Ghost Ship Festival, a pirate-themed electronic music cruise, will make its debut on the Mediterranean Sea for its first edition over three trips, running 18th-21st, 21st-24th and 24th-27th June 2017.
This guy must be an imposter. The laidback gentleman posing for the camera during his DJ Mag USA photo shoot in New York City can’t possibly be Borgore.
Afrojack, the big Dutch DJ who polled at No.9 in DJ Mag's last Top 100 DJs poll, has just launched his own music-making app in association with gaming company Razer. The app allows users to make music on a Razer Blade Pro laptop using Afrojack's Production Studio app.
Israeli DJ-producer Borgore’s roots as a death metal drummer aren’t lost in his bulldog approach to creating electronic music. The eclectic track, ‘Wild Out’, featuring rapper Waka Flocka Flame and singer Paige (out now on Dim Mak Records) is an electro-hop hard-hitter that “fucks shit up,” (as Waka’s lyrics in the song states), from the club to the festival and quite possibly any speakers from which it blares.
Brostep prince, Borgore and hip-hop heavyweight Waka Flocka Flame have opened up to their fans via a Reddit Ask Me Anything session.
In the opening shots, Borgore does sit-ups while explaining to Waka: "Me and Steve Aoki have a bet…" the rapper interjects jokingly and says: “Who is that?” referring to the Dim Mak Records label boss. The Israeli DJ and producer replies: "He’s very famous… he’s Number 8 on DJ Mag right now." Thanks for the plug.
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?
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
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.