Love Him or Hate Him, Borgore’s Indifferent
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 15:04
For those of you following the ever-growing dubstep scene, emerging party rocker and certified badass Asaf Borger, aka Borgore, is one artist you’ve most certainly come upon.
The Israeli-born DJ and producer certainly had a varied musical past. Classically trained in music theory and as a jazz saxophonist growing up, he later pursued a slightly different path and became a beat boxing extraordinaire as well as the drummer for Israeli death metal band Shabira.
Borger has put all of his musical focus into producing music since 2007. Though most people try to pigeonhole his style into the dubstep category, he prefers to call his music “gorestep.”
From dropping unconventional beats into his songs or rapping humorous, but offensive one-liners that are more akin to the hip-hop community, Borgore has received an earful from naysayers. But he offers no explanation. He just flips the haters a big, fat, middle finger because, as far as Borgore’s concerned, he’s “just making music.”
Borgore released his latest work, Flex EP, in February and the collection of original songs is free to fans who visit his site. The DJ is on tour and took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to College Times in the buff — or so he claimed.
College Times: You’ve pissed off a lot of genre purists when you messed with the conventional dubstep sound. What do you have to say to those people?
Asaf Borger: I don’t have to say anything. I’m just making music. If I made them mad, it means that I did something good, so I’ll just thank them for being mad.
Obviously you don’t care much for labels but you have in the past called your music “gorestep.” What is that?
Yeah, that actually comes from one tune I did back in the day on my first EP, Gorestep Vol. 1. I called it that because of one tune on there that is very metal oriented. It’s called “Saturday Night,” and when it drops it drops triplets [triple drum patterns] over time, which is a very well known metal trick. When you play the beat in the usual dubstep 140 bpm that’s the sound you get.
Is that something you were messing around with in the studio? Where did it come from?
No, I was playing in a metal band for a minute. I’ve also played music for a long time so polyrhythm is something that I’m very interested in. I really like playing with time signatures so that’s what I did with “Saturday Night,” and I called it gorestep. The word “gore” actually comes from Scream Bloody Gore, a death metal band that I really like.
Your musical background is so diverse. How did you get into DJing?
Well, when I was in [Shabira], I kind of got tired of putting 12 and 14 and sometimes even 20 hours a day into drums while the rest of the band was just chillin’. I’m not blaming them – we were just kids – but I had big dreams and they didn’t have the same dreams I had, so I started producing music — and producing is the kind of thing that if you put 20 hours of work into it, you will have 20 hours worth of music.
Besides producing, do you have any side projects you’re working on right now?
Uh, not really ... I started doing this alter-ego called Teddy but we’re still working on it. Basically it’s Borgore with a Southern accent. [He drops a hilarious, completely print-inappropriate line in a Southern accent that has to do with barbecue and the female nether region.]
Tell me about your label, Buygore. It has a pretty interesting concept behind it. Can you explain what it represents?
Buygore represents the freedom of chains. Basically, we can release whatever the fuck we want and no one is going to tell us not to. When I make music, I’d rather not have anyone tell me “this is too rough, this is too soft, this is too mainstream, or this is not mainstream enough.” Buygore is just artists making music however they feel [like] and releasing it.
You get a lot of criticism for your own music being sexist and crude. Is it just about the shock factor?
It’s about just being funny; it’s about taking a piss out of everything. I feel that there are no red lines. I rap about anything and hopefully people are getting it.
Flex dropped in February. What is one of your favorite songs on the album?