Interview with Victor Dinaire
365MAG INTERVIEW: VICTOR DINAIRE
365 Interview (2010-03-31)
Victor Dinaire's days of being strictly a New York local are now over. He is quickly becoming a very common name in Trance music and has been seen on various line up's from California to Miami and beyond. His Lost Episode show has come a long way since it first began and he has even released his debut compilation album also entitled Lost Episode.
We had a great discussion with Victor where he enlightened us on the path he has taken with his career as well as some of his future plans including exclusive information in regards to the special 200th edition of Lost Episode which is coming up in April. Continue reading to find out more.
I know that you have moved several times within the past few years within the US. Do you believe that it helped boost your fan base or career in any way?
Moving around helped my career substantially in many ways. In the last few years, I lived in NYC, San Diego, Miami, Tampa, and Laguna Beach. Relocating to Southern California in the Fall 2004 was a huge turning point in my career and the best decision I ever made in my life. Living in different parts of the US gave me the opportunity to submerge myself in the local scenes to build a following in each market.
Clearly in your travels you have met a great deal of interesting people. What are the best methods of networking from a DJs standpoint?
Besides having music skills, In order to make it, one of the most important things to do is constantly be out and about meeting people in the industry. Often times, gig opportunities quickly happen so being out networking will increase your chances of getting involved on various events. I also recommend working for promoters in your local area as a sub promoter. This is valuable in many ways as you can develop your following while showing the promoter that you have pull. Promoters like to see DJs who are actively working hard on the back end to bring people to the shows in addition to playing a stellar set.
As a New Yorker, you have witnessed the rise and fall of some of the most influential clubs and venues in the NY scene. Which would you say had the most impact on your life and why?
Musically, I would say Twilo had the biggest impact. That's when I knew I wanted to be a part of the Electronic Dance Movement. I spent several years enjoying Sasha & Digweed every month followed by Paul van Dyk every other month. It was relentless! I will never forget those memorable moments. Before that, I fell in love with the Limelight, Tunnel, and Club USA for the overall party experience. Back in the early to mid 90's before the Twilo boom, so much effort was put into the production, decoration, and theme of each club event. People went out of their way to dress up which contributed to the overall vibe. Entire nightclubs were transformed into almost anything imaginable to fit a certain theme. For example, I recall one night at USA where they transformed their gigantic stage into an ice rink with many ice skaters gliding around with the rest of the club in an ice / winter them. Pretty stunning. I kinda miss that element. The only downside was that the DJ wasn't as important those days but there was a lot of emphasis on everything else around it. Now if we took that style of party with a great DJ; that would be a great formula.
Are you planning anything special for your 200th Lost Episode?
Yes! In fact, we are celebrating Lost Episode 200 on Friday April 23 2010 at Voyeur in San Diego where I have one of my residencies. I will be recording my performance for the 200th show. If you are not in the area, you can tune in live on Digitally Imported Radio - DI.FM as they will be broadcasting the whole show. It also happens to be my Birthday weekend, so expect things to get a little crazy. The next night (Saturday April 24) I will also be celebrating my Birthday at my other monthly spot, Circus in Los Angeles where I will be playing alongside The Thrillseekers.
In your opinion if you could select one track that represents the year of 2009 for you which would it be?
Hmmm, I can name a few:
Above & Beyond Presents Oceanlab 'Lonely Girl' (Gareth Emery Remix), Paul van Dyk 'For An Angel' (Spencer & Hill Remix), Dash Berlin Featuring Emma Hewitt 'Waiting' (Sean Tyas Remix).
What is the biggest crowd you have performed for thus far?
Some events here in Southern California had up to 10,000 people.
Everyone has they're quirks, and pet peeves. Would you care to share some of yours?
I'm pretty easy going so it takes a lot to throw me off but the one thing that doesn't sit well with me is a poor DJ set up. If there are 2 nice monitors and the Pioneer rig is in excellent shape and the beer is flowing, I am a happy camper. OH, one other thing, no squirrelly drivers. I get a little uneasy when I feel like the driver is prone to getting us killed. Not fun.
What are some of the things you are hoping to accomplish this year?
I want to play in Europe, especially the UK. I have never been there at all which is kind of odd.
How are things going on the production forefront?
Excellent. I was a late bloomer with production but things are in high gear now. I am very fortunate to get insight from veteran producers such as Bissen. We are doing loads of tracks lately we're having a blast working together. In fact, half the time we are messing around and laughing but we end up getting everything done. The man is a genius in the studio and everything he puts out has an amazingly high production value which is hard to come by these days. I always end up learning something new when I work with him. Our newest track, Denomination has been picked up by John Askew's Discover Label and should be coming out in the beginning of the summer. Our other track, 'Run & Hide' (Vocals by Stephen Pickup) is getting signed now and will likely see a summer release as well. Solo, projects, I just recently finished a single called 'Undercurrent' along with a handful of 'Lost Episode' Remixes which shows the more driving techier side of me. I also did a track with Noel Sanger called 'Wind and Sea' on his Dissident Label. Working with him was an honor as he is someone I looked up to for many years.
You released your compilation disc entitled Lost Episode in December on Moist Music, how successful has it been this far and do you anticipate it will become a series?
Response has been great and sales are strong. I will be touring well into the summer in support of it. It is also available on Beatport & Itunes. Amazon.com has the CD in stock if your local retailer doesn't have it stocked. We will definitely be making this a series and expanding on the concept further. For the next one, I'd like to record the mix live so we'll see what happens.
Are you heading to WMC this year? If so what are you most looking forward to?
No WMC for me. I'm playing at Circus in LA with Kyau & Albert instead. If I were going, I would check out Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten's event, and Anjunabeats.
Are you involved in any other exciting projects that you would like to share with us?
The last several months, I started a residency / club night at a brand new venue called Voyeur in San Diego. This is by far the coolest club I have seen in years. From the moment I first stepped foot inside this place, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The sound is top notch and they have a full LED wall behind the DJ, which adds a lot of visual stimulation to go with the music. We bring all kinds of talented DJs spanning every genre of dance music. Out night, 'Lost Episode' is once a month. So far, we had Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Rank 1, Kyau & Albert. All of which were a huge success. 3 of those events were sold out at 11pm! I am really fortunate to be involved. I also play once a month at Circus in Los Angeles. Circus is still my favorite club in that area. 100% music driven crowd and I can push it to the limit there and the crowd will be with me the whole way through. Truly an amazing place to play at.
I also launched Lost Episode as a weekly Podcast. You can subscribe for free at the link below.
365Mag would like to thank Victor for his time and answers!
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