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(26.04.2019)

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Interview with Bill Kaulitz
My twin brother marries and I’m happy for him

Köln – Almost overnight, Bill Kaulitz, (29), his twin brother Tom, Georg Listing, and Gustav Schäfer, as Tokio Hotel, have become pop stars and teen idols with “Durch den Monsun”. Not a few thought that this would be a short-lived phenomenon, but the band also got off to a great international start and is today one of the most successful German bands of the past 15 years with more than ten million records sold. On April 30, Tokio Hotel, will play in the E-Werk. Dominic Röltgen spoke with the singer known for his unusual outfits about this time, the aging and the upcoming wedding of his brother with Heidi Klum.

I say that if we had met 15 years ago in Cologne for an interview, it would not have happened so calmly, and I would have had a harder time getting through to you.

That always depends. We try to do something more incognito-like. I never actually announce where I’m going. When I do that, people are still there. I always try to fly a bit under the radar. That works sometimes, but sometimes not so well (laughs).

When you think back to this turbulent beginning, do you have a crazy memory about Cologne?

We used to be here quite often. Here were always the whole TV shows, Stefan Raab, for example, was produced here. It was mostly crazy at the airport. The craziest memory has nothing to do with fans, but with a pilot. Because we came because of the fans, because it was so full and we did not get through, too late to the plane. And then he flipped out right, made an announcement and said: “This fucking boy band! Because of them we can not leave here in time! “(Laughs)

If I may be honest. If somebody had told me in 2005 that I was interviewing you today, I would have definitely doubted that Tokio Hotel would be around. What do you think, how did you manage to still be there despite the immense expectations?

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(21.04.2019)

I think girly shirts are so old-fashioned” – Bill Kaulitz
on good style and his fashion label Magedburg LA

Girls, please take a moment to relax: We met Bill Kaulitz, from Tokio Hotel, for an interview. But no, we did not try to get him (like many other magazines) information about a possible pregnancy from Heidi Klum. We had more important things to discuss. Namely, that Bill, has launched his own fashion label Magdeburg Los Angeles.

How that looks exactly is generally important in terms of style and much more, we have discussed with him.

Hey Bill, nice that it worked with the interview and Congrats to the fashion label Magdeburg – Los Angeles. How did you suddenly make fashion as a singer?

Bill Kaulitz: “I’ve always found fashion exciting, I never bought things off the rack, and when, I tailor them and pimped them myself, making them special and extraordinary, and then I designed the merchandise from Tokio Hotel But then I liked them so much that they wanted to have ‘normal’ fashion from me too, so I just started to create my own little collection, starting with 12 parts, but now it’s getting more, we want it launch regularly.

Can you describe the collection?

The first parts that we launched on the market were still in a color family – mostly black – the new parts are all a bit more colorful and daring, lots of neon and glitter, and most importantly, it’s all unisex Fashion pieces are available in sizes from XS to XL, so that everyone can wear everything, which is extremely important to me. When I grew up, I always bought parts in the women’s department in larger sizes and then sewed them in. I found that there are so many great women who dress in men’s parts and style cool, especially hoodies and shirts, the transition is very fluid, I think girly shirts are so old-fashioned.

What does your target group look like?

In the past, Tokio Hotel fans, the logo could be clearly seen there, but we are now more and more away from the newer stuff and play more in the background, so if you do not know that part of the Magdeburg Los Angeles collection is, you have no idea that it has anything to do with Tokio Hotel. Old-aged I would say that we in the early 20 to mid-30-year-old address, but I really hate to age Heidi, for example, loves to wear our clothes, so he just has to style them correctly.”

Speaking of proper style. Do you have a favorite style that you can give to our users?

Girls like when they wear an oversized hoody with hotpants, so you do not necessarily see the pants and cool, coarse boots on top of them.” This is a great outfit for a balmy summer night, as well as more casual shirts and put me in a miniskirt, that’s great.”

What is your favorite piece from the collection?

Well, the fanny pack with the slogan ‘Mommy is broke’, it’s very disco, I’m always hanging on the crossbody bag, which I like very much.”

