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Girl Talk: Brand New Mash-ups

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Posted by admin On August - 30 - 2008

girltalksmiling~Z.T.~ Gregg Gillis (better known as Girl Talk) spoke to me before his first weekend off from performing all year. He just moved into a new apartment in Pittsburgh and has been without internet for two weeks and says he’s loving the freedom. With no internet or shows to distract him, he’s still putting in 5-10 hours a day with his system of trial and error on samples. Even though he’s always working, he “can’t even imagine making another album, but that’s how I felt after Night Ripper too.”Trial and Error: “Most of the mash-ups don’t work. The majority of it doesn’t work. If I sat at computer, I could play ones that surprise you.”

As soon as he suggested it, I kept letting him know how much I’d love to hear what he was working on. He brought up his computer, put me on speaker and played me his latest. A combination of ODB’s “Got Your Money” and Grateful Dead’s “Casey Jones.” It’s a brilliant combination with the “Baby I Got Your Money” hook over the rhythmic playing of Jerry and company. I can’t stop nodding my head. (Even though almost no music sounds decent played through the phone. I can tell.

Then he plays a failed mash-up of the same two songs. “This is the (ODB) hook with melodies from ‘Casey Jones,'” he says. “I think this is heavily crashing. Rhythmically it’s in line, but I think it’s very flat. ” I can’t argue. As perfectly as the first mash-up sounds, it’s wild to hear how you need just the right part of each song to make it work.

Remember “Got Your Money?”

Why Girl Talk? Gregg said he wanted to “stick out like a sore thumb on a line-up” when he was playing with experimental bands with names like via x _3R.

Is Nothing Sacred?

GT: “I don’t think anything is sacred. I’m open to using anything. For something like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. The Beatles are my favorite band that I don’t know all that well. I feel like if I sample it, I better be 100% into it. For me, it’s like, growing up my favorite band was always Nirvana. And B.I.G. And if anything would be sacred it would be that.”

Better to burn out or fade away?
GT: “I can’t imagine performing and jumping on people’s heads and pouring beer on myself the rest of my life. The past few years have been insane. Rather go out with a bang than fade away. I don’t want to fade out. I’d rather quit one year from now when I’m peaking … or go to a point where it’s creepy when I’m on college campuses…

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