We had the good fortune of connecting with Death Cab for Karaoke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Death Cab for Karaoke, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
It’s gotta be the people that attend our shows. Since we are a karaoke band, we essentially live and die behind the support of the crowd. Having a passionate fanbase that comes to show after show and are hungry to get on the mic and sing mean that we can do what we do!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What really sets us apart from others is that it’s live band karaoke – you’re in the band! We also strive for authenticity, aiming to play songs in their original key and refrain from using backing tracks as much as possible.
It wasn’t an easy journey. We went through a variety of lineup changes as members moved away or lives changed. We’re really happy with the current lineup now, every band member brings a different element to the lineup.
We learned so much, about what works for the crowd, what doesn’t work, what songs people like, a variety of multimedia tools to create posters/videos, and, most importantly, the idiosyncrasies of being in a band, which is like being married…to three other people!
One of our founding members is Filipino, so he felt as though starting a live band karaoke project was his cultural calling.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Isn’t it obvious…some of the beaches! Mission, OB dog beach with the pup, maybe even Coronado.
As for nightlife….what else would we do but take them to karaoke! Either Red Wing or Lamplighter.
See if Soda Bar has a good act in town and take them along. I’d want to pop a hike, maybe check out Cabrillo or Mission Hills.
I’m absolutely in love with the North Park community, so I’d want to just walk around and check out the cool small businesses and breweries in the area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The good people of both The Office and Soda Bar in North Park. When were just just starting out, both venues gave us a chance to build our brand. We were able to put on our event thanks to Julie and Cory giving us the opportunity to play. We’ve now established a monthly residency in 2022 at Soda Bar!
Chachie MacDonald @chach.film