The label is called Magdeburg – Los Angeles. Sure, you’re from Magdeburg, but now live in LA. Which city inspires you more?

Difficult question, so the next collection, for example, is being shot with Buffalos, they all used to be in Magdeburg, and I had them too, the middle ones, the very high ones, all of them, I play a bit with the 90s chubby, with whom I grew up and the Chickeren from LA, where I live now, but I got the name, when I saw a woman at the airport, who had a bag, Magdeburg was written on it, I thought it was so cool and so social The fact that they dare to run around with Magdeburg merchandise, which has inspired me insanely.”

Where is the collection priced?

It’s always important to me that all the pieces remain affordable, young people should be able to afford the street-styles, but it’s not that easy, after all, we really work with good qualities and great fabrics.”

Great Bill, thanks for the nice interview and good luck with the label. We are curious what else is coming.

Here’s what they look like, the new parts of Bill’s label Magdeburg – Los Angeles

You can buy the cool Magdeburg LA Pieces HERE, from the beginning of May, but also in selected department stores, such as the KaDeWe in Berlin, the Oberpollinger in Munich or the Alsterhaus in Hamburg.

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(17.04.2019)

I am open to all encounters

Singer Bill Kaulitz, on the upcoming Tokio Hotel, tour, his intimate relationship with twin brother Tom, crazy fans and the question of why he does not let anything dictate either in love or on the subject of clothes.

Bill Kaulitz, has it easy. This glam factor. Even if he poses on the steps of a bare staircase for a photo. The singer and frontman of the band Tokio Hotel, wears back his blond-dyed hair. His black patent leather pants crunch a bit while running. The top buttons of his shirt are open, so you can see his colorful tattoo, a picture of the “Eye of Providence”, the mystical triangle symbol, surrounded by a halo of light. A brother tattoo. His twin brother Tom, has the same on his arm. With “Hi, I’m Billhe introduces himself during the interview in a lounge room of the Hessian radio station Hitradio FFH in Bad Vilbel. When the 29-year-old speaks, he emphasizes his statements with his hands and arms. At the same time a cameraman is filming for the Youtube channel “Tokio Hotel TV“.

In 2005, the band’s four boys from nearby Magdeburg turned teen stars over school holidays with their song “Durch den Monsun”. Five years later, Bill, and his twin brother Tom Kaulitz, fled to Los Angeles. Fans had broken into their house in Germany. A musical comeback will take until 2014, with their two band-mates Gustav Schäfer, (drums) and Georg Listing, (bass) Bill, and Tom, record two English-language albums. They want to get away from the teen sound that made the band famous.

A few days ago her single “When It Rains It Pours” was released. A mix of pop and blues. From the end of April, the band is on an international tour, from London to Moscow. In addition to old hits, a few unpublished songs are played. “I think it’s exciting to see the reaction of the fans,” says Bill Kaulitz. Tokio‘s new album “Melancholic Paradise” is due to be released later this year.

Mr Kaulitz, many think that you just stand on stage and just sing. But you also write the songs together with your twin brother Tom and are responsible for the costumes. Your brother seems to have more stress on the preparations. Why?

That’s true. Tom did not come to Frankfurt today because the preparations for the tour are insanely intense for him. Georg, Gustav and he now master almost all instruments. Tom sometimes plays ten different instruments during a song. He is also our musical director: he does all the production in our studio in L. A. We did not involve anyone else. On our new album we also have songs with synths – and so Tom just has to see how to put it all into action live. Then comes light and video production. We want to give people a show they have not seen before. With this tour, the stage will look different for each song.

Do you actually sing your first hit “Through the Monsoon”? Or can not you stand that anymore?

(12.04.2019)

Halloween make-up, girl sandals and hangover look:
Bill Kaulitz,
on the development of his style

If someone in Germany stands for distinctive looks, then probably Bill Kaulitz. But which stories are behind the rebellious style of the Tokio Hotel, singer? As part of Zalando’s # StandByYourStyle panel talk, we talked with Bill, about why breeches were the start of his self-confidence and the jogging pants are never part of the stage show.

