R:Greetings to our viewers, in the new Press conference. The elusive duo, that drives the world crazy, came to us so we'll try to introduce everything they've done not only here in Croatia, but worldwide. Stay with us till the end of the show, our guests are 2cellos: Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic. Stjepan, Luka, good day to you and welcome.
Stjepan:Good evening. (Luka:Good day.)
R:Is it evening or day? It makes no difference.. Stjepan:I don't know..It's hard to say here..
R:Something in between..When the show will be on, it will be evening, and the rerun will be in the morning.. Stjepan:Evening, morning..whatever..
R:Are you feeling good? Stjepan:Great. (Luka:Super.)
R:It's my pleasure to be able to greet you here, in Slavonija, Srijem. Last night you had a concert in Slavonija, now you're in Srijem, in Ilok, how did you like it? Stjepan:It was a night to remember..the people in Slavonija opened their souls yesterday, it was really magical. A night we'll remember for the rest of our lives.
R:Considering how many concerts you've done so far, can you compare it to the others? Stjepan:Definitely.
R:Every concert is probably special, but.. Luka:But this one was special, because of so much emotions, the energy and atmosphere during the show. It was really something special, an experience that you have only a few times in life. So it was really magical.
R:That's nice to hear. Luka:And we wrapped up the atmosphere here, in the wine cellars in Ilok.
R:But this is already the second day.. Stjepan:We finished the circle..( circles his stomach)
R:I wanted to ask you what do you eat, and now it's our first topic. Stjepan:It's our main topic! We can talk about it through the whole show.
R:So how's the food in Slavonija, Srijem? Stjepan:Everyone knows.. Luka:The portions are the biggest.. Stjepan:The portions are big as they should be!
R:Can you compare them to portions in Japan? Luka:No. Stjepan:The portions are miniature there..
R:Do you have problems when you order food there? Luka:We order for 10 people..
R:That's good..So, Osijek passed the test, men from Slavonija passed the test..and women, so I've heard.. Stjepan:In this room alone..1,2,3,4..I mean, just here, 4 beautiful women, not to mention the rest of Slavonija..
R:Great..I think this will be the most viewed show, not just in Slavonija. OK..Speaking of last night's concert, what fascinated me was your signing of autographs and taking pictures after the show. Not a lot of celebrities have the patience and the will..everybody in the concert hall was able to talk to you, take pictures and get autographs. Stjepan:The signing was longer than the concert.
R:I think so. How long were you signing autographs? Stjepan:About 2 hours. Luka:We love to meet all the people, talk to them and hear their impression, in person. Stjepan:It's nice to hang out with fans.
R:Was there something that surprised you? Or do people just admire you? Luka:Well, sometimes there is some criticism.. Stjepan:You suck, it was disgusting. Luka:Mostly it's a great atmosphere, we're all happy, we get a little tired after a concert..
R:I noticed that Stjepan is more interactive with the audience, and Luka is more devoted to his cello..Am I right? Stjepan:It's better to flirt with women in the audience than with the cello..
R:I don't know, Luka.. Luka:Someone has to play all those notes..
R:Stjepan, what do you say? Stjepan:I don't know..the audience is my inspiration. I hope I don't scare them..
R:You don't just play, you put on a show. There's body language, eye contact, communication.. Stjepan:Yes, all of that's important for a performance. Virtuosity of playing, and also presenting it to the audience in a way they'll enjoy. We want to show them the possibilities of the instrument. We start with something slow, like Benedictus, and we make an atmosphere that becomes more and more crazy. In the end it's a complete contrast, madness. It's rare to see in a show, because usually it's either all rock or all classical music. We try to incorporate everything.
R:It started with people sitting down, and in the end everyone came in front of the stage. Stjepan:The best part is that people from different backgrounds come to our concerts.
R:There were kids, parents.. Stjepan:From 7 years old to 77..We introduce rock to fans of classical music, and the other way around. We mix it up and it's magical, beautiful..a celebration of music.
R:Indeed. My impression was like I went to Disneyland. That's a compliment. Stjepan:That's because he looks like Mickey mouse.
R: I wanted it to be a compliment.. Stjepan:Goofy.. Luka:We have a clown..
