It’s been a while since we last stepped into a karaoke joint, and with the nightlife pilot programme on hold now, karaoke fans have to wait a little longer for their next singing sesh. Or do they?
Fret not, all of you who are feeling those KTV withdrawal symptoms. There are a couple of karaoke alternatives available. Bring the K-party home, or book an entire recording studio? Yes, you can.
Here are some KTV alternatives in Singapore for the karaoke-deprived:
#1: Buy a fuss-free home karaoke device for $499.
Karaoke parties at home are now possible if you've got a Popsical Remix, a fuss-free home karaoke device that is as portable (it’s the size of your palm) as it is easy to use. Just plug the cloud-streaming KTV device to a TV or projector, download an app and you’re good to go.
Be prepared to fork out $499 for a Popsical device. You will get free access to songs for 15 minutes per day as a basic user. For more time for a karaoke sesh, pay $4.99 for a 24-hour pass, or pay a monthly subscription of $10.99. Go on, sing your hearts out… and you probably want to stock up on lozenges as well.
With Popsical’s massive song library that purportedly has over 200,000 tunes in 14 languages, running out of songs to sing will be the last thing you’ll have to worry about. And with a home karaoke sesh, you don’t have to fret about not having enough time to sing all your favourite songs. But unless your home’s super sound-proof, remember to spare a thought for your neighbours.
Popsical Remix available at https://popsical.com/.
#2: Or rent the Popsical from $69 for four days.
On a budget? Online rental company Happy K is renting out Popsical sets — package prices start at $69 for four days (Mon to Thur). For five days (Thur to Mon), expect to shell out for $79, or $119 for one week. There is a 20 per cent surcharge if there’s a public holiday during the rental period. Delivery and collection is free both ways. Weekend bookings are popular so it’s best to book in advance.
With each booking, you get the song streaming device, two microphones, two remote controls, a speaker and cables, and instruction manuals. Equipment is disinfected before delivery as well.
Rent a Popsical at https://happyk.co/product/popsical/.
#3: Sing in a recording studio… or on stage.
Let’s face it: Belting it out at karaoke makes us feel like a bona fide popstar. But here’s something to elevate that KTV experience even further. Concert organisers CK Star Entertainment, which has brought in acts like Crowd Lu, Kenny G and Epik High, has just launched two singing experiences that’s kinda like karaoke. Okay, they cost more than a regular karaoke sesh, but hey, it’s way glitzier too.
The Star Studio Recording Experience lets you go into an actual recording studio to sing and record your own song. Yes, like a professional, but you don’t have to be shy if you don’t sing like Adele.
Each session costs a pretty penny at $288 for up to two people. What you get: 90 minutes of studio time, editing and mixing of one song (so you sound your best), and you’ll receive the song recording on a thumbdrive as well.
To feel like an actual popstar, there’s the Celebrity Live Stage Experience, where you get to perform live at the EBX stage at the *SCAPE Live! Studio, the same stage that international acts like Irish rock band Kodaline have performed.
For $799 per session, up to two people can sing, so bring a friend for duets or just take turns singing. You’ll be backed by professional musicians, complete with an LED wall and concert-esque lighting. Of course, you’ll have a professional video recording of your performance at the end of it. But that’s not all — like a true superstar, you get your own dressing room backstage to chill out in. Hair and make-up and personal assistants not included.
Book the Star Studio Recording Experience at https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/51726-star-studio-recording-experience. Book the Celebrity Live Stage Experience at https://www.klook.com/en-SG/activity/52084-celebrity-live-stage-experience/.
Main photo: CK Star Entertainment, Popsical