Girl Talk Creates a Mash-Up

30 Oct

I am super-pumped! St Jerome’s Laneway Festival tickets are on sale and Pittsburgh-based musician Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is headlining.  This guy is set to induce feverish spaz outs on the streets as he triggers samples and creates mixes new and old out of loops from his laptop. Gillis’ latest album, Feed the Animals, is composed almost entirely of more than 200 samples of other artists’ music, ranging from Lil Wayne to Kenny Loggins — none of which Gillis has obtained permission to use. It’s safe to say that you won’t hear his stuff on commercial radio. The above video gives a neat insight into how Gillis mixes his music. His approach to crafting a mash-up matches nicely with one of my favourite definitions of creativity by Steve Jobs: “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask a creative person how they did something, they may feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things”.


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