R:But regardles of pop and rock, it's obvious that you're excellent classical musicians. Stjepan:I'm glad to hear that. Luka:We use classical techniques for playing pop and rock music. It took us years of practicing and sacrificing. I started practicing when I was 5, so it's already been 20 years. People don't understand how much sacrifice it takes to get to that level of playing. It's technically and musically demanding to do a spectacle for a whole arena, on just two cellos. And we need to make a show, on just two instruments, with no additional tracks, that all pop and rock bands use today. It's really demanding to make a sound of a whole band on just two cellos. But it's a big challenge, which is great.
R:That's why your success had to come. Isn't it absurd that you never thought you'd be able to fill up a sports hall? It might be absurd to think, but you've been practicing since you were 5 and Stjepan was 8. You've been doing it your whole life, but some people just make a hit song and fill up concert halls, which is considered normal.. Luka:Our handicap is that we play instrumental music, which isn't played on the radio, it doesn't have the support of the media, but we succeeded with two cellos, which is really a miracle.
R:A miracle, but also great afford and talent. Luka:Stjepan is a miracle from God. Stjepan:He's a miracle too.
R:I see you complete each other well. If it wasn't like that, you probably wouldn't function that well. When did you connect? Stjepan:2 years ago. We wanted to make something new, revolutionary. Make a difference. We were tired of cello being limited. Only one kind of music is played on it, which is a shame. We had a lot of ideas.. Luka:And energy.. Stjepan:And energy, adrenalin. By playing only classical music, we felt a little..inhibited. Luka:We wanted to feel a little bit of rock n' roll..in our lives.. Stjepan:We're fortunate enough to experience both sides. The classical, which is more intimate, like playing Bach in a church, and then we play rock n' roll at stadiums and arenas. R:Did you listen to different kinds of music growing up? Stjepan:Yes.. R:Did you have role models in classical music and other kinds of music? Stjepan:Of course. In high school and college, I was mostly inspired by cellists. Later I expaned my horizonts..now I have no more role models. R:That's great..but lets't save that for the end of the show.. Stjepan:The older you get, it becomes more stupid to have idols..and idolize posters.. Luka:You have to find your own artistic identity. Stand on your own two feet. You can always respect people and admire them.. Stjepan:But it's dangerous to idealize someone and try to be just like them. Luka:You need to find your own voice and artistic expression. R:When you started your collaboration, you wanted to go on a new direction. 2 years later, are you going on the right direction? Stjepan:I have no idea. It's good for me..I don't know what's it like for others. Luka:There are always challenges ahed of us. We hope to continue developing. R:What do you think attracts people the most? Stjepan:Luka's good looks. R:And Stjepan? Stjepan:I rely on charm. But I'm also good looking. I think I'm prettier than him but..I don't know why people prefer him..He looks like a model. I'm a savage. R:Did you work on your image? Stjepan:We put some water on our hair in the restroom. That's it. R:It will dry by the end of the show. You need some oil.. Stjepan:This..( takes the wine glass ) R:You're young and joyful.. Stjepan:Our energy attracts people, passion for what we're doing..they can feel it. Luka:Our love towards music and cello..and performing. Stjepan:It's exciting. People don't want to be bored. Luka:People can feel our excitement. Stjepan:The adrenalin, energy, craziness, youth.. R:You transform it very well. Luka, you've been playing since you were 5. Your dad played cello. But you were only 5, what was that like? Luka:I don't remember. Dad took me to music school. I started playing, I don't remember how at all. Stjepan:He was forced..with beating..( laughs ) Luka:Yes, every day I got beaten..