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50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Girl Talk – #25

Posted on 19 March 2012 by admin

 

 

From Wikipedia.com

Gregg Michael Gillis[1][2] (born October 26, tadalafil 1981), capsule better known by his stage name Girl Talk, look [3] is an American musician specializing in mashups and digital sampling. Gillis has released five LPs on the record label Illegal Art and EPs on 333 and 12 Apostles.

Career

Gillis began making music while a student at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville. After a few collaborative efforts he started the solo “Girl Talk” project and continued making music under the Girl Talk alias while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In school, Gillis focused on tissue engineering. He later worked as an engineer, but quit in May 2007 to focus solely on music.[4]

He produces 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,”[5] a criticism that Gillis has attributed to mainstream media that wants “to create controversy where it doesn’t really exist,” citing fair use as a legal backbone for his sampling practices.[6]

He has given different explanations for the origin of his stage name, once saying that it alluded to a Jim Morrison poem[7] and once saying that it alluded to an early Merzbow side project.[8] Most recently, he attributed the name to a grunge band called Tad, based in Seattle.[9]

In a 2009 interview with FMLY, Gillis stated:

The name Girl Talk is a reference to many things, products, magazines, books. It’s a pop culture phrase. The whole point of choosing the name early on was basically to just stir things up a little within the small scene I was operating from. I came from a more experimental background and there were some very overly serious, borderline academic type electronic musicians. I wanted to pick a name that they would be embarrassed to play with. You know Girl Talk sounded exactly the opposite of a man playing a laptop, so that’s what I chose.[10]

Gillis is featured heavily in the 2008 open source documentary RiP!: A Remix Manifesto.

Since Gillis releases his music under Creative Commons licenses, fans may legally use it in derivative works. Many create mashup video collages using the samples’ original music videos.[11]

For possible future projects, Gillis is considering creating individual songs rather than full-length albums with the songs tied together.[12] Girl Talk released his fifth LP All Day on November 15, 2010 – free through the Illegal Art website.[13] A U.S. tour in support of All Day began in Gillis’s hometown of Pittsburgh with two sold-out shows at the new Stage AE concert hall.[14]

Album pricing

After the success of his album Feed the Animals, for which listeners were asked to pay a price of their choosing, Gillis made all of his other albums similarly available via the Illegal Art website.

Awards

In 2007, Gillis was the recipient of a Wired magazine Rave Award.[15]

Feed the Animals was number four on Times Top 10 Albums of 2008.[16] Rolling Stone gave the album four stars and ranked the album #24 on their Top 50 albums of 2008. Blender magazine rated it the second-best recording/album of 2008,[citation needed] and NPR listeners rated it the 16th best album of the year.[17]

Gillis’ hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania named December 7, 2010 “Gregg Gillis Day”.[18]

Film appearances

In 2007, Girl Talk appeared in Good Copy Bad Copy, a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture.

In 2008, he appeared as a test case for fair use in Brett Gaylor‘s RiP!: A Remix Manifesto, a call to overhaul copyright laws. His parents, in one scene, complain to him about his frequent stripping during his performances. He also discusses his medical career and how laws affect his research.

 

 

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/girltalk

http://illegal-art.net/girltalk/

http://www.facebook.com/girltalkmusic

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