They ranked the album as #24 on their Top 50 albums of 2008.

Blender magazine rated Feed the Animals as the second best recording/album of 2008.

[edit] Film appearances

In 2007, Gillis appeared in Good Copy Bad Copy, a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture. In 2008, Gregg once again played the fair-use protagonist in an acclaimed documentary entitled RiP!: A Remix Manifesto, which won multiple awards during 2008 film festivals.

[edit] Discography

[edit] Albums

[edit] Bootlegs

[edit] EPs

[edit] Compilation appearances

[edit] Remixes

[edit] Production credits

[edit] Software

In an interview with Triple J on January 29, 2009, Gillis stated that he uses Adobe Audition and AudioMulch.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Walker, Rob. "Mash-up Model". The New York Times Magazine, July 20, 2008, p.15. Retrieved on 2008-07-30. 
  2. ^ McLendon, Ryan (2008-11-14). "Interview: Girl Talk a/k/a Gregg Gillis". Village Voice. 
  3. ^ Cardace, Sara. "Pants-Off Dance-Off". Screening Room. Retrieved on 2007-02-10. 
  4. ^ GOTTY (2007-05-23). "The Art Of Persuasion…". The Smoking Section. Retrieved on 2008-07-11. 
  5. ^ Hamilton, Ted. "Girl Talk and Rock". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved on 2009-04-07. 
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  7. ^ Watercutter, Angela. "The 2007 Rave Awards". Wired Magazine, April 24, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-08-15. 
  8. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh. "4. Feed the Animals by Girl Talk - The Top 10 Everything of 2008". Time Magazine, December 2008.,30583,1855948_1864324_1864335,00.html. Retrieved on 2008-12-9. 
  9. ^ Maher, Dave (2008-03-04). "High Places, Trey Told 'Em, Fuck Buttons on Huge Comp". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2008-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Beck Song Information - Cellphone's Dead". Retrieved on 2008-08-28. 
  11. ^ Suarez, Jessica (2007-04-17). ""Cheer It On" (Trey Told Em remix) [MP3"]. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2008-08-28. 
  12. ^ iskeith3 (2007-07-19). "Girl Talk at the Pitchfork Music Festival". YouTube. Retrieved on 2008-07-11. 
  13. ^ Raymer, Miles (2007-10-13). "The Thrill Isn’t Gone". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved on 2008-08-18. 
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