Borgore on Making Dubstep Decadent and Sexy, Hanging With 12th Planet and Skrillex at Coachella, and Why He Loves the Haters

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Asaf Borger, known to many as Borgore or to others as the dude who "ruined dubstep." See if that's the case when he performs at School of Rock in Tempe tomorrow night.
"They call me the ice cream man/I serve it on a cone with two giant balls/And you swallow it even if it comes up your nose."

As the above lyrical bit illustrates, the music of Asaf Borger (better known in the music world as Borgore) is provocative and downright filthy. The epic rhymes spat by 23-year-old Israel-born DJ/producer concern such debauchery as hardcore sex, drugs, and even more sex, coated with quite possibly the grubbiest dubstep bass in existence.

It's called "gorestep," and it's a mix of dubstep depravity laced with Borger's libertine-like affinity for heavy metal hooks (he's the veteran of an Israeli hard rock band Shabira) and hip-hop raunch.

And its so filthy that taking a shower after listening might be necessary, especially if you've been grinding away to Borger's tracks amid a sweaty mass of grinding clubgoers.

Borger not only embraces the decadent nature of his music, he revels in it. And dubstep fans have dug his shit. Head for YouTube and be one of the millions who've listened to the wickedness of "Nympho" (sample lyric: "Do you know what's hardcore?/Me shoving an elephant up your sister's back door") or watch him frolicking with gyrating strippers in the video for his new Flex EP.

Long before Skrillex got flack for amping up the macho in dubstep, Borger was criticized for "ruining" the genre with gore and filth. We asked him about such things when interviewing him via telephone recent, as well as inquiring about his recent performance during the first week of Coachella and other subjects.

How was the first week of Coachella?
Perfect. It was perfect. Did you read something?

Something on your Facebook about how 12th Planet got you really drunk.
Oh yeah, that's the stage thing. You haven't seen the part about how we basically made two dancers strip onstage.

That was on your Twitter, right?
Yeah, that was interesting.

Did the girls get completely naked?
Oh no, they had pasties.

Is Goldenvoice mad about the striptease?
We're still waiting to hear about it.

So you've been chilling at Coachella with cats 12th Planet, Datsik, and Skrillex? 
Yeah, it's brilliant. Everyone was there, every single DJ in the world.

That's pretty fucking cool, getting to party with all those cats.
The dubstep community, were very small and everybody's good friends and we get along quite often and just chill. We don't really have a do that elsewhere. You know how doctors go to a doctors convention? At festivals like this, this is our convention, just get together and play each other's tunes, you know, get a little drunk and have a good time.

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Steven Pahel
Borgore performs at Coachella this past weekend.
What was the reaction to your performance in the EDM tent? It was nuts. People went crazy. Big time crazy. They started a mosh pit during the third tune in the middle of the crowd. And girls went crazy. It was super diverse in terms of ages. I actually had two hot moms coming up after the show, telling me their kids were fixed in to my tunes and how they were into my music now too. It was a perfect crowd, man. They knew all the lyrics, all the songs. They were jumping hard. It was lively.

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School of Rock

411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

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