Music: Girl Talk

Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is a mash-up artist and lawsuit waiting to happen. He takes Pop songs you know and love (or maybe hate) and recreates them into something entirely new and very danceable. But Gillis’ use of other artists’ music is entirely un

Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) is a mash-up artist and lawsuit waiting to happen. He takes Pop songs you know and love (or maybe hate) and recreates them into something entirely new and very danceable.

“The ultimate goal is to recontextualize the material enough where it has its own identity,” he says. “The whole idea of the project is just embracing Pop. I want to make the most over-the-top pop-collage album.”

But Gillis’ use of other artists’ music is entirely unauthorized, which means that his album could also be a collection of 300 potential copyright-infringement lawsuits. Gillis and his label contend that by using the snippets in such unorthodox ways he’s creating new material rather than copying what others have done. So far they haven’t had to argue that case in court, because no one has sued.

See Gillis, his laptop and maybe his nipples at Bogart's on Sunday. Read an extended interview with him (the cover story in this week's CityBeat) here.

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