DJ Kenny P returns to Trackside

After performing with Doug Bogan in front of a sold-out crowd on Jan. 3, DJ Kenny P — also known as Sound Atmosphere — returns to the Trackside Teen Center stage on Friday, March 7.

Kenny P, whose real name is Kenneth Pokora, is an 18-year-old senior at Wilton High School and has been making music mash-ups since his freshman year.

“My best friend JJ introduced me to the world of DJing one night,” said Kenneth. “He taught me how to make mash-ups on my computer using Virtual DJ.”

Kenneth said a mash-up is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, “usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.”

“I like to make remixes of current top 100 songs, as well as electronic dance music mixed together to make a mash-up,” he said.

When creating a mash-up, Kenneth said, he picks his favorite songs and goes to work.

“Once a track is finally done, I stay up until 2 a.m. just playing it over and over again,” he said. “I make music I want to listen to.”

Kenneth said he first performed at Trackside when he was a high school sophomore and has performed at the teen center three times in the past two years.

“I’ve performed at college parties and sweet sixteens, but they’ve been nothing like the shows performed at Trackside,” said Kenneth, who is also a Trackside board member.

“My first performance at Trackside was a great time because it turned out better than expected and the audience really appreciated what I had done for them.”

Kenneth said his good experiences performing for Trackside have not come without challenges.

“The Doug Bogan show was a huge challenge because we were faced with so many obstacles,” he said. “The day of the show, we had a snow day and all the roads were covered in ice and snow.”

Kenneth said because of the weather conditions, the show took six hours to set up and most of the audience didn’t arrive until the last 45 minutes of the show.

Despite the challenges, Kenneth said, he was proud of the performance and looks forward to his upcoming encore for the seventh  and eighth grade crowd.

The two-hour March 7 performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance.

Tickets and information: trackside.org.