Updated: Jan 15
Written and Published by X
It’s been such an honor to write about local artists, and as I continue to do so, I see how diverse and wonderful many of these artists are! DJ Kenneth (Kenneth Coppola) from Harrisonburg, Virginia creates big room and progressive house. Big room usually has a tempo that falls between 126 and 132, and progressive house falls between 120 to 135. So, why is this important? Tempo evokes our emotional process. 120-130 BPM is Allegro, otherwise known as the “heart rate tempo”, which is why many call it the sweet spot. No wonder when I listened to Kenneth’s music for the first time, I felt very upbeat and radiant, which are great emotions to come by when listening to music.
So why progressive house and big room? “What got me into those genres in particular is when I started going to shows back in 2014-2016. I was hearing so many amazing songs with great energy that impacted not only myself but others as well.” Said Kenneth. I then asked a question I almost already knew the answer to based off of what I could decipher from his music. “If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?” He said “Tiesto!”, and as we all know, Tiesto is an inspiration for many, and a great one too so I wasn’t surprised, especially to someone who makes a similar genre.
“My creative process always starts with a melody, and if it’s one that I really like, I start to go with it and see how it sounds after I put the baseline and kicks.”
I was shocked to hear this because I know many artists actually do the opposite, but there’s no right way to make music, and as we can all tell, his process absolutely works. Another thing that caught my attention with Kenneth was how grateful he was to his friends. He said he started making music with friends in the middle of 2020, and that his best piece of advice was also from his friends, “you don’t know if you don’t try, so quit playing what ifs.” This is such an important thing to say to upcoming artists because it’s hard putting so much risk and time into something without knowing the outcome of it all. Usually when you tell someone you want to make music for a living, they shoot you down and tell you to try something else. But here’s a secret I’ve learned; if you want something bad enough, make your efforts consistent, and you find a good support system, it’s less likely you’ll fail. “My best friend told me something that stuck with me and I’ll share it. Music is a collaborative effort.” Said Kenneth. Many artists now days think that they can do it all by themselves, and they want nothing to do with other people because they want everyone to know that it was them and only them that made it to the top- but why? I encourage independence, always, but you always can use a little support. After all, you are who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with people who want nothing to do with your music, you’re bound to fail. When you have a good support system, you have unity. Unity is strength, and unity will lead you to victory.
In conclusion, I feel as if Kenneth has already succeeded in many ways, and will continue to do so, with his music and who he surrounds himself with. It sounds like they’ve had a great impact on him. If you want to listen to some classic progressive house and big room, check out the links below and prepare yourself to be in awe of how good his music is. -X