The Entertainment Shack

Girl Talk in Madison

Posted by Erik W on Feb 22, 2008 10:11 AM

I went to see Gregg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk) at the Memorial Union yesterday. Girl Talk is a mash-up DJ. Unlike your typical DJ which uses cross fades (or horrible DJs that don't even use that), Girl Talk beat matches the ends and beginning of songs, so there isn't a single second of 'down time' between them. He also layers songs on top of each other, making comparisons you wouldn't even think of (Ying Yang Twins vs The Verve)

Girl Talk
(My camera battery died, so thanks to Kennis for this pic)

Before Girl Talk went on, there was Totally Michael, who pretty much just ran around screaming his songs. He was alright, but at this point everyone wanted Girl Talk.

I'm not sure whose fault it was, but the WUD Music Committee (who put on the show) seemed very unorganized (and unprofessional... body surfing after they told everyone not to). The show started a half hour late, and between Totally Michael and Girl Talk they were being annoying and stalling instead of just saying "It will be 20 minutes, go get a drink of water", or something.

Girl Talk was pretty amazing though. Although, for some reason I always thought he mixed on turn tables, and was slightly bummed when he came out with a laptop. But I managed to sneak a peak at his laptop during the show, and he was using AudioMulch to mix everything live (and I checked... he wasn't cheating by playing pre-mixed music).

I don't know how he was able to do it... the crowd was crazy! Only a select few were suposed to be allowed on the stage, but it turned into hundreds. You can't even see him in the picture I posted above. WUD members had to hold down the corners of the table to prevent it from being knocked over. He was mixing with one hand and using the other to keep his laptop on the table. And as people left the crowd to get a drink of water, it seemed like they had been through a tornado.

To my friends who sold their tickets: you missed quite the show.

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