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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:27 pm 
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is there a karaoke audience/crowd where you failed miserably at?

was it predominately millennials? elderly? a particular race? a paticular sub-culture and you just couldn't palm it as a KJ


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:31 pm 
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i had a yuppie crowd once and i just couldn't find the handle to the night. felt like a fish outta water all night. to me, it was LIKE a room full of young, ivy-league lawyers in their 20s fresh from graduation and the last thing on their mind was karaoke. maybe the problem was the room was so predominately yuppie that i was looking for someone "diverse" to focus on. like it woulda been great to have an elderly joe there that i could play sinatra too. it was probably all in my head. but i felt like i couldn't throw on some salsa music because i'd just be ignoring the majority of the room. i dunno.

and i'm always a mess once the crowd gets wayyyy too big. my karaoke hosting style has a people limit.


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I am most a ease with large rotations (over 25). The way I run my show by having a signup sheet and song slips, makes it a breeze when I start the show. I also get there plenty early to process the early arriver's song slips. Sometimes I have 20 singers signed up, with songs, before the show starts. That gives me a 1 hour of buffer.


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I recently covered for a girl who used to work for me but is now on her own. She has cultivated a very young, diverse crowd. I know some of the people but she sings really, really well and sings duets with many of her patrons as well as singing each rotation. I knew I had big shoes to fill. I had all their music but it was still tough to connect with them, and run the show the way the girl I was covering for runs her show (with certain bumper music, etc). Just.. the vibe with her running the show is different. I wouldn't call it a miserable failure but I sure don't connect with her crowd the way she does.

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connecting with the crowd can be the difference between success and failure.
i lost a DAV show because...as they told me...I was "just too young for the customers"
yet....VFW, Eagles, American Legion do just fine.
of all things, i tend to feel i do worse with the younger crowds.

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Anymore, with younger crowds, I just shut my mouth and do the 'clap for up next' routine. I don't follow pop culture (current movies, tv shows, games, sports other than pro football etc) so I can't really crack jokes or use witty lines on them.

I'll be hosting this Saturday at the 'young' place again. Hopefully I'll do a little better than I did 2 weeks ago.

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8) Most of the time things work out then I know which crowd I can play to and what my show is about. I mostly now do a Golden Oldies show, that is what I'm known for and that is why I'm asked to do a party or other event. Since I have been retired for over a couple of years now, my gigs are few and far between. If I had to play to a young crowd I know I would be out of my element. I always say play to the crowd, but it is also important for venue owner to know up front what type of show you do. My target market is baby boomers and will continue to be so for the next 15 to 20 years, if I make it that far?


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I am a miserable failure with a country-oriented crowd, and it's baffling to me that I continue to get courted for such gigs. I don't follow country music and when that's the crowd I'm working with, I don't have much on deck to keep the momentum going, I have an extremely small selection of very basic country songs that I can sing (none of which I take any actual joy in singing), and I can't juice the night up with fun filler music the way I can when the night is pop, urban, or even rock-oriented. I don't have anything bad to say about people who are into it, it's just not me and I feel like both sides are getting the short end of the stick -- me because I'm uncomfortable in that environment, them because they're not getting a host that can truly cater to their vibe.

Outside of that, I'm pretty accessible to all folks. I used to be really bad at doing kids' parties but ever since having my own child I've grown really comfortable. A plus for me is that, outside of the black hole of country, I'm extremely well-versed in all other forms of music, and I *like* all other forms of music. This has helped me stay fresh, I feel.


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I guess I am pretty adaptable, not only in the shows I run, but the songs I sing. My Wednesday show is very young. Ages range from 21 - 45, with the average being 28. No problem. I do a couple Veterans clubs, so I get lots of older folks at those shows. No problem. At my Friday show, the average age is 45. No problem. I can sing stuff from any time period, so that isn't a problem. I have different playlists of bumper music for each type of crowd I deal with. I can sing any genre of music, except for opera. I am not a big fan of Country, but if I need to sing it, I can. I am almost 50 years old, so I am comfortable with all age groups, and I can change my announcing style to fit the show I am doing.

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I'm also not too keen on crowds that Just wanna dance. I feel like I'm a karaoke singer's KJ. I avoid dance tunes if I can help it. I tend to think: dancers don't always return but singers always come back. So why cater to dancers?


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I'm also not too keen on crowds that Just wanna dance. I feel like I'm a karaoke singer's KJ. I avoid dance tunes if I can help it. I tend to think: dancers don't always return but singers always come back. So why cater to dancers?

That makes no sense at all to me. If you have a room that holds 100 and they are all singers, you'd have to have a 6 hour show to get through one round. Then more than half of them would leave because they know they would not sing again.

If the same room has 25 singers and 75 listener/dancers, then the singers will stay until they know the won't sing again (typical), and the dancer/listeners stay because they want to hear the best singers again.

My shows have tons of dancers, and if they don't dance I feel I have failed at creating a fun atmosphere. Then I pull out my "plead with the crowd" act, or offer free drinks to change their songs, or hop in and sing a guaranteed winner myself.


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I'm also not too keen on crowds that Just wanna dance. I feel like I'm a karaoke singer's KJ. I avoid dance tunes if I can help it. I tend to think: dancers don't always return but singers always come back. So why cater to dancers?

That makes no sense at all to me. If you have a room that holds 100 and they are all singers, you'd have to have a 6 hour show to get through one round. Then more than half of them would leave because they know they would not sing again.

If the same room has 25 singers and 75 listener/dancers, then the singers will stay until they know the won't sing again (typical), and the dancer/listeners stay because they want to hear the best singers again.

My shows have tons of dancers, and if they don't dance I feel I have failed at creating a fun atmosphere. Then I pull out my "plead with the crowd" act, or offer free drinks to change their songs, or hop in and sing a guaranteed winner myself.


where are you hosting at? i'm hosting at restaurant chains like applebees where there isn't a dancefloor. so, ain't much dancin' gonna be done. but i also stand by what i say. in my area where we live folks go to clubs for dancin', i hope. and when i think of karaoke, i don't immediately think of dancing. i tend to not get 100 singers. and if the 100 singers leave so be it. singers like my show, i think. they know they'll be featured and don't have to compete with dancers. dancers don't like me.


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Dancers are extremely critical in gaging a fun evening at my restaurant/club. On most evenings I have several singers that their goal is to fill the dance floor. I also get a chance to crank things up and boost the bass.

The evening flies by on a big dance night.


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