10 Questions with ... Borgore
July 8, 2014
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) Where does the name Borgore come from and where are you from?
My family name is Borger and Gore is just OOOR and the mix of both of them is just Borgore. I am from Tel Aviv, Israel and now I have another home, which is L.A.
2) You were formally trained in jazz at Thelma Yellin Music Academy. Was there a certain style of music you liked to be involved with and who were some of your early influences?
I studied jazz my whole life and I mainly played saxophone. I also played drums, piano and bass. I am very thankful for it because at Thelma Yellin, I was in a class of really talented, abnormal kids. My earliest influences were Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, John Coltrane. The whole era between Bebop and Fusion, the hard pop era of the '50s was my favorite.
3) How did you make the transition from being a student to getting into djing and remixing?
It was very natural to switch from studying music to making music. With electronic music you have all the options to do whatever is on your mind, you have all the options in the world.
4) Some of your early remixes were Britney Spears "Womanizer", LMFAO "Sexy And I Know It", Cedric Gervais "Molly" and also a Metallica "Master Of Puppets." Any favorite remix that you have done?
I think my Passion Pit "Sleepyhead" remix is my favorite. It's really pretty, and at the same time very aggressive. It's everything I like in a song.
5) A recent single of yours is "Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse." How do you come up with a song title like that?
I just listened to the track and it came to the point that we needed to put something before the drop, because it is very common in electro house to have a vocal drop. I was like what does this song remind me of ... what does it sound like to me. It reminded me of a Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse.
6) You have a video that stars Shannon Doherty from 90210; how did it come about? And you have another video for your song "Decisions" with Miley Cyrus; is that's going to be on your new album?
L.A. is all about friends of friends. James, who directed the video, is a good friend of Shannon. "Decisions" has been out for close to a year; it's a big record of mine. This is my first album and I wanted it to be on it.
7) Your new album is called NewGoreOrder and comes out July 8th what can you tell us about it?
It's a funny comic agenda but at the same time, pretty serious. We used Malcolm McDowell, who for those of you don't know, is Alex from Clockwork Orange. I wrote him a script. It's a semi-funny, semi-serious, agenda for life.
8) One of the songs is called "Ratchet" that takes "If You're Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands" and changes it up a bit. How did you come up with that?
A lot of my songs are actually tweets that I twittered and got a lot of retweets on. One day, I don't know how I came up with it, I tweeted if you're happy and you know it clap your ass, and it got so many retweets that I was like, "fuck it, I'll write a song about it." The same with "Bitches Love Kegs," and I have another track on the album called "Hate" that I wrote, "If you really like a chick, fuck her like you hate her," and a lot of people liked it, so I was like, I'll write a song about that too.
9) You have a Frank Sinatra song on the album called "Body And Soul"?
I am a huge fan of jazz and "Body And Soul" is one of my favorite standards, so I wanted to do a remix for it. In past years I have done "My Favorite Things," "Cry Me A River," "Afro Blue" ... it's usually Coltrane-related tracks. Every album or release I'm doing I like to put Jazz in it to show where I am coming from.
10) Your record label is called Buygore; who else is on the label?
I am helping a lot of new artists so I have Kennedy Jones, Sikdope and Big Empiros. I am supporting a lot of new kids and right now they are all doing great,but I also used Buygore to help Carnage. I worked with Dev; Dev's camp had signed a new artist called Carnage and they sent me some stuff and I was like, "Dude, this guy is sick." I was touring at the time and they asked if I would add him to my tour bus and I said, "Fuck yeah." We started working together and became good friends. On "Incredible," which we did together, we were chilling at 2a in my house, writing a record together. I like him a lot and you can hear it in our music. All the music we did together is very fun and very natural -- and they all went pretty big. I also have my release with Dev, Miley Cyrus and a release with Diplo, it is a real cool label.
1) With all the touring you do, is there a favorite place you like to DJ?
One day you want to eat steak; one day you want to eat sushi. One day you want to fuck a blonde chick; one day a brunette chick ... same with cities; one day you want to be in New York, one day you want to be in L.A. ... you can't choose just one place.
2) If you could hear one DJ spin tonight who would it be?
That's an interesting one, in this industry all you do is listen to DJs spin so you never think about it, at this point in my career honestly I'd rather see a band play then listen to a DJ spin. I'd rather see a show.
3) One must-have travel item?
4) If you had to give one restaurant recommendation to go get a good meal, what would it be?
Lamberts in Austin, Texas. Best BBQ in the world.