December 5, 2023

Interview: Borgore talks Israeli army, music and critics

Israeli Asaf Borger is better known to his millions of devoted fans as the dubstep producer and DJ Borgore. Transcending from his first found success, Borgore has branched out to other forms of electronic music like drum and bass and house music.

His newest video single 100s showcases his rap skills. Borgore has been associated in the past with collaborations with heavy hitters like G-Eazy, Miley Cyrus, and Diplo.

Electronic dance music (EDM) has been looked at under a microscope in recent years for its fanatic and massive sellout crowds. The stereotypical party antics, overly suggested drug usage, and the sexually aggressive atmosphere haunts the growing music community.

Borgore is no stranger to controversy. The producer/DJ has been criticized for his suggestive and misogynist lyrics and his onstage antics. His persona is one of the loudest in your face in electronic music today. His unapologetic actions and records are a continuing sign of holding nothing back when it comes to his world of DJing.

A music prodigy growing up, Borgore had a not so average upbringing. After graduating at the age of 18 years-old he spent three years in the Israel’s national army. Borgore also has his own label Buygore.

We sat down with EDM’s bad boy at the fifth annual Spring Awakening Music Festival.

CM: You recently released the video for your song “100s.” Not only do you showcase your rap skills but you also say “You don’t have to love, but I’m here making millions.” What do you mean by that?

B: I’m a strange person in the EDM world. I don’t one hundred percent fit in, in a classical EDM way.  That gets a lot of people mad. When people aren’t used to something they either love it or hate it. That’s a fact, you don’t have to love me but regardless I’m still doing pretty good.

From the Israeli army to producing music. How has that journey been coming from a place of uncertainty? 

When I was in the army I was one hundred percent sure what I was going to do. I was in the army, my girlfriend broke up with me, I was miserable and was stuck with five hundred dudes getting shot at everyday.

That’s when I said to myself you know what I don’t want to be in this position. I want to be successful. I’m going to be successful.

I started trading stocks and did really well actually but that didn’t fulfill my life emotionally, so I went back to music. Music is something I’ve done my whole life. But you know what, if I wasn’t good at music I would do something else. I’d be a great lawyer or doctor. Fuck it, it’s all a matter of perspective. If you want to be great at something, then be great at it. Just work hard for it.

Borgore after our interview for quick portrait shots after his set at Spring Awakening. Photo: Jesus J. Montero

Your music has been attacked for what many suggest to be overly sexualized and misogynistic. How do you now reflect dealing with that and how many interrupted your music?

I don’t disrespect anyone. I don’t care what’s your gender or where you’re from as long as you’re a good person I respect you. If you come to my show and you want to show your tits if you’re a dude, chick, or trans (gender) do it, I don’t care.

I’ll give you that option. You have the freedom to do whatever the fuck you want. How am I misogynist? You want me to tell them (women) to stay at home and wear hijabs and stay in the kitchen all day?

When being criticized, the culture of electronic music being overly sexualized towards women is attached to your debate. How is it not only representing you but a specific culture of electronic music?

It feels natural. I’m going to do that for my whole life. For me art is theory. There’s so many questions I cannot answer. I don’t know what happens after death.

The world is fucking vague. The one thing I do know is the music makes me happy. This is what I’m going to do even if I’m not successful in making music, I’m still going to be making music.

Being involved and having a hand in every step of the process with your music, from your label, production, to now rapping on “100s.” Why is that important to you?

That’s the way it should be. If you’re a so called DJ, you better fucking know how to play some instruments. You better know how to produce. The whole idea of people becoming famous from other producer’s work is bullshit.

We are musicians – this is our job. First and foremost, we are all musicians you better know the notes in a C major scale, that’s basic! You got to know the basics.

Just bouncing back to “100s,” how was it making the video for this light-hearted track?

It was amazing to shoot. We had a great time; I love the song. For years I was working with directors, some were great some weren’t. I was so happy to work with someone that I had so much fun with. All my friends were there together just fucking around. While on set I literally destroyed a golf cart for the music video. (laughs)

Borgore’s “100s”

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