Dec 16, 2014

"Willkommen 2015" - New Year's Eve Open Air Event

Die Band wird am 31. Dezember 2014 beim Silvester-Open-Air-Event am Brandenburger Tor in Berlin auftreten! Des weiteren sind dabei: David Hasselhoff, Marlon Roudette, David Garrett, und viele mehr! Zu sehen ist dieses Event am 31. Dezember ab 21.45 Uhr auf ZDF.
The band will perform at the New Year's Eve Open Air Event at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin on December 31st, 2014! Furthermore there will be performances of David Hasselhoff, Marlon Roudette, David Garrett, and many more! You can watch the event on December 31st at 9.45pm CET on ZDF (German TV program).

Interview on 1LIVE Radio 15.12.2014 - "Vom Monsun an die Westcoast"



Part 1
(until 8:30)

Interviewer: 9 years ago the first single and album of the band Tokio Hotel from Magdeburg were released. We all know how it continued, there was mass hysteria among teens, they sold millions of records, not only in Germany, but also abroad. The band won actually every imaginable award except the Grammy in the following years. Among others the „1LIVE Krone“ in 2007, which was given to you on stage by whom…?

Bill (laughs): Haha, that was you!

Interviewer: You experienced all of this in such a young age, how old were you? 15, 16?

Bill: Yeah, 15 or 16..

Interviewer: But the Tokio-Hotel-mania had its price then, you couldn’t even move freely anymore because of so much fans, and in 2010 the twins, Bill & Tom, pulled the brake and escaped to Los Angeles, Gustav and Georg stayed in Germany. That happened four years ago by now, the new album „Kings of Suburbia“ was released at the beginning of October, and I’m sitting in Los Angeles with Bill and Tom. Please tell shortly where we are right now.

Bill: We’re in the „The Village“ studio in Santa Monica…

Interviewer: 1LIVE, one hour at Tokio Hotel in LA…

Interviewer: 1LIVE with Tokio Hotel, or rather one half of the band. I’m sitting in a big music studio in LA with Bill and Tom, where they both still live. Well, not here in the studio, but in the city.

Tom: Well, also here in the studio… (laughs)

Interviewer: What’s your connection to this studio, „The Village“?

Bill: Well, we discovered it a while ago and we just thought the building is so cool because it’s such an old studio where so many people already recorded and there’s just such an amazing traditional studio-flair, which other studios don’t have anymore.

Tom: Yeah, a good atmosphere…

Bill: Exactly, and we recorded some stuff for the album here and really like to come here and rent it sometimes.

Interviewer: Do you know who already recorded here?

Tom: Just a bit, well I think it’s rather the question who has not already recorded here. But there are incredible stars among them, legends, among others Aerosmith, that’s our favorite band for example. But everyone has recorded here, there are also private studios, for example John Mayer has his private studio up there and I also think some other people have private studios.

Interviewer: Pink Floyd…

Tom: Pink Floyd has also recorded here…
Interviewer: And you can experience this spirit in those rooms?

Bill: Yeah, I have the feeling that there’s still also this smell of all those technique stuff and…

Tom: Yeah, also those vintage devices that just sound amazing and we just like to come here for live recordings with the band. It’s really amazing, it’s a typical studio where you bring your computer sound and add some live elements with the band.

Interviewer: Do you still know when you made the decision that you are going to move here [to LA]?

Bill: It was a relatively spontaneous decision, we first wanted to have a second home here where we just can escape to sometimes, and we wanted to keep something in Germany, but then people broke into our house, this happened on our 20th birthday and then our last haven we had in Germany was also gone and we didn’t know where to go anymore. Then we said, okay before we create a new prison for ourselves somewhere in Germany, we’ll just escape completely. And within, I think, four weeks we searched online for a house and we took our family and friends and our dogs and flew to LA. And uhm yeah, we just didn’t come back anymore.

Interviewer: And this burglary, do you know who it was?

Bill: No, uhm.. at that time there were always so many people standing in front of our house and we also had security there all the time. It surely was one of them [the people standing in front of the house] and surely everyone saw that, but no one wanted to help us, not even the police. They could never find out who did it. I only know that in the house everything was digged out and my entire underwear was on the floor…
Interviewer: Underwear?!

Bill: Yeah, they rummaged around everywhere and photographed everything and so on. And I said, okay I can’t stay here anymore.

