Sunday, February 23, 2014

You've Never Heard the Cello Like This Before!

2Cellos (stylized 2CELLOS) is a Croatian cello duo, consisting of Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. Signed to Sony Masterworks since 12 April 2011, the two were discovered after uploading a music video of their cello-only cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" to YouTube.

Šulić, born in Maribor, SR Slovenia (now Slovenia) and Hauser, born in Pula, SR Croatia (now Croatia), both classically trained musicians, met at a master class in Croatia while still in their teens. Šulić—the younger of the two by a year— attended the Academy of Music in Zagreb, and then studied in Vienna. Šulić later entered London's Royal Academy of Music. Hauser attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, after completing his studies at Trinity College in London.

The duo rose to fame after their cover of "Smooth Criminal" became a hit on YouTube, receiving over three million views in the first two weeks and over ten million views in all. The creation of the music video was prompted by the cellists' financial difficulties, despite their musical success in the UK. The duo met in Pula, where one of Hauser's friends, a director, proposed that they try the pop music market by creating a video to "Smooth Criminal." The video, originally posted on 20 January 2011, features Šulić and Hauser facing off alone in a large white room, playing Jackson's tune. In fact, before they became partners, the two cellists were sometimes considered rivals, competing against each other in music contests. - Wikipedia
 Saw these guys over at Nicki and Rob's place, I'm not just hooked. I'm impressed, blown away, what have you.

I've always liked the cello. These guys take it to a whole new level. Let me know what you think.

I love 'em!

Pa učinio dečki!


12 comments:

  1. Went to Amazon and got me some of that!

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  2. I'd like to have their bowstring contract though! Thinking they go through about 2 per song.

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  3. My only complaint is the same one that I have about Lindsey Sterling's videos...they need to stop changing the camera's point of view every two seconds. That may be a hit with today's video game kids but after a while it just gets too distracting for old people like me. The talent's there, but why take away from it by letting some hipster excessively edit your videos?

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    1. I always put the video behind whatever else I'm doing and just listen to the music.

      But yeah, bouncy video can be annoying.

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  4. Neat. They might go well with Jethro Tull.

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  5. The Slavs have a flair for the dramatic, don't they? I liked the "Thuderstruck" vid for the (fakey) audience reactions, which were pretty funny.

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    1. Did you see the one little kid who was really into it, being admonished by an elder. Good stuff!

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