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Girl Talk - Sample

Girl Talk - Sample English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Apr 12 2011

Themes: Music

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense


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Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, makes musical collages. In art, a collage is when someone takes different pieces of other artists’ work and rearranges them, creating a brand new piece of art. Girl Talk does the same thing, but with music. He uses pieces of ten or more well-known songs to create a completely new song called a mashup. Using nothing more than a laptop, Girl Talk gets huge crowds dancing to his mashups.

The pieces of music he uses are called samples. A sample is a small amount of something. When you go to the store, sometimes they will let you taste a sample of something to decide if you like it. The act of using a short clip of someone else’s music in your own is called sampling. We met with Gregg on stage before a recent performance to talk about his music.

格雷格·吉利斯(Gregg Gillis),更为人熟知的名字是 Girl Talk,专门制作音乐大杂烩。在艺术领域,大杂烩是指当某人获取了其他艺术家不同的作品片段,并将它们重新组合,制造出一件全新的艺术作品。Girl Talk 便在做同样的事,只不过是用音乐。他用十首或者更多广为人知的歌曲片段,创作一首全新的歌曲。这种歌曲通常被称为“mashup”。而他做这一切仅仅需要使用一台笔记本电脑而已,Girl Talk 便能使大量拥趸随着他的音乐起舞。

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason, back with Girl Talk, and we want to talk about the word “sample.” I really can’t think of anyone better to teach the word “sample.” So, can you tell us, what does it mean to sample?

Gregg:  Yeah, “sample” has many applications. So, in general, it refers to a portion or a component of something. In my line of work, it’s taking a small fragment of music and using it. It’s kind of about taking pre-existing music and trying to transform it into something new.

Jason:  So, how do you choose the samples for your songs?

Gregg:  First of all, they have to be songs that I enjoy. I mean, there’s millions of songs out there, so it’s songs that I like. For me, one thing that works is it has to be kind of an isolated component, something I can layer with something else. So it’s like, if there’s just drums playing in the middle of a song, then that’s a good chance that maybe they could match up with something else. You could layer other elements to it.

Jason:  Is your music completely samples or are there original bits of music in there as well?

Gregg:  In general, my music is 99% samples.

Jason:  And so, it may surprise some people to learn that what you’re doing is legal, using all these samples. Can you talk about how that works?

Gregg:  Yeah, it is a gray area, so it’s not technically legal or illegal. It’s something where it can potentially be legal or it can potentially be illegal. There’s a thing called “fair use” and it allows you to sample music without asking for permission if it falls under a certain criteria and it kind of looks at the nature of what you’re doing. So, I believe that my work should fall under fair use, and I believe that it is legal, it should be legal. You know, thus far, I’ve had five albums and no one has really had an issue with it.

Jason:  Your shows are notoriously crazy. People love to dance all over the stage, everywhere. Is there a sample in particular that, when that one comes on, people really get going?

Gregg:  I would say there’s a moment on an album two albums ago where it’s Kelly Clarkson “Since You’ve Been Gone” mixed with a Nine Inch Nails song, “Wish.” That seems to always be a go-to. I don’t do it every night, but I feel like when I do hit it, it’s kind of always a big celebration.

Jason:  Well, thanks so much for talking with us today, Gregg. Can I get a high five and say, “English, baby!”?

Gregg:  English, baby!


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Gregg explains that a sample is a short part of a song that gets used in another song. His music is purely samples. There are hundreds of them on his new album! Gregg says he uses samples from songs he likes and samples that will sound good when played with another sample.

No one is really sure if what Gregg does is legal or not. He doesn’t pay anyone for the samples he uses, but he also doesn’t charge money for his recordings. But so far, no one has asked Gregg to stop using samples.

What sample do you think should appear on the next Girl Talk album?

See part one of this interview: Out of the Blue. Listen to Jason and Ella talk about Girl Talk on our blog. Download Girl Talk’s latest album for free here.



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02:16 AM Aug 16 2012 |




May be this kind of music is beautiful , I dont heard yet ..

12:39 PM Nov 01 2011 |

anahid goddess

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It will be different with past. He can make many music .Jobs Gregg is exiting & creative thats way I love it.

11:43 PM Apr 16 2011 |



Live in present. Think for future not for past. Never look behind it.

02:13 PM Apr 15 2011 |



life seems to be happy if you struggle and be succeeded

02:07 PM Apr 15 2011 |




I just surprised with this mashup! I never new such a thing exits and it really amazed me. I think the idea is brilliant and the work they have done far more than artistic.I hope they could continue for many years in creating albums and obtain real success. Because have haven't had time to listen to their already published songs, I can't find myself in any position to throw any suggestion. The first thing I am going to do is to download and watch one of their latest albums.I recommend you do so if you haven't got the chance yet like me

01:38 PM Apr 14 2011 |


qq_babySuper Member!


I like his music. Very fun! Cool I want to go to a show like this.

06:33 PM Apr 13 2011 |




03:59 PM Apr 12 2011 |




i like it


02:52 PM Apr 12 2011 |




i like that kinda music,,,its really pretty interstin even i dont know that band but i like what they do :)

01:42 PM Apr 12 2011 |




I got curious about it!

11:21 AM Apr 12 2011 |




He's s a smart guy to take advantage of this grey zone. It should be ok if he does this in China even charging money, but not sure in the US. Maybe he'll get himself in trouble if he starts to make money from his music collages.

I downloaded his new album yesterday, haven't listened yet. I doubt I know every clip, hope it won't be too noisy.

05:24 AM Apr 12 2011 |

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