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Having spent the last ten years together as 2CELLOS, releasing six studio albums, amassing billions of streams, performing at iconic venues across the globe and selling nearly 1 million tickets to their electric live performances, the duo of Luka Šulić and HAUSER today announce the next leg of their world tour and reveal that 2022 will be the last tour together as 2CELLOS.
2CELLOS will be supported at their concert in the Wiener Stadthalle by none other than MATT SIMONS.
The pair says:
"This tour is the culmination of everything we have achieved as the 2CELLOS. These will be our biggest shows, playing to some of the biggest audiences. We have climbed the mountain together and we have reached the peak of what we can do together. We'll put everything we have learnt from playing together into these dates. They will be intense, they will rock, they will be touching, they will be emotional. We are going to throw everything at them - and then we can rest the 2CELLOS. Are you ready to celebrate with us?!"
2CELLOS is the eclectic, international sensation comprised of two classically trained cellists who reached video viral fame on YouTube from their 2011 rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The pair, Luka Šulić and HAUSER, have since created a name for themselves with their electric and dynamic playing style. Together, 2CELLOS have amassed a staggering 1.3 billion YouTube views, 5.5 million YouTube subscribers, 1 billion streams, and have sold nearly 1 million tickets. 2CELLOS have taken the cello to unimagined heights as their signature style breaks down the boundaries between genres of music, from classical and film music, to pop and rock. Known for their electric live performances, 2CELLOS have sold out shows across the globe at historic venues including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The duo has performed alongside musical greats Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael, to name a few, and was hand-picked by Sir Elton John to perform both as an opener as well as part of the iconic singer’s live band. 2CELLOS are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and are working hard to continue reaching new stratospheres.
ABOUT MATT SIMONS
Matt Simons is ready to unpack. The American songwriter has worked continuously for a decade now, achieving huge success – particularly in continental Europe – with music that comes straight from the soul. A West Coast talent who found success outside his homeland, his music has reached huge audiences, with both studio albums to date – ‘Pieces’ and ‘Catch & Release’ – moving across the continent, starting with the Netherlands until the whole of Europe knew his name.
Last year’s ‘After The Landslide’ was a particular landmark, and 2019 ended with a huge 40 date tour. “It was a really beautiful two months,” he smiles. “That was the longest tour that I’ve ever done.”
But then the pandemic intervened. Relocating to California, close to where he grew up, just as COVID began its international spread, Matt Simons found himself with the space – and the time – to reflect, and to look inwards. It’s sparked a shift in his music, too – singles such as ‘Cold’ and ‘Better Tomorrow’ have connected due to their introspection, and the brave frankness of his message.
In a way, this emotional frankness has been a hallmark of his career. After all, Matt Simons can certainly connect. Across three studio albums his work has found a global audience of millions, his sweet, plaintive, piano-rooted melodies allying themselves to lyrics that speak plainly, sometimes starkly, about important events in his life.
Passionate and driven, songs are pouring out of Matt right now – working with alacrity, 2021 will bring something big, something important. He’s changing, and the music is changing, too, adopting new influences but returning to those same truths. “Right now, I’m thinking about the future,” he says. “It feels like the standard album release trajectory is kind of out-dated at this point. I mean, it’s also not the way that I consume music any more, either – I’m always making new playlists, with new music!”
Breaking down his approach and building anew, he’s perpetually pulled back to one phrase. ‘Identity Crisis’ is one of his new songs, and it’s also an overarching theme. Just look at those song titles - ‘Too Much’ looks at party culture in the face, and wonders where the line is. “I feel it’s a relatable thing for anyone who likes to party,” he comments. “How do you know you’re fulfilled…? And unfortunately, you only know you’ve made it if you’ve gone too far.”
He adds: “As a songwriter it’s important that you’re not bound to writing about only autobiographical things happening in your life right now. You’ve got to be able to draw on the past, and other people’s experiences.”
Fully unpacking long-held emotions, pulling down the gates and letting others into his life. It’s a bold move, but it’s one he doesn’t regret. Pausing, he finishes: “I think it’s very cathartic.”
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