Ken Kopija (Inhale the Heavy)

Ken Kopija
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In this offering, I am very pleased to get up close and personal with myself.

My name is Ken, and I am a husband, father, vinyl aficionado, coffee connoisseur and the person that created Inhale the Heavy.

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic.

A ten-year-old me purchased it from my middle school rummage sale a year after its release in 1976. I was absolutely fascinated by the album cover. Although I am not really an Aerosmith fan, I do think it’s their best work. Fast forward 47 years. I still have it in my collection.

The record that made me want to make music was…

I’m not necessarily a musician. Do farts count? Actually, I do play the drums. Very poorly though. I suppose that if I did make music, I would cite Led Zeppelin I and Rush’s Hemispheres as influences. John Bonham was a fucking monster, and well, Neil Peart.

The record I’ve played more than any other is…

Torche – Meanderthal.

Even though it came out 32 years after I started collecting, I have played it more than any other album I own. There are 17 variants of this vinyl, of which I own ten. That might not really be fair because I’m spinning ten different versions of the same record. Oh well. It’s one of my favorite albums period.

The record that always make me feel good is…

Torche – Meanderthal
Pink Floyd – Meddle
Soundgarden – Superunknown
They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants.

I guess there are a lot of them.

The record I turn to when I’m feeling down is…

Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath.

Listening to King Diamond sing always make me happy. There is at least one moment in every song on this record that still gives me goosebumps. For example, the doom dirge with bell around the 4:10 mark of “A Dangerous Meeting.”

The record with my favorite cover art is…

Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw this cover. I was like, “oh my fucking god… this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” I simply cannot recall how many times over the course of my life that I’ve drawn this artwork. Derek Riggs is a master artist and someone whose work I’ve always admired.

The strangest record I own is…

Barnes and Barnes – Fishheads (picture disc).

I can thank good old Dr. Demento for turning me on to this gem.

The rarest LP I own is…

Eight Bells – The Captain’s Daughter (test pressing).

Only two copies exist. Guitarist Melynda Jackson has the other. It is signed by all three original members of the band: Melynda Jackson, Haley Westeiner and Christopher Van Huffel.

I used to have near mint copies of Metallica’s Kill em’ All (Megaforce, numbered pic disc, #083) and Guns n’ Roses Appetite For Destruction (original pressing/robot cover), but I had to sell them both to support my vinyl habit. I do have another copy of the GnR record, but it’s not in the best condition.

The last LP I bought was…

De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising. 2023 limited repress on magenta vinyl.

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