Tom: But I think everyone knows that, doesn’t matter if it’s a private person or not, but everyone who’s house got broken into knows that I think. It’s such a disgusting feeling. You somehow feel kind of raped, because that’s your privacy and nobody wants everyone to know what’s in your bedside cabinet or so. Not that you’d have some weird things in it… (laughs) Nah, but it’s really like that, you somehow feel raped. When we got there, we already tapped the ashes of our cigarettes on the floor and so on, it already wasn’t our home anymore. But in general it’s not that we’re committed to LA, it just came along spontaneously. Bill wants to move to New York so bad, and I somehow want to go to a place that’s kinda more unusual, not necessarily a metropolis but where you could do some cool stuff. A motorcycle tour for a year in India maybe or so, or also being on the road with a backpack…

Interviewer: Would you accompany him or..?

Bill: Well nah, I would accompany him of course...

Tom: … but he doesn’t have a motorcycle license…

Bill: Exactly, that’s the first thing, and then, uhm… I can’t imagine it for such a long time.. I have to say I’m a city person in general. I also like it quiet and nature and so on, but… I can imagine going to India and then going on a trip there for two months or so, but living there… I really feel comfortable in big cities. New York or so… I really love to be there. I just like it. I also have the feeling that I’m going out way more than Tom, I just like being among people, I like those big cities.

Interviewer: You already adressed this „golden cage“, how was one typical Tokio-Hotel-day in Germany when you were still there? How can one imagine it?

Tom: Uhm… always very organized. Well, first it was like that we were on the road all the time. We had years in which we were on the road 320 to 340 days minimum. And then you come home after a tour and you fall into a sort of limbo. Because you don’t even know... well, you’re in this „tour-bubble“ then and you have all people around you, assistents, managers, tour managers, and people who manage everything for you, you actually only run after the crowd…

Bill: The day is always automatically directed by others. And that’s the thing which gets me really unhappy after a while because I actually don’t want this at all in life. You also can’t just simply get out, when you want to go to the cinema and watch a movie or eat a pizza somewhere. It’s always that you have to inform someone first and then they tell the security, who are calling the location… so everything needs a huge scheduling, and even if you want to drink a coffee somewhere it needs to be planned and scheduled.

Tom: It sounds like complaining about first world problems, which it actually is because…

Bill: It really is, because it also has a beautiful side, it’s fun, I really like being on the road and everything, but you just need the balance. And we just said…

Tom: We want to have the other side now…
Bill: Exactly, you also have to get along alone again for a while, and live on your own…

Tom: Then you can enjoy it differently again being on tour with the band and being on the road with all those people, when you also have the other side.

Interviewer: In TV interviews you said that the first year you did nothing. What is „doing nothing“?

Bill: Well, doing nothing for us was uhm, getting up in the morning and having no schedule. We had no deadline for the album, we had nothing in our calendar, and for one year we just did what we wanted every day. We got up in the morning and said „Oh, today we want to go to the amusement park…“, so we went to the amusement park…

Tom: …then you go play paintball, then you go karting…

Bill: Yeah, or you go to a concert, go to festivals…

Tom: Just normal things, you go to „Bed, Bath & Beyond“ to buy new pans and such things…

Interviewer: New pans?! (laughs)

Bill: Yeah, pans. Because we had nothing when we came here, we just had our suitcases and we first furnished our house and bought new things. And yeah, then we also partied a lot. I think I partied every day in some club…

Translation by Herzblut @ TokioHotel_Info || Please use with credit, thanks!

Part 2
(from 8:30 to 16:15)

Interviewer: 1LIVE today with Bill and Tom from Tokio Hotel in LA, where they live. Where are Gustav and Georg actually?
Tom: They are in Germany right now, but they will come here next week again and then we’ll do some promo (please note that the interview was done in November already), and then we’ll do some small performances until, I don’t know, the end of the year, promotion, playing some songs here and there, and next year we’ll be on tour together.

Interviewer: Don’t they like being on TV as much as you do or why do I always have the feeling that when I see your interviews that they’re a bit…
Bill: Well, they’re not…

*something makes noise*

Interviewer: That’s the dog by the way…

Bill: To be honest, they actually really don’t like it that much being on TV. They don’t have a big problem with it [being on TV], so it’s not like they think „We don’t want that at all“ but if they don’t have to, it’s totally okay for them that we do that. They really love to be on stage and play the songs but all the other things like photoshoots and interviews are just not their cup of tea.

Interviewer: Somehow the focus is always on you, so they find that rather good? It’s not like they say „We also want to have that“…?

