Dirty South Biography:
Dragan Roganovic, better known as Dirty South, is a prominent artist in the dance music world being nominated for a Grammy, having several chart toping productions, and his own successful record label Phazing. Working with some of the biggest producers in the world such as Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and even Alesso on the recent “City of Dreams”, Dirty South has been making hits for years. The Aussie DJ/producer is currently on his ‘City of Dreams’ tour where he is traveling around the U.S. to hit all the big cities he can. Be sure not to miss his last stop of the tour in LA at the Palladium, November 24th. We were able to attend his show last week in Denver, CO at Beta Nightclub, rated the #1 club in the U.S., due to him missing his previous date at Red Rocks because of a unfortunate jet ski accident. He started the night off with a unique intro mix of “City of Dreams”, which really set the stage for the rest of the night. The rest of his set was quite amazing, keeping the energy high throughout and playing some classics, new releases, and even some unreleased content that kept us engaged. After his set, we were able to sit down with the kind man to ask him some questions. Check out what he had to say after the bump!
Right now you are on your ‘City Of Dreams’ tour, how has that been so far? Any shows that have really stood out?
It’s been awesome. Well, everywhere has been amazing but I did one in Philly where there were like 7 or 8 thousand people, that one was insane.
Regarding your latest single with Alesso, “City Of Dreams”, how did you two end up coming together and making that track?
We have been friends for a while now. I met him in Stockholm when I played like two years ago and he was just a young kid just starting out and he was hanging out in the booth like ‘hey nice to meet you!’ (laughs) and look at him now, he is blowing up. Now we have been friends since then, we have been on the tour circuit and then we got together in Australia doing Creamfields tour and we decided to get in the studio and do a track and ‘City Of Dreams’ was born.
When you did the track, did you start it in your studio in Australia and then finish it later, sending parts of the track back and forth or did you finish it together?
No, we had three days off and we spent every day in the studio and we literally finished the track off, he went back to Sweden. I tweaked the track just a little bit just to make sure it was in the final stage and it was done.
You have an incredible record label, Phazing Records. What do you have in the works in regards to new singles, remixes, collaborations, etc… for your label?
I am writing a lot of music, I have a few collabs coming out. I just finished a track with Michael Brun, a young kid from Haiti who is very talented and the track is called “Rift”, I actually played it tonight and it went down really well. I have a collab with Deniz Koyu and I can’t wait to play that, it’s crazy! It’s a really cool record. And I am working on a bunch of new material, maybe something that becomes an EP or an album, but I don’t want to say an album right now because it’s dangerous (laughs). So maybe it could be a couple EPs or something like that, but I am working on a body of work.
If you could collaborate with any band who would it be?
It would be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they are classic and have been around forever. Anthony Kiedis has that voice, the way he writes lyrics, I just really love it. I would love to do something with them somehow. Maybe even if it’s not my record, maybe it’s something for them or who knows. It would be amazing to work with them.
What do you like to do with your free time?
Family is really important, just being around good friends and family. Aside from that it’s just music, I do it all day long and I love it. To be honest if I wasn’t doing it I’m not sure what I would be doing.
Considering you are gone on tour so much, how do you manage to keep in touch with your family and friends?
I just use technology to keep in touch with them as best I can, and I try to go back to Australia as much as I can. But that’s life on the road.
Swedish House Mafia has decided they are going to call it quits. You have known Axwell, Steve and Sebastian for sometime now. What are your thoughts or insights as to their retirement?
What it comes down to, is that I know them personally so I know that they are ready to move on and do their own thing. To be honest as a group they have done so much and have done amazing stuff and reached high points, so maybe they feel like they have done enough as group and they just want to leave on a high note and go back and do their separate individual stuff which they have been doing for years anyway. And you know they might even come back in a couple of years, but I think it’s fine. I’m sure the fans are super sad but I look at it from a different point of view.
If you had one day with none of your professional responsibilities and you could do whatever you want on your day off, what would you do?
I would hang out with family, because I don’t get to do enough of that so I feel like that is what’s missing. Probably just go to a nice sushi place, maybe go to a concert of a band I like, just enjoy life I guess. It’s the simple things in life. – See more at: https://www.techibeats.com/artist-interviews/dirty-south#.Us8Jq2RDuFc