A DJ is testing the water ahead of an attempt to break the world record for longest straight set by mixing for 24 hours straight in aid of Sport Relief.
Robert Kane, 34, of Swindon, has been interested in DJing since he was 12, and cut his teeth while at college in Cambridge at clubs including The Junction and the annual Strawberry Fair.
After a short hiatus he set up mobile disco company Digital Days Disco, and wants to use his skills to raise money for Sport Relief On March 21 he will be broadcasting a live set, uninterrupted, for between 24 and 36 hours on internet radio, and hopes the experience will give him a springboard to break the world record next year.
“I saw a DJ programme on Channel 4 with Carl Cox, and that was the first time I had seen proper turntables,” he said. “I thought that is what I want to do. I have had a bit of a break after my girlfriend at the time said she didn’t like me doing it, but I did bits here and there on the sly with my laptop.
“Then my now wife suggested I get back into it, and I started up a mobile disco company in the area. That started going well and a couple of guys asked if I had ever thought of doing it online radio, like Virtual DJ radio. I thought it was a decent idea, so I put together a demo for Virtual DJ, which is an internet radio station.
“I did a live set for them and they invited me to do it regularly straight away.
“I have been doing that since July last year, and there has been talk going round some of the forums there about doing a 24 hour set.
“I suggested I could do it, and from that joke it turned into a huge reality. It is all being hosted by Virtual DJ, and I have been talking to Sport Relief about the sponsorship.
“They have described it as a marathon of a different sort. I am going to have to be alert for a long period of time.”
Having planned his set and backed up his music, Robert is hoping nothing lets him down.
“This will give me an idea of how I can cope under the pressure in terms of the world record.
“For club DJs it is currently set at 152 hours, and that is one hell of a challenge.
“If it works well this year I will have the confidence to go ahead with it next year. ”
You can follow Robert’s progress using the hashtag #24HourDJ or donate by visiting www.my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/24HourDJ.