I wait 15 minutes and try again. This time he picks up almost immediately. It's the little things like this that make up Gillis' day-to-day life in Pittsburgh, where he has lived for almost all his life. Although he's headlining this weekend's Escape Music Festival in New York City, there's no doubt that Gillis' touring schedule is far less busy compared to five or six years ago—when the frenzy over his sample-based mash-ups were at their peak. Now, without a recent album to promote and no announced projects for the future, Gillis gets to spend more in his city's music scene—which he has no complaints about.
In February, when we all took going outside for granted, Girl Talk announced his first club tour in eight years. It was to be a grand celebration of sweat and cross-generational sound, a return to roots for the celebrated producer and mash-up artist who got his start causing havoc in hot-box venues across the nation. All that changed a month later. While there is yet no news of rescheduled dates Tuesday April 28 , on what would have been the first day of Girl Talk's spring tour, we get inside Gillis' creative process, his work as a hip-hop producer and his thoughts on why he never got sued for using all those samples. You did a bunch of festivals last year, but this is your first proper tour in eight years. We've discussed a tour for the past five years.
Gregg Michael Gillis born October 26, , known by the stage name Girl Talk , is an American disc jockey who specializes in mashups and digital sampling. He was trained as an engineer. Gillis began experimenting with electronic music and sampling while a student at Chartiers Valley High School in the Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania suburb of Bridgeville. After a few collaborative efforts, he started the solo "Girl Talk" project while studying biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland , Ohio. In school, Gillis focused on tissue engineering. Gillis states his musical inspirations to have been Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. Gillis has also stated that he was always into hip-hop and pop music.