How is a Silent Disco considered a social event?

Anyone who has not tried Silent Disco thinks the headphones cut the dancers off from each other socially.

“What social aspects?” They snort, “Everyone is isolated in their headphones!”

The truth is quite the opposite.

With your headphones on, you suddenly join a social group that is far tighter than just being on a dance-floor.

 

The minute you put on the headphones, you enter a mysterious world that is magically achievable only to the headphone wearers.

Only you and the other headphone wearers are in the group. Anyone without the headphones is an outsider. With your headphones on, you are an insider. It feels great!

That is just one of many aspects that make Silent Disco overwhelmingly social.

Another social aspect is your friends trying to get you to listen to their favorite channel and you trying to get them to listen to yours.   

You are loving the song on your channel and wanting your friend to listen too! So you do all sorts of antics to show her how much fun you are having with your song, just to get her to change to your channel!

You exaggerate the dance moves and shout out the refrains to emphasize how much fun you are having!

At the same time, your friend is doing the same thing – trying to get you to listen to hers.

It is a self-perpetuating spiral of enthusiasm as friends each try to outdo the other!

Silent Disco is Socialization on Steroids!

It is really an incredible social experience – unlike any other.   The headphone wearers literally socialize waay more than traditional  dancers do. 

That is what makes it so much fun.   Anybody can listen to headphones but a Silent Disco is way more than that.   – And Naysayers are shrugging and asking you why anyone would want to block out their friends by wearing headphones?

Yeah, Suddenly the opposite happens.  You are INCLUDING your friends and being INCLUDED BY THEM when you put on the headphones. 

So, passionately share with the unbelievers how “social” the event is once they experience those three channels of headphone heaven.

Your guests will be astonished to find that headphones don’t remove the social aspects of Silent Disco. On the Contrary, The headphones cause the social aspects of Silent Disco.

Can I Have Dance Music Playing From Loudspeakers During A Silent Disco?

In general, this is a bad idea.

People usually suggest this idea because they want the non-headphone wearers to have fun too. They don’t realize how much fun Silent Disco is to watch. But, here is the thing: Silent Disco is only fun to watch in silence.

When there is only silence, it is incredible to watch the people dancing to (seemingly) no music. It is a crazy fun to be NOT wearing the headphones at a silent party because it LOOKS so weird!

But it only looks weird if you can’t hear music. The silence creates cognitive dissonance that is hilarious. By having audible music playing for your non-headphone wearing guests, you are depriving them of a really good time. 

Audible music coming from loudspeakers takes away from the headphone wearers because some of it bleeds through the headphones.

Don’t get me wrong; Our headphones do provide sound isolation (some call it noise cancellation) but it is only due to the headphones covering the ear. In other words it is not much.

The headphone wearers will only hear a little bit of the loudspeakers but it will be enough to diminish the experience.

Now there is nothing wrong with having a small speaker playing quiet background music while the headphones are being used.
The wearers won’t hear that and it won’t disturb them. . But if you are having a DJ with big speakers play music at any sort of volume that DJ’s usually play- that will ruin the headphone experience. 

There is nothing worse than hearing two songs at the same time.   -Also, remember that Big speakers used by DJ’s also provide knee shaking bass that people actually “Feel” in their body.  The headphones don’t have that. So, even if the headphone wearers don’t hear the high frequencies from the big loudspeakers, they will feel the low frequencies from the big loudspeakers and again that will cause a significant decrease in any pleasure the headphone wearers are feeling.  

Another important aspect of the Silence is that it motivates people to try the headphones.

They want to hear what everyone else is hearing. They don’t want to miss out. And if they have their own audible music from loudspeakers, that pressure to put on the headphones is taken away.

In closing: There is nothing wrong with a regular DJ just playing loudspeakers.  I do that for a living. There is nothing wrong with Silent Disco, but it does require silence. 

Loud and silent simply don’t mix.

There is definitely something wrong with trying mixing the two party formats.   It is all around a totally bad idea.

Do I Need to Hire a DJ When I Rent Silent Disco Equipment

A DJ is not necessarily needed for the following five reasons.

