September 29, 2009

Girl Talk with Adam Perry

Boulder, CO-based writer Adam Perry is currently a guest blogger on City Creative and recently interviewed the nationally popular Bridgeville-based DJ Girl Talk! Perry wrote an article for Boulder Weekly and compiled a great interview with Girl Talk (AKA Greg Gillis) for the weekly magazine. From the BW article:
27-year old electronic music star Gregg Gillis was born and raised in Bridgeville, PA – just one suburb over from my hometown – and began to perform and record under the name “Girl Talk” as a bio-engineering student at Case Western University in Cleveland. These days, Gillis performs his sensational mash-ups for packed, crazed audiences all over the world but still lives in Pittsburgh and feels embraced by the artistic community there, even as the population of the classic blue-collar American city shrinks each year.

“Pittsburgh rules,” Gillis says. “The Steelers won the Super Bowl. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup. We’ve have an unstoppable year. There’s always been a healthy art and music scene here. I started to go to local shows around 1996, and I’ve been exposed to a lot of great shit. Back then, I was into Operation Re-Information, the 1985, Don Caballero, and a bunch of others. I was able to start a band where we basically just smashed stuff and threw fireworks at the audience, and people embraced it to a certain degree.”

“Pittsburgh was a great place to grow up musically, and it’s still going strong today with local acts like Grand Buffet, Wiz Khalifa, Centipede E’est, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Modey Lemon, and so on. I’m friends with many of those people, and I play shows with them. Everyone is connected to some degree.”
You can keep reading this article on Adam's blog post!
Perry blogged snippets of his interview with Gillis that wasn't published in Boulder Weekly on City Creative and I had a fun time reading it and learning a bit more about Girl Talk's background. GT does play in Pittsburgh when not on the road, and I know I'll be at the next show! See you there!


(Photo above by Adam Perry for Boulder Weekly)

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