3/21/2013 - Perfect Entertainment wants to keep you on your toes. For the past 20 years, the Nashua-based entertainment company has hosted karaoke nights in local bars and restaurants, and has developed a loyal following.
But owner Bernie del Llano doesn’t let the same people sing the same songs night after night.
“One of the things we do that we feel like we started is called Karaoke Kamikaze,” del Llano said. “People know what they like to sing, so we’ll pick random songs and test them on it.”
The game is one of a number of ways del Llano said the company keeps karaoke fresh. In 20 years in the business, he’s seen the technological leaps and has adapted along with them to keep Perfect Entertainment’s presentation on the cutting edge.
His now obsolete crates of CDs and CD decks have been replaced by a couple of laptops stocked with thousands of songs. If a request comes in for a song he doesn’t have, a quick search of an online database can have it queued up in seconds. Instead of a physical songbook, singers can pull the lists up on their smartphones, make a selection without leaving their table and have it sent directly to the DJ’s laptop.
“We were one of the first companies in Nashua to go digital over 11 years ago,” del Llano said. “It’s amazing that 15 years ago, it took us 45 minutes to an hour to set up. … Now we’re up and running in 15 to 20 minutes.”
While keeping up with the latest technology is essential, del Llano said his goal is to make people the priority. He and the other Perfect Entertainment DJs step out from behind the booth to interact with the crowd and performers, rather than simply cycle singers on and off the stage.
Singing in front of a crowded restaurant can be scary, so oftentimes it’s the DJ’s job to lighten the mood and encourage singers to take the mike.
“We bring a video projection system and put characters on a screen to make people laugh,” del Llano said. “Or we’ll go out and dance. We’ll ask for audience participation, depending on the song.”
Perfect Entertainment hosts karaoke nights at Nashua’s Old Amsterdam Bar and Lounge, Wicked Twisted Bar & Grill, 603 Sports Bar & Lounge and Five Dragons. In addition to karaoke, del Llano said his DJs provide entertainment at weddings, corporate events and birthday parties.