This is my own rough translation with Google Translate assist from Bosnian to English:
Title: "Stjepan Hauser from 2CELLOS: Success does not come out of nowhere"
"Who dares to dream big dreams, great things happen to him ," says Stjepan Hauser, half of the duo 2CELLOS, which in the last three years is one of the biggest sensations in the planetary music scene.
Behind him and Luka Sulic, Croatian cellists famous for remakes of classic popular music, they have issued two albums for Sony, viral hits, world tour performances at the biggest venues, army of fans ... It all began in 2011 when their friend, a director by occupation, proposed to record the performance of a pop song. The video for "Smooth Criminal" (the hit by Michael Jackson) which launched two musicians into stars was seen by three million people in the first week.
Instant success, however, did not come from nowhere, but as a reward for years, decades of work and schooling. Before his show at Exit in Novi Sad, where the young virtuosos presented their magic on the main stage, Hauser talked to the "News"about achieving their big dreams and, among other things, we discovered why he can hardly wait to come to Montenegro.
When you set up the first treatment on YouTube, what did you expect?
We knew we could get to all of this, but not so fast. It all happened in a day or two, it was a madhouse. Millions of people had looked at us, Sony called, great TV shows, including Ellen Degeneris called, and Elton John called about joining him on tour. It all went very quickly, one after the other.
How do you stay normal in such a situation?
In that situation, I was not normal, I was under a lot of stress. We were totally unprepared, we had just the one song. We recorded it as an experiment, came from the classics in other waters. Now we should come up, finish the album ... We had no repertoire, we were completely shocked. I think I [lost?] twenty pounds in a week ...
Have you had time to rejoice in the success?
Not really. We had no manager, no one to help us ... And we were getting 300 offers a day in the mail and there was no one to look at it all. It was very stressful. This was followed by a couple of very quick years.
From this distance, it looks like you despite the initial chaos, drag the right moves.
Yes. We really happened on a miracle fairy tale. In fact, we do well, because from an early age, we were rigorously trained in the classical world and we are used to stressful situations.
The greatest support in you career you've gotten from the famous Elton John, with whom you've appeared already.
He was really great and very generous. He helped us start a career from a nobody. With him, we toured the world several times in the past three years, opened for him in huge halls. I think no better promotion could be obtained.
Of all of the famous faces you have met, who are the most interesting personalities among them?
We met a lot of them. From actors - Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, the musicians George Michael, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, ACDC ...
With whom would you like to collaborate?
Sting, U2, the Rolling Stones, ACDC ...
The most important names of popular music. You are not being modest.
Not being modest. Whoever dares to dream big, big things happen. I've always dreamed of everything that's happening to me and I now live those dreams.
To go back a little bit backwards. Cello is not among the most popular instruments. How did you choose it?
When I was very little, I heard on the radio of his warm, gentle, noble sound. Immediately it entered under the skin. I knew that I want to play.
Building a career in pairs. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work?
It is much more interesting on stage to see two different personalities and the tension between the two of us because we each make the other play better. ___?__ is always ... you depend on each other, if it's something that I can not ...
If the disagreements, quarrels?
Constantly (laughs). There is always a compromise. As in a marriage. The same.
You have a classical education, and now you are in the pop sphere. What is common to these two worlds?
We all combine. We play the classic pop and rock, we are open to all that is good. The most important thing is to be good quality, it has a message, to reach people, to touch the soul.
Where do you see your position on the music scene?
We are universal. Cello, no language barrier - the whole world is our homeland.
Do you think there is a way to popularize the classics, bring them closer to a wider range of people?
People who play classical music are often obsessed with the various rules, snobbish behavior. It should be easy to play the music with strength, with charisma, heart, and then you will reach listeners. When we play the classics or ______ or anything, people have the same reaction, just as they like. Only have been presented in such a way.
You've never played in Montenegro, do you have plans to visit us soon?
_____?_____ I played in Montenegro before 2CELLOS and I personally was impressed because it is a breeding ground for beauty. So I'd like you before we get there.