Reasons to hire a DJ (Not):

  • A DJ brings the equipment: – Not needed for silent disco because you’ve rented the equipment from me.
  • A DJ supplies the music and the music player – Not needed because you can use your phone and a pre-made Spotify playlist (one device playing music for each of the three transmitters that I send you – maybe 1 phone, 1 laptop, and 1 tablet -each running three different streaming music accounts)
  • A DJ decides how loud it should be – Not needed because each headphone wearer has their own volume control to adjust at will.
  • A DJ decides what _ONE_ song to play that everyone has to listen to. – Not needed (as much) because you will be playing three different playlists simultaneously and your guests can choose which of those three songs they want to listen to. -Also, because of those three simultaneous choices, human nature chooses the best of the three songs instead of judging the one song.
  • The Last reason to hire a DJ is so that they can do announcements.  Unfortunately, I have to tell you that even with three DJ’s it can be difficult to do announcements effectively with silent disco. The reason is that unless all three DJ’s announce the same announcement at exactly the same time, guests are probably not listening to the channel that the DJ is announcing on and also, they may not even be wearing their headphones at all when the announcement is made.     For that reason, even with live DJ’s silent disco is not a good format to use when announcements must be made. 

But remember, without a DJ, You do need to supply music and a music player for each transmitter.-For example: Your phone streaming a Spotify playlist. (Or Apple Music or Tidal or Amazon music or YouTube Red or Pandora or music already on your device) Or your laptop or your tablet or your ipod or your mp3 player. If you are familiar with the premium version of streaming services, they offer really good playlists already made and they make it very easy to create your own playlist. Spotify even offers cross-fading between songs. (in the settings)

Silent Disco as an Activity for Youth Groups, Retreats, Lock-ins & Over-nights

If you want young people in your community to hear the gospel, first you need to get them to your event! Silent Disco is something that is easy to invite people to and they will want to come.

Because Silent Disco is contemporary and relevant to today’s youth, the good news that they hear at the event will also feel more contemporary and relevant.

Want to give them something to talk about with their friends and families?

Give them Silent Disco. It is new, it is trendy, it is hip and most importantly, it is beyond fun!

One of the most important elements of outreach programs is to give your congregation a story that is easy and fun to talk about. Silent disco can do that for you because it is so new and exciting.

Fellowship is enhanced through sharing new experiences like Silent Disco!

People connect best when shared experiences are combined with shared interests and conversations. Silent Disco can be one of those experiences.

Many people tell us they had more fun at Silent Disco than they’ve had in months!

Is there a more powerful testimony for a shared experience? Is there a more fertile ground for fellowships to grow and for relationships to deepen? Is there a better way to strengthen communities and to grow new ones than through shared laughter and fun?

Silent Disco works where a traditional DJ can’t.

Often youth-group retreats are at a location or time where a traditional DJ would disturb other people in the area because they are too loud.

Silent Disco is -well, …silent. You can have your event in your backyard, in a park, in an urban apartment, in a library, or on the street! All of the loud music is in the headphones!

Each headphone has its own volume control.

For all of its silence, it is not just rising trend that the young people really love, it is also a rising trend that oldsters really love- albeit for different reasons.

The youth love it because they can have the music as loud as they want and the oldsters love it because they can have the music as soft as they want.

Also, because we offer three channels of music, each channel can be a different music style. One for each demographic in your group.

Silent Disco Headphones have their own volume control and change color depending on which channel you listen to.
Each headphone has its own volume control and changes color as you change the channel.

While the silent disco headphone systems work well with a DJ, they also work well with streaming playlists from Spotify or your favorite streaming service.

Streaming playlists make it easier for leaders to control the musical content. You supply the streaming music from your phone, tablet or laptop.

We also have a portable battery powered transmitter option if you want your event to be in a park or campground where there is no electrical outlets.

Since the headphones are battery powered and you can use your battery powered cell phone to stream an automated playlist, battery powered transmitters are the capstone that allows you to work completely off the grid!

Both the headphones and the transmitters will operate ten hours on a single charge. Make sure your cell phone is on a full charge before you start and you are good to go!

Ask us specifically if you want the battery powered transmitters because we also have the regular kind.

Here is a video showing how the battery powered transmitters work:

*Important to know: The Silent Disco system does not need WiFi. The transmitters generate their own FM signal which is received by the headphones.

**Remember that you will need a cell phone signal if you are streaming music from the Internet.

Trending Youth Outreach for Churches

The kids love the Silent Disco trend and that is why churches do too!

The best way to reach the young people is with something that is new and exciting!

Silent disco packs the dance floor and gives participants a brand new way to interact with music and each other.

