Q & A with Borgore
For those reading that are unfamiliar with you and your music, could you describe your music and a little about yourself?
My name is Asaf Borger; people know me as Borgore. I make mainly dubstep or aggressive versions of EDM genres, so anything that touches a little bit angrier I guess. I don’t know how to explain it.
On Wednesday (May 9), you released a Jazz album entitled Adventures in Time. What were your inspirations moving towards a more classical approach from your usual “gore-step” style?
I said it in my live show and in a bunch of occasions that jazz was always there. It was always hitting in my music. Almost every album I have released had a jazz record in it. Super obvious, out there you know? Body and soul is a huge jazz standard. My favorite things “Cry Me a River,” “Afro Blue,” its always there. I never felt comfortable enough with my skill level on the piano to release an album. A couple of years ago I actually bought a piano and found myself practicing more and more and more and more until I felt ready.
You recently performed at Miami Music Week and went across Europe for a tour. Should fans expect any show announcements in the near future?
We’re doing a bunch of big festivals like the one today, EDC, etc. We’re working on a bus tour in the fall and I am essentially never off of the road. I am always on the road so I don’t feel the need to announce a tour. I’m living a tour.
With recent releases with artists such as AFK, Svdden Death, GG Magree, and Bella Thorne, would you say collaborating with a vast group of artists advances your music further into a newer style or remained like previous hits “100s” or “Blast Ya”?
I think that working with new people teaches you new things. It shows you new approaches and it’s good to always go out and learn from other people. You can never learn enough and you can always learn something new. That’s what I am trying to do always. Even if you have a session with someone and they play you a record that you have never heard and you get inspired, that’s worth a lot.
The collaboration with AFK, “Jimmy’s Rage” stemmed from a squad match in Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds (PUBG). Would you consider yourself pretty big in the gaming scene?
I was always a huge gamer. I feel if anything, gaming is ruining my life. It is so time consuming. I wouldn’t say I have addictions besides video games. I’m pretty addicted to video games. PUBG is way better than Fortnite–I don’t care what people think. In PUBG you have to think of the strategy about how to make it into the next circle. In Fortnite, you just build yourself a [expletive] house. Sick skills you know? It really takes a lot of planning. Fortnite has a different skill set; shout out to anyone who is good at Fortnite. I just prefer PUBG. I grew up playing Counter Strike and I never thought there would be any other game better than Counter Strike until PUBG came out. For 15 years I played Counter Strike until PUBG came out and I was like, “Okay. Something finally new.” Just imagine playing in the NFL your whole life and then someone comes and takes NFL and adds another dimension to it.
Do you ever find yourself playing with other DJs besides AFK?
Everyone is on our Discord. Getter is there. Space Laces, Deadmau5, there’s so many DJs on our discord that I can’t even think of all of them. FuntCase, but he plays Rocket League. He’s like a god of Rocket League. You cannot beat [expletive] FuntCase. We’re all playing video games. I think it makes complete sense because I feel like I hang out with DJs that are actually producing unlike a lot of DJs that don’t produce, which is a problem. All of my friends are people that are actually producing and I feel like the people that are producing are geeks that spend all of their time on the computer so it just makes sense when they’re not producing they’re playing video games. I think it’s a great environment because in between games we will talk about mastering or “How did you make that synth?” or “How did you make that sound?” “What are the drums you used?” “How did you make those drums?” There is always this open conversation during the game. I’m just very blessed to be in that society.
All over social media I’ve seen pictures of you with Getter’s dog, Budders, and countless other dogs. Would you say you’re quite a big dog person?
I don’t understand people that like cats better than dogs. Cats are cool but dogs actually love you. You love them and they love you back. With cats, you love them and they don’t give a single [expletive]. Cats are not a pack animal. Dogs are a pack animal because they need to be part of a group. I love dogs to death. When people ask me “What’s the worst thing about touring?” I always say back “I cannot have a dog.” A dog is a baby and I wouldn’t want to leave my baby by itself. So until I find a spouse, I cannot have a dog.
Would you ever consider touring the country with a strict jazz set to take a break from Electronic Dance?
I would love it but I quick Google off the top jazz players in the world and their net worth shows you that my expensive taste in things, Jazz couldn’t support that. I wouldn’t be able to keep my cars or my house or my anything. Jazz is a passion. It’s like going to play soccer with your friends. It’s not essentially a career. You can love it to death; you can love it more than anything you do. It’s like video games, dude. I might like video games better than DJing. It’s just not my career.