Just as many bars have karaoke as always but i think the price is dropping...two hundred dollar gigs are mostly gone and some KJs, usually the bootleg craptoppers, are even going under the $100 barrier. Keep in mind, sound guys dont even rent out small systems for less than $100 and here you've got operator, system (such as it may be) and feature for less than that.
I get between $100 and $200 per night three nights a week (down from four or five nights since the recession kicked in) and save money by transporting in my suzuki samurai with the back seat out (its a science, as i run FOUR speakers including two goodsized peavey 15s) and keep more costs down by using recycled slips now , and avoiding $100 worth of monthly updates in favor of semi-annual chartbuster country and pop Top-50s and apecific per-song requests. I switched to led lights, no more $100 worth of hot 300W bulbs per year!
At this point I would take on a fourth night for as little as 125 or maybe even a 100, whereas a couple years ago you couldn't pull me out on a fourth night for under 150. Times have changed.
Also, dont expect to be a sit-on-your-ass "next!" kind of KJ, even though you are getting less they expect more, and thats the plain truth reality of this economy. Hook up a second TV for the crowd, be ready to play a few videos and conduct some dance breaks if thats the way the club is leaning, read the room and work actively to convert newbies into regulars.
Also don't expect - and dont encourage new club mgts. to expect - that your crowd from some other club is going to travel to your new club. its not like that anymore. They dont have the money or inclination to go outside their comfort zone anymore. If you have them at one club that's one in the hand as it is be thankful. If they start leaving your existing club for another it can actually hurt you. Be prepared to build the new club from the ground up. Work the turned backs. Work the staff. Work the area. In a shit economy, consistant work is the only thing that works consistantly. Good luck!
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