It’s so easy, my dog could do it! (Well, actually, it does require opposable thumbs.)
Below is a visual guide starring my dog, “Pascal,” to show you how!
(It is in the “story” style, so you click on the image to get it to advance or click on the left of the image to get it to play the previous slide(s). )
Steps to set-up, plug-in and DJ your own Silent Disco Dance Party.
Read on to learn how to plug in your phone, tablet, or laptop into the transmitters that we include when your rent our headphones. Doing so allows you to DJ your own silent disco dance party with your own playlists.
#1) When your rentals arrive, do a sound check first thing.
Your rentals will arrive two days before your party, open the box(s) and locate the transmitter cases so you can do a sound check long before your event.
#2) Open up the transmitter cases and plug them into an electrical outlet.
They will turn on and already be on the correct channel. No need to adjust anything.
#3) Next, plug the supplied aux cord into the “Audio in” jack on the transmitter and the other end into the “Headphone” jack on your device.
#4) Or, use Bluetooth to connect/pair the transmitter with your device.
Use the Bluetooth if you don’t have a “headphone” jack on your device or if you need to have a wireless connection between the transmitter and your device -especially helpful if it is your cell phone.
#5) Repeat this with each of the three transmitters we supply. You will need any combination of three devices; one for each transmitter.
#6) Queue up your favorite playlist, grab a pair of headphones, turn them on and start your dance party!
If you are using a streaming account, remember that you will need three different accounts unless you have the family plan. You will use one account for each device.
If you do have the family plan, it allows you to use multiple devices on the same account simultaneously.
We like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music and Pandora best.
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 on the headphones and you trying to get them to listen to yours.
Remember that we rent three channel headphones to your silent party.
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?
Anybody who thinks that partying in silent disco headphones is not a social experience has not tried it.
Yeah, at a silent party, you are INCLUDING your friends by wearing the headphones and you are being INCLUDED BY THEM when they put on their headphones.
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.
The most obvious reason that silent disco headphones are more social is also the most overlooked reason.
You can take off the headphones at any time and converse without shouting over the loud music.
This is such a simple concept but it is a true game-changer.
At a dance party that uses loudspeakers, you have to yell over the music in order to converse. You literally can’t communicate in a conversational tone because the music is so loud.
With the music in headphones, you can take the headphones off and whisper to each other and hear exactly what the other person is saying!
Real isolation between dancers results from loudspeakers that prevent conversation.
Headphones enable conversation. They are the opposite of isolation!
If you want a truly “social” event. You want silent disco headphones!
Silent disco headphones are the only ‘loud music’ party format that actually allows guests to converse on the dance floor at a normal tone of voice.
So, passionately share with the unbelievers how “social” the event is once they experience those three channels of headphone heaven.
Just be aware that some of your friends won’t believe you until they have tried it themselves.
Maybe this is the perfect chance for you to convince them by daring them to come to your party.
Ready to rent our disinfected silent disco headphones for your upcoming party?
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.
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)
A fad is something that pops up in a culture for no particular reason and then disappears as quickly as it came.
A trend is something that happens for a reason and stays around for the long haul because it fulfills a genuine need.
As a full-time professional DJ for more than 30 years, I have some insights that definitely suggest Silent Disco is a trend instead of a fad, but don’t take my word for it! Take a look at my evidence.
Let’s take a look at known history and how it points us toward the Silent Disco format emerging as the industry standard instead of the new kid in town status that it currently enjoys. Think of the history of a party from a guest’s perspective.
First there was the live band.
Guests had no choice in the type of music or the songs that the band played. They also had no control over the volume. Because of the volume question, party planners had to be careful when and where the party was – or the cops would show up to shut it down.
Next there was the DJ playing pre-recorded music.
Suddenly the listener’s choice of songs and styles had exploded. One band could only play the songs they knew while the DJ could play any song every recorded. Likewise, one band could only play their own style of music whereas a DJ could play any style of music as long as they had the record.
The historical trend was toward more music options and more listener empowerment. We’ll see by the end of this article how Silent Disco headphones have become the next logical step.
There were additional factors from the past that drove the demand by users to want more control over their own music.
Technology at home increased the guest’s expectations when they got to the party
1) Home stereo systems gave listeners control of their own volume. They developed their own concern about disturbing other people with their music.
2) The party guest soon had as much music at home as the DJ did. Proliferation of Radio and Internet continued to expand listener’s music preferences to a point where being subject to a DJ’s choice seemed limiting.
