Famous Tracks: Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Dirty South & Axwell Remix), Dirty South – Let it Go, Dirty South feat. Rudy – Phazing, Axwell and Dirty South – Open Your Heart
Best Known For: A hectic tour schedule, crazy bootlegs/edits, Sweet Disposition
DJ Mag Rank: 74
We’ll have to change this after he and Axwell win the Grammy for Best Remix. For now, we’ll refer to Dirty South as the Grammy nominated Australian house master who set the world on fire with one of the most popular tracks of 2009/10. Of course, Dirty South is far more than just the guy who remixed Sweet Disposition with Axwell.
Glow asked him at Electric Zoo if he minded always being associated with Swedish House Mafia. “At the end of the day they’re my friends and we hang out all the time and make music together. I have no problem being associated with them, because I am… it’s all good.”
His latest hit, Phazing (feat. Rudy) has lit Glow ablaze on numerous occasions. The style, energy and attitude Dirty South brings to the booth is infectious
Sunnery and Ryan who? If you’re asking, prepare to be blown away. SJ & RM are two of the biggest things to come out of Holland since Chuckie and Afrojack. How to describe their style… a dash of tribal, a dollop of Toolroom, a splash of Subliminal, a pinch of Defected, zapping synths and a whole lotta bounce. Oh yeah… a bunch of SUPER DIRTY DUTCH!!! Shake it up and you’ve got the unique style that is Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.
Don’t watch the video of them we posted in the ‘Video’ section. It’s too much to handle.
It has been an amazing ride for the Grammy Nominated DJ/Producer Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia and relocating to Melbourne, Australia when he was 13, kick started his musical journey as he started to get influenced by everything around him. Like many other youngsters starting out in the music biz, Dragan couldn’t afford turntables but he managed to improvise with his old NEC Hi-Fi and started mixing with the tape decks. From here on, Dragan developed further by making bootlegs and mashups. Next step was to get even more serious so a brand new computer, software and keyboards were needed. The first official production was released in 2004 and Dirty South was born.
Soon after that, there was an invasion of Dirty South releases and remixes. In 2005 and 2006, Dirty South was nominated for the renowned Australian Music Industry’s top accolade, the ARIA awards and in 2007 he took home the “Best Producer” trophy at the inthemix top 50 awards. He did that again the following year and added best local DJ to his awards list. Since then, there have been many nominations, awards and accolades, including numerous “Essential New Tune” gongs by the legendary Pete Tong, who hosts the leading weekly global dance radio show The Essential Selection. Besides the successes he has had on his own, with releases like “It’s Too Late”, “Let It Go”, “The End” and “Alamo”, Dirty South has joined forces with some of best producers in the world and created anthems such as “Open Your Heart” with Axwell and “How Soon Is Now” with David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso. On the remix tip, Dirty South has given the remix treatment to some of the most recognisable names in the music industry including U2, Snoop Dogg, Tracey Thorn, Depeche Mode, David Guetta and Josh Wink.
Alongside his productions, Dirty South started developing his DJ career. At first Australian turf was covered many times, but then the demand spread overseas, and soon enough he was playing for some of the best clubs and festivals across the globe, including Ultra Music Festival, Pacha (Ibiza & New York), Ministry of Sound, Space, Vanguard, Creamfields, Global Gathering, Sensation White and many others. The heavy touring payed off, and in 2008, Dirty South was voted No.74 in the DJ MAG Top 100 competition.
In between his heavy touring and producing schedule, there has always been time to do a yearly mix CD, and Dirty South has put his name down to compilations for labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Toolroom Records, Cr2 and SONY to name a few.
This summer has seen the birth of the Phazing concept, from the label of the same name to its first release from Dirty South called ‘Phazing’ which went on to be one of the anthems of 2010 to the ‘Phazing Nights’ branded live events, next year Phazing will continue to grow.
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. This is the story so far, and there is definitely more to come from Dirty South…
‘We’re Phazing A Million Miles Away!’
Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, two notable personalities with a single goal: to entertain as many people as possible with their deep and funky house sound. As a DJ duo, they are irresistible. Put them in a DJ booth together and instant interaction and chemistry is there, with an eye for the audience and an ear for each other. Effortlessly adapting to one another seems to be no problem for these two best friends and partners in crime.
From the moment they entered the DJ profession, they agreed to do something serious with their common passion: house music. Although they have both been into music since their childhood days, this moment doesn’t feel like it was very long ago. After their first gig together, residencies at different national organizations quickly followed and they visited every quality club and event in The Netherlands as a DJ duo. Sunnery and Ryan have established themselves as top national DJs very rapidly. In a short time, the exotic names of Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano have matured into familiar faces on the dance scene.
Sunnery James comes from a musical family, where he experienced a wide variety of music. From the age of 7, he had piano lessons for several years. As a DJ and producer, he still benefits from these lessons. He met Ryan when he was 19. Ryan Marciano has a specialist’s ear for quality music. For Ryan, music is a ‘way of life’. In his younger years, he used to play many practical jokes. Nowadays, however, he is a very calm person who has completed his graphical schooling and wants to put all his creativity into music. Deejaying is THE way to share their passion for music with others. They are inspired by DJs such as Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler, artists with whom they have performed.
But they have many ambitions. Besides performing, they are very busy with producing. Even that is something they do together. As if they don’t see enough of one another during gigs and their private lives, they’re also studio buddies. In May 2008 they released their first track ‘PINA’. One month later, Sunnery and Ryan released the clubhit ‘Lift U Up’ featuring Melvin Reese. Several remixes and original productions are on the way, and the repertoire grows by the week. There are new projects all the time and the best is yet to come!
In February 2009, Sunnery and Ryan performed a 3-hour-set at the Dirty Dutch Aftershock in Heineken Music Hall. 5500 fans came to join the SJ-RM-vibe. The original Dirty Dutch event is held at Amsterdam RAI, where Sunnery and Ryan performed for 20.000 visitors. Sunnery and Ryan mixed the CD-album that was released with the Dirty Dutch DVD. Other highlights are named below.
- Extrema Outdoor (Aqua-Best)
- Emporium (Wijchen)
- Latin Village Festival (Spaarnwoude)
- Solar Weekend (Roermond)
- Luxurush (Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam)
- Mysteryland (Haarlemmermeer)
- SeeMe Festival (Sofia, Bulgary)
- Gigs in Dusseldorf, Sofia, Antwerpen, Barcelona, Rimini, Istanbul, Salou, Lloret del Mar on Ibiza and Crete.