Okay, possibly the DUMBEST question ever:
I have a buddy who is one of those guys who sings in the shower but is always and forever going to karaoke bars to sing and dance with the other drunks. Anyway, once or twice I went with him, and while I absolutely HATE everything that is Karaoke, he has been pestering me since I bought all this new PA gear and lighting to at least consider using it for Karaoke or renting it to him so he could.
My answer has always been a resounding NO, but he brings up some good points. I don't make a lot of money with my band or acoustic act. I have absolutely ZERO interest in providing sound for bands or in doing DJ work. So other than a couple of times a month, all this very expensive gear basically sits collecting dust in my basement. But he claims there is good money in Karaoke. He also said that with my PA system, lights, and vocal mics, that if I went this route, the sound quality I could provide would blow people's minds.
In truth, I have seen the Karaoke equipment that these Karaoke companies use (I don't even know what to call them or what their "title" is lol) at these bars, and he is right. They are using all horrifyingly crap speakers, ****************ty/budget vocal mics, no real mixer, and they just have a lot of songs.
Now, while I am not seriously considering it I am sort of kind of considering it since other than my bands, I really have nothing to use my PA system for, and I think there is money to be made in this arena.
Is this idea worthy of consideration or do you guys think it is a fool's errand? (Right now I am leaning toward fool's errand lol)
Second, given that I have all the sound equipment, what would you DJ types recommend for something like this? Obviously a flatscreen TV or two would be needed, plus the Karaoke player/recorder, not to mention all the discs with the actual music on (which I know can get pricey since this is for commercial use...royalties and such).
Third, what kind of money can I make doing this? I mean, I am NOT going to do it for $100.00 to $200.00 a night. It isn't worth humping all that gear, to be honest. So this may be an entirely moot question since, how much could karaoke guys possibly make? Seems like this might pyt me just above "gigging low level musician" on the pay-grade food chain.
Hahaha I am almost embarassed to his "Post" on this one.