pexels-photo-mic2Let me start off by saying that you are a saint if you love Karaoke gigs. I tip my hat to you because I absolutely hate doing any Karaoke for any amount of time or money, in fact it’s like torture for me haha. However, somehow every once in a while I still end up getting roped into these gigs to please certain clients. This is just my opinion though, some DJ’s love Karaoke and they make a good living and gain a steady following from it. My issue with Karaoke is the lack of the DJ element and annoyance of the whole situation. Sure you are using DJ software like K-Jams, Virtual DJ, or Serato(if you pay for the plug-in) and it does give you a limited understanding of Video DJing, however I DJ because I like to play music for people. DJing gives me a certain serenity and even a rush at times, nothing about Karaoke does that for me. The craziness of it all is so much more stressful, for instance keeping the files & books updated, but people can’t understand the concept of actually looking in a book to choose their song and god forbid if you don’t have the song they want to sing or 20 microphones for them to use they will die #ICantEven. I think people are under the impression that if you are a DJ in a club or for private events, it’s all a package deal. This can’t be farther from the truth, you need to have a passion for Karaoke because it’s a totally different animal than spinning in a nightclub or at a wedding for example. I’m not singing “Hit Me Baby One More Time” just b/c people are drunk but not drunk enough to be the 1st person to bomb a song and expect me to kick things off. I’m not being paid to be singer, I’m being paid to be a DJ. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trashing Karaoke for anyone if that’s your thing, it’s just not a given that just b/c you’re a DJ, you are a Karaoke DJ. However, for all of you that are Karaoke DJ’s already or would like to explore the option to become one, there are a couple of  programs that make things easy for you, such as Virtual DJ and K-Jams. VDJ offers an option called “Karaoke SideView” which allows you to use a rotation manager to organize songs and singers in a list, as well as provide commonly used Karaoke tools. Visit https://www.virtualdj.com to download a free version and learn more about all of the other useful tools available.  K-Jams is a Karaoke software that you use similar to ITunes with a built in music library that allows you to play almost any music format. You can download KJams Lite for free by visiting https://karaoke.kjams.com. Once you’ve chosen the right Karaoke software for you, don’t forget the monitor, adapters, cables, song selection books, microphones, and anything else you need for a successful night. Also, be sure that you are prepared to Kick In The Door ready to Sing a Song that will leave your audience Hypnotized with an Unforgettable experience.