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Dave The Karaoke Guy Karaoke DJ & Rentals
Dave The Karaoke Guy Karaoke DJ & Rentals

Dave The Karaoke Guy Karaoke DJ & Rentals

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Introduction: ** ASK ME ABOUT ONLINE KARAOKE VIA VIDEO TELECONFERENCING DURING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING PERIOD! ** I have a very unusual background in music. Besides my many years of karaoke experience, both in front of and behind the equipment, I have 35+ years of serious classical training through the graduate degree level as a performer and composer, plus all kinds of gigs as a rock and wedding band keyboardist. I combine all of that experience in just about every genre of music imaginable with humor, a sense of real enjoyment, and a desire to make everyone comfortable next to a microphone. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with what I love most in life - music. Also, and more importantly, getting to see people who are shy, nervous, or aren't great singers develop self-confidence in front of a room full of people. That's how karaoke can actually change someone's life!

Hired 145 times

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1 employee

12 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo

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Jul - Dec

All year

Jul - Dec

Featured Projects
  • Karaoke DJ Bookings

    Approx. $400

  • MINI Rental Package

    Approx. $160

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, punctuality, and work quality.

Excellent 4.9

76 reviews


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Andrew L.

Karaoke Machine Rental

I rented the basic karaoke machine from Dave for my 40th birthday party. Dave was great to work with - he provided extra songs that I requested, completed the full set up of the equipment, and gave me thorough instructions on how to use it. He communicated well throughout the rental process. He will be my first call next time I have a karaoke themed celebration.
Aug 11, 2014
Dan S.

Karaoke Machine Rental

Punctual, professional, with equipment and song selection commensurate to what you'll get at a karaoke bar. Highly recommend Dave.
Jun 26, 2018
Marie d.

Karaoke Machine Rental

With Dave the Karaoke Guy you get the full package: professional musician with a vast knowledge of all things musical; excellent advice on the best location for your karaoke machine; fast set up and pick up after your event and easy instructions to operate the karaoke machines. My daughter and friends enjoyed a wonderful and memorable graduation party, kudos Dave!
May 29, 2017
Alexis M.

Karaoke Machine Rental

Dave is EXTREMELY professional and takes his job very, very seriously. His equipment and set up are top quality, like being at a real karaoke bar. If you are looking for something lower key, or have a bit of a fluid schedule, I would make sure you are up front about this so that everyone is on the same page.
Sep 26, 2016
Kate S.

Karaoke Machine Rental

Dave was punctual, professional, and very supportive in teaching our team how to operate the equipment. We had a ton of fun and the song selection left nothing to be desired. We would absolutely use his services again and recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality karaoke experience! Thanks Dave!
May 2, 2016
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David Gaines


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Pricing varies and depends on whether you want to rent a small system to operate yourself OR hire me as a KJ to run my professional, computer-based system for you: *FOR RENTALS* (rental service area = within 20 miles of Zip code 20848) I have packages with fixed rental fees starting at $149.95 (plus applicable sales tax). Deliveries for rentals are free within 20 miles of my home in Rockville. There are additional charges if the rental involves my driving during DC weekday rush hours. *FOR KJ (Karaoke DJ) BOOKINGS* My KJ fees start at $350 and are based on how many hours your event will last, how far the venue is from my home, if a holiday is involved, how much equipment I need to bring, how many people will be attending, the venue's load-in requirements, time of year, etc. There are many variables so it's best to visit my website. Click on the KJ QUOTE tab on the menu bar at the top, and fill out the form you'll be taken to as completely as you can so I can quickly send you an accurate quote. Please note that I don't provide KJ fee quotes over the phone.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    35+ years of hands-on professional and semi-professional experience with all aspects of music creation, production, and performance in genres ranging from classical and folk music to rock and jazz to electronic music. *Bachelor of Music (theory & composition), Northwestern University School of Music *Master of Arts (music composition), American University Dept. of Performing Arts *Doctor of Musical Arts (composition), Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    Many years ago I was browsing through the Sunday newspaper ads and my girlfriend at the time pointed to an ad for a $50 karaoke machine at Target. She said "your dad would love that." I agreed, and he did, and I got such a kick out of the whole experience I decided to take karaoke on as a hobby and began collecting the discs (special CD's with a graphic track so you can see the lyrics displayed on a TV or monitor). Now you could say it's a hobby that has gotten way out of hand!

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