I was just about halfway out the door to a quaint Small Business Law Seminar last Thursday afternoon when I received an email asking if I wanted to interview the world’s most renowned tongue-in-cheek Twitter censorship board nightmare and most unabashedly promiscuous bass juggernaut, BORGORE.
After I replied with a resounding “FUCK YES.” and less than an hour to prepare, I realized just the task I had at hand..
Tel Aviv-born Asaf Borger, aka BORGORE, isn’t well-known for being just another dubstep producer. His brand of sound – self-proclaimed GORESTEP – is the result of not only his own personal celebration of controversy, instigated from shamelessly corrupt and uproariously cheeky lyrics but also, his profound musical aptitude. His masterful dexterity for a multitude of instruments such as the concert piano and saxophone extends to his passion for deathmetal-style drumming and beat-boxing. Definitely not your average musician. Or average human being for that matter.
Since 2007, Borgore has traveled the world, sharing his charismatically offensive daily thoughts with his massive following of loyal revelers he’s rapidly amassed across his social platforms in just a short amount of time. Present day, BORGORE owns and runs his own label, BUYGORE, which features several high-profile international artists including Tomba, Bare Noise, and Bare. Not to mention he has collaborated with top-tier artist, DIPLO, on multiple occasions. His video for his single “Nymphos” alone has garnered over 20 million views worldwide and his tracks are being featured on TV programes like the UK’s hit series “Skins.”
Looking forward into 2012, BORGORE’s forthcoming EP “The Filthiest Hits… So Far” is set to drop in early Spring; and BORGORE who is certainly no stranger to celebration has already begun reveling and gearing up for a cross-country aural assault in the form of a solo- US tour, that is set to land in San Diego at the House of Blues on November 30th, 2011. (Tickets)
It’s hard to imagine what questions this guy has NOT been confronted with: in one interview he was even asked how he makes the flavor of his cum more favorable to the ladies (for you curious souls, his answer was Pineapple Juice.) Thus it’s fair to say there’s nothing this guy hasn’t been asked. SO I attempted to ask him questions I knew he hadn’t been asked before, according to those interviews listed on the first 2 pages of a basic Google search, “BORGORE Interview” (minus a couple shitty 10+ min videos I didn’t really feel like watching.) So, this is what I came up in my 46 minutes of preparation. Enjoy.
The Mixster: You’re typically used to performing and touring around Europe and you’re back know in the states for your solo tour. Do you notice any striking differences between European and American Crowds? And their reaction to dubstep in general?
Borgore: I’ll tell you what. Europe as a whole, the scenes are super different from one country to the other. So. Uhhh. What I’ve seen around Europe, is most of Europe is into the dubstep sound. They love it. Almost more than America. If you have a festival in lets say Belgium or in Holland you’ll get thousands of people. But I feel like dubstep is struggling in its own country. Dubstep right now in the UK is struggling because everyday there is a big show. So it’s just like day after day they can’t be fucked anymore you know what I’m saying? If I want to go see Borgore on this spot, I’ll go see Borgore on the other spot….. And then Skream & Benga is playing the day after, and then someone else is playing the day after that. And everything is one hour away by train. So in the UK it really pretty bad.
The Mixster: In terms of how Americans react to dubstep. Are they more wild are they more crazy or are Europeans on the same wavelength?
Borgore: I believe that there is no difference right now in the world because of the internet. People in Eastern Europe know what the freshest thing in America, and vice versa, the day after it comes out. Everyone is on top of their game, like the kids today in Europe, Australia, everywhere, are on top of their game because ofthe internet?, because of facebook. You’re seeing the same thing everywhere you go. The same songs, certain styles.
The Mixster: You obviously believe strongly in the emerging artists in Tel Aviv’s bass music scene. If there were one thing you think the world should know about the scene, what would it be?
Borgore: First of all. In 2006 we had big big headliners that pulled thousands of people. So Tel Aviv was on top of its game earlier than anyone else.A lot of people think we’re riding camels and we don’t know whats up. It’s just like another state of the US. It’s like LA, we’re on top of it.
The Mixster: Unlike, well every other label, your label Buygore, releases every single onto vinyl. Why do you believe so strongly in supporting the vinyl medium?
Borgore: Because any other media right now is dead. Basically no one is making videos anymore. MTV doesn’t believe in their own media anymore. Everyone knows what goes on the internet. What works. You don’t sell records anymore you sell files. So if you get 20 million views on a video on youtube, you have people coming to the show. I went to a record store in Tel Aviv and I was like I want to have the new such and such record. And they were like “well we don’t have it.” So I tried to get it from the internet and they wouldn’t ship to Tel Aviv. If I live in Tel Aviv or Jakarta I should have which ever media I want. In China or Iran you get whatever you want, I’m saying whatever I should get what I want too.
The Mixster: Why did you chose to release your latest EP, The Filthiest Hits… So Far, on Sumerian Records as opposed to your own label?
Borgore: Why did I choose to do that…? I don’t know, I think coming from a metal world and still loving my background I thought it would be cool ya know? I’m touring right now with a bunch of metal bands. And I play with all those guys. I love it, man. This is where I’m coming from, I’m coming from the acoustic world.
