EDC Las Vegas was a magical playground, showcasing some of EDM’s most talented producers and musicians. During the madness, we were able to catch up with dance music’s very own bad boy, Asaf Borger, aka Borgore. Borgore is an extremely talented musician who owns his own label, and has helped expand the EDM scene over the years, guiding young musicians in their own paths.
We dove right into talking about his music, and even got a little insight into what he does in his free time (and what video games are on his “hot” list!)
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! Let’s dive right in, we know it’s a busy night for you! You’re a multifaceted musician who plays multiple instruments. Do you have any favorites?
Right now, I’m really into piano. I love it!
You just completed a jazz album correct?
I did, and I’m trying to find a way to get it out to fans. I can’t just be like, “Hey guys! Here’s the jazz album.” I’m not sure how my fans would respond to a jazz album.
Would you release your jazz album under the same moniker?
Yes, 100%. If I could tour as just a piano player, I would love to, but I’m not good enough. Saxophone was my main instrument for 12 years, then I moved into drums. Throughout the whole thing, I was always playing piano. To me, it’s a more visual instrument.
Let’s dive into your EDM-style music. You just had a release with Nick Colleti. Can you tell us more about this track?
I mean, I really just crafted what I think of as a sick dubstep drop. The intro sounds a little bit like “Centipede,” which is one of my favorite records. I’ll never compare myself to Knife Party, because to me they are one of the best producers ever. They were kind of the inspiration. I like to do things that are a little wild, and so I did something wild. Like talking about a centipede eating a trantula, I was talking about “Shrimp Creature.”
How do you think your music has evolved over the years?
It’s honestly whatever I’m in the mood for, at that moment. Whatever is cool to me at the moment. Right now I’m in a weird position between jazz and riddim, and I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
You juggle a lot in your production world, as well as juggling a lot with your label. How does this all work?
The label was always very….we always try to keep our ear to the ground with whats happening next. The label has helped me a lot, because it helps me figure out my next sound. We always try to sign the “next” person. I think we’ve done a pretty good job. Carnage was on our bus before he was Carnage, Jauz, Dotcom, a few others. Right now, not saying it’s a Buygore thing, but I’m close to Getter. I think he is the most interesting producer right now. You never know, I wonder who’s the next person…kids all over come up with all these new sounds and it’s refreshing. I love it!
Do you have advice you give to each artist on your label? Or anything special you would tell fans who aspire to become like you?
Honestly, no, my artists give me advice! They teach me a lot.
This year, you have a ton of new music in the works and tons of new releases happening. Any secrets you can share with our readers?
I can’t tell you about the songs before we release, because I’m never sure when or what will actually be released. There is one pretty big collab that I am going to play tonight, I think. We’ll see what happens!
What surprises do you have for EDC tonight?
I have a lot of friends joining me on stage tonight, so be sure to make it to the stage.
You are no new comer to EDC by any means, what makes each one special?
The thing that always gets me is that EDC always upgrades. Every year, Insomniac makes something even crazier. When we walked around today, we were like, “What the f*ck is going on? Jesus, it’s mindblowing.” You have to appreciate that each year Insomniac gives back. They give back to their audience and into the experience. I think it’s awesome, people have their hard, tough jobs, 9-5 and they come here, and just relax and party. I love being a part of that. It’s a great vacation destination.
And you’re about to tour in a lot of “vacation destinations.”
My whole life is a vacation tour. But for me, a vacation is being home, not doing anything, playing video games, chilling in the studio, not talking to anyone, not seeing anyone, being totally antisocial. Alone time.
What is your favorite video game, right now?
Battleground. It’s new, kind of a combination between Battlestrike and Hunger Games. It’s f*cking lit.
PS3 or Xbox?
I’m a PC gamer.
Wow, what a surprise. We know you have to run, we look forward to catching your set later on tonight, and thank you for taking the time to talk with us!
Of course! Thank you so much to everyone who’s listening. I look forward to seeing you guys all at the stage in a bit for my set!
Borgore will be touring this summer in some of Europe and Canada’s most beautiful destinations, as well as select U.S. cities and festivals (i.e. Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Chicago). Check out the full list of tour dates as well as new music here and check out his brand new remix package for “Best” below.
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Interview by Chelsea King and Dana Wright