Hey all. Don’t be alarmed… I am not writing about the girl talk that you are probably familiar with. I don’t have much interest in the gossiping that goes on between members of the female sex and the prevalence of it on campus. I’m guessing you most likely would have no interest in hearing about it anyway.
No… I am talking about Girl Talk (Greg Gillis), the musical artist who was on the Bates campus last weekend. I hesitate to call him a musical artist because he doesn’t actually create any of his own music. He samples hundreds of songs from a host of artists and across many genres, mixing the lyrics and beats of multiple songs at once to create a completely new song. In part of one of his more popular songs, he mixes Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Juicy’ with Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’. His ability to mix songs is unrivaled. Although his sampling and mashing of music was called, “a lawsuit waiting to happen” by the New York Times Magazine he has become immensely popular and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Last Saturday night, Bates students were lucky enough to see him perform right on campus in the Gray Cage (Gray Gymnasium). Thousands of people (many students from other Maine schools made the trip to Bates for the concert) packed in and enjoyed the concert. I can honestly say it was the wildest concert I have ever witnessed. Students mobbed the stage and danced with Girl Talk while he mixed music on his computer and danced with other students. At one point, Girl Talk jumped on to a table, stripping down to his boxers and joined the mass dance party.
It was truly an incredible concert. Just another great event offered by Bates. More concerts are scheduled for the rest of the school year and I can’t wait for them… Until next time…
Read about Girl Talk in the Bates Student here and check out this video of Girl Talk at Bates: