The word "karaoke" originates from two Japanese words - "kara" which means empty, and "okesutora" which means orchestra. There are disputes as to where karaoke actually was invented but it is believed that it was first developed in Japan in the 1970's before spreading into other parts of Asia in the 1980's and then on into the rest of the world. Karaoke developed out of the Japanese practice of providing some form of musical entertainment for guests at dinners or parties. A popular Japanese musician to perform at such events, Daisuke Inoue, was asked by some guests to provide a recording of his music so that they could sing along on vacation. This sparked an idea in Daisuke and he made a machine that would play a song for a 100 yen coin, leasing the machines to restaurants and hotels where it caught on as a popular form of entertainment. However Daisuke Inoue did not patent his new machine which is why there has been some dispute over who did invent karaoke. A Filipino inventor called Roberto del Rosario developed a similar system called "Minus-One" in 1975 which he got a patent for in the 1980s. Roberto still holds the patent for what we call the karaoke machine.
Following this, the 1990s saw the popularity of karaoke spread to the United States, Canada, Australia and other western countries. It became a popular form of nightclub entertainment with some places setting up with high-end sound equipment, lighting shows and dance floors. It also became popular to rent a karaoke machine with a jockey to come and provide the entertainment at private parties. While this seemed to be a passing fad of the 90's, it has continued to develop into a different format with karaoke now being available as video games, on cell phones, on computers and even in automobiles. People now have a number of different outlets for their amateur singing practice and entertainment.
I have been a fan of karaoke for many years and I have a good pal who has been working as a karaoke DJ, or KJ as he calls it, for over ten years. Lots of insane things can happen in a karaoke show, and you've got to be ready for each one of them. Some things are important for each KJ to have. I think the most significant is a feeling of humor. If you can maintain the giggling and fun between the sets then they are sure to stay around for more.
I have been to two places where the KJ just stood up there and announced the tunes and call peoples's names. There was no inflection to their tone of voice or any animation in their voices whatsoever.
Set the show up from the start and follow your suggestions the entire night. I have not found anybody that have felt cheated if a new name was added into the revolution, but do not add 4 or 5 new folk all at the same time in line.
Spread them out, it makes it more fair to those who have been there the entire time. Always maintain a record of the number you have added so that when an upset client comes to you and asks why his time hasn't come yet, you've got the answer right at your fingertips. A notebook and pen would be handy for this. If you sound like you've got the situation absolutely in hand, and are fair, folks will understand and everything will run smoothly.
There may be fights, folk passing out, and youngsters running around knocking over the speakers , or a number of other stuff in any given evening. Stay calm, be respectful, and handle each situation confidently. If you show that you're a pro irrespective of what occurs, you'll be ask back once more.
Always enjoy yourself, and make it pleasurable for others and you can't fail. You need to also confirm that your apparatus is in good working order. Keeping an additional disc changer, speakers, and masses of microphones is a good idea.
I'm not sure how many dropped microphones I have seen over time. Making a joke about it before replacing the microphone may help calm the person's nerves and save you money on repairs. I also think it is look at this site a good idea to learn the atmosphere of the venue where you're going to be. If it is a place that is completely new to you, go some nights before hand and discover what sort of music the patrons enjoy. Because most likely some of those folk will be coming to your show, and you would like to have masses of the music they like available. Music selection is an example of the things you cannot scrimp on. You must have some of each different type available. Always be certain to have the modern, latest songs available because more young folks come to karaoke than you might think.