Oto Pestner on Paul McCartney, the twins and the cultural sector during the epidemic

How is the legend of Slovenian pop music Oto Pestner (65) surviving the epidemic and what does he say about the last year when musicians are not on stage?

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Otto Pestner became a father at the age of 52, and a double. He says it’s the most beautiful thing, even though he became a father later. The girls Ana and Ela also love music and have already recorded a few songs.

In 1971, you won the Slovene Song Contest with the song 30 let. We’ve been celebrating 50 years since this song now, what do you think about that? Is this the song you are most often asked to sing?

True, the song 30 Years is 50 years old. Even before the crown, together with RTV Slovenia, we were thinking about a special concert as part of the Summer Nights, which is supposed to take place this summer. Since the crown still surprises us, better or worse, I have a hard time answering when this concert would be realized.

You started playing music before that, when you were 12 you released your first record. How did you find yourself in the music world back then? You were still a child.

I was very helpless, but luckily I had a father who did quite well in such things, as he was also a musician himself. I recorded the first record in radio studio 13 with the team of Borut Lesjak, who otherwise accompanied the vocalists in the show Veseli tobogan, where I also performed.

You met the legendary Beatle Paul McCartney in Berlin a few years ago. How did this happen and how did the meeting go? What is Paul McCartney like?

Paul McCartney is a big, warm and above all simple man. Although he deserves presidential treatment, he is first and foremost a normal, honest and seasoned musician who finds himself in any situation. He started our meeting in Munich on his own when he found out that we were performing with the Alpine Quintet at his concert the same day. At first, he invited the whole team to the concert as he didn’t know about our performance time. When I told him how it was, we immediately arranged a “meet and greet” meeting. We chatted for about 20 minutes and then he said he would be happy to come to play in Ljubljana when the first opportunity arises. I had a feeling we had known each other for ten years, and he also made that impression, as he said we were all just musicians.

At 52, you became a father, and a double. It was exhausting when they were still babies? How do you differentiate them? They are very similar. Stand different in character, is she interested in music?

Being a father, though later, is something most beautiful. Ana and Ela are similar, but it is not difficult to separate them. It is true that these are two different characters: Ana is more “easy” and Ela is very religious. As babies, they were very hardworking and most of all very synchronized. Of course, they love music very much, as they have already recorded a few songs. I hope that they will continue to be interested in this, and the decision is definitely theirs.

You musicians have been practically at home since March. How do you spend this time of epidemic when you’re not on stage, what do you do? Do you eat every day? Do you have any hobbies?

This is a question that I will only answer by saying that the damage we have experienced all along is irreparable and that this country has completely forgotten about the cultural sector. We musicians are a strong part of the state-building apparatus, and it is not right to undermine this with a counter-statement. We will still be needed.

Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.

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