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Wednesday 18th, December 2002
Victor Dinaire

Here’s some basic on the NY-based trance DJ Victor Dinaire: Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Victor now lives in Staten Island, New York City. He’s the head of Promotion and Marketing for Logic Records and head of A&R as well as Radio Promotions for Logic 3000 Records, which is an imprint of Logic Records, contracted under BMG Music. Other artists under Logic include: Eddie Baez, French Affair, Cosmic Baby, and Todd Terry. Under Logic 3000, artists include: Kosmonauts, John Debo, Danny Howells, Da Hool, Jam & Spoon, and Joey Beltram. He has just released his fourth album, entitled [b]Timeless Trance: Midnight Sessions[/b] (Read the review for more info!) His previous three albums are: [b]Logic Trance Volume 4, EnTrance[/b], and [b]Timeless Trance: Morning Sessions. [/b] Having DJed for only four and a half years, Victor has already come a long way, playing gigs throughout the United States, most frequently in New York City. This year, however, he hopes to perform internationally.

<em>Intro:</em> This isn’t your typical article on a DJ who made it big in this U.S. scene. I took the liberty to ask Victor some critical questions from his personal experiences, to the New York trance scene, and even the dance music culture in America. From topic to topic, here’s what Victor had to say, simply put. Read with an open mind and enjoy.

<em>The Beginnings</em>: His love for electronic music also began in the early 90s and his inspiration is the house music legend Junior Vasquez. “It’s the way he set up the records, the way he played them—he didn’t just play a record, he manipulated it.” The self-made man, Victor began at the tyro levels of promoting and hosting parties for the infamous Limelight nightclub in the early 90s, as well as Palladium and Tunnel (all defunct nightclubs in New York). After a tragic event in his life, he decided to follow his heart and pursue his passion for music through DJing. But after about two months, he was on the verge of quitting. Then, “magically” he says, he nailed his first mix and had a new found energy to continue. With a small stroke of luck in 1999, he acquired an internship at Logic Records. And as any budding DJ would do, he sent out his own demos to clubs around the world. After all, it’s all about getting your name out to the masses, right?

From house to trance: So how did Victor go from JV to the likes of PvD? He used to host goa-trance parties in the mid-90s and was approached by a few Israeli DJs that Victor booked. They presented him with a new kind of trance and he fell head over heels for. New sounds like Perfecto “Fluoro” filled his ears and thus, he said: “It opened doors for me…Ever since then, I was just in love with it, since ’95 strong.”

On U.S. trance culture: Unfortunately, much of our dance scene here is viewed by many as something that’s not here to stay, whereas it’s commonplace abroad (especially in Europe.) To put it into slang, we all know that the U.S. is just plain behind when it comes to dance music. Simply put, Victor said: “We embraced hip-hop and that became our culture.” Although it’s a bit frustrating, it has come a long way and is continuing to grow in a big way. Will it grow as much as Europe? Doubtful, but who knows! Another huge issue that has affected dance culture everywhere in the U.S. is security tightening up after September 11th. Many international DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Marco V, Jam X & DeLeon, Hybrid and Rank1 were denied entry into the U.S. because of visa problems that have now been extremely difficult to obtain because of recent circumstances. Nonetheless, new venues have (and will be) opened up and more artists have been making their way back to New York and some for the first time. “It’s a sign of good things to come.”

On the evolution of trance: What about differences in trance music growth and development? “I don’t know if trance is evolving too fast; many people complain that it’s not evolving fast enough.” Even with the myriad of trance subgenres, some elements of trance are staying the same. The trend nowadays seems deeper, harder and more progressive sounding. “It’s not gonna die-- here’s the reason why: too many people love it. There are people into house, there are people into techno. For some reason, the people into trance, it’s a little more: people are just more devoted—it’s almost religious. And if people say it dies, I don’t care. As long as there’s 500 to 1500 people in every city that want to hear it and are willing to come see me, that’s all I want.”

On New York Trance: “That kind of style makes me angry—In a sense, I don’t blame people (that listen to NY Trance) for saying trance is cheesy because when they think of trance, they think of Ian van Dahl, etc… That’s not trance to me, that’s Euro. When I think of trance, I think of Thrillseekers, Art of Trance Paul van Dyk, Tiesto.”

Everyday: Are most DJs nocturnal creatures? Commuting over an hour in order to arrive at work by 9:30am daily might seem a little trying, but Victor said “It keeps me in check though…It’s good to work days.” Plus, what better to work with the thing you love most? “When I wake up, when I get on the bus, I’m thinking about music. Everything is music; my whole life is a beat in my head.”

Favorites for the record: Trance is certainly his favorite genre, but Victor states “Whether it’s deep trance, progressive house or hard trance-- If it’s good, it has a place in my set.” Push, Above & Beyond, Humate, Jam X and DeLeon, DJ Chab, Tiesto, John “00” Fleming, Scot Project. “It’s kind of spread out right now,” he added.

Pet Peeves: While some DJs complain about having requests yelled to them, Victor harped on something else: “What really bothers me is a bad setup and monitors…You need good monitors—it’s almost like having good headlights when you’re driving in the dark or like good [windshield] wipers.”

Timeless Trance Series: “I’ve always wanted to do a classics club night—that’s how it stemmed.” Conceived by a brainstorm between Victor and his coworker at Logic. Victor’s always wanted to put together a classic compilation and finally got that chance. What’s up and coming? Timeless House as well as Timeless Techno. No artists are confirmed as of yet. Also, another Timeless Trance may be released as soon as next year.

Down the line: “I’ll always be into the music but I can see myself wanting to develop other artists.” As for professional goals, Victor sees himself discovering and managing others, and even owning his own label in the future. As for the NY scene? “New clubs,” Victor says, “The desire is there to grasp the international talent; now we need the new venues. Another Twilo. I never realized how valuable that club was until it wasn’t there anymore.”

Outro: He’s continuing making his way to the top. Shortly, Victor intends on hitting the studio to begin producing his own music. “I’m not doing any other cd unless I have between one and three original things on the cd.” He’s also on his way to performing internationally. And so the journey continues and he’s revving to go.

S’more: With the advent of the two Timeless Trance CD series, there will be a Timeless Trance party located at Remote Lounge in Lower East Side, Manhattan, every Tuesday where Victor himself will play along with DJ Peter Schwinge. Every week a different DJ will be featured to open. What can we expect? Take a wild guess. Finally, a trance oldies night!

Please visit http://www.victordinaire.com, http://www.logicrecords.com as well as http://www.logic3000.com for more information.

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