3) People started wearing headphones in public. Handheld players and streaming digital music give them unlimited music choices available to them any time. With the addition of headphones, users could listen to their own music without disturbing other people.
Nowadays, when they are not at a party, people simply expect to have unlimited music choice, headphones and their own volume control.
They always have control over their music. They have autonomy over whether they want to listen to music. They have listening comfort in the form of their own volume knob.
So, how does that make them feel when they go to a party with a traditional speaker system that is playing so loud that they can’t listen to their own music and they can’t control the volume?
Viewed in this light, a silent disco dance party doesn’t seem futuristic at all! It seems like it should have come around years ago!
Look at the problems the headphones solve from a user experience standpoint! 1) Three channels of music instead of one! This means you get a choice! Also there is no more feeling guilty about liking a different song than your dancing partner!- 2) Their own volume control! This means you get a choice! No more feeling bad about wanting the music louder or softer than your dance partner! 3) They get the option of not listening to the music at all! This may be the biggest win of all! Especially for people who want to talk to each other at parties.
And with the noise problem taken care of, event planners don’t have to worry when or where they throw the parties.
4) You can now have a party anywhere and anytime without the noise – within reason, of course. Not only do the headphones allow dance parties in libraries and on lakeside beaches, but they allow multiple entertainment acts in the same space without volume problems.
From a historical standpoint, the changing expectations of party guests point toward Silent Disco as a trend that is going to grow in magnitude and stay with us in the years ahead as a popular dance party format.
But wait! There’s more!
Supply-side reasons why Silent Disco is a trend instead of a fad:
There are other factors driving the trend from the supply side that make the equipment readily available and attractive to the consumer. I’ve listed a few of them below:
A) The technology has become good enough and inexpensive enough to make it cost effective.
B) The technology is easy to add onto existing DJ sound systems. Professional mobile DJ’s don’t have to change anything in order to add headphones to their list of options.
C) The technology is easy for the general public to use; -No professional DJ required. If you rent the equipment from someone like us, music can be streamed from a Spotify playlist (or other similar services) through consumer level devices like a phone, iPod or tablet.
D) Shipping services are inexpensive enough that we can rent the equipment to you at cost effective rates. Companies like us at www.silent-disco-rental.com ship it to your door no matter how remote.
E) There is still room for growth momentum, making an already remarkable experience even better, so the user Wow-Factor will continue to drive demand through word of mouth.
In summary, it is clear that the Silent Disco format is a trend instead of a fad. It provides high value at a reasonable cost by fulfilling a legitimate need and providing benefits for the users that are simply expected in today’s culture.
Providing entertainment for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party is a huge challenge for a DJ with a traditional loudspeaker powered sound system.
Every time I am the DJ for Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, I am struck by the difficulty of pleasing the 13 year old guests at the same time as pleasing their parents and grandparents. With a traditional sound system, they all have to hear the same thing. The problem is that they don’t want to hear the same thing.
If you haven’t been to one of these parties, let me describe the challenge.
(It is important to note that I am not talking about the ceremony or Jewish laws and traditions. I am simply talking about the dynamics at the dance party if they choose to have one.)
The Bar or Bat Mitzvah party usually happens near the child’s 13th birthday and they invite their friends from school. So you get anywhere from a dozen to three or four dozen kids close to that age wanting to hear their music.
Of course this is a family event, so the parents invite their friends and extended family which includes the grandparents and the grandparent’s friends who want to talk and dance too.
The DJ is trying to please three generations simultaneously.
When was the last time you heard grandparents getting excited over the music choices of their grandkids? And when was the last time you heard them agree on how loud the music should be?
It starts with only teens on the floor. Then the grown-ups demand a few songs. The teens complain and clear off the floor while the DJ works to get the grown-ups dancing. When the adults are finally filling the dance floor, the teens are demanding a few songs. Then the grown-ups complain and clear off the floor and the cycle starts all over again.
The cycle continues throughout the night with the end result that none of the generations are really being satisfied.
Think of the poor parents that are paying for it all! They are stuck between the teenagers and the senior citizens. One side is begging for the music to be turned down and the other side is begging for it to be turned up. Both sides are begging for the DJ to play something they like.
Usually the parent’s generation is pretty tolerant, but the teenagers and the senior citizens are threatening a mutiny!
Grandparents and teenagers are the age groups that have the strongest preferences for their own music and how loud it should be played. They are also the two most vocal age groups when they feel their preferences are being ignored.
It is as if in a dream. Each generation is shouting at the DJ, waving their fists and threatening violent retaliation. Suddenly the lights flicker and go out with a flash of sparks. Everyone is frozen in shock!
