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Girl Talk began as a side gig in the early 2000s while Gillis studied biomedical engineering in college, and the project's sound initially [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness highlighted glitch and noise]] with more erratically-paced mashups.

As playing for live audiences made a demand for party-oriented music apparent, [[GrowingTheBeard Gillis' sound evolved to both reflect that and garner much more success]], with his first post-glitch work ''Night Ripper'' (released in 2006) being his first album to receive widespread attention from both the public and big-name artists.

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Girl Talk began as a side gig in the early 2000s while Gillis studied biomedical engineering in college, and the project's sound initially [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness highlighted glitch and noise]] with more erratically-paced mashups.

mashups. As playing for live audiences made a demand for party-oriented music apparent, [[GrowingTheBeard Gillis' sound evolved to both reflect that and garner much more success]], with his first post-glitch work ''Night Ripper'' (released in 2006) being his first album to receive widespread attention from both the public and big-name artists.


Gregg Michael Gillis (born October 26, 1981), better known under the stage name Girl Talk, is a Pittsburgh-based musician responsible for some of the most popular work with mashups and digital {{sampling}} to come out of his time.

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Gregg Michael Gillis (born October 26, 1981), better known under the stage name Girl Talk, is a Pittsburgh-based musician responsible for some of the most popular work with mashups and digital {{sampling}} to come out of his time.
the late [=2000s=] and early [=2010s=].


To boot, the name has also grown fairly attached to the unique brand of live shows Gillis has become known for, with staples including a large group of fans routinely being pulled from the crowd to dance behind Gillis onstage, showers of confetti and/or toilet paper, and Gillis' [[GenkiGuy insane levels of animation]] tying everything together with levels of energy that make a guy behind a laptop seriously rival an arena rock concert.

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To boot, the name has also grown fairly attached to the unique brand of live shows Gillis has become known for, with staples including a large group of fans routinely being pulled from the crowd to dance behind Gillis him onstage, showers of confetti and/or toilet paper, and Gillis' his [[GenkiGuy insane levels of animation]] tying everything together with levels of energy that make a guy behind a laptop seriously rival an arena rock concert.


* '''{{Sampling}}''': Unabashedly and indiscriminately at that, with '''hundreds''' of songs from a large gamut fo genres regularly going into a single album.

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* '''{{Sampling}}''': Unabashedly and indiscriminately at that, with '''hundreds''' of songs from a large gamut fo variety of genres regularly going into a single album.


The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers them over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).

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The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds an enormous amount of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, usually courtesy of the program [=AudioMulch=], with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers them over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).
Dancer"]]).

To boot, the name has also grown fairly attached to the unique brand of live shows Gillis has become known for, with staples including a large group of fans routinely being pulled from the crowd to dance behind Gillis onstage, showers of confetti and/or toilet paper, and Gillis' [[GenkiGuy insane levels of animation]] tying everything together with levels of energy that make a guy behind a laptop seriously rival an arena rock concert.



* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Invoked. His albums are designed as one continuous mix, and he and his label Illegal Art have both confirmed that listening to them as such is the optimal experience, but they are split into multiple tracks for ease of navigation.
* GenkiGuy: He's extremely animated during live shows; jumping around, shouting, and stripping are regular occasions. He's gone on record describing his concert as a "rock-and-roll laptop show", and he's not exaggerating.

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Invoked. His albums from ''Night Ripper'' onward are designed as one continuous mix, and he and his label Illegal Art have both confirmed that listening to them as such is the optimal experience, but they are split into multiple tracks for ease of navigation.
* GenkiGuy: He's extremely animated during live shows; jumping around, shouting, and stripping taking his shirt off are regular occasions. He's gone on record describing his concert as a "rock-and-roll stating that he does this to distinguish himself from the gaggle of laptop show", and he's not exaggerating.musicians who look like they're "checking emails" at their shows.



** ''Unstoppable'', while still very influenced by the complex editing of glitch, was far less steeped in the genre than ''Secret Diary'', leaning into the consistent beats and more palatable sound design that he'd become known for.

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** ''Unstoppable'', while still very influenced by the complex editing of glitch, was far less steeped in the genre than ''Secret Diary'', leaning into the consistent beats and more palatable accessible sound design that he'd become known for.



