pulls the rug out from under you. But
every so often, if existence is having
a good day ó it'll have another rug waiting
for you. And so disappointment can quickly
turn into refreshed excitement. And that's
kind of what happened to DJ Victor Dinaire
with the demise of Logic 3000 Records.
"It just came to the point where BMG
decided to stop Logic. It's unfortunate."
Dinaire said. However, "part of me is
relieved because I wanted to do something
different anyway." Victor's emotions the
day he found out ran the spectrum from
disappointment to relief. It was sad to
see the label that gave him his start
go the way of all flesh. But at the same
time, he saw the opportunity for new horizons.
He remains thankful for the opportunities
the label gave him and said that, "Logic
had a great run." After Logic Records
went away, Victor took the time to reassess
his situation. He came to a realization.
"The whole industry is changing," he said.
"The music industry we once knew is over."
Much of this, Victor believes, stems
from the rise of readily available music
for download online. While he makes it
plai,n "I'm against illegal downloading,"
he does understand why people do it. For
one thing, there's just plain old human
nature. Why pay for what you can get for
free? Beyond that, though, is a problem
listeners encounter in the realm of electronic
dance music. Say you're out at a club
and you hear a great trance number you
hadn't heard before. Well, damn it, you
want that song but it's nowhere to be
found on CD. So you go online and track
it down, download it, and, bammo, you've
got your song. Or, you DO find a CD with
the song on it. It's the only song on
the CD you want, but you really want that
tune, so you shell out your twenty bucks
for the music. You get home. You pop it
in the CD player. Your face falls in disappointment.
It's the same song ... but it's not. It's
an edit of the song. Or it's not the mix
you heard and loved. In short, the common
lack of availability of tracks listeners
want has pushed toward the industry-changing
downloading craze, much of which is, as
we all know from recent RIAA antics, illegal.
The exciting new direction Victor's career
has taken may provide a partial solution,
or at least alleviation, to the not-always-positive
trends in the altered industry. "It's
not going to solve the problem," Victor
said, but it will help. What is "it"?
"It," folks, is satellite radio. "In some
ways it's revolutionary," he said.
Victor's corner of the world of satellite
radio is a three hour weekly show (broadcast
thrice weekly so you have three chances
to catch it) reaching satellite listeners
nationwide. It's called "Peak Hour" and
it broadcasts on Sirius Channel 64, "The
Vortex." Victor's partner in crime is
Billy Hammond, format manager of Vortex,
who shared his vision for such a show.
"It's the first national weekly trance
show ever in the US," according to Victor.
"Its starting to catch hype as I'm getting
all the best artists on my shows." Truly,
he's already had Paul Van Dyk on the show
and set to come are Armin van Buuren,
Ferry Corsten, George Acosta and Jonathan
Peters. And if that hype keeps building,
just maybe Victor can pull off the next
step in his dream: "I am working on turning
one of (Sirius') stations to a 24/7 Trance/Progressive/Techno
radio station, the first ever." Victor's
efforts are helping to bring to the fans
the music they love and want. Consider
this his reponse to the new music industry
and its partial catalyst, the online downloading
scene. And he's anything but on his own.
"I'm getting tons of support from the
labels, the artists themselves," along
with agents, etc., and others in the music
scene. So, is satellite radio the wave
of the future? "Absolutely. I definitely
feel this is going to play a major role
in the way people hear their music."
The "Peak Hour" show airs Friday nights
from midnight to 3 a.m. Eastern, Saturdays
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern and again
on Tuesday nights (9pm-midnight Eastern),
Victor informed me. Click
here for the show's details on Sirus.com
Dinaire has DJ mixed four CDs: Logic
Trance 4, EnTrance, Timeless Trance: Midnight
Sessions and Timeless Trance:
Morning Sessions. He is a spins regularly
at the ARC at New York City (www.arcspace.net),
playing their once a month since Dec.
2002. Names of those with whom he has
played include Marco V, John OO Fleming,
Talla 2XLC, Gatecrasher with Scott Bond,
Judge Jules, Edgar V and NU NRG (Vandit).
He has played regularly at Exit NYC, where
he appeared with Junior Vasquez in Dec.
2002. Other artists with whom he has appeared
include Flava Flav (Public Enemy), Sandra
Collins and Rabbit In The Moon. He has
also been to Canada, Central America and
Korea for shows. Victor was named New
York City's No. 1 Trance DJ by Trance.nu.
In addition to his weekly show, Victor
does a monthly syndicated mix show, "Interference
Mix Show" (www.interferencemix.com),
broadcasting to over 10 stations in California,
Texas, Mexico and on Groove Radio. Plus,
he is part of the "Digital Groove" monthly
broadcast, which hits over 15 stations
all over the place. Then, there's "Digitally
Imported Radio" (www.di.fm), also monthly,
an internet radio station with an average
of 5,000 to 7,000 listeners worldwide.
More information about Sirius Satellite
Radio is available by visiting www.sirius.com.
More information about Victor is available
ó written by Kristofer Upjohn