Imagine walking into a party with people dancing and gyrating but there is no music playing. It sounds bewildering, doesn’t it? But that is exactly what happens when you arrive at the monthly masquerade silent event, Mask Off, held at McBrides St Lawrence Gap Christ Church.
The silent parties hosted by Sounds of Silence 246 have been quite the rave. Patrons have turned out in their numbers to fete the night away with their headphones blaring away. The event not only eliminates threats of noise pollution; it also puts an end to that annoyance patrons feel when a deejay isn’t playing to their liking. Party patrons have the option to switch to the deejay selection to suit their musical taste. With three deejays playing at the same time, listeners can flip through the three colour-coded channels and see what other partiers are listening to.
Last weekend, the three music stations were going nonstop from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., with a varied compilation of dancehall, soca, and hip-hop.
The eclectic deejay line-up consisted of DJ Ashtray, Kris Vybz, Naldo, Xtotion Sounds deejay Roger Dann, DJ Smallest and Dynasty, DJ Raww, Ace Sounds and DJ Switch.
Managing director of Sounds of Silence, Kenneth Turton told Bajan Vibes that he and his business partner Damian Weekes were going to shake up the local partying experience.
“We’re looking to change up the party scene . . . so we decided that we needed a place that has high traffic so people could see the equipment in action,” Turton said.
“I see that the headphone partiers [are] going to be here for a while and now it is up to the promoter to design something special around it so they could enhance it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Slash Hype deejay Kofi The Doctor Jones, told Bajan Vibes, that he felt silent parties would increase in popularity as locals search for a new and rare partying experience.
“The people really like the vibes. It’s honestly a very unique experience [and] it also encourages deejays to go harder just to see more people in the venue switching to your channel. The hardcore soca lovers don’t have to suffer through a rap session and the people who are less into soca still have the option of rap or a dancehall channel to tune into,” the Slash Hype deejay said. (KK)