Bill: Nah, they also had a way more relaxing life because of that. Many people think.. we also see it among the fans when they say „Oh again it’s Bill alone on the cover“, but we don’t have such discussions at all internally. We never talk about how long someone occurs in a video or who is on which photo. There are no fights between us about that, and there have never been. I think everyone has their position and task in the band and is happy with that.

Interviewer: Are they involved in the creative process when you write new music, or are they only in the video and play along?

Bill: Uhm, it varies. Concerning the music, Tom is doing most of the stuff, because he’s also producing and…

Tom: …well, because he’s also the most talented…

Bill (laughs): Nah, but Tom already had some songs finished and then we went in the studio and added live instruments with them. They also bring their input to the work of course and they also have ideas to maybe change something when Gustav wants to change something with the beat for example.. But they don’t actively write songs because…

Tom: They’re just like.. they play their instruments.

Bill: Exactly..

Tom: And you can’t write that many songs with drums… (laughs)

Bill: But we also once were on such a „songwriting-holiday“ together, where we flew away for two weeks and…

Tom: The problem…

Bill: …and we played and jammed around a bit.

Tom: Exactly.. we played and jammed. But we have to say that as a band we’re incredibly undisciplined. Bill and me are more disciplined on our own than when we’re with the band, because we have such an energy, for example when we’re rehearsing, we actually only make fun all the time, and we’re only rehearsing one song maximum. And the rest of the day we…

Bill: …hang around.

Tom: Yeah, we chill and hang around, eat something and play table tennis or so.

Interviewer: It’s always said that everything you do is completely calculated, nothing is left to chance. What would you say about that?

Tom: On one hand I see it a bit as a compliment, because it only means that it somehow must be good what we’re doing and that it comes across like we’re giving thought to it a lot, which we do, but there’s no masterplan or a huge machinery. People always think „Oh God, they have such a huge record company and all those clever managers and consultants“ which created this and planned it, but we never had that and we most probably will never have that. For example we’ve also never had a typical manager. We always did everything on our own, and I think Bill and me we couldn’t even handle that. We would go crazy if there was someone who’s counseling us the entire day. To be honest, I hate to get advices.

Interviewer: So you have the control about everything that’s happening? And can one say that you’re a bit of control freaks?

Bill: Totally. Actually we’re kinda sick control freaks, we’re actually pissing off everyone in our team with that because it’s hard then for some people to do their job well. Because they always come back to us with all the things and when Tom and me are in Vegas on the weekend, then we don’t answer anything sometimes… (laughs)

Interviewer: That just happened…

Bill: Yeah, that just happened, but for me it’s just… that’s our baby, that’s our band. And I can’t live with it if other people make decisions for us. If I make decisions on my own and it doesn’t work out well then, I know I fucked it up all on my own and I can live better with that then, than if I know that some idiot made this decision for me and it went wrong. I couldn’t deal with that at all. And as I said, I have always been self-determined and that’s really important to me.

Interviewer: Above all you knew that you wanted to make this thing, you wanted to go out, play live and reach the audience and so on. Since when did you know that?

Tom: Actually we had a relatively small hope…we had the band all the time, also during our school time and always played some gigs on the weekends, and we were always happy when we had some bigger performances where we got 250 € or so, those were the biggest performances for us to date.

Interviewer: Just like nowadays, right?

Tom: Just like nowadays, exactly, so we could earn some pocket money.. But uhm, we never had… I mean, in Magdeburg there were like a handful of bands and you met in the clubs at the weekends, but there is no record company or management or… there is no music industry. So we never really had hope that a video of us will play on VIVA or MTV. We couldn’t even imagine that. And that it worked out in the end actually still feels like a wonder today.

Interviewer: Now of course everyone comes and says „Oh that thing with all the sexed up stuff, the video and single cover with this weird clit mouse is all planned“…

Tom: I have to say that somewhen we noticed that all the people said „Oh now you have created such a sex package“ … Anyway I think that sex as a strategy doesn’t work for guys as well as for Christina Aguilera for example… (Bill laughs)

Interviewer: Or Miley Cyrus…

Tom: Yeah.. But I think in general it works better for women. It just happened, because Bill wanted to shoot this orgy video all the time and…

Bill: Yeah, it’s really true.. But I also have to say that the people get it all together and consume it so quickly. But when you make the videos, there are longer periods of time in between of course. We shooted the video for „Girl Got A Gun“ for example way earlier than the one for „Love Who Loves You Back“ and then we don’t see it „together“ anymore. We decide our idea actually relatively spontaneously, what we want to do. It also depends on the situation, you don’t sit together at the table and think about how to attract the most attention or how do you make a good promo action. But it really happens in the moment. You have a vision for the song and an idea to it, and it just somehow happens. And when it’s released the people consume it so quickly, they watch one 3-minute-video and then the next one.. and then it’s a package for them, but which was months of work for us, which we didn’t see as coherent.

