WHAT SONGS SHOULD I SING?
People are pretty open about karaoke and pretty proud of it. Often it’s the people who really like music by really good bands- those same people will enjoy going out and singing along with these hokey backing tracks. That reconciliation between ‘hipster’ culture and karaoke culture to me would’ve been a cultural divide 30 years ago.
Of course song choice plays a large role in karaoke – you want to perform something you know well that will also resonate with the room. The emotional connection to these songs is what keeps people engaged, whether they’re the ones at the mic or not.
At Moyagi the top 3 songs sung by guests are:
1. Lady Gaga & Cooper
These are all songs that facilitate engagement with the group experience. It’s almost like everyone has at some time in their life had a moment to these songs, so right there and then you share some part of that experience together – happy or sad.
It also presents a bit of suspended reality. Whether singers are “The Voice”-ready or simply overcoming fear of getting in front of an audience, karaoke can function as escapism. Especially in today’s tumultuous world. Karaoke is a space where you can disconnect from the news and let the endorphins flow. It is very empowering that you’re in control of it.
For people who don’t regularly get a chance to adequately express themselves, singing in front of friends, colleagues, or even friends in Moyagi’s private rooms can be the next best thing. Certain people don’t get to be center stage or get to be the center of attention regularly.
To express themselves in any sort of way is exciting for them, they get the mic, and they have a voice that will be heard.