There is a crash of thunder a blinding light appears above the combatants heads! Is it the miracle we’ve been praying for? Yes, It is!
A host of heavenly angels begin singing as a diamond studded pair of headphones slowly descend from the heavens. Then there is another, and another, and then the air is full of headphones! Sparkling beams of light splashing everywhere as they slowly settle down over the ears of every guest!
The lights come back on and everyone is wearing Silent Disco headphones. Everyone is smiling and everyone is happy once again!
The solution is sooo simple!
#1) What do the grandparents want? They want the music to be soft enough that they can talk and they’d prefer oldies tracks!
#2) What do the parents want? They want the volume to be such that they can either dance or talk and they want to hear music titles that they recognize.
#3) What do the kids want? They want the music nice and loud and they want to hear their brand new tracks from their teens-only sources! This is how the Silent Disco equipment solves the problem:
#1) Multiple music choices: Our headphones allow the user to choose between three channels. So, have your DJ broadcast three different genres of music; one to each channel.
You’ll need an oldies playlist for the grandparents’ generation, a top 40 (both new and old) playlist for the parents’ generation, and of course a teens’ playlist for the kids.
#2) User adjustable volume knobs: Each set of headphones has their own volume control, so everybody is happy with the volume.
#3) Silent Disco makes it easier to have conversations: Long conversations at this type of event work best with some background music always playing on a traditional sound system.
I recommend using the traditional sound system for the announcements, the hora (chair-lifting) and spotlight dances using the regular sound system.
Once those are done, keep the dinner music playing quietly for the rest of the party. This gives a nice backdrop to conversations that non-dancers will want to have. They won’t need to ever put on the headphones. But for the people that might want to dance, but also want to talk, we recommend that they wear the headphones for dancing, and set them down on their neck with the volume still up for conversations.
With the headphones on their shoulders, they will hear the songs they might want to dance to at a low volume. This doesn’t interrupt the conversation. Then they can put on the headphones and take to the dance floor at a moment’s notice. Quick exchanges while dancing can be accomplished by just lifting one earpiece without losing a beat.
Without Silent Disco, the older generation would flee from the loud-unfamiliar music half-way through the event, now they stay and enjoy themselves so much more!
You rented our disinfected headphones and now you are wondering, what music to play at your silent disco party?
If you, like most people who rent our headphones, are using phones or tablets with playlists from Spotify, Apple Music or similar services, this article will help you to choose which songs to put on your playlists.
If you are a live DJ or manipulating your playlist during the party, these same principles apply.
What is the single most important thing to consider when choosing awesome music for your party playlist?
Below is a curated playlist from Spotify that works every time!
Notice how familiar the songs look? That means your guests will know them and be able to sing along.
In Silent Disco, your guests want to sing along. Always. That is the single most important metric for silent disco song selection.
The above Spotify playlist is long enough to use on all three channels. Start at the beginning on one device. Start a third of the way through on a second device. Start it two-thirds of the way through on your third device.
Remember that you need to have three different streaming accounts or a family account.
Most streaming platforms only allow one simultaneous stream per device.
Should you have assigned genres to each channel?
We think it is more fun to mix it up and just play anything that is uber popular on any channel.
So, play the most popular songs on all of the channels without regard for genre.
It is a popular playlist strategy to assign each channel a general genre as a guideline. It is believed that this makes it easier for the guests to stay in the mood.
People say that it helps them to keep the channels straight in their heads and it helps the playlist creator/DJ’s to keep from repeating songs from channel to channel.
They may choose top 40 for one of the channels, retro for another and dance-able rock music for the third. (This is just an example. In a more urban setting, you might need old school rap, R&B or a Latin channel.)
We think it is more fun for your guests when you mix it up on each channel. It encourages more togetherness by preventing people from splitting up according to genre.
Let me give some perspective from a traditional DJ dominating the room with loud speakers turned up to eleven.
When a DJ is using a traditional sound system, they have the benefit of being the only music in the room. The listeners don’t have the option of switching to a different channel. This gives the DJ more leeway in song selection.
If listeners don’t care for the song, they may leave the dance floor, but they are not going to turn it off by switching the channel on their headphones.
This is THE game changer that is driving the rapid rise of Silent Disco as a party medium. Suddenly it is up to the listener instead of the DJ to decide what song they are going to listen to. When you look at it that way, it is no surprise that Silent Disco is so popular!
It is the same model we’ve seen on TV and radio. Thanks to the Internet and streaming services we all expect to be able to choose our own media. Why should it be different at a party?