Translation by Herzblut @ TokioHotel_Info || Please use with credit, thanks!

Part 3 coming soon!

Bill's new tattoo

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Bill - Instagram Update 16.12.2014

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restroom stories

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wrapped up #newink #sssssshhhhhh

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"Rockpalast Backstage Spezial" 24.11.2014 - Pics #1

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"Rockpalast Backstage Spezial" mit Bill & Tom wurde am 24. November in Los Angeles gedreht und wird am 14. Jänner 2015 um 23.35 Uhr auf MDR ausgestrahlt!

"Rockpalast Backstage Spezial" with Bill & Tom was filmed on November 24th in Los Angeles and is going to be broadcasted on January 14th, 2015 at 11.35pm CET on MDR (German TV)!

Georg - Instagram Update 14.12.2014

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Christmas decoration done! 😉✔️ #xmas #ready

Bill - Instagram Update 14.12.2014

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Press Conference @ Universal Music Mexico 12.11.2014 - Interviews #2

Interview with TKM

Interview with Radio Disney

Tokio Hotel - Instagram Update 13.12.2014

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The golden item for tomorrow’s holiday merch special on Facebook. Gustav’s original #KOS sticks. #TokioHotelMerch

Bill @ Best Brands Gala 2015

Bei der Best Brands Gala in München wird Bill Special Guest sein und die Kategorie "Beste Modemarke" präsentieren! Die Gala findet am 11. Februar 2015 statt!
At the Best Brands Gala in Munich Bill will be Special Guest and present the category "Best Fashion Brand"! The Gala takes place on February 11th, 2015!

Bill - Instagram Update 13.12.2014

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#one #love #8674 #words #gregory 🌈 @gregorysiff

"Feel It All" World Tour 2015 - Trailer

DecodeLTD Twitter - Tom in Las Vegas

"Tom #tokiohotel hoping to get Covered in Gold #VegasBaby #FIA #LoseItAll"

Tokio Hotel - Instagram Update 12.12.2014

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#FEELITALLWORLDTOUR #getready #tokiohotelcom

Bill - Instagram Update 12.12.2014

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handwritten lyrics #LWLYB #metrolyrics #ads #love
Quelle/Source - Interview with Tom

Guitarist Tom Kaulitz Discusses New Tokio Hotel Album 'Kings of Suburbia'

Following the success of Tokio Hotel’s 2005 debut album, Schrei, twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz—along with bassist Georg Listing and drummer Gustav Schafer—became the most successful German rock band of the last 20 years.

Tokio Hotel have built a huge fan base and sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.
But in 2009, after years of relentless recording and touring, the band decided to take a break and relocated to Los Angeles to find new inspiration. The result is the band’s third album, Kings of Suburbia.

From the propulsive and sensual “Love Who Loves You Back” to the catchy, guitar-driven “Girl Got a Gun," Kings Of Suburbia combines songwriting maturity with polished production.
I recently spoke with guitarist Tom Kaulitz about Kings of Suburbia, his musical upbringing and more.

GUITAR WORLD: A few years ago, the band made the move to Los Angeles. What was the reason behind it?
We recorded our last record in 2009 and afterwards decided we needed to take a little bit of a break. We wanted to go to a different city to find inspiration and also start a little bit of a private life. We had been on the road since we were 15, putting out records constantly and being out on the road touring. So we decided to go to LA and produce the new record there.

How would you describe Kings of Suburbia?
It's a little more electronic than the albums before. We played a lot with new sounds and programming, which was something we had never done.
Our whole songwriting process changed a little bit when we started to write for this record. For the first time in our career, we really had the time to do things the way we wanted. It was a development for us. We built a home studio and I started to program and lay down some riffs. Then we met up with a few producers and songwriters and said, "OK, let's see where this goes." It turned out amazing. We're really proud of this record.

You mentioned the songwriting process. Can you tell me a little bit more about it?
It changes all the time. In In the past we would usually take our acoustic guitars, sit together and jam and then take it from there. For this record, we really wrote on track. Most of the time I would have a demo that was pretty far along and the others would then come up with melodies.

Do you have plans to tour in support of the new album?
Yes. We're already planning on touring most of next year. We'll start out in Europe and then we're going to play the U.S. We already have a few dates set for early next year and the summer. We'll be playing all over the Asia, South America and Europe.

