VIBE Exclusive: Israeli dubstepper Borgore writing with Waka Flocka Flame?
Former member of the Israeli army, Borgore is the classically trained musician who introduced the world to Gorestep and who learnt English from grime legends Dizzee Rascal and Wiley. Having worked with the likes of Diplo and Yelawolf, Borgore is not your average dubstep producer.
VIBE: First of all, how the hell does a member of Israeli army become one of the most wanted dubstep producers?
BORGORE: You tell me? When I started writing dubstep I was writing really tough and aggressive because I was coming from a metal background. it caught peoples attention because it was so different to the stuff which was out at the time. It polarised the audience. People either loved it or hated it, which is where the whole ‘Borgore ruined dubstep’ thing came from. So rather than shy away from that – we owed the saying instead and did the tees and the EP’s with the same name.
You are the proud founder of Gorestep. For the VIBE readers who approach your music for the first time, how would you describe it?
I was a drummer in a metal band – so it was about having metal approach and dynamic to dubstep. Bringing that energy to the sets!
On top of that, you are also a classically trained musician. What instruments do you play? How do you see it having an impact on your production?
I play everything, but keys are my thing. When you listen to my production there are still big melodies in there. Even in my toughest, loudest, noisiest dubstep records melodies are key.
How was getting in the studio with the VIBE cover star of the month Diplo? What was the first thing he said to you and how did the creative process differ from your solo production one?
Me and Wes just bounced the record back and forth on emails. That’s how a lot of people work these days as we’re all touring so much there’s rarely a time when we’re in the same place at the same time. But I love what Diplo does – he’s a man with great ideas and great energy.
I’ve read you have learnt English listening to UK grime legends, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley. Where did you first hear grime and what track was it?
I can’t say for sure what the first first track was, but it was early Wiley when he was doing the whole eskibeat thing; then obvious tracks like Dizzee’s ‘I Love You’ and just mixtapes from Sidewinder and other raves. Coming from Tel Aviv it was something I had never hear before but it was so sick!
So there are rumours that you are writing with Waka Flocka Flame on your forthcoming album and you’ve worked with Yelawolf in the past, but who’s the rapper that represents your dream collaboration and why?
I love Waka, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Chief Keef. There are tons of iconic rappers that I could say but I think it’s also important to focus on fresh talent. That’s what really excites me.
MMG or G.O.O.D Music?
You can’t ask me a question like that. They both have acts I love. Rick Ross is a don, but then I’m a massive Big Sean fan and they signed him before he signed to Def Jam. At the moment tho MMG are killing it though!
What would you say to someone if they classified you as ‘another Skrillex’?
Nobody has called me that yet, but I would let them know we’re two complete different artists and if you come to our shows then you’d realise why. We both were in bands and are now DJ /producers but that’s it. I think thats it. It’s like me saying two rappers from Atlanta are the same because they’re both from Atlanta … see what I mean?
You are originally from Tel Aviv but in the past few years you have been travelling across the globe. If not Tel Aviv, which is the city/country where you would settle down? Why?
Newcastle. I’ve played there and the girls are insane! Maybe there would be fun! But at the moment my other bases, as well as Tel Aviv, are London and LA as that’s where my management are based.
At VIBE we also heard you were the drummer in a death metal band. What are the similarities and differences between the metal and the EDM culture?
It’s the same energy! I still play metal tunes in the sets and it works crazy. EDM and metal kids are the same kids: they mosh hard and go mental. I’m looking to bring the drumming back into the DJ set somehow at the moment. We gotta do it right though.
Finally, the word on road is that you have a fresh EP in the pipeline, are you sticking to Gorestep or experimenting new sounds?
My sound is always developing. I came through three years ago with this heavy dubstep sound and now that has become the norm. So I’m moving on and developing my sound further. I feel in a great place musically and I’m writing some of the best stuff I’ve ever had.