Bands We Like: Grandson of Russian Classical Composer Throws Hip Hop Into the Mix
Redefining “classic hip hop.”
Gabriel Prokofiev is a DJ that blew the dust off his grandfather’s records, dropped them on his decks and cut them up.
His brand of turntablist classical music is experimental, bringing the purist elements of his composer grandfather Segei Prokofiev into the modern age.
It’s not just orchestra+scratching though. Prokofiev experiments with composing pieces using everyday items, like Fanta bottles and drums of oil.
He’s like John Cage, except John Cage wasn’t backed up by DJ Yoda, the turntablist Prokofiev chose for his “Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra.”
Prokofiev’s label, Nonclassical, hosts club nights that bring classical music out of the stuffy realm of grand performance halls and into a general admission venue that isn’t above dance floor lighting.
For those who consider connoisseurs of classical to be uptight old heads who turn up their noses at modern forms, check out Prokofiev’s remix below.
It’s slick enough to make even a guy with a monocle bob his head. Bet you’ve never seen that.