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)

Play Something They Know! How to Maximize Your Silent Disco Playlist

What is the best way to build your Silent Disco Playlist?

If you, like most people who rent our headphones, are using phones or tablets to DJ with and are running three simultaneous playlists from Spotify, iTunes 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?

Play something they know.

Play something that your guests know on all three channels. We recommend assigning each channel a general genre as a guideline. This makes it easier for the guests to stay in the mood.

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.

We generally 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.)

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 awesome songs -that not a majority of your guests know by heart, don’t let them use it.

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.

There is only one way to do that.

Play something they know.

Silent Disco isn’t just for dancing anymore! Don’t miss these new uses for silence!

Silent Disco equipment is usually rented to people who are hosting a dance party with either live DJ’s or their own music playlists.

The list of alternative uses for wireless FM multi-channel headphones keeps growing and growing.

Here at www.silent-disco-rental.com, we are keeping track, just for you.

Our list just keeps growing!

Yoga-
Yoga classes depend on the participants being able to hear clearly and to focus on what the instructor is saying. The headphones help to keep participants on track by blocking out distracting noises.

A yoga instructor wants their own music and voice to be soft enough to be relaxing and the independent volume controls on the silent disco headphones help each user to set the volume that is right for them.

The headphones also allow classes to be taught in places where a sound system would not be welcome. Classes could be held in a park or an office building, any place that you wouldn’t be able to access without them.

Zumba-
Zumba usually involves loud music with lot’s of bass. This prevents Zumba instructors from teaching classes outdoors, in parks or public places where the music would disturb others. Even if a class is taught in a studio, the volume of the music can disturb the studio next door if the rooms are not soundproofed.

With loud Zumba music, the independent volume controls are even more useful than with soft Yoga music. Dancers want their music volume just right.

FM powered Wireless headphones are an excellent alternative to loudspeakers even when only using one channel.

One of the reasons Zumba students leave instructors who use traditional loudspeakers is because of differences in music volume preferences. The headphones completely eliminate that concern.

Workouts-
Similar to Zumba, workout classes have a strong emphasis on music volume. The volume of the instructor’s voice is subject to personal preference. Since everybody has their own volume control when using Silent Disco equipment, they can focus more on what the instructor is saying and spend less time thinking they are too loud or too soft.

Workouts can be a more motivational, more intimate, more personal and more inspiring experiences when wearing our headphones.

Roller Skating Rinks / Roller Skating Parties-
The music you play at a roller skating rink defines who skates and who leaves.

Give your skaters three channel headphones and you can play three different genres of music simultaneously. This allows you to please more varied musical tastes which means more people will love the music.

When skaters can select their favorite genre at their favorite volume. They stay longer, they have more fun and they tell their friends to come along next time.

Backyard Movies-
Showing a movie in the backyard is fun for kids parties, but if you don’t have the volume turned up, movies lose a lot of their trill. But, if you turn up the volume too high, the neighbors complain.

Of course, the headphones solve that problem and everyone can listen at their own volume.

Simultaneous movies-
Showing three movies at the same time is the perfect solution when you are trying to get a large group to come over for a movie night. How do you decide what movie to show?

Some people want a chic flick, some want to watch a thriller movie and still others want serious drama.

Wouldn’t it be great to show all three movies simultaneously? With each headphone wearing guest having the ability to choose one of three channels, they can watch the one they like while sitting in the same room as their friends who are listening to a different screening!

Museum tours-
Some people want the tour, others don’t. Additionally, some people pay extra for the tour. The headphones cover both instances. Only the guests wearing headphones are hearing the tour guide.

A twist on this theme uses all three channels is when you have multiple tour guides working the same space but covering different material simultaneously. Now the tourist chooses which tour guide to listen to depending on which topic they are most interested in.

This also works with simultaneous different languages. You have the Spanish speaking tour guide on the green channel, the Chinese speaking tour guide on red channel and the English speaking guide broadcasting on the blue channel.

Live musical performances outdoors
If you are trying to host a live musical performance in an urban area with noise ordinances, the headphones solve your logistics problem.

There are many locations where only one band playing through traditional loudspeakers would be too loud. Add the headphones and suddenly you can add more entertainment into the same space.

Consider a resort area where entertainment density is the key to attracting more people. With three channels available on the headphones, they can easily triple the entertainment value of any given space.

Simultaneous live musical performances/battle of the bands-

In a music festival environment you might want to hold a battle of the bands with all three bands playing at once! You could do it Silent Disco style if the bands were using electric instruments and in-ear-monitors.

Your battle of the bands competition would be much more fair if they were all playing simultaneously. They’d have the exact same audience and no one would get the unfair advantage of starting first. Also, the audience would not be subject to waiting while the next band gets ready.

The audience can only hear them on the headphones AND the audience can choose which band to listen to. Because the headphones light up in the color the listeners chooses, the winner could be seen visually.

Backyard comedy show-
Once you get any number of guests in your backyard, a comedian is going to need a sound system. Suddenly the neighbors are involved. Headphones stop that problem in its tracks.

Simultaneous side shows-
Three vaudeville style performers on three different stages on three different sides of the room performing simultaneously? With headphones, it could happen!

Factory floor meetings-
Some factories are very noisy. If you don’t have a big meeting room, but you still want to have a meeting with all the employees, use our FM wireless headphones.

Sure you could use loudspeakers to add even more noise on top of the factory noise, but your staff is going to be resentful of it.

With over-the-ear styling, the headphones shut out some of the ambient noise making it easier to hear the presenter and easier to focus on what they are saying.

Construction site meetings-
Same as above. If you can’t stop the noise and have nowhere to go, just hold the meeting using our headphones. They cut out the ambient noise and help participants to focus on the message.

Golf tournaments-
There is supposed to be silence when the golf-pro takes his shot. Perfect place for a dance party! 😉 🙄

Again, this is just a partial list for an industry that is still in its infancy. Regardless, here at www.silent-disco-rental.com we are here to cheerfully fill your needs as they arise.

Are you ready to Rock in Absolute Silence?

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All dressed up and everywhere to go!  -With wireless Headphones!

Finally! You can party where you want and as late as you want without disturbing anyone!

Three channels of crystal clear wireless dance music that you can turn up as loud as you want.

Plug and Play ease of use has never been more fun!

Here is an article from the New York Times describing their take.