( laughs ) Practice! R:What was it like in elementary school? Luka:Sport and cello were always priorities. It was like that until high school, and in high school I got into music academy. I had a huge support of my family, and I never thought about chosing a different profession. But I wanted to be a cheff when I was younger. And do sports. But my love for music was leading me. My life was headed in that direction. R:You studied in Maribor, Zagreb, Vienna and London, right? Luka:Yes. I went to elementary school in Maribor, then the academy in Zagreb. I gradueted when I was 18. I was in Vienna for 4 years, on the academy. After that I went to London, and Stjepan was there for 5 or 6 years. There I finished my master's degree, and we started discussing new ideas. Then Smooth criminal happened. I had to finish my master's degree in just 1 year, which I pulled off somehow. That's it. Stjepan:Shocking story. I can't talk after that. R:It was hard financially. And it was tuff being seperated from your famillies. Luka:Yes. But both of us had huge support of our famillies, they gave up a lot for us. Stjepan:Sacrifice is crucial. There are people who have money, but aren't willing to sacrifice. Luka:It's the most important thing for success- the support of your family. Not just financial, but emotional as well. R:There were certainly ruff times.. Luka:Yes..you never know, especially in classical music. There's so much sacrifice, and actually very few people reach their goals. There are big emotional..what's the word I'm looking for.. Stjepan:Brakedowns.. Luka:Brakedowns.. R:And oscilations. Luka:And oscilations. You don't know if you're in the right way. Stjepan:You know you're not. Luka:Now our parents are very proud and happy. R:Of course. Stjepan:Now he needs to give them the money back. Luka:No. You have to do that. R:It was similar with you, Stjepan. Stjepan:The same. No bright future ahead. R:You could have ended up in an orchestra.. Stjepan:That was my biggest fear. R:That's the destiny of classical musicians.. Stjepan:Or becoming music school teachers.. Luka:It depends on your ambition. and the way you're raised. We were both raised to be soloists. And play classical music around the world with orchestras. Stjepan:That's almost impossible. These days. Luka:I can name less than 5 people who live just out of that. A lot of people are playing classical music, especially in China and Korea. Stjepan:In China alone, there's 20 million registrated pianists. That's just the pianists. And just the registrated ones. And everyone wants to be Lang Lang. And there's only one Lang Lang. He's the only one who's accomplished what all of them want. Luka:We'll continue playing classical music all our lives. What has happened to us is really special.. Stjepan:We're now maximally fullfilled. We can play everything we want and love. R:Stjepan, your brother Miron, he plays jazz? Stjepan:Yes. In Big band. R:Did you try to collaborate with him? Stjepan:Jazz was never my music. It doesn't really suit the cello. So I've never gotten into it. I love to improvise but never in jazz style. I guess it's good music, I don't know. Miron criticizes everything I do. R:Really? Well, the whole world knows about you.. Stjepan:I have the support of the whole world, except my family. (laughs ) Luka:He's gonna get a beating.. Stjepan:That's right. R:Should we edit this out? Stjepan:No. R:It's easier to handle it now? Luka:It's better to have a bodyguard... R:You're always joyful in interviews.. Stjepan:Now I'm depressed.. R:But your results from competitions are not often mentioned.. Stjepan:That's the way it is. R:Luka won a bunch of prizes on international competitions. Before you were this famous, you had a lot of concerts. In Europe, South America, Japan. As a soloist, you performed with various orchestras, like Australian chamber orchestra.. Stjepan:Kangaroos.. R:Warsaw philharmonia, Russian symphonic orchestra.. Stjepan:Sibir.. R:What have you experienced? Luka:Those were great experiences in classical music. That means a lot. Stjepan:People don't know what that means. It's like winning Wimbledon in tennis. Luka:I won a competition in Warsaw, which is meaningfull in the music world, but unfortunately.. Stjepan:People don't know about it. Luka:People don't know about it. R:Did you get a lot of money for winning? Luka:No. But it's a hard competition. Stjepan:A strict program. Luka:It's a hard program, big competitors. But those competitions don't mean as much in classical music like before. Because there's a lot of competitions, more and more competitors..Stjepan and I don't support those competitions very much. Because it's not like sport. You can't measure time, how high you jumped or how fast you ran. R:And they don't get you anywhere.. Luka:In the end, no.. Stjepan:We made our careers regardless of the prizes. Luka:We studied abroad. London, Vienna, America..We went on seminars, competitions, built our career in