Girl Talk/Gregg Gillis On New Album, Music Industry

July 29, 2008
Washington Post

Gregg Gillis, who goes by the stage name Girl Talk, was online Tuesday, July 29 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss his music, his new album, “Feed the Animals,” the process of finding and mixing samples for his songs and distributing the album online.

A transcript follows.

A former biomedical engineer, Gillis’s 2006 album “Night Ripper” made the best-of lists of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Blender and Pitchfork. “Feed the Animals” combines more than 300 samples in a little more than 50 minutes. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) used constituent Gillis, who lives in Pittsburgh, as an example of why sampling should be allowed under copyright law during a 2007 Congressional hearing.

Washington, D.C.: When you make your music, are you making it primarily for people to just listen to and dance with at home, or do you also think that your music is something DJs can play in a club? Do you agree that a lot of DJs are hesitant to play your music because there’s the idea that the songs aren’t really “songs”? Does this idea bother you, or how would you respond to that idea?

Girl Talk: I really aim to make transformative music that becomes its own entity. So because of that, I’d like for DJs to be able to play it. DJs play plenty of music containing samples. DJs can play MARRS’ “Pump up the Volume” and it’s not weird at all.

Girl Talk: Ideally, people could listen to my stuff at their home, on their headphones, or dancing with friends. My main interest is making tunes that people can sit down and listen to at home. I’m not trying to create any sort of perfect club mix. If I were, then it probably wouldn’t be as ADD.

But, if DJs can play it, then that’s awesome too.
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