Grammy Nominated DJ and Producer Dragan Roganovic, better known as Dirty South, is no stranger to the dance scene. The Serb native relocated to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 13 and began dabbling with his old NEC Hi-Fi and mixing with the tape decks. His remixes and mashups eventually caught the attention of Australian Vicious Vinyl Records, who signed him in 2005. Dirty South’s tracks swept Australia and earned him several awards including a Grammy nomination, two ARIA nominations, a winning vote for “Most Popular Producer Nationally” in the 2007 InTheMix 50 DJ Poll, and an Essential New Tune award by the legendary Pete Tong.
Following the success of his own releases, Dirty South has collaborated with numerous world-renowned producers including David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Alesso. He’s also shared the studio with Axwell in creating their Grammy nominated (Dragan’s second nomination) remix of the Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition. It was in between the 30 stops of his North American tour that he produced most of the tracks on his debut full length, Speed of Life. The 2013 debut has garnered much attention and positive reviews as a carefully crafted LP that strays away from the typical trademarks of EDM.
There’s no slowing down as 2014 is slated to be even bigger for Dirty South. He’s already begun work on his second album (TBA), announced a residency at the LIGHT Vegas, and continues to push out releases on his label, Phazing Records.
Imogen Heap, a badass singer/songwriter/composer from England launched a Kickstarter campaign to create an exciting new type of technology that may change the way people create music. The Mi.Mu Glove allows users to interact with their computers without having to press buttons, pull-down sliders, or turn knobs. Imogen says this technology gives her the ability to “make music on the move” and “more naturally engage with [her] computer software and technology.”
With help from a team of musicians and developers, Imogen has successfully mapped the movements of her Mi.Mu Gloves to her Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). For example, she is able to adjust pitches, create drum beats, arpeggiate and control filters through specific hand gestures and arm movements. The glove uses a WiFi-enabled x-IMU board developed by x-IO Technologies, a magnetometer, a gyroscope, an accelerometer and motion sensors to track hand movements. Such movements include bending, spreading, pointing, and spatial positioning.
This technology could have a huge impact on the music industry and the way music is made, but only time will tell. Personally, I think the idea of WiFi gloves is a great idea, not only for music, but for other industries as well. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this all pans out, but hopefully Imogen and her developers are able to receive the necessary funding to finish this progressive and exciting technology.
EPIC artist Jason Parris has been making waves in the music scene with his recent #NewMusicWednesday releases. Today marks his 3rd free Wednesday release, and it doesn’t disappoint. His signature production style can be summed up in one word; EPIC! Synth filled arena anthems and bass driven house is what Parris is all about. Take a listen to some of his tracks below, and be sure to be on the lookout for this up and coming musician!
BLAP Productions, I Heart SF and EPIC are back with round two of the sensational Northern Nights Music Festival in picturesque Humboldt County. The 3-day event features funky live music, custom art instillations, relaxing yoga sessions and other transformational workshops, as well as a plethora of good vibes transmitting from every direction.