Smokin Joe Mekhael: “I have no right to call myself World Record Holder”

In a devastating turn of events for one of the inthemix community’s most cherished icons, dance music’s most electrifying man and all round good guy Smokin Joe Mekhael has announced that he is relinquishing the title of The Marathon DJ Champion of the World.

Smokin Joe explained on his Facebook that in some phenomenally bad luck, it has come to his attention that a DJ in California set the Guinness record for the longest DJ set on October 8 2011, when he clocked up 150 hours at the decks – just 18 more than Joe. However, the record was not verified and the Guinness website not updated until this year, long after Joe had completed his attempt with the mistaken belief that he had sailed past the previous record set by Brazil’s DJ King (120 hours and 19 minutes) and earned the title.

But being the resilient and ever-positive man he is, Joe has vowed to take on the record again in December of this year. This also means that current contender for the record, Brisbane’s DJ Hertz, will have to stay at the decks for over 150 hours in total if he wishes to become the new Marathon DJ Champion. Whatever happens, in the eyes of inthemix Smokin Joe Mekhael will always be the people’s champion. You can read his full account below.

It has just come to my attention that Rene Brunner set a new Guinness world record of 150 hours in October last year and that the Guinness website wasn’t updated until early this year, well after I completed my marathon set. While I thought that I had set a new world record of 132 hours in December, the time to beat was in fact 150 hours.

What this means is that I have no right to call myself The Guinness World Record Holder or The Marathon DJ Champion of the World. I have put the belt away and I’m going to remove it from all of my promotional material. I’d like to congratulate Rene Brunner for breaking the record and with DJ Hertz the best of luck with his attempt. I’d also like to apologise to everyone for claiming to be something that I’m not. Although I acted in good faith and I honestly thought that I had broken the record, I never did.

I must say that I was very shocked and disappointed when I read this. It felt like those five and a half days of dedication were for nothing and I felt like a fraud for calling myself the champ for the past four months. The moment when I thought that I had broken the record was the happiest moment of my life, and now it feels like none of it was real. But then I realised how it brought people from the scene together, how it sent out vibrations of peace and love all over the world and how it really tested my mental strength. Last year, I went well beyond what I thought the record was but when it comes to the crunch, I failed. This failure has only strengthened my resolve and later this year, I guarantee that I will set a new Guinness world record for the longest DJ set in history with your help.

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.