So far, all efforts to get four-year-old DJ Arch Jnr on the Guinness World Record to be officially recognised as the youngest professional DJ in the world have been in vain.
Back in September, DJ Arch’s team announced that they would be making a move towards breaking the record for youngest club DJ at an hour-long gig. This was the young DJ’s second attempt to scoop the title.
Notably, DJ Arch Jnr was unable to play for a full hour at an event last year.
Notwithstanding the previous failed attempt, the DJ managed to make the hour mark this time. However, the attempt was still rejected by Guinness because it did not take place in a club. Apparently, there are laid down rules that must be followed strictly before the attempt can count.
Here’s what Arch’s dad Glen Hlongwane told Gareth Cliff on CliffCentral this week;
“My idea was, because he was one of the resident DJs for McDonalds, that for the finals (of the DJ competition) we would get a stage and when the tournament was done he would attempt the record in front of everyone. He did that. He played for an hour and five minutes.
“We submitted to Guinness and Guinness got back to us saying that it was good but that they actually wanted him in a club because the record is for youngest club DJ. So, do you see our challenge?”
This is happening at a time when the DJ is ready to blow the record and his dad is not giving up yet. According to Glen, they are still trying to find a solution to the problem. In fact, they are looking at the possibility of hiring out a club for another attempt.
Accordingly, they are not forgetting the fact that he’s still a kid. Therefore, if and when he performs in a club, there will be restrictions on what goes on in the house.
“On that day, no alcohol will be sold. It will be purely for him to just break the record. There will be invited people so that we have a club scene. We are just struggling to find a place because he is ready,” he added.
Following his victory at the TV talent show SA’s Got Talent in 2015, DJ Arch Jnr has played alongside local and international ‘godfathers of house’ music like Roger Sanchez‚; Todd Terry; DJs DJ Ganyani; Bob Mabena; DJ Mbuso Phezulu and a whole lot of others.