Party Planner: Silent Trap Party at Skully's Music-Diner

Erica Thompson
A Silent Party by Millennium Age

The Silent Trap Party is making its way back to Skully's Music-Diner on Friday, March 30, and Chance the Rapper is partially responsible.

Before Jahmal Walker founded the Millennium Age event production company and talent agency, he managed Chicago rapper Alex Wiley. Chance invited Wiley to open for him at his sold-out show at Skully's. A few years later, when Walker was scouting locations for the Silent Parties, he remembered the venue.

“We were welcomed and everything went very well,” Walker said from Los Angeles, where Millennium Age is based. The event debuted in Columbus on Feb. 23 and sold out, drawing about 450 people.

“We love the energy [in Columbus],” Walker said. “Everyone is upbeat, well-spirited.”

The event works like this: You walk in and present your ticket, which guarantees a headset. Each headset has three channels, distinguished by color. Each channel corresponds to one of three live DJs, who are spinning separate genres of music.

“It really makes the experience heightened because you are actually seeing the DJ change different records and engage with the crowd as the crowd is responding,” Walker said. “It's really similar to you dancing in the shower [when] no one's around.”

Walker discovered the concept overseas and first executed it in the States more than two years ago. Since then, the company has done more than 400 Silent events, which are not relegated to the club.

“We produce panels [and] we actually just did a church service with the silent headphones,” Walker said. “We've done bar mitzvahs. We've done weddings. … We are moving the culture with a new platform of technology.”

Because people are curating their own, personal experiences, one might think they'd be isolated from their group of friends. But Silent Trap Party attendees can expect the opposite effect.

“Because the headsets are color-coordinated … you're able to hang out with your friends knowing what they're listening to,” Walker said. “So it turns into a sing-along. If your favorite Drake song is on and you're jamming out … but your friends all turn to a different channel, and their level of excitement grows … you want to change that channel.”

And it's that shared experience among the crowd that creates a comfortable setting.

“This isn't your normal club outing or your normal, ‘I need to show that we're better than you because we have a VIP section,'” Walker said. “No one is judged. … Everyone is the same for those four hours.”

Skully's Music-Diner

9 p.m. Friday, March 30

1151 N. High St., Short North