Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, March 30, 2001


For the record

Disc jockey Kutmaster Spaz
and the Hawaii Foodbank aim
for a Guinness world record

By John Berger

IT'S SHOW TIME! Kutmaster Spaz hits the road today with the Guinness Book of World Records as his goal. By the time Spaz completes his "Wheels of Steel" tour on Sunday, he may set a new world record for nonstop drug-free music mixing.

He also hopes to collect at least two tons of canned goods for the Hawaii Foodbank.

"It'll be me for 48 hours or more ripping on the ones-and-twos," Spaz said as he was getting ready for the endeavor. A KCCN-FM van is his mobile base of operations. The itinerary includes performances at 7-Eleven stores and Safeway markets around Oahu.

Kutmaster Spaz and his base on wheels.

"It's been accepted by Guinness. This will be a worldwide record-setting event," he said.

A representative from Guinness will be with him throughout the tour to monitor his nonstop performance and ensure that Spaz is "in the mix" for a full 48 hours or more.

"They accepted our proposal and drew up rules along with us about what I can do -- how bathroom breaks work and what I can and can't do with the music. I can mix CDs, but I can't play a pre-mixed CD where it's continuous already.

"I can play an eight-minute song and use the bathroom within that time as long as I'm in control of the mix. There's a version of 'Rapper's Delight' that's about 30 minutes long. I might use it."

The tour is the latest dream come true for the 30-year-old entertainer who overcame dyslexia and developed a positive attitude after years of being taunted by kids who called him "spastic" and "retarded."

Spaz found himself through music. He tried rapping but decided that getting on the ones-and-twos (DJ turntables) was his true calling. He established himself in the clubs and then did his stuff on local radio stations. From there he branched out into recording. Spaz realized another dream when he brought several other local music mixers and rappers together on his "Spin City" compilation.

The next step was finding a way to tie everything together in a way that would publicize Hawaii's urban-style rappers and mixers to a larger audience and also benefit the community.

"I didn't want to just throw it out there. Some of these guys have been kind of underground. I love the local island music -- it's part of my heritage and culture and growing up -- but there are a lot of talented kids that sing R&B/hip-hop, too. That's why I wanted to bring forth a vehicle for them.

"I've accomplished a lot of my dreams and goals, and that's why I'm doing all this. If I can use my name and my status to give back to the community and help other people to reach their dreams, I want to do it."

"Wheels of Steel"

Look for Kutmaster Spaz as he attempts to set a Guinness world record at these locations:


>> 3 to 6 p.m. -- Safeway Mililani
>> 6 to 9 p.m. -- Safeway Waimalu
>> 9 p.m. to midnight -- Safeway Salt Lake


>> Midnight to 4 a.m. -- 7-Eleven Waipio, 94-429 Ukee St.
>> 4 to 8 a.m. -- Safeway Beretania
>> 8 to 10 a.m. -- Safeway Manoa
>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Safeway Hawaii Kai
>>1 to 4 p.m. -- Safeway Enchanted Lake
>> 4 to 7 p.m. -- Safeway Kailua-Hamakua
>> 7 to 9 p.m. -- Safeway Aikahi
>> 9 p.m. to midnight -- Safeway Kaneohe


>> Midnight to 4 a.m. -- 7-Eleven Ala Moana, 1260 Ala Moana Blvd.
>> 4 to 8 a.m. -- Safeway Pali
>> 9 a.m. to noon -- Safeway Kapolei
>> Noon to 3 p.m. -- Hawaiian Adventures Water Park

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