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Girl Talk Explains Building a Halloween Concert, Writing Original Material

After the warm reception to 2014's 'Broken Ankles' EP with Philadelphia rapper Freeway, Greg Gillis is taking his career beyond mashup territory

Girl Talk's never far from our hearts, despite his last traditionally Girl Talk-y album, All Day, being more than five years in the rearview. The mashup maestro born Greg Gillis was on hand at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2015 to rock with Fuse for an interview, talking first about his first-ever EP of original material, 2014's Broken Ankles with Philadelphia rapper Freeway.

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"It was kind of a small project that turned out to be a much bigger thing than we intended it to be," he said, clearly stunned by where it all went. Now Gillis, traditionally a solo act, is looking to do more original collaborations, building beats of his own and seeking out artists to spit (and sing, maybe?) on 'em. 

Girl Talk's continuing to put on those one-of-a-kind parties-as-concerts as well, of course. Voodoo is "definitely the only festival that I cater to thematically with the holiday," he tells us.

Gillis has long-standing ties to New Orleans, home of the fest. "Even in the earlier years, right when things were kinda taking off for me, it's a city I came to a lot, playing small clubs," he says. The omnivorous genre beast loves himself some bounce, too. Shoutout Big Freedia!

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