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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Interview by Leo Leonidou ]

Interview by Leo Leonidou

How long can you stay awake for?

Cyprus may get yet another mention in the Guinness Book of Records this week as a local DJ plans on playing the longest set ever

A local DJ is attempting to set a new world record for the longest DJ marathon. George Papapetrou, also known as DJ Gee Papa, will make the attempt at Nicosia’s Dot Club this week, from Tuesday to Sunday.

It is not the first time he has attempted such a feat. The 34-year-old thought he had broken the record last year when he played non-stop for 103 hours at Limassol’s Nautical Club.

But the record has still not made it into the Guinness Book. This time, Guinness will have a representative present. With ANT1 TV and ANT TV as media sponsors, the attempt will be run in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipal Council and the Greek Embassy in Cyprus. “I’m going to prove that last year was no fluke,” the 34-year-old told seven.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be going towards helping the victims of last year’s fire disaster in Greece. “Last year, as I was celebrating the end of my set, the fires were raging and I had no idea.”

Papapetrou, who has been a DJ for 18 years, explained that his dream was to become a professional football player. “I was playing for the national under-16 side when I took a trip to Athens to visit my brother,” he said. “He was working as a DJ at the time and after seeing him in action, I decided that I wanted to do the same and he started teaching me the secrets of the trade. After I perfected my demo tape, I approached the B-52 Club in Nicosia and they gave me an opportunity. It was a great success and I’ve gone on from there.”

Papapetrou, who studied psychology, has since played clubs alongside the likes of Tiesto, Sasha, Deep Dish and James Zabiela. “I still love playing football though and anything to do with sport and having a good time,” he said.

His favourite music is tech/trance. “I love the style as it takes you away from your everyday problems. When I’m performing I can be creative and do amazing stuff through mixing.” Nevertheless, Papapetrou said he likes all types of music. “Many DJs can only play one particular style. They play the music they create in order to sell records but that’s not what I’m about.”

According to the DJ, every set is different and the one he’ll never forget was at Larnaca’s Memphis Club in 2004. “I played right before Colonel Cattaneo came on, who is one of the greatest of all time, and the atmosphere from the crowd was amazing.”

To prepare for his record attempt, Papapetrou has been running for two to three hours a day, avoiding using the toilet (under regulations he’s allowed a five-minute break every hour) and not eating or sleeping much.

“As part of my training, for the past three months I’ve been staying awake for up to 37 hours straight, sleeping for three to four hours and then staying up again for another 37 hours,” he explained.

“I will initially only take two breaks in the first 42 hours as this is the strategy that worked last year. On my breaks, I will have a shower to refresh myself and I’m hoping the crowd will help me.”

In order to fight tiredness, he has prepared a special drink using secret ingredients.
“The hardest part is the first 15 to 17 hours and I will try to keep moving. If you sit down, even for 30 seconds, it’s all over.”

Inspired by Armin van Buuren’s track, The World Is Watching Me, Papapetrou has arranged a live DJ feed on the Cyprus-based social networking site, www.we-r-you.com.

“This track is one of my personal favourites and when I break the record, the lyrics will seem very appropriate,” he said.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the longest Club DJ Marathon stands at 88 hours, set between July 30 and August 3, 2006, by Agustin E. Gonzalez Aguilar of Mexico.

Using Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3s, a DJM-800 mixer, Funktion One loudspeakers and a whole lot of willpower, Papapetrou plans to mix over 2,000 tracks in 105 hours and he’s not allowed to play the same one twice in four hours.

Each of the six days will therefore take on a musical theme, including Latin, mainstream and electronic. “I will not go with a fixed playlist but play according to the vibe given out by the crowd,” he said. “This is how I learnt.”

Between the hours of 10pm and 5am, there will be €10 charge to enter Dot Club, with a donation box also found inside. The DJ will not be making a profit. For the rest of the time the club will be free to enter, but if no-one does, Papapetrou will play to an empty club.

When asked how he felt ahead of the big week, Papapetrou said: “I am very confident and know that I can do it. This is an event that will not only promote me, but the whole of Cyprus.”


(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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