Live now: Brisbane DJ challenging Smokin Joe's record

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Update: We’re still chasing confirmation, but it looks like DJ Hertz has broken the world record.

Last month, we broke the divisive news that only four months into holding the world record for the longest DJ set in history, Smokin Joe Mekhael had a challenger to his hard-won title. Brisbane’s DJ Hertz announced in April his plan to take on Smokin Joe’s title, and as of midday Saturday the record attempt has begun.

DJ Hertz is now 48 hours in and looking fairly chipper at this stage. However, 48 hours is exactly the point in the attempt Smokin Joe described as the toughest: “From about 48 hours to about 54 hours, where I had my first rest break, I was hallucinating pretty hardcore,” Joe told us last month. “I actually almost broke down at one point. I was crying; tears were streaming down my face.”

As Hertz plans to not only break Smokin Joe’s record of five and half days but make it all the way to a whopping seven and half days, he presently has over 130 sleepless hours ahead of him. Tune into the stream below (via HRMNY.TV), or if you’re in Brisbane head to The Aviary to watch it unfold, and remind Hertz of Mekhael’s helpful pointers: “Stay hydrated. Pace yourself. And realise that in the end, the human body has its limits. If you want to really break the record, it’s going to be your mind, not your body, that will get you through it. WOO!”.

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B_e_de

B_e_de said on the 8th May, 2012

What sort of level of entitlement are he and his groupies rolling with if they think that just because he's "trying" means he deserves all the love and support of the world? SJM earned it by being somebody worthy of respect and admiration. A likeable character who also did charity work. Not only that, but he actually got involved with the community here and locally in Sydney. He earned support and he got it.

What's this douche done to deserve it exactly? Played a truckload of terrible tracks, rarely even attempted to mix anything, fluffed his pork pie hat and spit-shined his ridiculously tacky jewellery with the semen of his groupies?

You don't GET respect just because you feel some level of unjustified entitlement. You EARN it. Welcome to reality. If his fragile ego can't take it, then he can go back to being a backroom generic small club DJ, just like he is now and just like will be even if he succeeds at this record. And let's be honest, are people actually delusional enough to be convinced that even if he does break the record he'll all of a sudden be come headlining, highly sought after Ibiza-style DJ? That he'll be rising above a huge platform above ~teh haterz~, showered in golden wine and record contracts flowing forth from the briefcases of every record company in the world?

No.

He's not marketable in the eyes of any record company.

He's not talented enough to be anything more than generic.

He's not anyone more special than the next vanilla backroom DJ, with only his own inflated ego and the empty testimonies of local groupies to prop up an unjustified sense of self worth.

So go on Hertz. Go break it. Who knows - you'll possibly break this record! And what will result of it exactly? You'll get trashed with your mates/groupies (you can't tell who's who at this point in time anyway), have a huge afterparty and go around making huge claims about how you're ~teh best DJ in the world~.. and then two weeks later when you realise your life is no more different than it was two weeks ago you can at least stop your own sobbing by wistfully repeating to yourself "at least I did this... at least I did this..." into your pillow each night.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis said on the 8th May, 2012

"If you're just gonna give props, respect and admiration to whatever no-name attention-grabbing fuckwit comes your way then your respect must be worth as much as the dirt on the back of my heel. "

He's had to wade through all the planning, all the build up, plus the courage to actually take it on despite the obvious mental and physical hardship that he will face. His likely motivation being to 1. achieve something others have not 2. promoting himself as a DJ 3. promoting dance music and DJing in general. Probably in that order too. He's plays regularly throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast's top clubs, is as good of a DJ as the next guy, has a good following and does more than most in Brisbane to promote not just himself but other DJ's in the industry events.

If that doesn't earn your "respect" you are an idiot. Well, I've actually already drawn that conclusion so I guess you would be a douche as well.

To address the people making comments like "he's just sitting there on his phone"...what do you think he's going to stand there for 7 days straight dancing away with his mind in the mix? The record is to mix for 7 days, he can do whatever the fuck he wants in between mixes. Good luck to anyone who tries to replicate this record and DOESN'T sit around in between mixes.

Get a brain will ya.

I'll also add that I don't even really know DJ Hertz so I have absoulutely nothing to gain from my comments. I just can't sit here watching idiots make idiot comments.

B_e_de

B_e_de said on the 8th May, 2012

"He's had to wade through all the planning, all the build up, plus the courage to actually take it on despite the obvious mental and physical hardship that he will face. His likely motivation being to 1. achieve something others have not 2. promoting himself as a DJ 3. promoting dance music and DJing in general. Probably in that order too. He's plays regularly throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast's top clubs, is as good of a DJ as the next guy, has a good following and does more than most in Brisbane to promote not just himself but other DJ's in the industry events."

If that doesn't earn your "respect" you are an idiot. Well, I've actually already drawn that conclusion so I guess you would be a douche as well."
-Hypnosis

And who do you think was #1 in his head during all Hertz's amazing hardships of "planning" it? What was his driving force? Let you in on a little secret - it's himself and noone but himself. He's not doing this for charity, for the betterment of a cause or the industry or for any greater good except for himself. At least Smoking Joe had the balls to front and admit that he was a self promo whore - but at least he made people smile and laugh THEN went on to do charity gigs.

Courage? Determination? What the fuck is he doing exactly, giving blood to orphans whilst scaling Mt Everest to reach the pinnacle where a dying childs cat is stuck, so he can rescue it for him? No. He's organised a way, a place and the means of supporting a stunt that only profits his own unjustified ego and probably even scoring a bit more on the side from sponsorship. If that's worthy of respect then you've got a twisted and juvenile sense of the word.

Gruso

Gruso said on the 8th May, 2012

Do you know why I think people are hating? Because when it comes down to it, no one really cares about the record for the longest DJ set. It's a personal feat of endurance, a mark in a record book, but even the most rabid of clubbers has to admit that it's a hollow, pointless exercise. It doesn't bring anything to the scene. It's not a DJ set in any sense that we can relate to. No one is ever going to say "That was a great set, I danced all week."

Of all the things you could do to get into the record books and maybe help some folk along the way (run around the country, climb a mountain, dig some wells or something) here stands a guy in a skanky first world bar playing doof CDs for a week. Whoopee.

It was no different, no more meaningful when SJM did it. But Joe's insane personality got people on board and made it fun. I don't think anyone really paused to reflect on what it meant for someone to DJ for so long. They just wanted to see the crazy bastard do it.

Now DJ Hertz is having a crack at it, and while he may (by all reports) be a great guy and a capable DJ, he doesn't bring that SJM energy to the table. And without it, people are seeing this record attempt for what it is: A guy pressing buttons for several days. A self indulgent pursuit of bragging rights that feeds nothing back into the tapestry of humanity. Hertz is taking the flak, because he doesn't have the SJM bubble around him. But the real target isn't the man, it's the pursuit.

Funkedub

Funkedub said on the 9th May, 2012

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