Asaf “Borgore” Borger brings more complexity to electronic dance music than just dubstep. He said the best EDM is done by artists that branch out beyond the norm.
“I don’t think about genre as much as i think about artists. Whoever’s gonna make good music is gonna stay, doesn’t matter the genre,” he said. “Grunge is not big but Nirvana is forever huge, know what I mean?”
The Israeli EDM DJ and producer will return to Levels Night Club on Feb. 2.
“It’s my second time here,” he said. “I played State College not long ago and it was f - - - - - - - incredible.”
In his relatively brief time on the scene, Borgore has collaborated with some of pop music’s most commercially successful artists. His recent single with Miley Cyrus has more than 16 million views on YouTube.
“I don’t know if I had an influence on her change of style. I think she already liked the style before we worked together,” Borgore said. “I think I’m a milestone in her career as far as her changing from a Disney character to ... whatever she is today (laughs).”
EDM’s audience has broadened as the genre has become more successful. From his shows back home in Israel to clubs in the U.S., Borgore said he sees musical unity across international borders.
“I think everyone is kind of the same. They like the same music, the same fashion. Maybe American chicks are a little bit more promiscuous (laughs),” Borgore said. “Honestly, lately we’ve seen more, I wouldn’t say older people, but it’s not just college kids. People in their late 20s — I’ve started seeing them coming to the shows, too.”
Coming from a strong jazz background, Borgore brings more than simple sequencing on his laptop.
“It gives me more background. I know how to write music. I know theory. I’m not just sitting on a computer and just trying stuff and stuff comes out,” he said. “I actually know my music background. I studied jazz my whole life. I can write compositions..”
Like many celebrities, Borgore is now target for Internet rumors and false articles. He said social media is great but warned fans not to believe everything they read on the world wide web.
“My wikipedia is crazy,” Borgore said. “People just write whatever the f - - - they want. None of (the identities) actually exist. At one point it said I was a stripper. I’m too fat to be a stripper.”