Exclusive Interview with Borgeous
EPIC Entertainment brings American Electro House DJ & Producer Borgeous to Live RCA Bangkok. His track "Tsunami" (released in 2013) took the dance music scene by storm and hit the #1 spot on the Beatport Top 100 charts. The track was awarded with a EMPO Award for "Track of the Year" and received a nomination for The Juno Award "Dance Recording of the Year".
Siam2nite had the opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Borgeous, shortly before his performance at Live RCA on August 5.
Where are you answering these questions?
I’m in the USA, just had a crazy sold out show in Milwaukee and currently preparing for my set at Electric Forest.
You made your entry into DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list in2014 on rank #87. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing and music production?
I’ve always been really into music, a lot of different genres actually. As I got a little older I started to fool around with Fruity Loops and Reason and I started making urban beats. Some time went by doing that and gradually I started to fall in love more and more with the dance scene.
You play and produce Electro- & Big Room House. How would you describe your own music in just a few words?
I need only one, it’s diversity. I try to make more than just Electro and Big-room house. Being able to showcase a lot of different sounds is something that I’ve been striving for and I’m pretty happy with what I put out. ‘Invincible’, ‘Wildfire’, and ‘This Could Be Love’ are all tracks that have a completely different sound.
Your international breakthrough came with “Tsunami”, which was one of the biggest tracks of 2013 – it jumped on Beatport’s #8 spot within 48 hours and shortly after that took the #1 position. The track was followed by “Stampede” (with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and DVBBS), which landed once again on the #1 position. What other tracks would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
I think that you should listen to a lot of it to really get a fair idea of what my music is all about. I’ve actually released a new track today called ‘Zero Gravity’ featuring Lights and I’m really happy with it. It’s actually huge!
What are you currently working and focusing on? What’s on your agenda for the near future?
As I said, I just put out a new track today but I’m still working in the studio on new material. Also I’ve got a crazy touring schedule throughout the summer so it’ll be gigs, gigs, gigs for the next few months.
You have played at the biggest clubs and festivals all over the world. What were the best and the worst gigs you ever played and what were the funniest things ever occurred during any of your performances?
It’s really hard to say.. I love it when I’m at a huge festival and play for a crowd of 30.000, it’s a sick feeling. But when I’m at a smaller venue for a couple of hundred people, it’s really intimate and you get to feel the crowd you know. What I really do hate is when I get the feeling that my fans aren’t being treated properly. Not too long ago I received a message of a fan telling me that a lot of people couldn’t get into the club because of poor organization. That stuff gets to me.
You hold two residencies at Las Vegas’ prestigious nightclubs Drai’s & Marquee, but you live in Los Angeles – the second-most populous city in the USA, after New York City. What can you tell us about clubbing and nightlife in Los Angeles and Las Vegas? Do you have any nightlife related suggestions for first-time visitors?
Las Vegas is crazy. It’s as lavish as can be and that’s great. Everyone’s just totally letting go for the night because Vegas is such a party town on it’s own. Los Angeles is different, it’s a little calmer I guess. It’s still great fun to be playing there but it’s less of a ‘The Hangover’ vibe that you get in Vegas.
In January you made your Thailand Debut at LEVELS. Did you keep your Bangkok performance – and Thailand in general – in good memory? What can the Bangkok crowd expect of your upcoming performance on 5th August at Live RCA?
Yeah I loved it over there! Bangkok is an awesome place and the people in Asia are so excitable because the scene is much younger. People look forward to these events for a long time so when it’s finally there they just go wild!