Stemming all the way from Israel, DJ/Producer, Borgore, has welcomingly bombarded numerous countries around the world with his uncanny sense of humor and a plethora of EP’s and tunes that’ll light up any room. Expanding his creative prowess into bringing to life his own record label, Buygore Records, and dabbling into collaborations and creating remixes with everyone under the sun, it’s apparent that Borgore is making a serious run. In celebration of the release of his latest single, “Domino”, I caught up with the man to discuss his favorite countries to visit outside of his home, being a drummer in a metalcore band back in the day, upcoming tour plans, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, congrats on the release of your new single, “Domino”. Tell us about the creative process of bringing the track to life and working with Mad Cobra.
I am a huge fan of Reggae music. I have a friend who connected me with Mad Cobra. I had a couple of people on my list of people that I wanted to work with, and Mad Cobra was one of them, and luckily, my friend arranged it and made it happen.
Awesome. Who else is on your list of artists that you desire to collaborate with at the moment?
I have a couple other artists that I would love to work with that I think do really well and are truly incredible, but right now, it’s not the direction that I am going to go over my next few releases. I can name you at least ten people that I would love to work with in the future.
Totally. I’m sure that will be brought to life when the time is right. I perceive that your creative endeavors are far from limited and quite expansive. You have your own record label, Buygore Records, correct? What artists do you have signed on the label at the moment?
Well, we don’t work with signing exclusively with anyone, because we don’t believe in holding people under contracts. Throughout the years, we have done releases with Jauz, Carnage and so many more. I have had collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Juicy J, Dirtyphonics, etc. A lot of people have a release or two through us throughout the years.
You know, that’s great that you allow the artists that you work with to maintain their independence and not feel as tied down both through a contract and creatively. I perceive that an artist’s creative prowess can be stifled through a tedious contract that limits the scope of their creations.
Yeah. It’s f**ked up how people get tied down. We are not bad people, so we don’t do bad things.
Right. So since you are from Israel, if one of our readers was just visiting Israel for the first time, tell us about some of your favorite spots that you would recommend to check out.
To begin with, Israel has some of the best tattoo artists in the world. I don’t have any tattoos, but 99% of my friends are tattooed and all of the tattoos that come out of Israel are insane! Tel Aviv is one of the bases of art in Israel, and it’s almost radical how artsy the city has become. If you go to any bar here, it’s really well designed and it’s very eclectic when it comes to music. You can go to the same bar and depending on the day of the week, you will get such a variety of themes including Techno night, Gay night, Drum and Bass night, etc. Every night is a celebration of a different genre, and every day there is new art coming to life throughout the city. There are a bunch of art galleries to visit throughout Tel Aviv to support the local art scene. There are graffiti and street artists that are also tattoos artists at the same time. It’s a really cultural place, I love it to death.
Totally. I perceive that Tel Aviv is truly becoming a major tourist attraction and drawing a lot more attention over the recent years.
Yes. It’s really insane. There is an incredible art crew by the name of Broken Fingaz out of Israel. They are some of my favorite street artists in the world. I am not saying that there are no great artists outside of Israel, but what they are doing is definitely some of the best that I have seen throughout the entire world.
Awesome! Tell us about any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
Right now, I am mainly touring throughout Europe. I am going to go back to North America for two really big festivals. I am playing at Veld Music Festival in Toronto and Lollapalooza in Chicago. After that, I am coming back to North America to do a two and a half month tour across the states. Also, somewhere in the middle of that, I am going to be in Australia and China.
Incredible. Have you played in Australia and China before?
Yeah. I think that at this point, I have been to almost every country that I am legally allowed to get into with my passport. I haven’t been to Alaska yet, which would be nice, but I have been to six out of the seven continents and I want to complete my seventh continent and visit Antarctica. That is my dream.
Wow! Quite the accomplishment at such a young age. Rumor has it you were a drummer back in the day when you played in Shabira. Are you currently digging any current deathcore/metal bands?
Yeah, I was! As for at the moment, not really. I am mainly into Electronic music at the moment. But, I did record a Jazz album with elements of Piano and Drum and Bass as well. I am still practicing different genres all of the time because it is f**king fun. Also, knowing all of these instruments comes in handy later when you are producing your Electronic music. You are able to see things from a different angle.
Totally. Although I perceive that creativity is boundless, Electronic Music is an arena for creativity that welcomes so many different genres and blends of genres. And being able to tie in Jazz is so alternative from what Electronic Music is experiencing at the moment.
100%. You know, everyone is starting to hear Metal albums that have been produced on a computer. A lot of the drums that you hear throughout albums were originally produced on a computer. More and more, the producing world is being transformed into the digital world.
Educate us. How does that play out when the drummer and band are playing a live show?
Some drummers are good enough to play as good as the contents of what the computer can produce, or perhaps even better. It’s a brave world. There are Metal drummers that are able to play a better and more human sound at their live shows. Some drummers are just so good. I know bands that have recorded real drummers throughout the album, but some albums don’t have to be produced with the entire band sitting in a session together. You can record an album around the guitar player and later give the album to the drummer to replicate what was produced on the computer.
Wow. That is very insightful and interesting. What are your thoughts on the future of Electronic Music?
I think the bubble has burst. It is not where it used to be two years ago. At the same time, when I first came into this world and genre, there was no bubble. Back when I was making Dubstep here in Israel, people in America hadn’t heard about Dubstep yet. For me, it doesn’t matter because I love doing it. It has all worked before and I’m sure it will all continue to work in the future. It will continue to evolve.
True. As human minds evolve, the development of devices and technological advances that artists can utilize in the process of creating music will evolve as well. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I am very thankful. I am hitting the ten-year mark of doing this over this year, so let’s go another ten years!