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Poll 2016: Borgore

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DJ style: “Dubstep.”
Best known for: “Ruining dubstep.
What’s the next new big track? “Young M.A OOOUUU is getting pretty big.”
Your Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “Getter.”

Whenever Tel Aviv’s most famous broken beat export gets mentioned in conversation, it’s likely the word ‘attitude’ will come up. Whether it’s in the sub-ruining low-ends he spews forth, tongue-in-cheek lyrics demanding that we 'Act Like A Ho' (“but first do the dishes”), or music videos depicting wild debauchery in high-class country clubs, Borgore — aka Asaf Borger — never fails to make an impression. Larger than life, or at least as big as the sounds he creates, would be one way of putting it. 

Taking major influences from death metal, heavy rock and hip-hop, his unique approach to the industry, huge personality and unarguable talent have seen his global popularity skyrocket, securing releases on the likes of Mad Decent, not to mention collaborations with international superstars such as Miley Cyrus.

Meanwhile, his own label, Buygore, has been responsible for shining some much-deserved light on rising talent, including fellow Israeli producer (and partner in crime on the Alphamale Primates project), Tomba, helping position him as one of the most important EDM players in his homeland, further cementing the Mediterranean Middle East’s place on the worldwide clubbing map. MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT 

What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“The return of dubstep. I just dropped a track this month, 'Daddy', that sounds like 2010 me.”

Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art form?
“To me, art is something that requires thought and creativity, and I use both when producing.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“Pioneer CDJ 2000 NXS. The search option is life-saving.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?
“Techno.”

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“I’d pay a lot of money to watch Harambe perform.”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“It’s impossible to prevent drug usage by extremely strict laws. Take prohibition, for example. But drug education is a very effective alternative. You can see by the reduction of cigarette usage in Western countries.”

How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Dance music is becoming more diverse as a natural progression with society. Genres are merging — you see rappers and classical musicians collaborating with producers, and Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland were the first women to solo headline EDC main stage this year.”

 

WORDS: MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2016-10-17 14:54

Poll 2015: Borgore

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Asaf Borger, aka Borgore, is something of a musical chameleon. He started his music career young, first becoming a classically trained musician — he frequently lists Bach, half-jokingly, as one of his favourite musicians of all time — before joining deathcore band Shabira in his formative years. In videos of the band performing he looks out of place, a gawky, shaved-headed figure in a group of bearded, long-haired rockers. 

While he might have since left the band and moved from his hometown of Tel Aviv to the US, elements of his heavier musical past have remained a feature of his productions.

Borger describes his music as Gorestep” — a fusion of EDM, dubstep and heavy metal that unites his earlier influences with his newfound passion for brash, in-yer-face electronic music. 

In 2012, Borger collaborated with Miley Cyrus on the single ‘Decisions’ — the song is often described as a turning point in Miley Cyrus’s musical transformation. The single catapulted Borgore into the spotlight and proved he could bring ‘Gorestep’ to the masses. 

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:23

Style: 
“Gorestep.”
Best known for: 
“Being sexy.”
Tune of the year: 
“Borgore feat. G-Eazy ‘Forbes’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Getter.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Good production skills.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“The future is definitely interesting.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Yeah, I can’t remember all these chicks names I meet.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“I’m donating $1 to @keepabreast for every #BootyforBorgore post. Their mission is ‘to empower young people around the world with breast health education & support’.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Barzilay in Tel Aviv.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“The same reason there aren’t as many women celebrated in top positions in other industries: systematic discrimination.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“I think they should not be on this list.”

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