Michael Shobe, Assistant Program Director, WQXR
Michael Shobe is the assistant program director for New York’s classical music radio station WQXR.
One thing the internet reminds us of time and again is that music can always stay fun, especially when it’s funny – even classical music. Swedish music producer and remixer Seth Everman is a "classical pianist who listened to hip hop once." He takes music making seriously but keeps whimsy in his re-mixing videos.
Below, Everman transforms two of Beethoven’s biggest jams into hits from two of hip hop’s brightest stars. Für Elise morphs into a classical version of Mockingbird by Eminem, and the Moonlight Sonata speeds up into the opening piano riff from Guess Who’s Back by Dr. Dre. Now I’m wondering if this is how Dre came up with it, too?
In the follow-up video, he starts out playing the theme from the French film Amelie and ends with the intro to 2Pac’s socially conscious hit 'Changes.' You can tell Everman put in the time and effort to master the technique of raising one eyebrow to indicate something cool is coming. #deft
SethEverman shows us it’s ok to have a little fun with classical music. Even if you are a serious classical musician.
Bonus video: watch him recreate Drake’s “One Dance” track with a classic Nintendo game cartridge, exactly three quarters, and a bottle of vodka.