But even a DJ with a traditional sound system needs to play something the crowd knows if she wants to be asked back again. It is a rare club where the DJ can get away with playing unknown music and be able to keep people on the dance floor while doing it.
But with three channel Silent Disco parties, it is important time three to play something the crowd knows, because anything else is simply ignored by judicious use of the channel sector switch.
You’ve got to understand that the mind of the partying listener is always wondering what is on the other channels. They are always worried that they might be missing an awesome song that is playing right now!
So they switch channels every 30 seconds. And when they do, you have only moments to capture them. If they land on your channel during that boring instrumental part, they are gone to the next channel. Hint: If you are DJ’ing live for Silent Disco, queue up past the boring instrumental part!
If they land on your channel while it is playing a song that they don’t know, they are switching channels. You’ve lost them to your channel (for at least thirty seconds).
Play something they know!
There are several ways to “Know” a song. You could know the melody and the beat. It is even better to know the words to a song. The ultimate best way to know a song is to know the moves too!
A perfect example of a song with awesome moves that everybody knows, is the song, “Shout.” Yes, it has fantastic opportunities to sing the words back to the performer (or DJ), but it is those classic dance moves drive that song over the top! Anyone who sees those dance moves, even if their headphones are set to a different song, knows what song those people are dancing to.
If that song is not on your list – you are missing a huge opportunity.
Now “Shout” is a superstar on the list, but there are a gazillion others that are far more subtle. Examples are any songs that ask you to do anything with various body parts. If it is not in the lyrics, it might be from a music video or movie soundtrack.
Gangnam Style is an example of how a music video can create moves for a song. We don’t even know what many of the words are, but it was the moves in the music video that made the song memorable. It was those same moves imitated by dancers that made the song so much fun on a dance floor.
Everybody knows how much fun it is to sing along to a pumpin’ song and it is even more fun to be singing and doing the moves in perfect time with your friends. Nothing could be better!
So choose songs that have memorable lyrics and moves.
Play songs that they ALL know!
The bests songs are songs that everybody at the party knows. If you play a song that only half of your guests know, and follow it with a song that all of your guests know. The latter will be more fun even if it is not near as good of a song.
Let me say that another way. The quality of the song matters less than the number of people who know it.
Play the best song ever written -but known by few, and your dance floor will be empty. Play a sub-par song – but one that everybody knows, and your dance floor will be packed!
One last word: It is tempting to allow a friend with a phone to run their playlist for awhile. We caution you to first take a look at what they are about to play. If she has a list of songs that your guests don’t know, don’t let her play them.
Your party is NOT the place to promote obscure music or to enlighten your friends about the newest songs. Your party is for having fun. Your party is for bringing people together in a celebration of life.
Want to improve the marketing impact of your events? Read below to learn how renting silent disco headphones can help your business.
Since our humble beginnings, we’ve racked up an impressive number of high profile clients including the producers of Grownish, Google, Disney, Princeton, Cornell, Harvard, The Potter’s house, Lakewood church and many many others too numerous to list.
Why should you use Silent disco as a marketing tool?
Associating your brand or message with a hot new trend like silent disco helps your brand or message seem hot and new too!
This makes renting silent disco an extremely popular choice for churches, colleges and organizations of all types. If your event uses newer trends for its entertainment, your product or message is also perceived as a newer trend by association.
Additionally, silent disco as a movement is more prominent with the young people. Churches and universities especially want to appeal to the young people, so they make up the bulk of our clients.
That is the same reason that Google and Disney choose our product. They need to appeal to the young people because their lives depend on it! Appearing contemporary and relevant is their number one marketing tool.
If your product or message is intended for young people or if you want your message to be perceived as contemporary and/or up-and-coming. Consider renting a silent disco headphone system from us.
Take a look at the marketing implied by the Grownish clip below. Grownish is a show about young people with young people as its intended audience.
This is Season 2 Episode 19 of Grownish. The producer of Grownish called us and asked us to overnight ship the headphones for a filming the next day.
Notice our smiley face logo the clip? Why do you think they showed that? Why do you think they mostly chose blue as the color?
How does it play into the mood of the scene?
Silent Disco as a setting on this episode of Lethal Weapon.
In the clip below, they are using silent disco to show how old and ‘out-of-touch’ the detectives are. Again the fact that silent disco is something new and hip helps to establish the point that the detectives are past their prime and have been left behind by contemporary culture.
Silent disco on season 1, Episode 10 of Lethal Weapon!