* SingerNamedrop: Each of his shows start with a sample of the phrase "girl talk", as spoken by a rapper, starting slowly but increasing in tempo.

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* SingerNamedrop: Each of his His shows start with a sample samples of the phrase "girl talk", as spoken by a rapper, whether from rappers or (in his earlier shows) news reporters, starting slowly but increasing in tempo.


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* SurrealHumor: Beyond the ear-searing noise, ''Secret Diary'' is definitely an album that has no bones about not taking itself too seriously, with its pairings of samples being all the more unexpected without an underlying beat.
-->"What if God was--" "A PROJECT BITCH"


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first two albums were firmly rooted in an anti-commercial, extremely technical glitch-based sound, the first in particular to avant-garde extents.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first two albums were firmly rooted in an anti-commercial, extremely technical technical, glitch-based sound, the first sound. ''Secret Diary'' in particular pushed it to avant-garde extents.extents, usually eschewing beats entirely for stretches of distorted samples so off-the-wall and bizarre that the whole experience has been likened to what a [=YouTube=] Poop album would sound like.



* MinisculeRocking: ''Unstoppable'' is the only album to exhibit tracks that work as interludes, with "Pump It Up", "The Feeling" and "Step to It" all barely exceeding a minute in length.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Unstoppable'', while still very influenced by the complex editing of glitch, was far less steeped in the genre than ''Secret Diary'', leaning into the consistent beats and more palatable sound design that he'd become known for.
** ''Night Ripper'' moved even further away from the glitch influences, highlighting a prominent party-oriented energy.



* SensoryAbuse:
** All throughout the glitchy sound of ''Secret Diary'', which has on more than one occasion been compared to a frying computer.
** The beat of "Cleveland, Shake" gets noticeably intentionally distorted in its ending.



* ShoutOut: The cover to his first album, ''[[http://fanart.tv/fanart/music/24e36781-1f4a-40af-bd18-c5de61f10c66/albumcover/secret-diary-5062891e6d204.jpg Secret Diary]]'', is a re-creation of a board game called... [[http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/pattygopez/default/16-board-games-make-feel--large-msg-131612805143.jpg?post_id=100207211 Girl Talk]].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
The cover to his first album, ''[[http://fanart.tv/fanart/music/24e36781-1f4a-40af-bd18-c5de61f10c66/albumcover/secret-diary-5062891e6d204.jpg Secret Diary]]'', is a re-creation of a board game called... [[http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/pattygopez/default/16-board-games-make-feel--large-msg-131612805143.jpg?post_id=100207211 Girl Talk]].Talk]].
** His "Bone Hard Zaggin'" single is presumably a nod to the Big Mello album of the same name.



* SpokenWordInMusic: ''Unstoppable'' opens with a sound collage of various news reporters speaking about -- and ''trying'' to describe -- the Girl Talk project.

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* SpokenWordInMusic: ''Unstoppable'' Several times in ''Unstoppable''.
** "All Eyes On Me"
opens the album with a sound collage of various news reporters speaking about -- and ''trying'' to describe -- the Girl Talk project.project with varying levels of snark. [[StupidStatementDanceMix The reporters' voices are then chopped up and worked into the beat]] towards the end.
** "Cleveland, Shake" opens with a skit where Gillis gets a call from Frank Musarra (a long-time collaborator of his better known as Hearts of Darknesses, which is what he introduces himself as), who tells him that the prominent "Shake That Ass Bitch" sample the track uses was already used by [=Kid606=] on his last record. Gillis admits he didn't buy his last record, and Musarra concurs that he didn't either.


+Music/AphexTwin, Cock E.S.P., Masonna, Music/{{Merzbow}}, Music/{{Negativland}}, Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/{{Squarepusher}}

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+Music/AphexTwin, Cock E.S.P., Masonna, Music/{{Merzbow}}, Music/{{Negativland}}, Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/{{Squarepusher}}Music/{{Squarepusher}}, Music/TheBeatles



Gregg Michael Gillis (born October 26, 1981), better known under the stage name Girl Talk, is a Pittsburgh-based musician responsible for some of the most popular mashup work to come out of his time.

The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers it over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).

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Gregg Michael Gillis (born October 26, 1981), better known under the stage name Girl Talk, is a Pittsburgh-based musician responsible for some of the most popular mashup work with mashups and digital {{sampling}} to come out of his time.

