Interviews

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

"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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.