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Dirty South - South-bound

Author: Carlisle Rogers
Friday, March 2, 2007
Melbourne producer Dirty South ought to be smiling. With an enviable DJ calendar in coming months and a compendium of high-profile collaborations, the electro-house star has international success in his sight.

Australia has undergone a renaissance in house music production of late, pricking ears from Germany to the USA. This interest is due in no small part to a phalanx of producers like TV Rock, Hook ‘n Sling, Goodwill and Dirty South.  

One club that has captured this new sound and played it over loud speakers every Saturday night is onelove, which began in Melbourne and has since expanded nationally. The next instalment of their compilation series, onelove - Your Disco Will Eat You, finds Dirty South compiling alongside the inimitable, eclectic American producer Tommie Sunshine and Denis The Menace & Jerry Ropero.

“I have done one of the three discs for the new onelove compilation,” says Dirty South. “We got Denis the Menace & Jerry Ropero and Tommie Sunshine doing a disc each too. Tommie’s is a little bit quirkier and crazy. Mine is a bit more of a main room disc, the current electro trend, big room stuff that’s happening. And Denis’ disc is more of a funky house sound. It’s a pretty cool compilation all up.”

As for Dirty South himself, he’s been flat out with DJing and production of late, working hard to keep in front of the wave of interest and enthusiasm in Australian dance music. “The production in Australia has helped us get our name up there. We are getting lots of love from overseas DJs, which is really nice. We’re all a lot happier.

“In the studio, I just finished up lots of remixes, including some of my own and some with the guys from TV Rock. We just finished an old classic by Josh Wink, the Higher State of Consciousness track. I did a track for Kaskade and a new remix for Mark Runsen. I did a brand new track with Paul Harris, which featured on Pete Tong’s show last week.

“As far as DJing goes, I’ve been going crazy. I did the whole Good Vibrations tour. I’m off to Brazil in a couple of weeks, then I come back and finish the Future Music tour and then from Melbourne I’m going up to Miami. It should all be fun.

“I’m planning on working on lots of new and original material this year. I will probably turn down the remixing dial a little bit. I’m not sure if albums are what I want to do, but definitely I’m into doing a lot more dance single tracks. Whether they are collaborations or my own projects, I’m easy. I will be doing more dancefloor-oriented stuff for release, but on the side I’ll be trying to produce other sorts of stuff. Maybe more down-tempo, or who knows- I just want to collaborate with different people.”

WHO: Dirty South
WHAT: Plays Future Music Festival at Randwick Racecourse / onelove: Your Disco Will Eat You Vol. 5 CD out on Sony/BMG
WHEN: Saturday 17 March / out now