152 hours and still alive: We talk to DJ Hertz about breaking the world record

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After 152 sleepless hours at the decks, we can now confirm that as of midday Saturday, Brisbane’s DJ Hertz has broken the world record for the longest DJ set in history by two hours.

As regular ITMers could attest to, the road to reaching a new Marathon DJ Champion of the World has been a long one. In December of last year, Smokin Joe Mekhael secured his ITM mascot status by setting what he believed was a new world record for the longest DJ set in history, clocking up 132 hours and 30 minutes at Sydney’s Empire Hotel. So when DJ Hertz announced his plan to take on Joe’s record in April of this year, the news caused a bit of friction in our forums. But in an unfortunate turn of events, just two days after DJ Hertz began his attempt, Smokin Joe announced that he was relinquishing the title of Marathon DJ Champion of the World after it came to his attention that a record of 150 hours – 18 more than Joe – had been set in October of last year, unbeknownst to him at the time.

So with all that in mind, how does DJ Hertz feel today? “By the time I broke it…I dunno how to explain it, because it was more about getting through it than anything.” Hertz told inthemix this morning. “It was definitely a good moment, but yeah I wasn’t myself at the time. I completely understand how he [Smokin Joe] feels now.”

Naturally, we had plenty of questions for Hertz this morning: Why are you still awake? How are you still alive? And, of course, what’s the deal with the mixing? “This is what everyone was carrying on about,” he began. “Like, the actual rules stipulate that you don’t actually have to mix any songs, you don’t have to do any layering or anything like that whatsoever. You can pretty much play a song, let it run out, get up and press play again. But I tried to keep the mixing pretty good until I got to the 60-70 hour mark and then things got pretty pear shaped. When you’ve been mixing for that amount of time, it turned into just surviving and being successful rather than the quality of the mixing.”

But is there any chance that DJ Hertz’s record could suffer the same fate as Smokin Joe’s? “No, with mine I took all the necessary steps to ensure that my record would be proper,” Hertz explained. “Because when you actually go for a world record and tell them ‘this is what I want to do’ they approve it and then they send back all the information on the current record holder and anyone who might be doing it at the time. I sort of knew about Joe’s thing for probably four months now. It’s unfortunate it worked out the way it did.”

Of course, the battle for the title of Marathon DJ Champion of the World isn’t over yet: Smokin Joe has announced that he’ll be taking another crack at the record this December. But in the meanwhile, a big congratulations to DJ Hertz are in order.


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B_e_de

B_e_de said on the 14th May, 2012

He now has 150 hours until he fades into obscurity forever.

khas

khas said on the 14th May, 2012

Where does Hertz get his gear from?

Gruso

Gruso said on the 14th May, 2012

Lightsounds, didn't you see the banner

cheechvda

cheechvda said on the 14th May, 2012

Must have been some good gas,

Funkedub

Funkedub said on the 14th May, 2012

Well at least one website has done a news story on it now ...

mstrparkes

mstrparkes said on the 14th May, 2012

Do you have a copy of the set list?

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 14th May, 2012

Poor effort knowing about Smokin Joes ineligibility and not saying something after he launched his attempt..

slinky87

slinky87 said on the 14th May, 2012

@Dexter Ramone.....nope, it's a competition. Poor effort by Joe for not going through all the proper avenues to ensure his attempt was legit.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 14th May, 2012

It is a competition, but some would choose to be a bit more ethical about how they go about it..
Not to mention not mixing for much of the set...

pomrocks

pomrocks said on the 14th May, 2012


Not to mention not mixing for much of the set...

To say that's lame is a massive understatement

smokinjoemekhael

smokinjoemekhael said on the 14th May, 2012

Smokin Joe Mekhael would like to congratulate Hertz on breaking the record and let him know that he'll be coming for the title later this year!