classical music. Then we returned to Pula, made a video.. Stjepan:You come to a village and succeed.. Luka:You make a video, put it on Youtube..and that's it. Young musicians, especially classical ones, still don't get the power of Youtube and Internet. They still live in the past.. Stjepan:Today it's not so important where you are. You don't have to live in a big capital to succeed. everything's globalized, we're all connected through Internet. R:Regardless of all your effort, perhaps you wouldn't have suceeded without Internet.. Luka:You never know.. Stjepan:Then I'd probably collaborate with a lot of musicians that I don't have time for now. I have collaborated a lot with different musicians. R:You have performed in over 40 countries.. Stjepan:Who knows.. R:Now it's probably more.. Stjepan:140.. R:You also won a lot of prizes. You're one of the last cellists who played for Rostropovich. Before his death, 2007. Stjepan:Yes. He died when he heard me. ( laughs ) Luka:He killed himself. ( laughs ) Stjepan:He couldn't handle it. R:Were you nervous? Stjepan:I admired people like him. I was izolated from the rest of the world. I didn't know about.. Luka:Elton John.. Stjepan:I didn't know about famous actors or rock stars. To me, Rostropovich was the top..like Jesus to religious people. It was like meeting Jesus. It was my life long dream. I feared that I won't get a chance to meet him, because he was already old, and I was afraid he'd die before I met him. R:You played 4 times for him? Stjepan:That was after his death, as a tribute. R:But once before his death? Stjepan:Yes. R:He was delighted? Stjepan:Yes. It was really a dream come true. I was shaking for the first time in my life. Legs, arms, everything I could shake.. R:But it was still successful? Stjepan:Yes. R:How's you concentration before a performance? Stjepan:Before, in classical music, I had rituals and tried to focus. Now it's easy. Not much philosophy. Just go on stage, and give it your all. Luka:Now we're afraid of other things..When it's a big spectacle, we're afraid our cellos might break.. Stjepan:Now it's loud, more technics, we're worried about the volume.. R:It's not all up to you anymore. Luka:Yes. R:Stjepan, what about your trio? Stjepan:It was great. We played a lot. Now it's 2cellos, so we had to stop. Who knows, maybe we'll collaborate again..it was my favorite combination in classical music. Cello, violin and piano. The most beautiful pieces are written for that ansamble. R:Luka, Elton John called you first? Luka:I was in the academy, it was 2 weeks after we put the video on Youtube. It already had about 3 million views. The dean called me, I first thought I was in trouble, that they don't like it, cause it was Royal academy of music, I thought they were very conservative regarding new things in music. I came in the office, and the dean was all excited. He said Elton had seen the video and that he wanted to talk to me.I called Stjepan and he was like 'Who's Elton John?' R:Really? Stjepan:No, just joking. I was watching Lion king. Luka:He was watching Lion king..That's the whole story. ( Elton talking ) R:What's Elton John like? Were you nervous meeting him? Stjepan:We were nervous, but we relaxed as soon as he walked in because he was so casual. Warm and friendly. We quickly became close friends. There was no need to be nervous. R:How many concerts have you played with him? Stjepan:2 years..We went all over the world. Luka:Twice. Stjepan:Twice. Luka:Asia.. Stjepan:America, Europe..We've been everywhere. R:Did you hang out with him? Stjepan:We saw each other on tour every day and talked. Luka:We're in Vegas for a month so we go to visit him. We were guests on his new album. He called us to listen to the album and talk about music. We're part of his mannegement, Rocet music, so he's still involved in our career. He's a huge support. ( Don't let the sun go down on me ) R:everything around him, it's like one big institution? Stjepan:A big machine. R:Lots of technics and people? Luka:For everything. He has people involved in his private life, other people involved in concerts and filming..So many people, like a factory. Stjepan:A lot of people are depending on him. R:If something happened to him.. Stjepan:Too much people..He was in hospital for 2 days and everybody freaked out. R:Is it like that with you? Stjepan:We don't need servants. Just a massage once a month. We're not complicated. We're not divas. We were always modest. We remained that way and we'll stay like that. R:Has something changed