What can you tell me about your musical upbringing?
We grew up in a small town in East Germany and always had music around us. From the time I was able to play three chords on guitar, we went on stage right away to present it. We've always knew that we wanted to do it professionally but grew up in an area where there was no real music scene. So we went to school with the idea of possibly taking on a different job, but things just took off. We've been doing this now for 14 years, and it’s been amazing.

Who were some of your musical influences?
I was always a huge fan of Joe Perry and Steven Tyler. The first record I got from Aerosmith was Big Ones, and I remember listening to it all day, every day! [laughs]. My stepfather was also into music and played guitar and introduced us to AC/DC. AC/DC and Aerosmith were the bands we grew up with and loved. We recently met them [Tyler and Perry] at a concert, and it was a dream come true.

What excites you the most about this next stage of your career?
I'm most excited about touring next year. Music has changed so much over the years. Today, it's all about touring. We love being up on stage and are looking forward to playing. We've been pretty much everywhere in the world except Australia. So we're hoping to get chance to play there as well. Touring is the thing that keeps us going!


Bill & Tom with fans in Los Angeles, USA 09.12.2014

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Bill - Instagram Update 10.12.2014

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ready? #christmasshopping

Dec 15, 2014 - Exclusive Interview

Which Tokio Hotel Dude Is Getting Married - Plus 6 More Things We Learned

One of these facts involves a puppy.  

Tokio Hotel‘s fans, the Aliens, are likely still on a high from the band’s first album in five years, Kings of Suburbia, which dropped last month. Well, dudes, prepare to get even more amped: MTV News had a chance to chat with the guys and they gave us some pretty exciting facts about their record, their upcoming tour and which one of them will soon be tying the knot…
Check out seven things we learned from our conversation with Tokio Hotel below:

  1. Their New Sound Just Happened  

    “It happened naturally for us — a lot of stuff happens in five years. Music changes. We just wrote songs… and it kind of turned out that it got more and more electronic. Of course, the last record we put out in 2009, Humanoid — we only started to go down this road a little bit, with more synthesizers, and I think we just took it further. We took it from there. We never sat down and made this decision, ‘OK, now we want to do a more electronic album — it’s more like it just happened to us in the production.’” – Tom Kaulitz

  2. When It Comes To Their 2015 Tour, Get Ready…

    “You can expect a lot. We have so many great ideas. We don’t even know how to put all those ideas into one single show. We are going for some rehearsals in the beginning of next year. We will be putting this electronic album into an electronic rock show.” – Georg Listing

  3. A Certain Pooch Will Make An Appearance (But Not On Stage)

    “We all have dogs, but I think Pumba will be on tour with us.” – Georg
  4. They’re Really Down With Their Fans 

    “After taking such a long break we were under the radar for a couple of years and didn’t do much. The people are so supportive. People are going crazy about the record. It’s just amazing. It’s the best we could have imagined.” – Bill Kaulitz

  5. Their Top Acts Of The Year Are… 

  6. They Will Sing In German On Their Next Tour 

    “That’s an interesting question because we haven’t thought about it yet. I feel like we should. But I have to know all the German lyrics and the English lyrics and now that we have so many songs you kind of get confused. It happened to me on the last tour. It was such a mess. We had the German setlist and the English setlist and I had to switch from night to night and I slowly forgot lyrics.” – Bill

  7. Someone Is Getting Married… 

    Congrats to Gustav Schäfer (pictured far left)! The guys plan to play Ariana Grande or David Hasselhoff jams at the wedding (that could have been a joke).

Interview by Brenna Ehrlich


Dec 14, 2014

Bill - Instagram Update 08.12.2014

VIDEO: Birthday Pumbi #firstyear #firstbirthday #one

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#tulum #mexico

Bill - Instagram Update 07.12.2014

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Birthday Boy! #feelslikeyesterday #happybirthdayschlingel #minipumbi #oneyear #firstbirthday

Georg - Instagram Update 07.12.2014

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY bro!!! @p_u_m_b_a_

Tokio Hotel - Instagram Update 07.12.2014

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HappyBirthdayPumba!!! Pumba is taking over #TokioHotelTV watch his episode on our YT! #HappyBirthdayPumba

Tokio Hotel TV - Pumba's Birthday Takeover

Dec 6, 2014

Bill - Instagram Update 06.12.2014

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Mayan ruins in Tulum #mexico

Bill & Tom with Agustin Noguera (Fashion Designer) in Mexico

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DecodeLTD Twitter - Pumba's Birthday #2

