New local Borgeous talks living in Vegas, music videos and his upcoming album

New Vegas resident Borgeous makes his Omnia debut this weekend.

Good luck finding a faster-rising star in the EDM world than John Borger, aka Borgeous. After becoming a mainstay on the Billboard Dance Radio, Beatport and iTunes Dance charts with club smashes like “Tsunami,” “Invincible,” “They Don’t Know Us” and the Lights collaboration “Zero Gravity,” the Miami-born, LA-based DJ and producer moved to Las Vegas last year and amped up his tour schedule. After finishing a residency at Marquee, he plays the first of four 2015 sets at Omnia this weekend.

We caught up with Borgeous fresh off a flight home from Asia, where he played four shows in four days in four countries.

Did you ever think you would live in Vegas? Never. But I actually really like it. I was tired of LA and needed a change. The taxes are a big thing, and playing a lot of shows here are a big thing, but I’m going hiking at Red Rock for the first time this week and I’m excited to do that. I go to the spa at Wynn a lot. I love that place.

You just released two singles last week, “Sins” and “Souls,” both with Piper Ferguson-directed videos. Have traditional music videos played a big part in your growth? Yeah, I would say those two and “Zero Gravity” were the three videos I invested the most in. I grew up in the TRL era, so I believe music videos play a really big part in getting a song to resonate with people. I think I’ll always do videos because they help a song grow and sell and connect, but I think it’s fun, too.

Why’d you decide to work on a full album for release next year instead of continuing to drop singles? I wanted to do something different after doing the singles thing for the last three years, and I really wanted to take some time with it and not have so much pressure to just put another single out. I’ve got some little club bangers on there, and some other artists and cool features.

Borgeous with Justin Credible. November 17, 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women. Omnia, 702-785-6200.

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