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.

How will I communicate with my friends if they are wearing headphones and dancing to a different song?

How will I talk to my friends at a Silent Disco Party?

This is the first question everyone asks when they learn they will be wearing headphones.

It is a natural concern because connecting with friends is the primary reason that parties even exist!

This article will show you how conversation and connection potential is actually increased by the presence of the headphones.

#1) Short exchanges are easier with Silent Disco headphones.

You can lift one side off your ear momentarily. You hear what your friend is saying quite clearly, respond and put the set back over your ears. You don’t miss a beat, you don’t lose the music, you don’t lose the mood and you don’t have to shout over the loud music from traditional sound systems.

People who have not tried it fear that removing their headphones will be the equivalent of going outside of the party room to talk.

You don’t have to leave the room or even stop dancing. You control how much the music volume is reduced by controlling how far you lift the headphones off your ears. It is very easy to balance the volume of the music with your ability to hear your friend. The music can be as loud as you want it to be. With just one hand adjusting the earpiece on one side, you can literally talk and dance at the same time.

You say, “Yeah, but you still have to get your friend’s attention in order for them to lift up their headphones.” That is true, but when are dancing to traditional speakers that are turned up as loud as dance music needs to be, can you really talk to your friend without first getting their attention? You have to pull them close and lean toward them before they can hear your words.

At a dance that is powered by loud speakers, you have to deal with the disadvantage of the music remaining at full volume while you try to talk (or yell to be heard). If the dance is powered by headphones, you can speak at a normal conversational volume with your friend because the loud music immediately turns down as you pull the earpieces away from your ears.

This makes verbal communication easier and of higher quality when the party uses Silent Disco equipment instead of traditional loudspeakers for the music.

#2) Long conversations are easier and you can still listen for your favorite song.

First of all, with traditional loudspeakers at peak volume, extended conversation requires lifting your voice to the level of the music. This can get uncomfortable after awhile, which either shortens the conversation or causes you to step outside of the party room to continue.

At a Silent Disco Party, extended conversations are effortless.

If you don’t want to miss your favorite song during the conversation, keep the headphones resting around your neck instead of removing them entirely. Leave the volume on and you can still hear the music coming from the headphones. It is quiet enough to not disturb your conversation, but it is completely audible.

You are enjoying higher quality extended conversations because you are not yelling over loudspeakers. You can still jump onto the dance-floor the minute your favorite song comes on because you can still hear the music from the headphones around your neck.

#3) Non-verbal communication is better because of the headphones.

One of the reasons for loud music is to get people to dance. Dancing is 100% body language. Dancing is the ultimate non-verbal communication.

But the Silent Disco’s three-channels-of-music option introduces additional opportunities for non-verbal communication that are incredibly delightful and unique.

The first is gesturing to your friends that they ought to be listening to the same channel you are listening to. They will be doing the same to you and it adds a simple-unspoken-but-hilariously-fun exchange to the whole activity.

From there, in order to decide whether you want to switch to their channel, you are watching them do the dance motions to their song. You are trying to guess the song they are listening to while you are listening to a completely different song.

This is a whole new level of non-verbal communication that is so much fun, you will just start laughing in spite of yourself!

#4) Connection is the same even if your friends are dancing to a different song!

All of the Silent Disco headphones we have for rent allow users to select between three different channels which in turn allows your fellow dancers to listen to different songs than you are listening to.

You can still dance with your friends even if they are listening to a different song!

We already talked about dancing being a form of body language and a form of non-verbal communication. But, if Silent Disco allows us to dance together while each listening to a different song, are we still communicating and connecting through our body language?

When you are dancing with your friends, is your body language reciting the lyrics? No, your body language is saying, you are my friends and I like dancing with you.

That message does not change as the song and the lyrics change. The tempo will change with a different song. When you mime something from the lyrics, that will change with a different song.

You are still connecting with your friends through dance because your true body language is saying, “You are my friend. I like dancing with you.”

#5) The uniqueness of Silent Disco gives you more to talk about.

Watching people dance without audible music never gets old! That alone is enough to stimulate twenty conversations!

As a culture we are very accustomed to hearing the music that our friends are dancing to. Silent Disco has taken that conditioning and turned it upside down.

It is new, it is exciting, it is funny, it is weird, and yes, it gives us something to talk about!

You are worried that wearing headphones will make it harder to talk with your friends, but paradoxically, the opposite is true!

Whenever friends share a new experience it draws them closer to one another. They communicate and connect more because of that experience.

The fact that Silent Disco is new and unusual increases how much you will talk to your friends about it.

But Silent Disco is not a try-it-once-and-never-again type of activity. Time and time again, I hear from people who go to Silent Disco parties over and over again. They tell me that there is nothing more fun!

In closing:

There are more opportunities for connection and communication at a dances powered by Silent Disco headphones than there are at a dances powered by traditional loudspeakers.

A) You can talk easier and quicker on the dance-floor by lifting up an earpiece.

