June 13, 2018 posted by admin
Summer is here – and with it comes the usual round of festivals and fantastic nightlife, led by a new breed of superstar DJs. Rather than keeping a low profile and simply playing the tunes, more often than not, their personality and showmanship makes them a big part of the event.
As a result, over the past 20 years a new type of world record has sprung up, aimed exclusively at DJs to recognise their increasing importance in popular culture. Both established DJs and newcomers are competing to be officially recognised as holding a world record relating to the party business. Some of them will try the craziest things to break a record!
So, who are the pioneers of dance music holding these most modern records?
Perhaps one of the oddest achievements to feature in the Guinness World Records is the record for the longest crowd cheer! The record is held by American electro house record producer and DJ Steve Hiroyuki Aoki. He set his new world record in 2013, when the crowd at the LA Shrine Auditorium cheered continually for around three minutes.
This destroyed the previous world record set by Ozzy Osbourne in 1980, of just over one minute. In order to qualify, the rules stipulate it must be just cheers and screams only, with no clapping. Aoki also holds the Guinness world record for the most travelled musician in one year, having played 161 shows in 41 countries in 2014.
There are no age limits to becoming a DJ and you can never be too old – or too young! The world record for youngest DJ goes to five-year-old Oratilwe AJ Hlongwane, of Johannesburg, South Africa, whose stage name is DJ Arch Jnr – although I think this record is currently being hotly contested.
He first became a DJ at just two years old and despite not being able to talk – and still wearing nappies – he was able to play a set of house music from a laptop. His parents say the child phenomenon is self-taught. His mum, Refiloe Marumo, said it all started when Oratilwe’s dad, Glen Hlongwane, bought an iPad.
Mr Hlongwane is an aspiring DJ himself, although he works as a gymnastics coach. He bought the iPad with the intention of downloading educational apps to speed up Oratilwe’s learning abilities as a toddler. The proud dad also downloaded a DJ app for himself. When he was only one year old, Oratilwe began fiddling about with the app.
The talented tot repeated what he had learned on the app on real DJ equipment, and by the time he was three, he had won South Africa’s Got Talent. Videos of the toddler on the decks were soon trending all over the world!
He took the record for the world’s Youngest Professional Club DJ when we was five – by playing an hour-long set at a bar in Cosmo City in 2017, in front of more than 100 people. The previous record-holder was Japanese DJ Itsuki Morita, aged six.
There’s also a Guinness World Record for the oldest DJ in the world. This honour went to Sally Hille, who was 94 years old when she presented a weekly podcast called News for Seniors on WMOA, in Ohio, US, in July 2014.
She started her career as the first female broadcaster at WMOA in 1966. She was also the radio station’s weather girl, working from a home studio set up in her bathroom in the early years! Tributes were paid after Sally died in 2016, when she was described as a “true inspiration” and a “trailblazer for women.”
The record for the oldest living professional DJ goes to Sumiko Iwamuro – otherwise known as DJ Sumirock – who is still rocking the nightclubs in Tokyo at the age of 82. What’s even more surprising is the fact she went to music school in 2013, when she was 77, to learn how to DJ techno music!
Hailing from Takadanobaba in Japan, she plays a fusion of old and new dance music, with a smattering of jazz and even classical. Her fans describe her as having more energy than most of the people on the dance floor! In January 2018, she made her international debut in New Zealand.
Highest altitude party
Praise be to the king of trance! British DJ and record producer Paul Oakenfold played at the “highest party on planet earth” early in 2016, when he climbed up to Everest base camp for a gig at an altitude of 5,364 metres. However, on 27th October 2016, Nepalese DJ Chhewang Sherpa broke the world record for the highest DJ set on land by playing at Thorong La Pass, at an altitude of 5,416 metres.
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