"Time flies. They grow up so fast. Cherish every moment. #tokiohotel # Pumba #LWLYB"

Bill & Tom on Suicide Girls Radio 04.12.2014 - Pics #1

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Quelle/Source: @SG_Radio/Twitter & Suicide Girls Radio/Facebook

Bill & Tom on Suicide Girls Radio 04.12.2014 - Interview

Georg - Instagram Update 04.12.2014

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What's your favorite memory? #TourMemoriesTBT #aliens

L'Officiel Hommes #04/2014 (Germany)

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Photos by Christian Anwander || Scans by @weare0630/Twitter


After years in exile, Tokio Hotel are on tour again and the culture establishment is crying. No more hypocrisy now. A (gentle) bow to Germany’s most successful band.

Bill and Tom Kaulitz are like a red rag to style conscious Berliners who like to scroll design blogs in the afternoons and as of late fancy drinking filter coffee. Tokio Hotel, that’s a no-go of course. That’s uncool, provincial. Which is complete nonsense in our editorial team’s opinion.

You don’t immediately have to compare this band to the Beatles like „Der Spiegel“ (famous German magazine), to acknowledge how remarkable and rapid their rise from the German suburb to an international super act was. Their style is indeed still special nowadays, but definitely distinct, not the result of a marketing strategy. And at least this reporter has seldom if ever sat with two such pleasant and reflective 25-year-olds in an overpriced hotel room and talked about music and life. The topic of the Kaulitz-brothers, who live in LA by now, is a classic one in pop music: to work oneself up from the periphery to the big city, to be free there. There’s still power in that narrative, even if it may seem worn out. It’s reflected in the title of the new Tokio Hotel album „Kings of Suburbia“, which was produced by themselves with an effort in almost six years, it shows in their humility towards fame.

On one of the first days of autumn, Universal invites to an interview in the „Ritz Carlton“ hotel in Berlin. In front of the hotel there’s a group of rubberneckers who are penetrantly and enviously scrutinizing everyone who is let into the foyer of the new-rich furnished hotel. Through windowless corridors I’m led into the press-suite. Bill and Tom Kaulitz are casually sitting at the window, with a view on concrete, the atmosphere is relaxed. A conversation about growing up in the suburb, freedom and life in a metropolis.

To the question of a journalist, if you ever had a normal youth, you responded with „Yes of course, we had that!“ It’s hard to believe that.
BK: We only noticed that this wasn’t the case in the process of our career. When we were 15 our first single „Durch den Monsun“ was released and was, unlike we all expected, really successful. We didn’t have a plan back then, we got famous over the summer holidays all of a sudden. We only reacted.
TK: At the beginning it was great. Then when you get older, you notice that there’s no life outside of that bubble anymore. Yesterday we wanted to go to the hotel bar and only seconds after that 1000 people were standing at the window. The guy at the bar shut the curtains, and then we sat alone in the corner again, like in a zoo. That way you don’t get anything of life anymore of course.
A lot of celebrities often notice that too late and then wake up as alkies at the end of 40 in one of those hotel bars.
BK: That’s right, of course there are colleagues who just take this and don’t aim at something else anymore. Also for us our team became family and our closest circle of friends.
TK: That’s the comfort zone. As an outsider you may ask yourself „What are they even complaining about?“ But our goal is to make music for the rest of our lives. And you can only do that healthily if you can find a balance. Maybe a bit like Rammstein. Half of the band has a normal family life in New York, they are family daddys. And when they go on tour, they’re the hard rockers then.

Back then, when you became famous during the summer, your look has become, not quite mainstream, but presentable. Was that a problem?
BK: Of course I provoked with my look as a young man, I even went to school like that and always had confrontations with other students and teachers. Subtly I maybe even intended to provoke to set a statement. This feeling of freedom and self-determination are the most important things for me in life. I won’t let anyone tell me that men are not allowed to wear high heels, nail polish or mascara. But coming back to your question: Today I read about our „Wetten, dass…“ performance: „The woman without boobs in a string vest.“ I was meant with that. Of course I don’t care about that. But obviously my look is still provoking.

Tom, there’s this beautiful, personal moment in the making-of your song „Run, Run, Run“, where Bill puts make up on your face. You also always dressed yourself uncommonly, but Bill was still more eccentric.
TK: Totally.