The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers it them over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).



* FaceOnTheCover: ''Unstoppable''[='=]s cover is a close-up of Gillis' face with the Girl Talk logo superimposed.

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* FaceOnTheCover: ''Unstoppable''[='=]s cover is a close-up of Gillis' face with the Girl Talk logo superimposed.superimposed in hot pink.



* InsistentTerminology: Gillis hasn't taken much liking to being categorized as a DJ, as he tries to do more than the standard DJ fare with his work. He even sells a shirt on his store that has "I'm not a DJ" across it.

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* InsistentTerminology: Gillis hasn't taken much liking to being categorized as a DJ, as he tries to do more than the standard DJ fare with his work. He even sells a shirt on through his store that has "I'm not a DJ" across it.



* '''{{Sampling}}''': Unabashedly and indiscriminately at that, with '''hundreds''' of songs regularly going into a single album.

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* '''{{Sampling}}''': Unabashedly and indiscriminately at that, with '''hundreds''' of songs from a large gamut fo genres regularly going into a single album.



* TitleDrop: The albums' track names are usually derived from lyrics heard being sampled in the song, and in the case of ''All Day'', [[AlbumTitleDrop the album name itself as well]].

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* TitleDrop: The Invoked; the albums' track names are usually derived from lyrics heard being sampled in the song, and in the case of ''All Day'', [[AlbumTitleDrop the album name itself as well]].


The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers it over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).



As playing for live audiences made a demand for party-oriented music apparent, [[GrowingTheBeard Gillis' sound evolved to both reflect that and garner much more success]], with his first post-glitch work ''Night Ripper'' being his first album to receive widespread attention from both the public and big-name artists.

The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers it over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).

Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started using the Girl Talk name to do original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day under the name ([[https://twitter.com/girltalk/status/1226928486511792135 in fact, one's slated for May 2020]]), incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.

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As playing for live audiences made a demand for party-oriented music apparent, [[GrowingTheBeard Gillis' sound evolved to both reflect that and garner much more success]], with his first post-glitch work ''Night Ripper'' (released in 2006) being his first album to receive widespread attention from both the public and big-name artists.

The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers it over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).

Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started using the Girl Talk name to do original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day under the name ([[https://twitter.com/girltalk/status/1226928486511792135 in fact, one's slated for May 2020]]), name, incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.


The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples from a vast array of sources and genres and sequencing them into one continuous mix, with pairings ranging from "surprisingly genius" to [[RefugeInAudacity "hilariously audacious"]].

Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started doing original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk ([[https://twitter.com/girltalk/status/1226928486511792135 with his most recent slated for May 2020]]), incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.

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The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples from a vast array of sources and genres and sequencing them into one continuous dance mix, with pairings ranging from "surprisingly genius" to usually being equal parts [[RefugeInAudacity "hilariously audacious"]].

hilariously audacious]] and [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds surprisingly fitting]], and often consisting of multiple vastly different genres at the same time (one of his most famous takes the vocals of [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG "Juicy"]] and layers it over [[Music/EltonJohn "Tiny Dancer"]]).

Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started doing using the Girl Talk name to do original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk under the name ([[https://twitter.com/girltalk/status/1226928486511792135 with his most recent in fact, one's slated for May 2020]]), incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.


Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started doing original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk, incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.

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Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started doing original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk, Talk ([[https://twitter.com/girltalk/status/1226928486511792135 with his most recent slated for May 2020]]), incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.


His style consists of taking hundreds of samples from a vast array of sources and sequencing them into one continuous mix, with pairings ranging from "surprisingly genius" to [[RefugeInAudacity "hilariously audacious"]].

Girl Talk began as a side gig in the early 2000s while studying biomedical engineering in college, with which Gillis initially [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness highlighted glitch and noise]] with more erratically-paced mashups.

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His style consists of taking hundreds of samples from a vast array of sources and sequencing them into one continuous mix, with pairings ranging from "surprisingly genius" to [[RefugeInAudacity "hilariously audacious"]].

Girl Talk began as a side gig in the early 2000s while studying Gillis studied biomedical engineering in college, with which Gillis and the project's sound initially [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness highlighted glitch and noise]] with more erratically-paced mashups.



Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following the release of 2010's ''All Day'', he started doing more serious hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk, incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.

