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Life sometimes pulls the rug out from under you. But every so often, if existence is having a good day 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 at www.victordinaire.com and www.futureprogression.com.

written by Kristofer Upjohn




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