Coming UP! Saturday, March 17th
It puts a smile on my face every time I think about silent discos. I still have to explain to people what they are. [djs transmitting to a wireless-headphoned audience, no out-loud music at all, not even a monitor for us.]
And then I have to explain the MAGIC of silent discos. There is this psychological switch that flips in us when we put on headphones. Call it a buffer, a bubble, a forcefield, private mental-space.. whichever you want. All I know is that people free up at silent discos with headphones on. And oddly enough, they connect with other dancers on the dancefloor. It’s some sort of automatic inhibitor destroyer. It’s awesome. Oh, it’s also a clever loophole on gathering to dance in public without sound amplification permits. We know by now, I love this sort of mischief. By MoPo’s description of his silent disco, I’m honored and excited to get in on the fun & magic.
MoPo of SunsetSF/Silent Frisco says:
“Unlike the majority of SXSW events, the Silent Southby is NOT sponsor driven or a big budget operation. It’s a BYOB space and a decidedly PURE MUSIC EXPERIENCE. The Dj’s who performed for us last year said, without exception, that this was the favorite event that they played during SXSW.
Austin Enchanted Forest is an arts community, populated by large-scale production artists. For Silent Southby 2011, they built the DJ booth out of deadwood under a huge oak tree.
Who will be under that tree, on the decks at Silent Southby? The daring ones! Musically, Silent Disco as a concept favors your more bold, creative, experimental, and fun party Djs.”