Has that ever been a topic between you?
TK: Not really. It developed quite early with us. We’ve always looked different – already at the age of 13 or 14.
BK: …sometimes there were problems. Back then Tom was…
TK: …your opposite extreme. I was a punk and quite rebellious, ran around with Che-Guevara-shirts and dreadlocks…
BK: …he was in his punk- and I was in my raver-neoprene-phase.
TK: It was also like that on stage. Bill in neoprene, me in Che Guevara shirt. And everyone thought: „Tell me, what kind of band is that!“ And people still think that today.

Dressing that eccentrically in a suburb surely wasn’t easy…
TK: First we moved from Hannover to Magdeburg and were put to school there. Already in primary school we dressed differently. Magdeburg is a city in which people don’t necessarily have a distinct sense for style, but we still got through. When our parents moved to a village with us then, it became, at least in the beginning, really hardcore.
BK: It was too crazy. Today I often look back on these times. As a young person and teenager you don’t think about it a lot, you have a greater self-confidence. In hindsight I can be glad that I didn’t constantly get my face smashed in.
TK: Often the situation was on the brink.

You experienced violence?
TK: Definitely, our stepdad sometimes had to…
BK: ...pick us up with the dog and a baseball bat. And every morning in the bus, people looked at us like we were aliens. I wanted to get out of there as fast as possible. That was definitely clear. That was the incitement behind all the things we did. We wanted to go to the big city. Preferably Berlin.

That’s almost classical. Like Lou Reed and John Cale sang „There’s only one good thing about a small town, you know that you wanna get out“.
TK: Absolutely. There was no bigger wish for us. That’s why we performed every weekend as a band, we wanted to make our name famous, so that one day we would be able to live off our music.

How can one imagine the role allocation between you?
BK: Concerning the band, it’s Tom now who cares about everything that has to do with the music. If it’s the production in our own studio in LA or the live performances. I rather care about the visual things, look which interviews we want to make and with whom which video or photoshoot.
TK: In our private life I’d say that I’m the responsible-minded one and Bill is the gut-feeling-person. I always have to drive Bill around.
BK: Our great-grandfather always took Tom aside and said „Tom, don’t let Bill drive the car“.
Both: „…and always take care of the money!“
TK: He became 104 years old and said that until the end. Actually he’s a bit right.

You wouldn't get along alone?
TK: No, we compensate each other.
BK: But you have to say that Tom is even more dependent than me.
TK: I think Bill talks himself into believing that.
BK: No, that’s true! Even all our friends say that.
TK: They only say that because they find it funny.
BK: It’s really quite cute. He doesn’t do anything without me. I can fly alone to New York for a few days, but when I’m landing, I already have 20 messages from Tom: „And? Did you have a good flight? Send me some pictures, will you? Next time I come with you.“
TK: Of course, because I’m worrying. He’s interpreting it now as if I couldn’t get along on my own without him. But for me it’s rather a big-brother-syndrome.
BK (laughs): Such a bullshit!
TK: I always had to protect him when someone wanted to beat him up.
BK: Oh, such a bullshit!
TK: You could finally admit it!

You have always cared about your own management, furthermore you have built up a studio in LA. It may be a kind of freedom, but it also is a big burden.
BK: Totally. But Tom and me, we’ve always had a big mouth. At Universal we already sat in the record company meetings with the age of 13. With 15 we basically ran a big company. You have lawyers, tax consultants, managers, they all stand on your payroll, so you have responsibility. Of course this can be insanely exhausting. But if it’s going wrong, at least I know who’s fault it is.

After years of touring you moved to Los Angeles some time ago. Please describe your first impressions there.
BK: The first times in LA we really thought: „Amazing, vacation!“ But for me it’s rather a city where you should move when you’re over with work, when you only want to relax in your life anymore. TK: In LA it is like that. You go out, meet friends and friends of friends and all come and first tell you their success story. There’s no city that’s as much „success-driven“ as LA. Namedropping without end.
BK: You meet up and first compare twitter-followers, facebook-friends, instagram-likes. We always sat there and just thought that hopefully nobody would approach us now.

How did the city visually influence you?
TK: In public I always claim that the city hasn’t influenced us at all. But of course you wake up differently there. Every day the sun is shining. Every day blue sky and palm trees.
BK: But LA is not a fashion city. That’s totally bothering me. Everyone’s running around in flip-flops, shorts and tank tops. You have to take care to not look too much like LA after a while. New York is much more inspiring in this matter.

In Germany people who are interested in fashion are still generally seen as stupid or superficial.
BK: But fashion is super important. For me it goes hand in hand with music. Fashion does something to you. To create a look always gets me in a special mood. But it should never be dressed up. Because of that we don’t dress Georg and Gustav with crazy clothes, that would be bloody stupid. Gustav doesn’t care two figs about fashion.
TK: And for Georg it’s most important that his shirt isn’t too long, because otherwise it’s annoying during playing the bass for him.