How can your company or message benefit by associating itself with new movements and contemporary cultural trends?
If you are putting on an event, how would a silent disco format change the feel and the perception that your guests walk away with as they associate the entertainment with your brand?
What is it really like when you go to a silent disco and why doesn’t it look like fun on YouTube?
Silent disco looks really stupid on video. It just does not translate well.
Silent disco even sounds stupid when you try to tell someone what it is like. At the end of the day, the old cliche is true. “You’ve just got to experience if for yourself!”
And yet, here we are! I’m going to attempt to tell you what it is like in spite of the odds against me.
So, against your better wisdom, you have finally given in to three months of nagging from your best friend. You are going to a silent disco tonight!
Your friend is all excited and you are about as comfortable as an earthworm stuck in the middle of the road as the sun is coming up.
You get there and there is a line. You hate waiting in lines!
Your friend explains that they have to check you in at the door to assign you a pair of headphones and hold your ID in order to make sure the headphones don’t get stolen.
Great! Not only are you going to feel stupid once you get in there, but you have to wait in line for the privilege.
Hopefully nobody will recognize you while you wait.
Finally you get to the head of the line. They hand you your headphones in exchange for your ID. They start to explain how the headphones work as your friend interrupts saying she’ll take care of that. What?
You can’t just listen to music? You didn’t need instructions for your ear buds! What kind’ve archaic headphones are these that you need instructions?
There is a channel selector, a volume wheel and a power switch.
Each time you switch the channel the headset changes color. There are three colors; one for each of the three channels.
The sound quality is surprisingly good.
Being able to set your own volume level is a game-changer for clubbing.
You are so used to having the music uncomfortably loud that it is almost jarring to be able to set it yourself.
Your friend turns to talk to you but you can’t hear her. As you stare at her quizzically, she beckons for you to remove your headphones.
It is shockingly silent! You can talk to your friend without raising your voice!
You find that you can also set the headphones around your neck and hear the music at a low volume while you talk to your friend.
Then you start dancing and that is where the magic happens.
You never knew you were such a good dancer until you tried it with headphones on!
For some reason, your inhibitions disappear when you are wearing headphones!
Somehow your ego is protected by the headphones! They surround you with courage and take you to a place that feels like no one can laugh at you!
You can’t remember ever having this much fun dancing!
Your friend appears to be listening to a different song, and you can tell because her headphones are a different color then yours.
She beckons for you to listen to her channel. You beckon for her to listen to yours.
A hilarious babbling of beckoning ensues with each of you trying to mime louder than the other. You start cracking up! -Having fun in spite of yourself!
You learn that half the fun of silent disco is trying to convince your partner to listen to the same channel you are listening to.
When it comes to songs that have a sing-a-long chorus or a particularly recognizable dance move, you start to over-emphasize everything in an attempt to draw in your partner to your favorite channel.
You find yourself cracking up against your will! There is such a cognitive dissonance to the whole thing!
Soon you’ve forgotten all of your worries of the day and have slipped through the silent disco portal and in an alternate headphone world of hilarity!
Some Silent Discos employ three live DJ’s and each DJ supplies the music for one of the three channels on your headphones.
This leads to an implied competition between the DJs, each trying to get the most people listening to their channel.
Because the headphones change color according to the channel being listened to, the whole room full of bouncing headphones keep sweeping back and forth from color to color.
Because each headphone is on top of a dancers head, it is like one big ever-changing human light show.
This is another source of fun as you make requests of your favorite DJ and/or watch your favorite DJ attract listeners and then lose them.
This drama between DJs is significantly more fun than the typical criticizing of the DJ choices in a traditional clubbing atmosphere.
The sheer number of music choices is a delightful break for our collective attention deficit disorders.
Not only are there three different songs playing at any given time but the DJs tend to switch more often in order to hold their listeners.
Don’t we all just love listening to the first two choruses of a song and then clicking on another favorite? Well now you can!
Add that to the DJs switching songs much more often than they would if they were working alone because of the other two other DJ competitors, and it is a music lover’s paradise!
It is exhaustingly fun! At the end of the night your stomach hurts from all the laughing you did and you feel as relaxed as if you just finished a marathon!
You come home and try to tell your friends about it. They don’t want to hear about it. They just don’t get it.
You can’t figure out why they don’t believe you when you tell them how much fun it was! Then you realize, -that it just doesn’t transfer well.
They’ve just got to be there themselves!
The following video clip from a New York City Silent Disco party gives a pretty good idea of the what the experience feels like and looks like. The language is English once you get about a minute into the video.