- Posted December 16, 2011 by
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Beirut, Lebanon: 17 December 2011. Video DJ 2greendollars arrived in Lebanon to make the inaugural attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™ – “Longest Music Video Marathon mixed live by a DJ”. The attempt will commence at 10pm Saturday 17th December 2011 (UTC+2) and the time point to which the record will be recognised by Guinness World Records™ is at 10pm, Sunday 18th December 2011 (UTC+2). 2greendollars will be performing the event to an intimate crowd at a venue in the hills of Lebanon; Cheyenne Pub and Video Bar in Brummana.
“This is my first time to Lebanon” explains Chidiac. “My surnames ancestry is northern Lebanese and the thought of completing something I only ever dreamed about when I first started DJ’ing 25 years ago at the country where my ancestors came from sounded cool. Not only that, but for the first time in a very long time I chose to ditch the large, lavish arena/nightclub stage and perform the inaugural world record event in an intimate setting at a small video bar in the beautiful mountains of Beirut. It sounds like a fairy-tale ending to my career journey. The only thing that is missing is a white horse and carriage to whisk me away after successfully completing the event!”
Chidiac wanted to create a new standard to which DJ’s could aspire to. The current state of the DJ trade is that “anyone can DJ” using digital tools that automate the mixing process. The world has seen DJ’s rise to “superstar” status with their audio releases and these automated mixes create the illusion of competency. The talent is then strategically marketed to only specialise in one genre. Now, even failed musical artists, actors and celebrities now try to use the “DJ” title to win rite of passage as a credible artist without really knowing the art of DJ’ing and the core values and techniques of the profession. This brings an air of disrepute to the art form that has progressed through formats such as vinyl, cd, and now hard drives.
By applying to Guinness World Records™ in 2011 seeking assistance to highlight his cause, Chidiac and Guinness World Records™ negotiated a new world record category. The aim of the category is to progress the DJ profession in respect of current technology, in the hope that technically competent DJ’s use the new art form to progress their profession and separate them from the “celebrity” DJ that has little to no depth in their public performance. “DJ’s need to be focused on the presentation – it’s important to not use the profession to achieve primarily self-centred outcomes as it creates conflicts of interest in representing and promoting musical artists fairly and objectively. Achieving the world record as a marathon event using a new form of presentation will set the standard to which professionals from around the world will aspire to. For the industry, it’s a win-win situation for venues and concert attendees alike, progressing the industry and introducing a permanent new element to a professional DJ’s public performance: Video.
The announcement of the attempt to set the inaugural world record for “Longest Music Video Marathon mixed live by a DJ” in Lebanon is a milestone for the country. For years Beirut has been in the world media for all the wrong reasons, ravaged by wars. In Lebanon’s rebuilding and recovery the one prominent area of investment has come by various entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry. Fellow Superstar DJ’s David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren have been invited to “lift the roof” off recent events in Beirut. Buuren again returns at the end of the month to relive the experience of the Lebanese peoples “love to party” attitude and style free of illicit drugs and concert violence that mar the reputation of some other countries offerings.
The attempt is fraught with the highest amount of risk to ever challenge DJ 2greendollars in his quarter century tenure. Lets hope he can do it.