On October 19, 2018, Dina Regine released her new song “Take A Ride To The Lower East Side”. Produced by Dina Regine and Nik Chinboukas at Spin Studio, it features the talents of NYC rockers The Rousers (Tom Milmore, Bill Dickson, Sal Cappi), Danny Ray (sax), Palmyra Delran and Diane Gentile (backing vocals).
Dina Regine is an L.E.S. ‘Rock Star’ or as she jokingly refers to herself, a “creative juggler”. She wears many hats, both literally and figuratively, as a Musician, DJ, Photographer, and Teacher, she does it all and she does it brilliantly. She not only wrote and co-produced “Take A Ride To The Lower East Side”, she also shot and edited the video*. This catchy autobiographical tune has a great vibe and the video captures the spirit of what the L.E.S. was and still is for the local musicians and artists, the place where creativity flourishes and “everybody knows… everybody’s name”.
Dina has led a serendipitous life and I cannot wait for her to finally write her book, she really does have the best stories. Dina has had major publishing deals with Sony Music & Warner Brothers both in the US and Europe and has co-written songs for several major label releases. As an independent solo artist she has released three albums, her last release, Right On, Alright, was critically acclaimed and received world-wide airplay. Two songs off of that album were featured in the movie Black Widows and her song “Gotta Tell You” garnered her ‘Coolest Song In The World’ on Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage, and was featured on the TV series Lilyhammer. In 2017 Dina teamed up with hit songwriter Bruce Sudano (Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Brooklyn Dreams) on his last album 21st Century World and will be featured on his forthcoming record. She also recorded a beautiful duet with Cody Melville for his 2018 release Bonds Eye ”.
As one of the most sought after DJ’s in NYC, Dina has, for the last few decades, been spinning minds and bodies at some of Manhattan’s hottest clubs and events around the world. One of the first women to make her mark in the major club circuit in Manhattan, her DJ clientele reads like a who’s who in the entertainment and art world.
Dina is also a remarkable photographer and has photographed some of the biggest artists ever to grace the music scene. Her work has been published in numerous books, major periodicals, and on album covers. Most recently her photograph of Jimmy Page was featured in the new official Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary book. Several of her non-music photographic works have been shown in galleries and have found a home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s education collection and The NYC Transit Museum. Dina is currently working on a photography book, a compilation of photographs she took as a teenager attending concerts.
And lastly, but certainly a very important aspect of Ms. Regine’s creative juggling routine, is the giving back she does by sharing her musical knowledge with one-on-one workshops for songwriting, guitar, and performance, teaching her students to be their best unique creative selves.
Dina can be seen performing live around NYC either solo/acoustic or with her nine-piece all-star band. She can also be found on Friday nights spinning the dance party at The Bowery Electric. She is presently in pre-production for her fourth album, Astoria, which is due out early 2019. Check out her Website and Facebook page for more information.
*Video footage & photographs filmed and edited by Dina Regine, with the exception of vintage stock footage, clips of Regine & The Rousers, and photos kindly donated by the extended L.E.S. family for this project: Johan Viper, Alan Rand, Louise Parnassa Staley, Jini Sachse, Mark Charles Lamendola, Harold Black, Cody Melville, Karen Fleisch, Thomas Simon, & Laurie Joachim.