in your life, besides the intensity? Stjepan:We stayed the same and everything else has changed. Luka:We don't have a life anymore. Stjepan:We don't have time for anything. R:I've been trying to schedule this interview for a year. But you're mostly not in Croatia. Stjepan:We come home for 2 or 3 days. It's the only thing we have left.. Luka:From life.. R:It is a sacrifice, but.. Stjepan:It's our mission. I guess we're sent from above for that. It's our path, our life. Luka:We're sent from below.. Stjepan:Whatever, we have been sent.. Luka:I'm from above, he's from below.. ( Stjepan makes horns with his fingers ) R:There has to be balance. Stjepan:It's a big asset. Luka:Ying and Yang. Stjepan:Having the opportunity to share music with thousands of people around the world..every day..it's a blessing. R:Do you have negative experiences? something that disappointed you? Stjepan:Disappointed? Nothing.. Luka:No.. Stjepan:Well, I can't tell for what reasons girls like me, but it doesn't bother me too much.. R:That's a disputable subject.. Luka:We need to drink a little more.. R:I might give you a few tips later..So, what was it like in America? Stjepan:Fantastic. Tour was more than successful. R:Audience? Stjepan:Brilliant. R:Compared to... Stjepan:Well, Osijek was really..they became Americans yesterday.. Luka:It felt more like home.. Stjepan:In America, people are open from the start. They're generally open, they don't have problems with expressing themselves. R:And that's noticable in concerts? Stjepan:Yes, from the first note. ( makes hand motions like American audience ) R:They know all the words to your songs? Stjepan:Yes. Except 'Ne dirajte mi ravnicu'. They havedn't learned that yet. ( sings 'Ne dirajte mi ravnicu' in American accent ) R:'Ne dirajte mi ravnicu' was indeed euforic last night. It was beautiful, congratulations. Stjepan:It was the culmination. Luka:It's impossible to experience that in America, because it's specific for that part of the country. R:I presume you arranged that in 5 or 10 minutes.. Stjepan:A few minutes before the show, before going on stage. We tried it out. R:Well done, it was fantastic.. So, American tour, now Croatian tour. Stjepan, after Varazdin and Osijek, comes a concert that will be your favorite, maybe the hardest? Stjepan:Probably. It's hard when you want it to be the best concert. It can turn out to the opposite.. Luka:He's optimistic.. Stjepan:Yes..When it's most important for you, it turns out the least important. But we'll still do our best. Luka:he's afraid. R:Are you nervous? Stjepan:I heard it's a tuff crowd. But we'll try. R:It's probably going to be a variety of people because it's the tourist season. Stjepan:We haven't performed in my hometown yet, so I'm very excited. It should be a spectacle. The arena is beautiful, one of the most beautiful ambients in the world. Luka:The lighting and the atmosphere will be..bad.. R:Bad..( laughs ) Luka:The arena.. R:It's most important that the tone is good, right? Stjepan:Everything's going to be great, we can't wait to perform. Luka:We'll film that concert in our own production, we can't wait to share it with the whole world, through the internet. R:And it will be the best promotion for tourists to visit Croatia. Stjepan:We'll see.. R:Is Croatia aware of how much you're promoting it? I mean the Croatian tourist community, etc. Stjepan:I think so, I don't know. R:Can you feel it? Stjepan:Everybody that knows about us, knows we're from Croatia. It's pointed out in every interview, Elton John introduced us to 10 thousand people every day, 'From Croatia', so it's definitely a big promotion. I don't know if they're aware of that.. R:You've studied abroad. Can you compare the musical education you got here and abroad? You had good foundations. Stjepan:We have a big tradition here, especially regarding cello education. Monika Leskovar was a brilliant cellist, Valter Despalj.. Luka:He was my teacher. Stjepan:A tradition has been made. And Janigro, he was a great cellist. He moved to Zagred and founded the Zagreb solists. Rudolf Matz, he wrote a book about cello education, which is known worldwide. So it's a rich tradition here. Luka:It's great here..