Spin relay

Spin relay

He had seen a picture of his friend in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) holding the Guinness World Record certificate for the longest club DJ session relay in the world.

The UAE DJs had 119 of them playing one after another, breaking the world record.

Inspired, local club DJ Navin "The Iceman" Prashad, who spins at Beer Market in Clarke Quay, issued a challenge to more than 2,000 members of the Singapore DJ Facebook group: What can Singaporean DJs do?

Seven months later, 160 local DJs are getting ready for this Saturday, when they attempt to smash that record just before the start of the National Day Parade.

Their attempt is expected to last around six hours and will take place at the Marina Barrage from 11am to 5pm.

The event is open to the public.

Each DJ will have an airtime of around three minutes, where they would play a song of their choice before turning the table over to the next DJ in line.

All songs will be radio-friendly and kept to within 128 and 132 beats per minute (BPM).

"All the DJs in Singapore are very united and breaking such a record is easy because we live so close to each other," Navin said.

It may sound easy now, but months of preparation, dry runs and planning have gone into the event.

From about eight people at their first meeting in January, the group quickly grew as more DJs signed up for the attempt.

Other members of the organising committee include DJ Razaq, who spins at Caffe B in Marina Bay Sands, DJ Rico, who spins at The Pump Room in Clarke Quay and session DJ Patrick L.

In an interview last Friday, DJ Navin and DJ Rico told The New Paper that they helmed the administrative side of the attempt, such as booking practice venues.

DJ Razaq is responsible for the music used and planned the sequence in which the DJs would play their tracks.

Each DJ has a different work schedule and he had to be flexible when coming out with the sequence of play, he explained.

DJ Patrick L cobbled together equipment for the attempt.

It is estimated to be worth over $500,000.

The gear is on loan from a production company, he told TNP.

The group has gone through more than four months of dry runs to ready themselves for the big day.

For DJ Navin, the attempt has been a long time coming.

He said: "We had the expertise, the ability and the equipment. Now we have the chance."


This article was first published on August 4, 2014.
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