Bill Kaulitz, already had many faces in public – or rather styles. Anyone who remembers the video for “Through the Monsoon” knows: It all began with a black net shirt. Then came wild XXL hairstyles, platform boots, crass-dramatic eye make-up. In the field of German fashion men, the bill makes for many a kind of figurehead – because despite constantly changing looks, the singer has consistently shown fashionable self-confidence. That’s why Zalando has invited him to panel talk with various influencers as part of their new campaign #StandByYourStyle to discuss consistent style without compromise. The message of the campaign motto also applies to Bill: Too colorful, too shrill, too loud, too much of everything? Do not exist. Why did the purchase of orange plateau sandals as a child still make him sweat, Bill, tells us in an interview.

Why is it important to stand by your own style?

For me, my style has always been an important part of my personality. It underlines what I say and live. It was important for me to be individual. I was an incredibly rebellious teenager: Anything that was against the norm or form, I wanted to enforce necessarily. Fashion has given me self-confidence. Even today, I love to slip on the stage in roles and wear costumes. There are also artists who prefer to wear T-shirts, sweatpants and guitars. If I was put up there in such an outfit, I would probably have to duck away.

Was there ever an outfit that was a risk for you?

There are two moments in my childhood that I can remember well: in the second grade, a friend had orange sandals with a small plateau. They were girls’ sandals – and I thought they were so beautiful! So I asked my mother if I could not have such shoes. She said to me, “I’ll buy them, but tell you that people will say something. You can wear them anyway.” I did that and was pretty excited. And of course, there were actually many kids who laughed. But I was more important to really wear the sandals. The same situation happened with a flare. I was incredibly thin and only a few pants fit, so I bought some from the girls section. They just sat better. There was a particular flared pant with stripes that I found beautiful. But here, too, I knew that people would appeal to me. It was always like that, but I did not care about it at some point.

What’s the best thing about not falling into the norm and not looking like anyone else?

For me, fashion is fun too. One should not let it stress. In addition to music, fashion is a passion for me – and that’s why I used to sew or draw clothes myself. At some point, I wanted to be a designer and have my own fashion collection. Fashion supports the music in my songs and videos, I always have a visual thought to everything musical. When I write a song, I already know what I look like in the video and what I want to do with the performance. Also at Tokio Hotel there was always a visual concept.

What do you think about people who do not like to provoke fashion?

That’s okay, not every concept fits all people. You can inspire each other. Tom and I, for example, have a mutual best friend, we were, so to speak, the three “freaks” of the school. When this friend met us, he was quite inconspicuous, but then started to bleach his hair, to paint himself, to wear leather jackets. Today he says: “I would never have dared to do that if you had not given me self-confidence.” Assistance in the group helps. I do not know if I would have dared to do it all alone, but I just had the support and back-up I needed.

You’ve already talked about admiring David Bowie, Freddie Mercury or Prince for their style. Who else impresses you?

Elton John with his platform shoes. Glam-rock bands like KISS with their make-up and hairstyles. Funnily, the openness to such looks has since regressed. When I styled myself, it was a big shocker, I got a lot on the bag – but so many people had previously paved the way. The thing with my make-up started at a Halloween party: I made myself a vampire. After the party I found the look so great that I wanted to make-up every day, so I came to school from now on.

You have been to the past Oscars yourself when Billy Porter made his grand entrance in the dress on the red carpet. If you could stage such an appearance yourself, how would you design it?

I also do not like adapting to the red carpet. Nevertheless, I like to dress smartly. I learned early on that it’s more about how to style a particular piece. There are often jackets that are actually pretty ugly blended – but then you narrow them down, pull them up or put them in the pants. For example, at the last Oscars, I put the jacket in my pants and put my suspenders over the suit instead of underneath. I also like chic styles by Karl Lagerfeld or wide Marlene pants. I would also like a cape.

How do you see your style in the future?

Just yesterday I met with our costume designer to go over the looks for the next tour. I love changing the style and could never decide only on leather jacket and sneaker. Most of the time, I prefer the opposite to my emotional state. For example, when I have a hangover, I wear a lot of white to wake me up and cheer me up. I still remain undecided: I could never pack my suitcase for outfits. I prefer to open my closet and take my favorite pieces with me. And then it depends on how I feel on each day.

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