In and around our business, we run into issues and answers of all kinds, and we like to hear from you too. So, I’d like to start with an easy question, one everyone who sings karaoke has at least one answer for, and that is: What are some of your best and worst karaoke experiences?
In the more than 20 years that I’ve been singing karaoke, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen club owners stiff KJ’s (and been one of those stiffed slobs back in the day), I’ve seen people butcher music and fall over equipment because they couldn’t hold their beer in their hands, let alone keep it in their bodies any longer. We’ve seen Karaoke Jocks who can’t or don’t do their job well, who give those of us who work hard a tough row to hoe because they aren’t professional. We’ve seen folks help other folks overcome a fear of performance and learn to enjoy being in front of a microphone, whether or not they sing well – at least they are having a good time, and have accomplished something they might never have before: to perform in front of others.
Frankly, we do it because we love it. And we love the vast majority of those out there who perform, who are gentlemen and ladies about it all. We love those who need a pick-up to get up on stage (hey, it’s tough for many-and you really have to have some stone to get up there), and we love it when someone who has never before gotten up to sing, does so and knocks it out of the park (along with those who can’t carry a tune and STILL knock it out, their own way!)
So, take a minute, fill us in, and tell us: What is the best and the worst experience you have had at karaoke? It’s OK, you aren’t on stage here.