In more ways than one, Borgeous never stops
Since the incredible success of his
2013 single “Tsunami,” the Florida-born, Las Vegas-based DJ and producer born
John Borger has become ubiquitous in the world of EDM, playing upwards of 200
shows a year for audiences around the globe.
Borgeous is on the go artistically as
much as he his literally always on the move.
While “Tsunami,” a collaboration with DVBBS fits securely into the realm of
festival EDM, (Billboard named it the most played track of Tomorrowland
2013), Borgeous possesses musical prowess far behind the genre. His debut album
Out August 13 via his newly launched
label Geousus Records (pronounced jus-us) in conjunction with Armada Music, the
LP is a sprawling 13-track collection that highlights the platinum-selling,
two-time JUNO nominated artist’s diverse abilities, with sounds ranging from
EDM, to house, to indie electronic, and pummeling drum & bass. 13’s collection
of collaborators and featured vocalists exemplify this variety, with guests including
tYDi, Fatman Scoop,, Lil Jon, Dia Frampton, Neon Hitch , The Ragga Twins and dancehall
superstar Sean Paul.
“I always want to do big festival bangers
that get people dancing, and there on songs the album that are like that,” Borgeous
says, “but I also wanted to make songs that people can listen to by the pool,
or in the car, or if they’re going through a breakup.”
“Wanna Lose You,” a collaboration with
Australia producer tyDi is perhaps 13’s
most gentle moment, featuring emotionally resonant vocals, piano flourishes and
a softly stirring build. “Higher,” is a brightly soaring dance anthem sure to
get many arms in the air this summer. “Savage,” featuring Lil Jon, is an
aggressive club banger anthem that plays exactly like the title suggests.
Made over the course of six months, 13 was largely produced in Las
Vegas. Borgeous moved to Sin City three years ago
after nearly a decade spent working in the Los Angeles nightclub scene. A lifetime
music enthusiast (he grew up in east Florida listening mostly to rock and
hip-hop), he knew he could create the EDM sound he was hearing out in clubs. He
put his songs on Souncloud and his output was soon racking up plays.
“I had a promoter backbone,” Borgeous says.
“I knew how to promote myself and went to blogs and people I knew that could
help get my music out.”
The first song Borgeous didn’t give
away for free was “Tsunami.” When the track hit, he quit his job and hit the
road, playing massive sets at festivals including Tomorrowland Brazil and
Mysteryland Chile. The song hit #1 on iTunes, the Beatport 100 and the U.K.,
and currently has more than 87 million plays on Soundcloud. It was also used during
the NBA playoffs and in the movie Pitch
Perfect 2. A version of the track featuring English hip-hop phenom Tinie
Tempah made “Tsunami” ubiquitous in Europe and expanded Borgeous’ worldwide
fanbase, a group he interacts with heavily via social media. Subsequent hits
“Invincible” and “Wildfire” both hit the Billboard Dance Radio Top 10.
With 13, Borgeous is showing
the world a new side of his artistry, while maintaining the sound that fans
love. Judging by his past successes, evolving output, and packed summer tour
schedule, Borgeous is poised to keep on expanding his name, sound, and artistic
relevance for a long time to come.