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2CELLOS: "We play rock music with the cello" Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are famous for their overwhelming cello interpretations of rock classics. The interview with the Slovenian-Croatian duo by Gabriele Antonucci
The Web, in addition to the talent show, is the most effective tool to launch the career of a new artist.
One of the most viewed music videos on YouTube in 2011 was the original version of "Smooth Criminal", classic from the beloved Michael Jackson, made with only two cellos by 2CELLOS, Slovenian-Croatian duo formed by Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser.
Also appreciated was the subsequent video of "Welcome to the Jungle", one of the more catchy songs of Guns 'N' Roses, which keeps all its electricity, even if played with string instruments.
Among the many who appreciated their performance was Sir Elton John, who was so impressed by the skill of 2CELLOS that he asked them to accompany him on his world tour of 2011.
Loved by a predominantly female audience for their appearance, the 2CELLOS are not, however, either a boy band or a group built around a table, but two musicians with all the trimmings.
Stjepan Hauser, Croatian, was one of the last students of Rostropovich and was dubbed the "wizard of the cello." Luka Sulic, Slovenian, has won prestigious awards such as the VII International Competition of Lutoslawski Cello and the European Broadcasting Union New Talent Competition.
At the beginning of 2013 they released their second album, In2ition, produced by rock legend Bob Ezrin, which features guests such as Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and our Zuchero.
A world tour will bring 2CELLOS to five stages in Italy in December: 11 at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padua, 12 at Atlantic Live in Rome, 13 at Estragon in Bologna, 14 at the Fabrique of Milan, and 15 at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine. Udine and Bologna are already sold out, but there are still a few tickets for the concerts of Padua, Milan and Rome.
We reached Luka Sulic the phone, during a break in the soundcheck of the concert in Moscow.
Luka, why did you choose the cello and when did you start to play it?
"I started playing at five years old, honestly I remember little of the beginning. I was encouraged by my father, who is also a cellist. Music has always been my passion and it has grown year after year with me. The cello is a warm and magical tool; I would not change with anyone else. "
When did you decide to make a change to the classic pop-rock contemporary?
"You are right, what we want to do is just give a dimension to the great classic rock and pop songs in order to highlight the emotional aspects, strength and feeling. Many of our fans have written to us who approached classical music thanks to us and this gives us a great pleasure. Unfortunately today it is not easy for a musician with live-only classics, so we chose a style that allows us to wander through the music that we like the most, without borders or barriers of gender. "
You and Stjepan have studied in London. Did the British capital influence your musical style?
"Everything I have learned of the cello has happened in Croatia and later I also studied in Vienna. In fact we went to London to look for more opportunities to perfect our style. It's a city that has opened the mind; not coincidentally it is the capital of the rock world, where music plays a fundamental role. There magical things started to happen, if we were not in London today probably would not be here. "
How do you choose the songs to be included in your album?
"When we choose a song, first of all we have to like it even better if it was part of our training. After trying to find her a classic suit and think about the same time the video, which has always played a decisive role in our career. "
How many artists have appreciated your cover their tracks?
"We are very lucky, we have had many positive opinions. When he released video of "Smooth Criminal", Quincy Jones personally complimented us, who for us is a legend, in addition to the Michael Jackson family and choreographers . Iron Maiden of "The Trooper" and Guns 'n' Roses of "Welcome to the Jungle" have expressed their appreciation on their Facebook pages, as well as Dave Grohl for the cover of Nirvana. It 's wonderful to know that such great artists have said nice words about us, they gave us a crazy thrill. "
What was it like playing in Zagreb along with an icon of Italian song in the world such as Andrea Bocelli?
"The concert in Zagreb was a fantastic experience, a dream come true. We grew up listening to his music and his show and then, one day, we found ourselves on the same stage with him. We will never forget, because Andrea, as well as a great artist, is a really nice person. "
In an interview you said: 'We had the vision that "Smooth Criminal" could change our lives'. And that is 'exactly what happened.'
"When you believe in what you do, things become true. It was not easy, it took years of hard work, but we felt clearly that "Smooth Criminal" would change our lives, and so it was. We will always be grateful to Michael Jackson for having inspired uswith his music. "
When Elton John called you personally on the phone to ask you to play in his tour of 2011, what did you answer? Did you think it was a joke?
"I was studying at the London Academy of Music, when the principal called me, saying that we tried Elton John. Fifteen minutes later he called me on the phone: I was nervous and I was afraid of making a fool, but he was very kind and put me immediately at ease. He told us that he appreciated our music and asked us if we wanted to accompany him on his tour. Of course we accepted on the fly; there have been two wonderful years that have greatly enriched our wealth of experience. "
Would you have ever imagined one day having so many fans? What relationship do you have with them?
"No, honestly I would never have expected, especially in these proportions. It 'great to see how our fans are devoted and attentive to everything we do, always support us. I must say that, together with those Croatian, Japanese and English, the Italian fans are among the best. "
In 2015 your third album, Celloverse will be released. Can we expect surprises?
"For the next album we're thinking of making a video for each song. The third album will be a return to basics, product directly from us, with a great work on the arrangements, even more rich and unpredictable. I'm curious to see how it will be received by the public. "