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!

User Tips and Troubleshooting our Silent Disco Equipment

While this article will be helpful no matter who you rented your equipment from, some specific details will pertain only to our equipment at www.silent-disco-rental.com

Our headphones:

Earpieces light up Red, Blue, or Green depending upon which of the three channels you select.


Notice that the headphones have a right and a left. This helps the user find their controls.

You need to know how to handle volume issues:

Volume issues are usually caused by the volume of the source music being too low.

If the headphones are not loud enough, it is because the source music is not loud enough.

Additionally, the music going into each of the transmitters needs to be at the same volume in order for the headphone wearers to hear the same volume as they scroll through the channels.

If you are using phones, tablets or laptops to run the music, start with their volume all the way up.

Double check to make sure that both the hardware and software volumes on your devices are all the way up.

Then if one device is playing louder than the others, back the volume of that device down until it matches the volume of the others.

Make sure your DJ (or person running the music) is turning down their headphone volume before they turn down the source volume. This allows the dancers maximum ability to raise or lower the volume in their own headphones.

Charging the headphones (Just in case):

Your headphones arrive from us fully charged, so you won’t need to charge them under ordinary circumstances.

Charger adapters are included with your shipment. (check the outside zipper compartment of the transmitter case)

Use the charger jack on the headphones. When the Headphones are being charged, the charge indicator lights up red. When the headphones are fully charged, the indicator lights up green.

It takes about 3 hours for the headphones to charge fully and they will run for about 10 hours per charge. The amount of draw on the batteries varies by the volume level, and so operating time varies accordingly.

And Now Our Transmitters:

If you use the high setting, headphones too close to the transmitters will cause interference noises in the system.

Our transmitters are already plugged in and set to the correct channels.

Critical information about the Low/High setting on the transmitters:


For a typical sized party, the setting should be kept on Low.

The only time you should use the high setting is if you are doing a huge block party or a multi-room party with a ton of people.

Warning: If you do set the transmitter(s) on high, make sure there are no headphones close to it(them). It can cause an annoying crackle of interference under the right circumstances.

You never want headphones right next to the transmitters, but the proximity effect is more pronounced when the power setting is on high.

That being said, in some rooms you may find some radio-frequency dead spots where users are losing the signal. Go ahead and switch the transmitters to high. That will usually solve the problem.

You can be a hero just by checking this:

It looks plugged in but it is not. Sometimes you have to touch it or wiggle it in order to tell.

Nine out of ten times, the problem is that something is not plugged in.

Make sure everything is plugged in by checking every plug point with your eyes and with your fingers.

From there, double check your music player or DJ mixer outputs.

When you rent your equipment from us at www.silent-disco-rental.com, we give you our number so that you can call or video chat. From there, we can usually fix any problems that come up.

Silent Disco: Trend or Fad?

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?

Suddenly they’ve been sent back about 20 years in terms of user empowerment. They can only listen to someone else’s song choice and they have to listen to it because they don’t have a volume control.

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.

Silent Disco Headphones rental rates, prices and cost

Pricing for Silent Disco Rental is typically determined by the number of guests, which of course, is the number of headphones that you need.

Here at www.Silent-disco-rental.com, your rental rate is $7.00 per headphone for the first 100.

After 100 headphones, the price is $5.00 per headphone. For example: 101 headphones would be $705.00

We include the transmitter equipment, chargers and adaptors for no additional cost to you.

We include round trip shipping for no charge.

So the math is easy. If you have 100 guests, your price for rental is 700 dollars. Okay, so if you have 63 guests, you are still going to need a calculator, but at least you don’t have to add on additional fees.

Here are a few round numbers calculated for you, so you can get an idea of your prices for your party.

40 guests x7 and your price is $280
80 guests x7 and your cost is $560
120 guests 700 + (20×5) =$800
160 guests 700 + (60×5) =$1000
200 guests 700 + 500 = $1200

And it keeps going at the same rate, but you get the idea.

There is a security deposit to cover loss and damage. That is not a real cost because it is returned to you once the equipment comes back in good shape.

We use this chart to find your security deposit amount:

0-30 Headsets require $250 security deposit
31–100 Headsets require a $350 security deposit
101-200 Headsets require a $450 security deposit
201-300 Headsets: -$550
301-400 Headsets: -$650
401-500 Headsets: -$750
501-600 Headsets: -$850
601 + Headsets: -$1,000

Note that we only offer one type of headphone. They are premium FM frequency, battery powered (10 hours operation), three user selectable channels of music with LED’s that change color according to which channel the headphones are receiving on.

Equipment, headphones
Battery powered, three channel, light-up headphones.

We only offer one type of premium transmitter. They transmit FM quality music for a football field of distance and are already wired and set-up when you get them. So, there is zero assembly required.

Learn more about our Silent Disco Rental rates, prices and costs here:

Contact us using the form on this page.

We would love to help you make your next party be your best ever!

Silent Disco Headphones as the ultimate solution for Bar/Bat Mitzvah entertainment

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!

The parents now have the option of dancing or talking and the music that is playing is stuff that they know and like! See my blog post about communication with headphones on for more insights.

The kids are having the time of their life listening to their own music at their own volume and never getting kicked off the dance floor by song requests from their elders.

Rent your headphones from us here at www.silent-disco-rental.com and we’ll help you have the Mitvah party of a lifetime where there is music for every generation, all at the perfect volume!

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.

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.