British DJ/music producer/record label owner Genix, a.k.a. Damion Houchen, set the current Guinness World Record in February 2005, when he completed an 84-hour set in conjunction with Nu-Revolution. Also a charity venture, the event raised more than a thousand pounds for the Charnwood Homeless Shelter in Leicestershire , UK .
After nearly four days of non-stop DJing, Genix was interviewed by Dave Pearce on BBC Radio 1 and even congratulated by Tiesto himself. His set, which surpassed the previous record by ten hours, incorporated everything from progressive house and Breakbeat to uplifting trance and many of his own tracks.
Genix described the days he spent behind the decks as some of the toughest in his life. "I found this a lot tougher than I could possibly have imagined," he said. "After the first two days, I thought I would do it with no problems at all. Then the third day became a lot tougher, with the lack of sleep really starting to kick in.
When Saturday came around I didn't know where I was, I didn't even know how to use all my equipment! It was such an amazing feeling when I was approaching the 84 hours. The venue was rammed full and the atmosphere was amazing, people were clapping and cheering my name it's something I'll never forget. If someone ever tried to break my new record then I'd happily congratulate them, it's such a tough thing to do. I would personally never attempt anything like this again.
The previous record officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records was 74 hours, set by DJ Martin Boss (US) at Florida 's Vinyl Frontier in 2001. His record was unofficially broken by DJ Maverick Teh in 2003, who completed 79 hours and five minutes of continuous mixing, but Maverick's claim was never recognised by officials. The Malaysian DJ collapsed one hour short of passing another unofficial record of 80 hours, set earlier by US DJ Buddy Love, and was taken to hospital in Kuala Lumpur suffering from suspected dehydration.