Gig Genetics Part IV

What about those music lovers that don’t have a band? In an ironic twist, DJ’s may have stolen many “live” gives from bands, but a whole new world opened up to music lovers that don’t have bands. Of course, I’m talking about Karaoke!

There are various disputes about who first invented the name karaoke. One claim is that Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in Kobe, Japan invented a karaoke styled machine, in 1971. Another claim was made by Roberto del Rosario, a Filipino inventor, who developed a sing along system in 1975 and patented it in the 1980s, calling it “minus-One. Either way, as digital sampling took off, replacing tapes and CD’s, Karaoke was an easy way for bars and DJ’s to interact with the audience. Therefore, rock stars like my daughter Courtney, can shine in the Karaoke spotlight.

But long before this, she sat in with my band AirPlay as did David. Again, gig genetics is an incurable affliction—once you have the rock & roll bug, you just have to roll with it! Thank heavens for Karaoke and Howl at the Moon. And thank-you for gig genetics!

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