The Mixster: Aspiring artists seem to be SO fascinated by everything you guys do technically as producers. Given your unique background of experience amongst a variety of instruments, I would assume you however approach elements of studio production much differently than your peers would. So how do you begin personally building a track from scratch?
Borgore: Well first of all you need to come up with an idea. It’s always “what am I going to first?” If I’m going to sing on the track then I’m going to first think about what I’m going sing about, or make the intro. If I want a sexy tune, I’ll start with a sexy lead and kind of a heavy 808 drum. If I need to do a remix for a rock band or I need to make a dubstep banger I’ll sit down and find a heavy bass note. So first of all you need to understand what you want to do, then you move forward from there. But you cannot just sit there and play around, from my perspective you have to realize what you’re going to do.
The Mixster: So a question that we ask all of our bass music artists is, we hate the term brostep, is there another word or term you would use to describe that type of music or sound?
Borgore: Do you know where “brostep” came from?
The Mixster: Haha please tell us where “brostep” came from.
Borgore: Basically what happened is that drum & bass in the beginning was cool and then they started doing all this “bro” drum & bass. They’d only pulled bros to shows. So when dubstep got a bit heavier like when people like Datsik, Flux Pavilion, and myself popped up, they started saying “oh you guys are ruining dubstep it’s gonna be brostep there’s gonna be only boys in the show.” And basically we brought the hoes so they can fuck off.
The Mixster: So you’re OK with the term brostep?
Borgore: I don’t care; they can call it whatever they want. Ya know what people these days, I swear to God. My friend calling me, “yo listen to this dubstep version of this tune.” I’m like “man this is not dubstep this is proper electro or house or whatever.” But you know you can whatever EDM now dubstep. So you know titles are… I don’t know; fuck titles. If they wanna call it brostep I don’t mind.
The Mixster: What’s in your arsenal right now that you’ve been getting a great reaction to on the dance floor.
Borgore: I’ll tell you what. There’s so many tracks that get a great reaction that I just cannot listen to them anymore cuz I listen to them every night. But I’ll tell you what makes me jump the most in my shows. There’s a remix of Modestep‘s “To the Stars”. The only problem is I don’t remember who did the remix. But it’s my favorite. But there’s so many great tunes right now. There’s the Knife Party remix of “Crush on You” and the Killsonik’s remix of “Crush on You.” I don’t know there’s a couple great tunes that just came out. I’m pretty happy with my own remix of Hollywood Undead’s “I Wanna Die.”
Modestep – To The Stars (Break the Noize & The Autobots Remix)
The Mixster: If GORESTEP, your own brand of dubstep, were an animal, what would it be and why?
Borgore: A French Bulldog. Because they’re cute.
The Mixster: I’m not sure if the word “cute” is the first word that comes to mind when I see a video like “Nympho.”
Borgore: What are you talking about!? “Nympho” is SO cute!
The Mixster: Alright it’s so cute.
Borgore: Oh my God. I’m working on a new tune that’s gonna be fucking ….. if you thought you heard bad lyrics before, I’m gonna really fuck with feminists on this one.
The Mixster: SO… the lyrics are gonna be extra cute?
Borgore: Yeah they’re gonna be extra EXTRA cute.
The Mixster: If you were to redo your “Nympho” video over again and you could choose any one woman to be in the video, who would it be and why?
Borgore: Man I would just bring the whole Victoria Secret roster cuz they’re SO fucking hot.
The Mixster: Hell yeah. Well hopefully they’ll be on Google and they’ll find this. Plant the seed…
Borgore: Well give me a year. One year from now I’ll do a video with those chicks. I’m not even kidding. I’m shooting a video right now with Richard Farmer.
The Mixster: For what single are you shooting your new video for?
Borgore: A tune called “Flex.” It should be out soon.
The Mixster: In your opinion, who are some artists we should be paying more attention to these days?
Borgore: ummmm I dunno. There’s plenty of them. I don’t want to name one cause then I wouldn’t give the rest the credit that they deserve. Just be open you know. If you listen to me or Skrillex or Flux Pavilion. They’re big and they’re being pushed right now. Just keep exploring further as a whole. Don’t just stop at UKF just keep surfing.
The Mixster: So you’ve been working with a lot of artists these days, but if you could choose any 3 artists to remix your own tracks, who would they be?
Borgore: Let me give you a different answer. If I could work with 3 producers to produce my own tunes it would be Lex Luger [Or maybe Lex Luther?], Mark Ronson and Bangladesh.
The Mixster: we’re looking forward to seeing you here in San Diego. Is there anyone tune that your definitely going to play when you get here to San Diego?
Borgore: All of them. There’s too many to name
The Mixster: Thanks for taking the time today to talk with us Asaf, see you in SD soon!
SAN DIEGO GORE HEADS!!! BE SURE to nab your tickets for BORGORE’s upcoming SD show, going down this WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30th at the House of Blues!! Ticket quantities are running pretty low so don’t get stuck buying your tickets off some shady dude on Craigslist, buy your tickets ASAP!! Buy tickets Here. Show is 18+/21+ to get wasted. LET’S DO THIS.