Props to the Collegian’s Rich Coleman for his recent interview with Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk. From the interview, even those that think they know Girl Talk will learn a lot about the man behind the music. It allows a glimpse into the psyche of the man taking college campuses from coast to coast by storm. As part of our continuing coverage of the Girl Talk phenomenon, several excerpts we enjoyed are displayed below.
I recently saw your “I’m a PC” ad with Microsoft. How did that opportunity come about?
They just reached out, ya know, I had some other sponsorship opportunities in the past and none of them really seemed that fitting. I mean, I’m open to the idea of doing that with anyone but the others just seemed bit weird and it’s something where … [pause]… the programs I use have always been PC-based and the program I use to perform live, which is called Audiomulch, is PC only right now. So, something that people made a big deal about over the years is people noticing I’m using a PC instead of a Mac which is not typically the case in the art/music field. So, they reached out and I thought it was fitting since it has been an issue in the past and, for me, it was just kind of funny, ya know what I mean? Where everything exists right now is a big surprise to me in the fact that I got this big that, to be potentially be featured on TV in an actual advertisement, is just hilarious. So that’s basically why I did it. I was psyched that they reached out but also just excited at the possibility for my parents to see my face on TV.
Girl Talk a PC? Who would have known? Perhaps it stems from his past life as an engineer?
More after the jump…
This is my last question for you and hopefully it’s pretty simple, but I was wondering what are your top albums of 2008?
Oh, man! I don’t even … Can I hit you up on e-mail on that? I can’t do it off the top of my head.
Oh, yeah, of course.
Actually, can I just give you a handful of ones that I like instead of 10?
I really like the Lil Wayne album, the Beyoncé album, the Killer Mike album, the Bun B album, the Of Montreal album, the MGMT album … uh … the new Grand Buffet album, I’m a big fan of … uh … let me think, what else did I like? Hm, I really like the new Squarepusher album, um, yeah. Those are my favs, I guess.
Wow. His musical taste is so eclectic; from Lil Wayne to MGMT to Beyoncé, but I guess that’s to be expected from the man who makes his living off of Top 40 sampling.
Once again, Rich Coleman does a great job with the interview. It should be a really fun time down at Alumni Hall tonight. I just hope no one has to stand outside in the rain for too long.