Silent Disco Set-up with Three Channel Headphones

Silent Disco Set-up

The objective of 3 channel Silent Disco is to have 3 audio playing devices; one attached to each of the three transmitters, thus giving the participants who are wearing the 3 channel headphones a choice between three different songs at any given time.

Fee to rent silent disco is per headphone
Hi, I’m Johnny Only and I am holding the exact headphones that we send you.

-Each of the three audio devices (one for each transmitter) should be playing a different playlist throughout the event.

-Each of the three transmitters are broadcasting from their own audio device.

-Each of the three transmitters have their own channel (1, 2, or 3)

Participants wearing the headphones have a channel selector with which they can switch their channel (thereby switching the song) they are listening to at any given time.

It is difficult to describe just how much fun this is. It is also difficult to understand just how much fun it is until you try it.

The headphone wearing listener is choosing what song they want to listen to by themselves – yes, the organizers need to choose the playlist. – I use Spotify, you can find really good curated playlists for any genre or demographic that have already been tested (you can tell by the number of followers)

I send you all three transmitters, one for each channel. There are no controls on the transmitter (besides a channel selector and an on/off switch – but I already have them set for you – you don’t do anything but plug them in)

You need to supply three devices to play audio. They can be phones, or any combination of three tablets’ laptops, ipods etc. -Devices that can play music that is either on the device – or stream music from Spotify or Apple music or Tidal, Amazon, Pandora, etc.- I like the streaming choice because you can choose from playlists that are already made for you – and some of them perfectly target any type of audience you might have.

Can we use our own DJ for our Silent Disco Dance Party?

Can we use our own DJ?

You can absolutely use your own DJ. Most of my clients do. The transmitters are built into a briefcase so that all you have to do is plug in the electric. No wiring or changing settings is required. You plug your audio playing device(s) into the cord(s) coming out of the transmitter(s) and you are ready to party.

Set-up of my equipment is literally the time it takes to open the briefcase and plug in the power cord. “Done.”

From there, you plug into the provided aux cord and set the volume in your audio device. (It is set up to accommodate phones, computers, tablets, iPods and mp3 players of all types. I provide two other types of adapters to accommodate most professional DJ equipment.

Note that I make sure you get the equipment at least two days in advance so that you have time to do a sound check and call me with any questions.

How long does shipping take?

Shipping is anywhere within the USA within five business days. I am in New York State, so, if you live close by, it takes less time. *Of course I have to receive payment far enough ahead for it to clear before I ship. **As noted in my website, shipping is free. And that is both ways.

How it works:

Payment – I need to receive the rental fee and security deposit before I ship your equipment. Once I receive the equipment back without loss, you get the security deposit back. We would also sign a contract that says how much each lost or damaged item costs in case of loss.

The equipment – you get three transmitters so that headphone wearers can choose between three channels of different music. They can switch anytime during the party and they have their own volume control too.

The music – I have put on these parties using 3 DJ’s (one broadcasting on each channel), 1 DJ (That 1 DJ broadcasting 3 different songs on the 3 different channels), and also with no DJ at all (just the devices playing 3 different playlists automatically, 1 to each channel, the playlists were set up ahead of time)

Cost of a Silent Disco Party versus a Regular DJ

Which costs more? A regular DJ with loudspeakers or a Silent Disco DJ?

Obviously one sound system can be heard by several hundred or a thousand people, but one headphone can only be heard by one person.

Fee to rent silent disco is per headphone
With Silent Disco headphones, you pay $7 per guest.

So with a small party, Silent Disco is going to cheaper than traditional loudspeakers and with a large party it will be more expensive.

Let’s look at some actual numbers

Regular DJ: $1000 -In my area, a DJ (using loudspeakers) that is considered professional quality is going to start around a $1000 and that price remains the same no matter how many guests are invited.

With a sound system that uses loudspeakers, one price fits all!

Cost of loudspeakers versus price of Silent Disco Headphones
For a DJ with traditional speakers, it is one price regardless the number of guests.

Silent Disco: $7 per headphone rental At www.silent-disco-rental.com, our price is $7 per headphone (minimum order is $280 or 40 headphones). So for a smaller party, the Silent Disco Headphones are going to be quite a bit less expensive than the loudspeakers.

With the price being per headphone rental, that means that your costs go up quickly as the guest count rises.

Here are some round number examples: (You can rent exact numbers of headphones for your party.)

