Aussie DJ Dirty South: Global Citizen of "City of Dreams"
Unlike certain genres that dominate the airwaves here in the U.S., EDM is a global phenomenon. That's not to say that there aren't rappers and country singers in other parts of the world, but very few of those acts become stars here.
EDM is something completely different. If you're heading out to see the latest and greatest in dance music, that person may call the U.S. home, but there's just as good a chance that they're from Europe, Russia, Japan or, in the case of Dirty South, Australia.
2012 has been a big year for the DJ/producer. He's currently in the midst of his biggest North American tour so far, hitting the road behind his track "City of Dreams," which hit No. 1 on Beatport earlier this year. Rocks Off caught up with him during a moment of downtime on one of his rare studio days.
Rocks Off:The City of Dreams Tour is the biggest outing you've done in North America. How's the tour going?
Dirty South: It's been amazing, it's been crazy, it's been nonstop. We've been hitting a lot of cities -- some cities that I've never been to before. We just did the Roseland Ballroom in New York a couple of weeks ago and it was huge sellout show. We have a couple of more weeks to go, finishing off in L.A. in two weeks. It's been pretty good.
RO: Speaking of L.A., there's a contest going on that's going to let the winner open for you at the L.A. tour stop. How'd that come about?
DS: It was an idea to give a bit of love to the young kids that are starting out. You know there's a lot of people coming through with mixes and new tracks. I think it's really cool to be involved with that and give someone the chance to be part of what we do.
RO: On the whole, is the culture of EDM different in other parts of the world?
DS: I think the culture is now the Internet. Everything is coming from the Internet. The kids can find the music so quickly regardless of where they are in the world. You can be in Asia or North America or Europe, and when an artist releases a track people can immediately get it.
I think it doesn't matter where you are. People are really educated with music and they know what's up. It's more or less the same everywhere.