Connecting DJs and audiences through headphones provides deep music immersion without the distractions possible on live stages, said Motion Potion, whose San Francisco-based company HUSH Concerts has hosted approximately 1,000 silent discos over a decade and a half.
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“People who put on their headphones don’t think of anything else,” he said. “You don’t get that at a concert anymore; You don’t get that in a club setting anymore. Usually you only hear conversations, people on their phones and so on. (In the Silent Disco) you will hear exactly what your DJ wants to play for you. “
Silent Disco visitors can enjoy completely different soundtracks as well, even dancing a few feet away from each other, with a choice of three soundtracks at BottleRock and up to a dozen at larger venues. This weekend in Napa, the menu will include channels of DJ music, hip-hop and a comedy channel, “for the people to chill out with,” according to Motion Potion.
“If you don’t like what the DJ is playing, you have the other or the other,” he said.
Although Motion Potion has been banned from concerts and festivals for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, it emphasized its gratitude for his health more than the return of a livelihood for himself and others in the music industry.