Dragan Roganović (born 1978), better known by his stage name Dirty South,is a Serbian-born Australian DJ, remixer and record producer based in Melbourne.
“Breakthrough DJ / Producer 2010: Thomas Gold” Axwell in DJ Mag 2010
“Rising Star 2010” Beatport 2010
2011 was a landmark year for Thomas Gold – you couldn’t step inside the world’s finest clubs this year without hearing a Thomas Gold original track, collaboration or remix blasting from the speakers at some point during the evening. As a DJ, quite simply, Thomas Gold is known for having amongst the most impeccable programming and mixing skills in the business.
When asked by DJ Mag to name their upcoming DJ/producer of 2011, Swedish House Mafia, Axwell, Sander van Doorn, Cosmic Gate (and more) had one name in common – Thomas Gold. As a producer, Thomas Gold focuses on quality over quantity. 2010’s smashes “AGORa” [Size], “Work That” / “Kananga” [Toolroom], “The Button” [Toolroom], ”Marsch Marsch” [Toolroom], “Areena” (w/ David Tort and David Gausa), Thomas Gold & Alex Kenji “What´s Up” [Spinnin’] and Fatboy Slim vs Thomas Gold “Star69” [Skint], set the stage for a massive 2011. Thomas Gold’s collaboration with Dirty South, “Alive (feat. Kate Elsworth),” was named essential new tune by BBC Radio 1 on July 8, shot to number two on the Beatport charts and became one of the summer’s true festival anthems. Thomas returned in October with a massive rework of “Marsch Marsch” for inclusion on the 2011 Toolroom Amsterdam Dance Event Compilation.
In 2009 Thomas remixed Delerium’s classic “Silence” and it was named “Best Progressive House Track Of 2009” by Beatport. Then, in 2010, Thomas Gold remixed Moguai “We Want Your Soul” for Size Records and it was described by Tiësto as a “classic.” These proved to be just the tip of the iceberg as his remixing reached another level in 2011. In January, Axtone released “Hard Rock Sofa & St Brothers ‘Blow Up’ (Thomas Gold vs Axwell Remix)” which promptly rocketed up to number three on the Beatport charts. In March, Toolroom released Jay C & Felix Baumgartner “Souk (Thomas Gold Remix);” In May, Interscope released Lady GaGa “Judas (Thomas Gold Remix);” and on July 4th XL Recordings dropped Adele “Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix).” Thomas’ remix of “Set Fire To The Rain” which now has over 10 million plays on YouTube. Thomas rounded out his 2011 remix work with Sander van Doorn ‘Reach Out’ (Thomas Gold Remix) for Doorn Records
As a DJ, Thomas Gold played all the right places in 2011. The impressive list includes coveted spots on Swedish House Mafia’s legendary Masquerade Motel Miami, EDC Las Vegas @ Swedish House Mafia (main) stage, Size Matters @ Governor’s Island, NYC, Tomorrowland main stage, Pacha Ibiza alongside Swedish House Mafia, Creamfields UK main stage and SHM stage, Escape From Wonderland Halloween Size Matters Stage, Sankeys Club, Manchester, Space Miami (headline), Pacha NYC (headline) and Ministry Of Sound (headline), among others.
Things to look out for from Thomas Gold in 2012 include Henrik B “Leave A Light On (Thomas Gold Remix)” [out in winter/early spring on Axtone]; Dirty South & Thomas Gold “Eyes Wide Open” [late January 2012 on Phazing], and finally, the much anticipated release of Thomas Gold “Sing2Me” [spring 2012 on Axtone]. “Sing2Me” was originally premiered by Swedish House Mafia during their September 16 takeover of BBC Radio 1, so this is a long time coming!
Dirty South & Thomas Gold Ft. Kate Elsworth – Eyes Wide Open (Original Mix)