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The style Girl Talk is now synonymous with consists of taking hundreds of samples from a vast array of sources and genres and sequencing them into one continuous mix, with pairings ranging from "surprisingly genius" to [[RefugeInAudacity "hilariously audacious"]].

Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following both the release of 2010's ''All Day'', Day'' and his long-time record label Illegal Art going on an indefinite hiatus, he started doing more serious original hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk, incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.



!!Tropes associated with Girl Talk:

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!!Tropes associated with Girl Talk:!!Girl Tropes:



* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Invoked. His albums are designed to be one continuous mix, only split into multiple tracks for ease of navigation, and most of them are available on his store both separated and as single seamless files.

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Invoked. His albums are designed to be as one continuous mix, only and he and his label Illegal Art have both confirmed that listening to them as such is the optimal experience, but they are split into multiple tracks for ease of navigation, and most of them are available on his store both separated and as single seamless files.navigation.


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* InsistentTerminology: Gillis hasn't taken much liking to being categorized as a DJ, as he tries to do more than the standard DJ fare with his work. He even sells a shirt on his store that has "I'm not a DJ" across it.
** Subverted with how he chooses to classify his music; he opts for nothing more specific or academic than "sample-based music".


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* SingerNamedrop: Each of his shows start with a sample of the phrase "girl talk", as spoken by a rapper, starting slowly but increasing in tempo.
* SpokenWordInMusic: ''Unstoppable'' opens with a sound collage of various news reporters speaking about -- and ''trying'' to describe -- the Girl Talk project.
* SubduedSection: As noted by Pitchfork, ''All Day'' relies on these a bit more compared to the consistent energy of his previous albums; a notable example is the relaxed Music/JohnLennon[=/=]Music/{{UGK}} mashup that ends the album.

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Invoked. His albums are designed to be one continuous mix, only split into multiple tracks for ease of navigation, and most of them are available on his store both separated and as single seamless files.


* SerialEscalation: Gillis steadily upped the ante with each album after ''Night Ripper'' in regards to amount of samples and scale of mashups, culminating in ''All Day'', which is not only densely layered but his only album to comfortably exceed ''an hour'' in length.

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* SerialEscalation: Gillis steadily upped the ante with each album after ''Night Ripper'' in regards to amount of samples and scale of mashups, culminating in ''All Day'', with which he tried to make "the most insane and complex pop collage album ever heard". It is not only densely layered layered, but it's his only album to comfortably exceed ''an hour'' in length.


Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following the release of 2010's ''All Day'', he started doing more serious hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.

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Quitting his engineering job the next year to do music full-time, Gillis found continued success with his next works, but following the release of 2010's ''All Day'', he started doing more serious hip-hop production work for various rappers. While he still tours to this day as Girl Talk, incorporating samples from newer music, plans for another album have never grown beyond murmurs and tidbits of info from interviews.



* GenkiGuy: He's extremely animated during live shows; jumping around, shouting, and stripping are regular occasions.

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* GenkiGuy: He's extremely animated during live shows; jumping around, shouting, and stripping are regular occasions. He's gone on record describing his concert as a "rock-and-roll laptop show", and he's not exaggerating.
* NonindicativeName: Among the many sources Gillis has shared regarding the origin of the name Girl Talk, the only true answer is that the name was meant to stand in stark opposition to the overly serious musicians in the electronic scene Gillis was a part of.


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* SerialEscalation: Gillis steadily upped the ante with each album after ''Night Ripper'' in regards to amount of samples and scale of mashups, culminating in ''All Day'', which is not only densely layered but his only album to comfortably exceed ''an hour'' in length.


* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: Considering all of his sampling is unauthorized, he firmly sees his work as more beneficial to the original artists in the long run than anything and states that people tryAll of his albums are available in a pay-as-you-like system.

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* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: Considering all of his sampling is unauthorized, he firmly sees his work as more beneficial to the original artists in the long run than anything and states that people tryAll All of his albums are available in a pay-as-you-like system.


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* TemptingFate: Gillis sees his work as a subversion of this in regards to those who consider his extensive unauthorized sampling as such in the face of legal action. He likens this argument to mainstream media trying to instigate, and has cited fair use as a rationale for what he does. To his favor, he has yet to receive a lawsuit.

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