DJ Obi has officially broken the world record for longest DJ set to date. The Nigerian DJ is little known on the international scene. But that doesn’t make his commitment and achievement any less impressive.
Performing for 10 days straight, or 229 hours to be precise, DJ Obi in turn beating the previous record was set by Polish DJ Norbert Selmaj in 2014 who performed at Dublin’s Underground Temple Bar for 200 hours. Based at Sao Café located on Lekki Phase One in Lagos, the deck-master was only allowed five minute breaks every hour. As well as that, someone had to be dancing at all times.
Performing from June 22nd to July 1st, he was only allowed two hours rest per day in total. While being monitored by a medical team and fed relevant nutrition, the physical exertion was far from small. Even with the precautionary steps taken, the Nigerian experienced complex sleep-deprivation that tested his will power to say the least.
” I woke up hallucinating after 4 or 5 days and had lost full control of my body…I used the loss my father as an inspiration, constantly thinking to myself that my Dad was watching me and would be disappointed if I failed.”
Performing on Serato, DJ Obi was not allowed to play a track twice in a four hour time frame. Easier said than done. However, his final track, Drake’s “One Dance”, also reflected his understated humour.
H/T: Dancing Astronaut