Interviewer: Is it possible to teach and learn the music you two are playing?
Stjepan: It is possible to teach someone how to play the notes, but the passion and the energy - you either have it or you don't. No one can teach you how to be a rocker, how to be a crazy mofo (laugh). No one taught ACDC how to be ACDC - you have to be born that way. Schools don't teach how to bang your head and jump around the stage.
Interviewer: Can a pop-rock band learn to play a classical piece?
Stjepan: (Makes fun of Lady Gaga, Luka joins him) … her songs can be played by a washing machine. What can you do?
Interviewer: How do you select the songs you are going to play?
Stjepan: They have to fit the cello, sound good, be beautiful and have a good melody. I'm not going to do "ga ga ga ga". We pick the songs that we personally like.
Luka: We can tell right away if the song is going to work or not... and then we experiment with it, we tune the cellos differently, look for different techniques of playing... and in the end we have the arrangement. We discover the most while recording in the studio.
Interviewer: I noticed you don't play by notes.
Stjepan: Our arrangements are hard to transcribe into notes because of some effects we use. We made some innovations in the technique of playing... we don't know how to write them down.
Interviewer: Where do you see yourselves – in the world of classical music or in a somewhat different sound?
Stjepan: We are open-minded and love both the classical and other genres of music.
Luka: Considering we played a lot of classical music in the past, we still plan on doing classical and wish to stay active in that area. But also we wish to discover new things as well. We see ourselves somewhere in between.
Luka: We were always pretty “hard”. Even when playing classical. And it often got us into trouble. We got criticized because of that. I somehow managed to tone it down in time. But then I ran into this lunatic (looking at Stjepan) and everything went to hell again. (laugh)