40 headphones would be $280
80 headphones would be $560
120 headphones would be $840
160 headphones would be $1120
200 headphones would be $1400
250 headphones would be $1750
300 headphones would be $2100
400 headphones would be $2800

(We also charge a security deposit, but that get’s returned to you when the equipment comes back safely. Learn more about that on our pricing page.)

Those prices above, don’t include the cost of a DJ.
At my company, the DJ’s fee is an additional $149 per hour if we are supplying the music, the players, the light show, our DJ skills and our master of ceremony skills.

It should be noted that because our Silent Disco equipment provides you with three channels available to play three separate playlists, it is suddenly quite a bit easier to save the cost of hiring a DJ by using only automated playlists.

Yes, we still recommend a professional DJ and even three professional DJ’s; One broadcasting on each channel. But our equipment makes it much easier to skip hiring and paying the professional DJ. With three channels to stream unattended-automated playlists, there is a much greater chance of at least one of them having a fantastic song playing at any given time.

Guests are willing to pay a higher admission fee for Silent Disco Parties.

Obviously, this doesn’t pertain to wedding receptions or parties where there is no cover charge, but an important detail is that people are willing to pay admission to your party because of the ‘cool’ factor.

Silent Disco is hot and new and three times the fun of a regular party! Guests understand this and are willing to pay more for the added value.

Think about how much more of a cover charge you’d be willing to pay for a Silent Disco party as opposed to just going to listen to some loud music on a traditional sound system?

We DJ with both Silent Disco and traditional loudspeaker sound systems, contact us when your next party is coming up and we will help you decide which one is best for you.

Silent Disco Compared to Regular PA Loudspeakers: Which is better?

We are comparing your experience as a party guest if your go with a Traditional Loudspeaker sound system format versusa 3 channel Silent Disco headphones format for your next party or reception:

Loudspeaker experience in blue
-versus-
Silent Disco experience in red.

Loudspeakers– You know it is going to be just like your last party with somebody always complaining about either the music selections or the volume.
Silent Disco– Everyone is so excited that you are doing something new and exciting that coincidentally solves both the problem of song selection and volume level that has plagued every other party that uses traditional loudspeakers as a sound system.

Loudspeakers– You have only one choice of song to hear at any given time.
Silent Disco– You can choose between three songs (3 channel headphones) or silence at any given time.

Loudspeakers– You are likely to dance if you like the song that is playing.
Silent Disco– You are three times more likely to dance -because you are three times more likely to find a song that you will like. That is because there are three channels (three different songs) to choose from at any given time.

Loudspeakers– You have no control over the volume.
Silent Disco– You have your own volume knob on your headphones.

Loudspeakers– If you want to talk for a moment, you lift your voice over the music.
Silent Disco– If you want to talk for a moment,  you lift one side off your ear and use your regular voice.

Loudspeakers– If you want to talk for a while, you shout over the music or leave the room.
Silent Disco– If you want to talk for awhile, you take off your headphones and use your regular voice even if you are in the middle of the dance-floor.

Loudspeakers– If you are a non-dancer, you will leave early because it will be too loud to talk or hear what your friends are saying.
Silent Disco– If you are a non-dancer, you will stay longer because talking and hearing is no effort at all.

Loudspeakers– If you are a younger dancer, you will leave the dance-floor if you don’t like the song that is playing.
Silent Disco– If you are a younger dancer, you will stay on the dance-floor because with three channels to choose from (three different songs), you can usually find one you like.

Loudspeakers– If you are an older dancer, you will leave the dance-floor when the DJ pulls out the music you don’t know or like.
Silent Disco– If you are an older dancer, you will stay on the dance-floor because with three channels of music to choose from, usually at least one is playing a retro hit that you like.

Loudspeakers– You only have the mechanical light show that the DJ brings.
Silent Disco– You also have the lights on the headphones that create a human light show as the dancers move.

Loudspeakers– You have only one DJ personality to choose from.
Silent Disco– You can have up to three DJ personalities to choose from.

Loudspeakers– The party has to end on time to observe noise ordinances.
Silent Disco– The party can keep going long into the night since the only loud music is in the headphones.

Loudspeakers– Limited to where the party can be due to the loud music.
Silent Disco– The party can be anywhere that can accommodate a group of people.

Loudspeakers– If you live in the City or Suburbs, you can’t have the party in your backyard without the cops coming to shut down your loud music.
Silent Disco– You can party in your own backyard without bothering the neighbors at all.

Ask us here at www.Silent-Disco-Rental.com how we can make your next party the most awesome party experience you’ve ever had!