On your recent album you worked for almost 6 years. How has your music changed in this time?
TK: In the course of the album we dealt a lot with sound-design, synthesizers and effects. How you produce a song really awesome, which bass-drum, which snare-sound, this was extremely exciting and really brought us further. We taught ourselves almost everything since the beginning. No one of us learned playing his instrument professionally, no one plays by notes. I got the guitar with the age of 7 and I’m playing by ear and feeling. I often have the feeling that those professionals know too much. And all this knowledge can also stand in your way sometimes.
BK: That’s how music gets out of fashion very quickly. It’s similar to the attitude of german musicians at the beginnings of the ‘80s. Drummers like DAF’s Robert Görl said, of course, we were at the conservatory and now we have to forget all of that again.
TK: Yes, exactly! It becomes too technical otherwise.
BK: I had vocal coaches in between. But I always abandoned it after the first lesson. It started like that: „On stage you have to arrange yourself like a cardboard.“ And then you stand there and think: „What? I’m wearing a big jacket there and run from A to B, I don’t fucking arrange myself like a…“
Both: „…cardboard!“

Also in fashion, fashion photography, you have the impression that people start to retouch less.
BK: Right. People always did more and more of that [retouching], but it needs to stop. Otherwise we’ll all become robots and everything will get artificial.
TK: People often think it’s a contradiction what we say because they say that the new album is so electronical, there’s nothing pure anymore. But it’s not easier to play a synthesizer than a guitar. And a guitar is not necessarily more natural than a synthesizer.

Is there still a pressure for you to always be number 1 in the charts?
BK: We’re more relaxed today, it’s already the fourth album.
TK: For us it’s rather the sum of chart positions that counts. Most important for me is to work with this record for a long time. It has cost us a whole lot of energy. Therefore I want to profit from it as long as possible.

Translation by Herzblut @ TokioHotel_Info || Please use with credit, thanks!

Tokio Hotel - Instagram Update 04.12.2014

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See us live like you never did before! Get in the club with us to FEEL IT ALL. Get your ticket for the special club experience of our 2015 world tour. You ready? #feelitallworldtour #partone #exclusive #limited #intimate

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As our new tour is getting closer, share your favorite moments and memories of past tours in the comments! #TourMemoriesTBT #LIVE #TBT #FeelItAllWorldTour2015

Bill - Instagram Update 04.12.2014

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We are coming live on tour to Europe for an intimate exclusive club experience we want to share with you guys. A night in a club. You and us. A night to remember. Are you ready to FEEL IT ALL? #2015 #feelitallworldtour #partone #theclubexperience #limited

VIDEO:  My little Pumbi is turning 1 this week. He's super excited about his first Birthday. #pumba #throwback #birthday #one #babyboy #LWLYB

Bill - Instagram Update 03.12.2014

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#stormyweather in #paradise

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If you want the rainbow you have to deal with the rain #thefaultinourstars

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DecodeLTD Twitter - Pumba's Birthday

"Someone is having a Birthday this week! Anyone special in your life having a birthday soon? #pumba"

Alligatoah, Serdar Somuncu und Brandon Boyd (Incubus) über "Kings of Suburbia"

Bill - Instagram Update 02.12.2014

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mexico I love you #local #tacos #cocacola #cafe #vacation #mexico

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Mexican street market #bracelet and #gilesbrother #jewelry #mexico

Dec 1, 2014

"Feel It All" World Tour 2015

March 06 - London, United Kingdom (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 08 - Barcelona, Spain (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 09 - Marseille, France (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 11 - Paris, France (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 12 - Brussels, Belgium (Regular tickets ||VIP tickets)
March 14 - Frankfurt, Germany (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 15 - Zurich, Switzerland (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 17 - Milan, Italy (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 18 - Munich, Germany (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 20 - Cologne, Germany (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 21 - Utrecht, Netherlands (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 23 - Berlin, Germany (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 24 - Hamburg, Germany (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 26 - Vienna, Austria (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)
March 27 - Warsaw, Poland (Regular tickets || VIP tickets)

Bill - Instagram Update 01.12.2014

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#sunset #cottoncandyskies

Bill - Instagram Update 30.11.2014

VIDEO: Saturday's away

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I don't know who Deuon is but the cake was good 😁 #thehotelsentahappybirthdaytothewrongroom #andiwashungry

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take one leave two #love #share #Exchange