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    Karaoke on the side

    Karaoke on the side is like cheating on your girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. It sounds like a good idea but its not worth it in the long run. LOL. Not really if you are patient. I think every mobile should try it, it sharpens up your MC skills.

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    I have thought about getting into Karaoke because I have had quite a few ask for it over the years, but every time I sit down & think seriously about it, I conclude that by the time I buy all the equipment, including mics, monitors, then software & enough music files to be competitive & attractive to clients, I conclude its just not worth it to me personally. There is no doubt, I could sell the service & probably get my money back plus profits, I still feel its not worth the effort & trouble to get set up as a K jock at this point in my career & life.
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    Enjoyed being a Karaoke jock, but the money in isn't worth it in this area. Bar owners are used to paying bottom feeders and their bootleg collections $150-200 max a night. As stated above, with the initial investment in gear and CDG's, and then on-going subscriptions and/or CDG pools, there wasn't much money to be made.

    Great for getting you over the hump of being confident on a mic however for announcing singers, songs, and getting your MC voice fine tuned.

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    My wife is Korean, so most of her friends have (or had) a Karaoke set up in their house. (Most of them are laser discs, since we're all older people.) I never bought one because I'm not into Karaoke.

    Plus we never have parties at our house because it's too small. (Although we could if we wanted to, since we have a big back yard.)

    If my bar switched to Karaoke, I'm pretty sure I would quit. DJing in a bar is bad enough.
    I definitely wouldn't do Karaoke if I was a mobile DJ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows 95 View Post
    My wife is Korean, so most of her friends have (or had) a Karaoke set up in their house. (Most of them are laser discs, since we're all older people.) I never bought one because I'm not into Karaoke.

    Plus we never have parties at our house because it's too small. (Although we could if we wanted to, since we have a big back yard.)

    If my bar switched to Karaoke, I'm pretty sure I would quit. DJing in a bar is bad enough.
    On a side note - could you fill me in on what it's like DJing bars? I've thought about it but haven't come across an opportunity yet - and I'm wondering what the pay/environment is like compared to mobile gigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dix View Post
    I have thought about getting into Karaoke because I have had quite a few ask for it over the years, but every time I sit down & think seriously about it, I conclude that by the time I buy all the equipment, including mics, monitors, then software & enough music files to be competitive & attractive to clients, I conclude its just not worth it to me personally. There is no doubt, I could sell the service & probably get my money back plus profits, I still feel its not worth the effort & trouble to get set up as a K jock at this point in my career & life.
    Agreed - I already have enough junk as it is... not even going to get kitted out for Karaoke just to grab a few more gigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Elevate View Post
    and I'm wondering what the pay/environment is like compared to mobile gigs.
    Pay is horrible, definitely no where near as much as what a mobile DJ makes.

    You have to have a residency at a fairly good sized dance club to make decent money.
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    You spin for typically.. what.. 5 hours? Is expecting $350 a night unreasonable?

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    The start up wasn't too expensive. I searched ebay and Craigslist for failing Karaoke jocks or retiring ones, including going out of business karaoke bars. I purchased their CD+G discs at pennies to the dollar, bought the software listed below (converted them to mp4) and play them out on a giant file named...KARAOKE , in Virtual DJ 8 Pro.

    The hardest part....putting together a book listing the titles. Also, there are 100's of karaoke titles on YouTube you can download and on Sunday night I actually downloaded about 10 karaoke songs that I didnt have on the fly. The bar owner was nice enough to give me his wifi password.

    I have 4400 tunes which is pretty average for most karaoke jocks.

    Buying a 32" flat screen and tv tripod wasnt all that expensive as well. Most of you guys to have 2 wired mics, so thats about it. And you're right, you dont make that much doing karaoke. But this was a Sunday evening and $350 wasnt bad. The bar owner didnt hire me, it was thrown by someone else. He would have paid only $150. Told me if I had a following he can go to $300. Bwhahahahahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcatdj View Post
    The hardest part....putting together a book listing the titles.
    I can't imagine it is that hard.
    Just grab the files into Excel to make a table then export to Word or something.
    Just remember to use obligatory Comic Sans Karaoke font

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    bored, curious, deaf or just bad taste in music?
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    and what's this, another shoddy mix...another dull mix

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