Last Friday, DJs Oli Ward, Mansour, and Berto hosted No Silencio, a Sounds of Colorado College event in Gaylord Hall. Running from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., No Silencio was a nonstop—with one notable exception—event of minimalist, high-energy dance tracks; each one bled into the next with the DJs executing seamless transitions. Oliver Ward is a current senior, while Mansour and Berto graduated last year and currently live in Denver.
Ward conceived the idea for the event on his own, and then looked to the SOCC for help. The SOCC, an organization that puts on multiple music events every year, then helped him to conduct No Silencio. Any student can host an event if they go through the right organizations. While the SOCC and other student organizations plan most events themselves, individuals can go through campus groups to plan their own event. After the SOCC agreed to Ward’s proposal, they contacted CCSGA to apply for special events funding. The pitch included a crafted budget and a case arguing the event’s value to campus life. The final, more stringent step is the Events Summit: a meeting held with the head of Campus Safety, the grounds crew, and facilities at CC to determine if the event is viable. They’re interested in the event’s setup, projected attendance, and cleanup.
As long as an event isn’t conflicting with another, will be reasonably popular, and isn’t too strenuous in the setup or cleanup processes, it’s actually not too hard to host.
Rather than scheduling their sets, the three DJs swapped out between songs when they felt like it. I saw Ward walking out in the middle of the show with a wide smile across his face, and I stopped him. “Yo great set! You leaving?” I asked. “No!” A couple minutes later he returned and swapped out with Berto, during a long progressive house track.
Musically, the DJs had an impressive showing. The song selection, largely minimalist house and trance, was exceptional, though at times some songs ran too long and became redundant. The set perhaps would have been stronger if the DJs had a more physical presence on the stage. There was one hiccup at about 12 a.m. where a circuit broke from the excessive wattage from the speakers, the lights, and the DJ equipment. By that point, however, most of the audience had left, and they can’t be blamed considering the DJs never got up on the mic to explain the problem and when it would be fixed. However, having waited, the last hour was well worth the intermission. The audience got a resurgence from the late night crowd, and there was some solid dancing.