First of all, thank you so much for giving this interview to 2CellosBrasil. It’s an honor for us to have you in this special moment of our page. We asked Brazilian fans to send us some questions about what they would like to know about 2CELLOS, and selected a few for you to answer. Here they are:
1) In the last 4 years, you career have reached another level: many of your fans are people who were never interested by classical music, or even cellos. Now you’ve become a source of inspiration for them, as a musician and as a person. How do you handle with this? Have you ever imagined that one day you would be a worldwide known cellist?
Firstly, I would like to express how grateful I am to everyone who is supporting us. I’m truly humbled by that and eternally thankful. To be an inspiration to other young musicians and people is the biggest gift you can get as a musician and a person but also at the same time a huge responsibility. It is also a proof that we are on a right path in life and we hope to stay on the right path and continue to be creative, so we can continue to inspire people. I also hope that young people who are inspired by us will successfully find their own voice and purpose in life and that they themselves will be an inspiration to others. If not in music, then in anything else they might end up doing. Or simply by being a good person. That is the most important.
2) Do you have any plans about making a solo project? If yes, what do you think it would be like? Have you ever considered recording something with your brother or your sister?
Yes of course, both Stjepan and I would like to do solo projects in the future. I think what is so unique about 2CELLOS is that we are both very strong and different as individuals, but at the same time we work so well together. So we should definitely continue to develop and grow our individuality as artists and as people and just do what we feel and what we want to express and are passionate about.. I would definitely like to continue playing more classical music in the future, as well as film music, which is my big passion. I would also like to write my own music and produce music in the future. My sister is also developing into a fine violinist. She is still young and has a long way ahead of her but it would be beautiful if we would play, record and film something together as sister and brother. My father said he has one last wish in his life and that is to hear my sister Eva and me playing Brahms Double Concerto. After that, he said, he can die happy.
3) You started playing cello very young. Have you ever had stage fright? And how about more recently, when 2CELLOS was playing with Sir Elton John? Was that a challenge?
I have never had stage fright, but I was always excited and positively nervous before my performance. I still am excited and nervous to this very day and I will be like this forever. I think it is because I am very critical towards myself and I feel a huge responsibility towards the audience who bought the tickets for the show. I want to give 120% every time and give them the best possible performance they will remember forever. It is the same if we play with Elton for 200.000 people or if we play for 4 people. I always have the same feeling. 4) During the concert you, Stjepan and Dusan don’t stop. It’s an impressive energy! Not only that, you have a huge touring schedule. What do you guys do when on road to balance the physical stress that shows, rehearsals, interviews and jet-lag may cause to you?
I try to sleep as much as I can, drink a lot of water, not too much beer ;-). Eat healthy and work out when I can. I am a big fan of Insanity workout system by Shaun T. The only thing I need is my laptop and I can workout basically anywhere. In hotel rooms, changing rooms at the venue,…. It helps a lot, not only health wise but also mentally. That’s just the way my body and mind work.
5) The way you play makes your bow strings get totally shredded. Do you change it during the show? If yes, how many times?
We get asked that a lot. We always carry around 8 bows on the road with us and one bow would usually last for 3 shows. So, if we have a longer tour we have to re-hair them from time to time in different cities.
6) Apparently, you and Stjepan have very different personalities. Is it hard to stand sometimes?
Yes we have different personalities, different views about many things in life, but we are both equally passionate and determined about music, cello, our career and what we want to try and achieve together. And that is the most important. So we learned how to accept one another no matter what, in good or bad and learn how to make compromises. Like in every good relationship. We are like family, brothers. Even closer!
7) How do you guys decide which song to adapt to a cello version?
The main thing in music is the emotion. If we feel we can express and transfer the emotion of the song we go for it. That is how we decide. We follow our heart. We also always like to do something different, put our own spin on the original and make something that will surprise and make people excited. Or even shock them, in a good way of course.
8) With Thunderstruck, you’ve started a new style, that magazines like People have called “BaRock”, a combination of “baroque” and “rock”. And, as always, 2CELLOS impressed everyone. Can you tell us what to expect for the third album?
You can expect our most sophisticated, groundbreaking and boundary pushing album so far in terms of production, sound, arrangements, playing. We produced it ourselves and I think that’s how we get the best results.
9) What did you enjoyed the most when you were in Brazil? Have you ever considered playing a Brazilian song?
I love the ocean and the beach. I love the coconuts you can drink on the beach. Surfing. Football. People. Audience. Last time we played Mas Que Nada but it was only during our last performance. People loved it and we hope to do it all the time next time. Together with Dusan.
10) Does 2CELLOS have plans of coming to Brazil or another country in Latin America again? When?
There were some plans that we come already this year but nothing has been confirmed yet. We hope to come to Latin America and Brazil as soon as possible because we love playing there and we know many people are eager to hear our show.
11) As we said before, your work inspired a lot of people all over the world. Do you have any tips to someone who wants to make a career as a musician? Is there anything that cannot lack in a good musician?
Try to be true to yourself and try to discover and nurture the thing that YOU are passionate about and what you feel you’re good at and feel you have potential for. Go with your guts and follow your heart. Not blindly but with a cool and rational head. Do what you Love and work hard because everything in life pays off. That’s just how the universe works. And remember – a warm heart and a cool head is the winning combination!