Skrillex Oh My Gosh Girl Update

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Every sample has  a story. Does it really?

Yes, Oh My Gosh!

Frequently misheard as “Yes Oh My God”,  excitable teenager Rachael Nedrow couldn’t have imagined how far her exuberant cry would travel when she first uploaded it to YouTube.

Skrillex warps the space time continuum, well at least he does on this site. I see in my web site logs that the Skrillex Sample Yes Oh My Gosh post is one of our most popular. Lots of people search google for the origins of the sample. Then they come here – do they find what they want?

Maybe they want to do a Skrillex remix. Maybe they want to use the sample in their own music. Maybe they just want to know the story behind the sample.

Maybe what they want to know is the story of Skrillex going to meet Rachael Nedrow.

Rachael clearly has contributed to Skrillex’ success. Having said that, I believe Skrillex, ex “screamo” band “From First to Last” front man Sonny Moore would have been a huge breakout success without Rachael, and, at least in the cup stacking world, Rachael didn’t need all the Skrillex-related fame she has been showered with. Plus Rachael is clearly driven and talented – it seems she’s a rising tennis star now.

Here’s Rachael’s current twitter avatar:

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is a really stand-out track for Skrillex, and the sample is a real high point. Rachael’s frenetic triumph comes through and lends a lot of energy to the track at the edge of the monster drop. And yet, her comments on her involvement in this have been very humble. She hasn’t (as far as I know) commented publicly on whether she thought Sonny owed her something for the sample.

My guess is, she won’t.

Sampling in music is not illegal. However, copyright means that reproducing a piece of someone else’s sound may require specific permission from that person. Without that permission, they can take a musician to court over breach of copyright. There are many sound recordings which are already offered with a license to use for samples. Having a license is not the same as having copyright, normally a license says what you can and cannot do with the sample.

Getting the rights to use a sample is known as “clearance”.

So if Skrillex did not have clearance from Rachel before, my guess is he has one now. He went to visit her at her Oregon home and their meeting was clearly friendly. I bet he ponied up and the autographs went in both directions.

I wonder how much cash changed hands. Rachel, Sonny, any comment? Oh – er – and can I use that photo of you two? Thanks.