KJ Hosting tip from Eric Godfrey
Hey guys, I was writing an email to a couple of new host trainees and thought it would make a decent short article to share with all of you. In my opinion, this topic is the number one thing in running a quality karaoke show! Master this first and get comfortable; then you can work on your personality as a host.
Lesson 1 on sound – You need to listen at the beginning of EVERY SONG! They are all recorded at different levels and every vocalist has different traits and vocal ranges. When the song starts, you need to listen intently and match up the levels. Then, you need to listen to the vocalist for at least 10 or 15 seconds and adjust their volume and equalizer levels to get them mixed nicely… If it was a sound recording for a record or demo then you would want a nice blend of the two. In Karaoke you boost the singer a bit over the sound, unless they are really bad, then you add some re-verb and try to bring them down slightly so it is not as noticeable. No, this is not being snobby or offensive. You want your singer to sound the best they can. Sometimes, the best way to do this is to raise the music to a higher level.
If you are a patron at a show, always let the host have the beginning of the song to make these adjustments. If you see that a host is not doing this, observe how much better each singer would come across if they were doing it properly! Pointing this out to a host is purely up to you. Most hosts not following this procedure, will probably be defensive or even hostile and not thank you for your good intentions.
Get out there and sing!
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