A first for Springfield and Ohio: Silent disco parties

A Springfield firefighter has been in the forefront of bringing a big-city music trend to Ohio.

Christopher “DJ Chill” Chilton, owner of Not So Loud Silent Party, started the company two years ago and remains the only Silent Disco company in the state.

Silent disco parties can trace its origins to Europe during the 1990s. They have made their way to America via larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

Not So Loud Silent Party began operation two years ago as Chilton was looking for ways to expand his already successful DJ business.

Recently Chilton performed for the International Federation of Library Associations at their annual conference in Columbus. Chilton even garnered rave reviews from conference attendees from Europe.

“Here I am, a guy from Springfield, impressing people from Paris,” Chilton said.

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In a silent disco party, partygoers wear specially designed headphones where they can hear three different channels of music. The music channels are identified by the color of lights on the headphones.

While one DJ can provide music for all three channels of music, it is ideal to have multiple DJs so you can have the perfect balance of music crossing different genres.

Typically when one is listening to music through their headphones, they are looking for privacy. But in these parties, the headphones can be a conversation magnet, Chilton said.

“People love to bond over music,” he said. “When people see someone with the same color on their headphones, it becomes a natural conversation starter.”

Chilton, who is also a Springfield firefighter and paramedic, recognizes the impact this could have on Springfield.

“Springfield is limitless. There are no limits to what we can do and its just a matter of time before we get back to where we used to be,” he said.

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