( raises his glass ) R:So you haven't made it this far by accident..Do you meet up with your cello teachers? From London? Stjepan:Not yet.. Luka:They have disowned him. Stjepan:I run from them. Luka:I keep in touch with all my teachers. And..that's it. R:How much does one hour of private cello lessons cost here? And abroad? Luka:It depends..It doesn't matter where you are, it's about what kind of teacher you're learning from. Here you just bring sausage.. Stjepan:A little bit of wine.. Luka:A bottle of wine..and that's it. R:But not any kind of wine, right? Stjepan:It's not like that in America. Luka:There it's just dollars. Stjepan:Dollar! R:How much? Well, you probably weren't involved in that.. Luka:No.. R:Is it easier to transform emotions from a wooden cello? Stjepan:it depends. Not yesterday. It wouldn't reach the audience, because it's a lot easier to amplify the sound on an electric cello. It can be louder. Luka:It sounds a lot better on big concerts, in arenas. Stjepan:That's why we switched to electric cellos, but we always use wooden for classical music, and studio tracks. R:Do electric cellos weigh less? Stjepan:It's the same I think. Luka:Electric cellos weigh even more. R:Really? It seems opposite.. Luka:Yes. Stjepan:Yes. R:How much do they cost? Luka:The more famous we get, we play on cheaper cellos. Wooden cellos are more expensive. They're handmade. R:When you play, bow hair breaks a lot. Is that made from horse tails? Stjepan:Yes. R:Stjepan, did you have an accident with that on a show? Stjepan:It was with the bow. R:Oh..with the bow? Stjepan:That never happens. R:You had a lot of energy? Stjepan:I played like crazy. It was a wonder. R:Luka, what did you do then? Stjepan:His eyes popped out. He couldn't believe it. Luka:It was our first performance. On ellen DeGeneres in America. We played Smooth criminal. It was in 2011. He broke his bow during the show. There, every minute of filming costs several thousands of dollars. Thank God they let us play one more time. R:And sometimes all the bow strings can break? Stjepan:Yes, it happened to him. Luka:Yes. Stjepan:It happened several times. Luka:Yes. Stjepan:It happens all the time. R:I notice it all the time. Luka:We have to play like that. because it's just two of us, and a whole arena. We need to dive into the strings. Stjepan:We slaughter them. Luka:Otherwise it wouldn't have the same effect. ( Highway to hell ) R:Do you improvise while playing? Stjepan:Yes. R:Compared to classical music, you can do some improvisation? Stjepan:We can. Every time it's a little bit different. We add something, we eliminate something..We often change and rearrange our arrangements. In classical music you always have to play the same notes. You can only try changing your expressions, dinamics.. Luka:In classical music, there's some improvisation, but it's a different level of improvisation in the music we play now. It's not just changing arrangements and notes, it's more about expression, dinamics, tempo and emotions..character. R:How long can you remember an arrangement in classical music? Because usually classical musicians have notes in front of them. Stjepan:Yes.. Luka:We don't know how to read notes anymore. ( laughs ) Stjepan:We forgot. R:Everything happends at it's course, right? Luka:Yes. R:How can you experience music with that fast life tempo? Luka:It's the only thing we can experience with that tempo. Stjepan:We relax on stage. Othervise it's just travelling, flights.. Luka:Fast forward. Stjepan:Always in a hurry.. R:What's the first thing you play when you wake up? Stjepan:'Ne dirajte mi ravnicu'. To warm up. R:That's how it's going to be in the future, but until now? Stjepan:Scales, etudes.. Luka:Hard practice, it's like hygiene. Like brushing your teeth. We do technical practicing, intonation..It's different when you play ellectric guitar, everything's marked, you play an acord, that's it.. Stjepan:And everything sounds good.. Luka:The finger movement and technique of playing stringed instruments is delicate and you can quickly forget it if you don't nurture it and practice. People don't know how demanding and important it is. Stjepan:Discipline. Luka:Discipline. Like in sport. R:Do you do some finger exercizes? Stjepan:We need to watch our fingers now. R:Will you have insurance for your hands? Stjepan:No, because there's no point in living for me, if i lose a hand. I don't need any insurance. I don't want to know about life without playing cello. R:That's called love. Stjepan:Not just because of cello. R:No? Stjepan:What would I do with women? Luka:You use just your hands? R:Stjepan, people can live without an arm.. Stjepan:I know, but I don't want to. R:OK, we won't talk about those subjects..What orchestras or conductors would you like to play with? Stjepan:Dudamel. R:What collaborations made an impression on you? Stjepan:Performing