You can contact us here. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

But I want everyone to be together! Won’t headphones separate us?

Au Contrair!

Silent Disco headphones do not separate people at a party.

In fact, our headphones bring people together by solving the two problems that most often separate guests.

What are the two biggest problems that guests have when they attend a party that uses loudspeakers, thus forcing everyone to listen to the same music at the same volume?

Guests are concerned about the music volume and the music selections.

Newsflash! Silent Disco headphones solve both problems!

This article will discuss the differences between the traditional loudspeaker format and the Silent Disco headphone format when it comes to the two concerns of volume and content.

I will show how loudspeakers separate guests over these two issues and Silent Disco headphones bring them together.

First I will explain the two problems, then I will explain the solution.

How music volume separates guests when loudspeakers are used:

#1) A significant number of people literally leave the party when the volume goes up.

Is that togetherness?

#2) A few socialites with concerns about their hearing health stay but use earplugs. Have you ever tried to talk to someone with earplugs in? It can be difficult.

Is that the level of togetherness you want?

#3) Most people limit their talking because of the music volume and when they need to talk they must raise their voice to be heard by the other person.

Is this the best you can do on togetherness?

How music selection separates guests when loudspeakers are used:

#1) A significant number of people literally leave the dance floor when they don’t like the song that is playing. The people who do like the song stay.

Is that togetherness?

#2) A few people never dance unless it is a slow song or a group dance they can do without a partner. I have seen many DJ’s limit slow songs and to one or two a night and avoid group dances completely.

This means that some people are not getting together on the dance floor at all.

#3) Musical taste tends to separate people by demographic. Older people tend to like older songs and will only dance to those. White males tend to like hard rock and will only dance to those. These are only examples and their are plenty of people that don’t fit the mold, but it is clear that different guests respond differently to different music selections.

When only one song can be played at a time, that song is dictating who is together on the dance floor and who is standing off to the side- separated from the party by the music selection.

How Silent Disco headphones solve the problem of music volume:

There is no volume if you are not wearing the headphones – so the volume barrier is gone. It is easy to talk to each other.

THAT is togetherness.

Those older folks who just want to talk, can stay the whole time! They don’t have to leave the party early!

THAT is togetherness.

Each headset has its own volume control.
So if you want to hear the music and dance, you choose the volume so you don’t have to go home early with a headache.

THAT is togetherness.

If you want to dance and talk, you have only one side of the headphones on your ear or lift the ear cups just a bit during the conversation. The music volume drops right down due to the proximity effect of the headphones and you can talk easily for as long as you want.

THAT is togetherness!

If you want to hear the music, talk, and not dance, you just wear the headphones around your neck. The volume will be just loud enough for you to keep track of what is playing. At the same time, conversation is at a normal speaking volume. And you hear everything the other person says. No more nodding and smiling because you didn’t understand what the said but are tired of yelling “What?” all the time.

Now THAT is what we call togetherness!

How Silent Disco headphones solve the problem of music selections:

Our Silent Disco headphones give you the option of three different channels of music.

This means the DJ is playing three songs at the same time. One channel might be oldies. One might be old school hip hop. Another might be top 40 dance music.

The guests don’t have to leave the dance-floor because they don’t like the song that is playing, they just switch their channel and keep on dancing so more people stay on the dance-floor.

And THAT is togetherness!

They might be listening to different songs while dancing. They are dancing together! The fact that they are listening to different songs has nothing to do with it.

They have the option of dancing to the same song if they want, but they also have the ability to choose between the two other channels and multiply their happiness with being TOGETHER on the dance-floor.

That is togetherness!

Without the headphones, one person would be leaving the dance-floor and one person staying. That is separation!

I can hear Seth Godin saying that some people just wish everyone would like the same music selections at he same volume. Yes, that would be nice, but it is not going to happen. Headphones embrace this truth instead of fighting it.

In addition to the three different channels of music and your own volume control, Silent Disco Headphones also give you the option of no music! Yes, you can remove the headphones! And take a break from the music! Have a conversation with your friends and family about how much fun you are having together!

THAT is togetherness!

You have the option of talking to your grandparents who decided to stay because the music is not too loud. Now they can actually talk and be together with their family and friends.

Let’s all say it together!

THAT is togetherness!

If you have any questions about how to integrate Silent Disco equipment into your next party, I’d love to help. You can contact me, email me or call me. We have the equipment you can rent and we have the experience that we can share.