Dirty South Biography

Over the past 3 years, Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic has made an instant
name for himself in the dance music industry, impressing the who's who of
international DJs, producers, media and music lovers with his uncanny
ability to dish up ready-made dancefloor bombs. Born in Europe and moved to
Australia when he was 13, Dragan's thirst for music took a hold of him from
a young age. Unable to afford turntables, the youngster began 'mixing' with
an old NEC Cassette deck, while his growing fascination with production saw
him re-jig his home computer and start to make beats with it using demo
music software. Inspired by everyone from Led Zeppelin and later The
Neptunes, Dragan focussed his attention on producing mash-ups and bootleg
tracks, with his natural ability to produce devastating dancefloor weapons
seeing DJs clamber for promos - something that still characterises his
rampant popularity. The international attention didn't take too long to
swell either. When Dragan injected his trademark house groove into
Evermore's 'It's too Late' rock hit in 2006, the entire dance music world
stood up and took notice. Not only did dance luminary Pete Tong reward the
track as one of his coveted 'Essential New Tunes' - the first Australian
dance track to receive this accolade since Madison Avenue's 'Don't Call Me
Baby' in 1999, but the gem was also licensed to over 30 compilations
worldwide, as well as being picked up by Warner and Ultra (USA). Included
on his self-titled EP of 2006 out through respected Australian imprint
Vicious Vinyl, 'It's too Late', topped dance charts worldwide and saw Dirty
South nominated for a coveted ARIA award (Australian Recording Industry
Association) - a stunning follow-up to the previous year's nomination for
his red-hot single 'Sleazy'. 'It's Too Late's' impact was also confirmed in
early 2007, with a nomination for 'Best Alternative Dance Release' at
Miami's 'International Dance Music Awards'. No surprise that Dirty South
stands as one of the hottest and most in-demand new artists in house music.
His remixing credits read like an honour role of dance music's finest,
having reworked revered artists such as Depeche Mode, Mark Ronson, Roger
Sanchez, Josh Wink, Tiësto, Chris Lake, Fedde Le Grande, Ferry Corsten and
TV Rock. Recent collaborations have also seen him team up with house
kingpin Carl Kennedy for the dancefloor burner 'Baby, I'm Gonna Leave you',
as well as Brit Paul Harris with 'Better Day', earning Dirty South another
prestigious 'Essential New Tune' gong from Pete Tong. While his productions
go from strength to strength, Dirty South continues to excel in the DJing
department. He's toured the world, gigging throughout Europe, the UK, UAE,
Canada and the USA and playing massive festivals across Australia including
Good Vibrations, Future Music Festival, Summadayze, supporting the likes of
Erick Morillo, Bookashade, Tom Novy, DJ Falcon and countless others. At
home in Australia, he currently holds a residency with a national
powerhouse club Onelove and he's regularly touring interstate. Home stereos
are likewise kept grooving with his throbbing mix compilations, having
delivered stunning offerings for Vicious' 'Clubwork' (2006), Australian
superclub Onelove's 'Your Disco Will Eat You' (2007) and Ministry of
Sound's 'Sessions 4' (2007) With only a few short years under his belt in
the international production scene, Dirty South's potential to achieve
tremendous musical heights seems limitless. As his trademark blend of beats
inspires more and more house lovers from across the globe to sit up and
take notice, the future is certainly looking bright down south.