B) You can talk easier and longer while not missing anything by setting the headphones around your shoulders so the music is still audible.

C) Body language between you and your friends is increased as you interact with each other over the three-channels of music.

D) Connection between friends is maintained even if you are not listening to the same song.

E) Communication between friends is increased because you are sharing the unique and unusual aspects of the Silent Disco together.

Get ready to connect like you never have before at your very own Silent Disco Party.

Consider renting your equipment from us at www.silent-disco-rental.com.

Top ten reasons to rent silent disco equipment for your next party

#10 Ease of use/setup

If you rent your silent disco equipment from www.silent-disco-rental.com, everything is already hardwired and neatly built into it’s own case when it is delivered to your door.

There is literally no assembly required. Loose wires are all neatly tucked away. It looks better at your party and it is easier to use.

There are no tangled cords to figure out or speaker placement issues to deal with. You can focus on more important party details, like having fun with your friends and family.

Of course, the silent disco headphones are already charged up and ready to go. Hand them out to your guests. They do the rest.

All you need is one outlet, your phone or tablet to play your music and you are up and running!

#9 It is the hottest new party trend of 2017.

Let’s face it. One of the biggest barriers to having fun at a party is being unable to forget your own troubles.

But when you see something new and interesting – like people dancing to music you can’t hear, you get curious. That helps you to relax.

The next thing you know, you are having the time of your life playing air-guitar and screaming rock lyrics into your beer-bottle microphone.

#8 Light up headphones add to the party atmosphere.

The headphones light up according to which channel the wearer selects. The entire earpiece is illuminated by either a red, green or blue LEDs. In low light, this is especially striking.

As the dancers move to the music, it is a human light show.

#7 The competition between playlists.

Whether you have three live DJ’s or just a friend’s Spotify playlist competing against yours, you can see which channel your guests are listening to by what color their headphones are. It is exciting to watch and see which songs are favorites in the crowd.

This adds a whole new level of fun for your guests as they enthusiastically try to convince fellow dancers to switch to channels.

If it is your playlist that is getting all the love, the visual feedback is exhilarating! Next thing you know, all your your friends want to take you on with their playlists!

It’s like the wild west all over again!

#6 Guests choose their own volume level.

What is the one thing that causes more complaints at a party than at any other? That’s right. The volume. It is either too low or too high.

Thank the good Lord above, each of these headphones have their own, easy to use, volume control!

Can you imagine every single guest at your party thinking the music volume is perfect? Welcome to the age of miracles!

2017 doesn’t suck after-all!

#5 Your guests can converse more easily with a Silent Disco format.

Headphones make it easier to talk to your partner. Take a second to think about this. With regular loudspeakers at dance-floor volume, how do you talk to your partner? -You yell at them. By the end of the night, your voice is gone and your ears are bleeding.

But with headphones, when you want to talk to your partner, you simply lift the headphones from your ear(s) or slide them down to your neck. Now you can talk in normal conversational volume!

Finally, you can whisper sexy-sweet-nothings to your dancing partner and they will hear you!

#4 User switchable channels mean more engagement on the part of your guests.

Afraid that some of your guests won’t want to get involved? You see them at every conventional loud music party. They are leaning against the wall with their arms crossed doing nothing.

They are living manifestations of Newton’s Law of Inertia, -which states an object at rest tends to stay at rest while an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

Without the headphones, there is nothing to get those guests started. But with the headphones, they are forced to keep switching their own channels in order to hear what they are seeing. Often, that is just enough to break them out of their resting state.

Next thing you know, they are tapping their foot, then bobbing their head, then goosing their headphone volume. Their eyes turn to fire and they moonwalk onto the dance floor to show you how it is really done!

#3 Three types of music playing simultaneously!

Worried they might not like your music?

Well, with only one set of loudspeakers, one song is all they get. Like it or leave it. Is that the message you want to send to your party guests?

Now you don’t have to. Just show them how to change their own channel on their headphones. Now they have three song options instead of just one.

We recommend using different genres on each channel. For example try: Blue channel – retro, Red channel – top 40, and green channel – old school hip-hop. You get the idea.

Choose your own genre’s depending on your guest list. Maybe one of them should be country, R&B, Salsa, Swing… The sky is the limit!

#2 People dance more because headphones take away inhibitions.

People wearing headphones feel more protected from the judgment of their friends.

This is especially true when wearing over-the-ear headphones that are playing music. Given that one of the reasons people don’t dance is fear of criticism, headphones create dancers!

Combine this with the fact that -because three different channels of music are possible – you can be dancing to a different song than your partner. That means you don’t have to worry about matching their rhythm.

Let the uninhibited  dancing begin!

And the #1 reason to have your next party be a silent disco party?

You can have your party anywhere because it doesn’t violate noise ordinances!

Suddenly, you can have a backyard dance party without the cops telling you to shut down the music!

Instead of your backyard, try the library, the mall, the subway, or the park. The only noise outsiders will hear from your party is your guests singing along and having the time of their lives!