To the outside observer, watching a group of people dance wildly to the music in their headphones might make you scratch your head at first. You really can’t knock it until you’ve tried it, however, and the success of Philly’s own “silent” party series, Silent Philly, shows that this trend is here to stay. Launched just a year ago, the company has multiple parties a month locally and is starting to branch out to new markets like Chicago. We chatted with its president, Eddie Ross, about how a silent party works and why they can be more appealing than a traditional noisy night out.
The concept of a silent party might be hard for some to grasp. Can you explain what it is?
Picture a regular night out. You go to a bar or a club with your group of friends and you hear one DJ playing one type of music. Someone in your group is going to be happy but maybe not everyone's happy [with the music]. At a Silent Party, everyone’s happy and in the same place because you get to pick between three different DJs. If you wanted to stick to the hip-hop station, you put on your headphones and listen to that. If one of your friends liked music from the '80s, '90s or 2000s, we have a station for that, too.
Can I switch stations once I pick one?
You can flip through each station throughout the whole night, so it’s a constant surprise of who’s playing what as you see the headphones glowing different colors.