Back by popular demand, the west lawn of Southampton Social Club will continue to usher in quiet nights and bold dance moves. With two DJs spinning a wide genre of hits, the nightlife destination’s silent disco weekends check all the boxes for a socially distant night out. DJ Martial shares how he keeps the vibes right and spirits high.
What music do you play here and how different is it from your other playlists?
Social Club has always been playing all genres of music. The open format consists of a little bit of everything. Personally, I feel that EDM/house remixes out of all the genres work the best. When the silent disco is in progress you need to engage a more diverse range of music, from the highenergy to the fan-favorite hits in your catalog.
How does it change your experience as a DJ?
The silent disco comprises three channels on the headphones. Dancers can manually change the channel with a switch on the headset. It’s all about the progression of the night, knowing that I can read the crowd. If I look out to the open-air garden and see mostly blue LEDs, I know that they are vibing to my set. Usually, I do that by playing for the ladies with singalong remixes of familiar hits and then gauge which newer record to slam. This way seems to work well with artists like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Fall Out Boy and even a curveball by The Killers and Queen.
How fun is it for you?
It’s a game and I love it. I enjoy bringing them back and on a ride from start to finish. The key to the ultimate payoff is to shut the music off and hear them sing out loud.
DJ Martial's Top 8 Tracks
1. “Roses,” SAINt JHN (Imanbek Remix)
2. “Do Si Do,” Diplo Presents: Thomas Wesley ft. Blanco Brown
3. “Mamacita,” Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna and J. Rey Soul
4. “ily (I Love You Baby),” Surf Mesa ft. Emilee
5. “Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
6. “Say So,” Doja Cat
7. “Give Me Your Loving,” Armand Van Helden ft. Lorne
8. “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Kygo and Tina Turner