with Peppers in Zagreb. It was unforgetable. We were oppening for them and their drummer was listening in backstage the whole time. He came spontaneously and played Back in black with us. It was such an adrenaline, like never before. A night to remember. In the end, we played Callifornication with the whole band. We improvised. And we met on stage. We just said 'OK, let's jam in a minor' and that was it. R:Did you get any sleep that night? Stjepan:A little. R:You cover world famous evergreens, did you consider covering music from your home land? Haydn did it, and Lisinski and Zajc. You could take some etno song and promote it worldwide.. Stjepan:Why not? Luka:OK. Stjepan:We're going to play 'Ne dirajte mi ravnicu' everywhere. In Japan.. R:Everywhere. And did you consider singing? Stjepan:We're not gifted with a good singing voice. That's why we play. R:Luka? Luka:Not really. Stjepan:We're not tone deff, but.. R:Has cello become more popular? Stjepan:Yes. In some places there's not enough instruments for kids, because a lot of them want to play cello. There's not enough teachers in some places. Our mission has already succeeded. Luka:We're creating competition for ourselves. R:If that's what it takes to get kids of the street, so be it. Stjepan:No..it's better to stay on the street. ( laughs ) Luka:Stick to the street. Stjepan:No bright future ahead.. R:We're running out of time..I could talk to you for much longer.. Stjepan:No problem. We've got all day. R:What are your future plans? Luka:Drink this glass of wine. R:After Pula concert? Stjepan:No plans..Two more weeks and we'll be gone. R:Ok, and.. Stjepan:No, it's not OK! R:And after that? Stjepan:We'll have more concerts.. Luka:You always plan something, and things go.. Stjepan:To hell.. Luka:In a different direction. Stjepan:It's better not to make plans. Luka:Be spontanious. Why plan things? Stjepan:That's lame. R:Where's the top? Stjepan:On Velebit. R:You played almost on top of the world. Stjepan:The top is.. Luka:Triglav.. Stjepan:That the whole world listens to cello. That will be the top. If people stopped listening to Rihhana and Justin Bieber, and the whole world listens to cello and Vivaldi. That will be the top..But that will never happen..We give up..We'll be gone. R:While Stjepan's drinking, I'll talk to Luka. ( Grad export commercial ) R:Thank you for this interview. Did I miss something important? Stjepan:Yes. R:What? How do you handle all those obligations and responsabilities? You're in your twenties..it's a big burden. Luka:We had lots of obligations ever since we started playing. We're used to discipline. Stjepan:Lots of people don't know we had an almost eaqually stressfull life before. We travelled and played a lot. We had a lot of concerts. We practiced, went to competitions..it was also stressfull, so we just continued. R:It just expanded a little? Stjepan:Yes. Luka:Now it's less stressfull because we've reached our goal. Now we need to go on. It's still stressfull. Stjepan:It's always stressfull. Luka:It's always stressfull. Life is stress. Stjepan:Everybody is stressed out. ( Luka raises his glass ) R:Should we make a tost? Luka:Cheers! R:I see you're enjoying Slavonija and Srijem. Stjepan:When he's stressed out, he gets acne. He can't perform like that. Luka:And he gets twiches. Starts shaking. Stjepan:Awful. R:Anyway, you were shaking a lot last night but the audience was pleased. Stjepan:It would be sad if.. Luka:We were shaking.. Stjepan:And the audience..( imitates a person who's bored ) R:Where was the saddest audience? Stjepan:I don't know..England. A few days ago, we played for some neurosurgeons. We finished Highway to hell and they..( claps with no enthusiasm ) It felt.. Luka:Weird.. Stjepan:Awful. R:What's it like playing for prince Charles? Stjepan:Nothing special. He doesn't know a lot about music. I wasn't nervous. I was nervous playing for Rostropovich, because he knows every note. Charles doesn't know. Whatever I played, he would like it. R:Luka and Stjepan, thank you very much for this conversation. I wish you lots of success in your future work. See you another time, when you get back to Croatia. Stjepan:OK. Thank you. Luka:Thank you. R:Thank you again and good luck. Stjepan:You too. R:I thank our viewers for the attention. You have watched another 'Pressica' on television in Vinkovci. Watch us again next week. Goodbye. ( 'Ne dirajte mi ravnicu' -Stjepan:Sing with us if you recognize the song, and I'm sure you will. We're very fond of it. Luka, please start.