Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 | 2 a.m.
Dirty South feat. Sam Martin Unbreakable
After a grand-opening weekend that featured Erick Morillo, the new Life Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas ramps it up this Labor Day Weekend with Laidback Luke, Dirty South and Deep Dish with guest Pete Tong.
I caught up with Melbourne-based Serbian-Australian DJ, producer, director and remixer Dirty South, birth name Dragan Roganovic, this week ahead of his set Saturday night at Life, and he talked about his new album and film — and late-night chicken fingers.
How does it feel to be a headliner DJ during the opening weekend of a new casino resort in Las Vegas?
It feels great to be part of the new club. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about it and am looking forward to playing there and trying out some new tracks. It also feels great because I still have a job.
Have you seen the venue? It’s beautiful.
No, I haven’t, unfortunately, only pictures. I guess I’ll have to take your word for it!
“City of Dreams” was a big hit for you and gets a big reaction from crowds. What songs do you enjoy spinning at nightclubs?
Well of course I still enjoy playing “City of Dreams,” but also I’m playing some new tracks off my new album that’s coming out very soon, and they are getting some great reactions, especially “Unbreakable,” as it’s the first single on the album.
The new album drops in November, right? Can fans expect to hear any of your music at Life on Saturday night?
Yes, absolutely! The album is out Nov. 4, and the first single “Unbreakable” just came out, so make sure you get it and learn the words by the time I get on the decks, please.
In addition to your new album, you have an upcoming film, as well? What should fans expect with this newest project?
Well the film is based on the album. The music from the album inspired the story, and I directed the film, which is very exciting for me. It’s a narrative film with dialogue, so it’s not a music video. The music of my album scores the film. It will give fans a visual perspective of how I see the album beyond just the sounds.
Which artists are on your wish list for collaborating?
I like working with fresh, new and undiscovered artists because all the famous ones are busy and sometimes too caught up in being famous, so I prefer working with people who just want to work on music with no other agenda.
Tell me something fans would be surprised to learn about you.
I am very shy.
What do you like to do for fun in Las Vegas?
I like to get chicken fingers after my shows at a late-night spot that my friend runs. Best chicken fingers in town or even the state of Nevada!
Dirty South is at Life Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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