Dirty South Interview By: Zach Leete Dragan Roganovic started DJing before many of us even understood the significance of 4/4 repetitions and 128 bpm. He emerged during an era where Tiesto played nothing but Trance, Avicii was in diapers, and Hardwell was well…hardly more relevant than the dropping of a single pin in an ocean of electronic sound. Dragan crafted electronic tunes on the precipice of an event horizon in the world of music that would alter the way people create, listen, and respond to music forever.In an industry bolstered by one-hit-wonders, where DJs come and go like commuters bustling in the guts of the subway and genre lines become the blurred lines of a Robin Thicke single, the existence of DJs who refuse to sell out, like Dirty South, is becoming a rarity. We sat down with Dirty South after his hallmark performance at Imagine Music Festival 2016 to discuss pre-performance carbohydrates, melancholy music, balancing studio and tour time and more. RM: You sent out a tweet before your set at Imagine Music Festival 2016 saying that you ate a piece of bread. Now everyone wants to know…what type of bread? DS: (laughs) It’s actually a true story. It was just an old piece of white bread. It was a bun from a chicken burger that I had two hours before. RM: So that’s not a ritual? You don’t eat a piece of bread before each set? DS: No it was just sitting there. I was like “Well, fuck it. I’m hungry” I’m going to have some of this before I get on. RM: What, that was enough to get you through the set? DS: It was enough. I’m good! RM: What have you been up to lately? Have you been spending more time in the studio or touring? DS: Actually a bit of both. I just came from Europe where I did Greenfield. I go to China next week, Dubai, then back to the U.S. In between I’m trying to squeeze in new music. I just put out a couple singles, “Just Dream” with Rudy and “All of Us,” and I’ve got some new ones coming too. It’s the balance between touring and making music. RM: You’ve collaborated with Rudy in the past. However, you often did so under the guise of “Ruben Haze.” Tell us about that? DS: Ruben Haze is a side project we have. It’s more indie…I guess a more Coldplay-ish vibe. RM: You definitely tapped into that style of music during your set today. DS: I’ve always liked melancholy music. Every now and then I work it into my sets. RM: Melancholy music is the best type of music! Who doesn’t like to be sad? (laughs) Can you confirm or deny the rumor that you have a new album coming out in the fall? DS: I’m working towards that. If it’s not an album, it will be a bunch of singles. The two I just released are part of that. Like I said it’s the balance between touring and producing that makes it difficult. RM: Is it hard to make music while you’re on the road touring?
DS: I can do it sometimes. It’s always about inspiration. I can get inspiration from anywhere. It can come to me on the plane, after watching a movie, or after hearing a song. It comes from somewhere; it comes anytime. I try to always be ready to make music.