#WOOOOOOO!

manilladj

manilladj said on the 15th May, 2012

congrats on making it 152 hrs, and congrats for being a show boater, the only reason u had a crack is for fame or anything that closely resembles it, Smoking Joe will break your record easily and wouldnt be surprised if he goes for 200 hrs, i hope u get some more gigs and u do make something out of but in reality all u have done is show people that that this is an easy way to fame, in your case ( maybe 5000 friends on facebook) , smoking joe didnt do it for fame he did it because he wanted the record and title, you just wanted to be able to get more work !!! i can see this occuring every year now for the next decade, so ummm yeah GOOD ON U !!! TOOL!!

manilladj

manilladj said on the 15th May, 2012

DJ HERTZ IS A JOKE!!!

Acperience 1

Acperience 1 said on the 15th May, 2012



Yeah I've thought that before as well. Gonna get real boring real fast, already a bit zzzz for my liking. Will be interesting for how much longer ITM continue to write news on it

Pancho

Pancho said on the 15th May, 2012

good effort.. well done.

dont really care why he did it.. to get more gigs or for the record. it doesnt bother me.

:thumb:

jarrardscott

jarrardscott said on the 15th May, 2012

I personally think the stipulations to the record are ridiculous if it enables the person to put a song on a loop and sleep up accumulated hours en masse.

there should be some kind of limit for how long they can keep a single song playing. this isnt a record for the "longest dj set" its a record for staying awake whilst attempting to dj.

Having said that, good on SJM and Hertz for staying awake like that, I couldnt do it. I just disagree on what the title actually is.

plan-b

plan-b said on the 15th May, 2012

I love how everyone's saying "Oh noes he didn't mix!!!!111111". You try staying awake for 100 hours straight and see if you can still mix.

I agree with the majority, doing it for a personal achievement is awesome and congrats and well done, doing it for your career/fame and fortune is lame, might work short term, won't get you very far long term.

Bracko

Bracko said on the 15th May, 2012


really? competition? there isn't much skill involved... basically the skills are having 150+ hours to waste.

not to take anything away, but it's more an "achievement" rather than competition...

pomrocks

pomrocks said on the 15th May, 2012



And therein lies the challenge

Might as well have a record for just staying awake with background music on

Mickstah

Mickstah said on the 15th May, 2012

Looks like a pretty good turnout for the 150 mark.

Ben Royal

Ben Royal said on the 15th May, 2012

That guy in the white and blue 'Hertz' t-shirt is fine.

Twizard

Twizard said on the 16th May, 2012

Wait...so they don't get to sleep? I wanna see how this is set up, is it like a broadcast or is a club just open for 150 straight hours with people coming in and out.

b_bop

b_bop said on the 16th May, 2012

When I tuned in there was a group sing-a-long going and they were chanting "haters gonna hate" and all sticking their fingers up to the webcam. That summed up the attempt nicely for me.

PhatD

PhatD said on the 16th May, 2012

does everyone in brisbane wear flat caps and have tattoos?

El3ktr0k1d

El3ktr0k1d said on the 16th May, 2012

shurrup bede you faggot his mixing is still better than your hockey playing

special ed

special ed said on the 16th May, 2012

:lol: hertz defenders are classic

pomrocks said it all.

when someone actually djs for 150hrs, then i'll be impressed.

just staying awake for 5 days and changing the cd occasionally, whilst is a hard thing to do, is not that impressive

ravey davey

ravey davey said on the 16th May, 2012

pfft.. I could take on Hertz easily with enough of the right "technology"...

B_e_de

B_e_de said on the 18th May, 2012

El3ktr0k1d: Your account name says it all.

turkman

turkman said on the 20th May, 2012

What is with all these Australian DJs trying to take the reigns of longest set and having the same moniker as well established artists? Case in point DJ Promo and techno duo Hertz.

macc4

macc4 said on the 20th May, 2012

Ben Cousins wannabe

El3ktr0k1d

El3ktr0k1d said on the 23rd May, 2012

Bede it my name will say a lot moar when i ram a hockey stick down ur throat u faggot

special ed

special ed said on the 23rd May, 2012

thanks for joining itm to just be a dick.
you can leave if you like