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German Rockers Tokio Hotel Embrace Electronic Dance Music on New Album

The German rock group Tokio Hotel — twin brothers Bill (lead singer) and Tom Kaulitz (guitar, backing vocals), Georg Listing (bass) and Gustav Schafer (drums) — has such a rabid following in its native country, where it’s one of the biggest rock bands of all time, that it had to get out of town. So a few years back, members picked up and moved to Los Angeles, a place where rock stars and celebrities are a dime a dozen.

We were actually trying to hide away in Los Angeles,” says Bill Kaulitz in a phone interview from L.A. “We were living in Germany and it become impossible to have any private life beyond the career. We couldn’t go anywhere. We had 24-hour security. We needed to go somewhere to take a break. We moved to L.A. about six years ago just to not do anything and get a break and find inspiration for new music. For a year, we didn’t do anything. We slowly got back into the studio and trying to write songs and make new music. It was a perfect decision for us — personally, for us to have private life and also for the creativity for the band.”

The music scene is so different,” says Kaulitz. “The whole life in L.A. is so different. It’s a whole different thing, for sure. I do miss Germany sometimes. I miss the German bread and the food, but I love living in LA. The music scene is massive. There are so many producers and writers you can meet up with and go in the studio with. We’ve taken advantage of that.”

As a result of the move to the States, the band adopted a new sound for last year’s Kings of Suburbia, an album that embraces electronic dance music on songs such as the synth-pop anthem “Love Who Loves You Back.” That new sound is also reflected on a new EP that features remixes of “Feel It All” and “Love Who Loves You Back.” Dubbed Feel It All World Tour 2015: Part 2 The Club Experience North America, the band’s current tour arrives at House of Blues on Sunday, where the band plays at 8 p.m.
It took forever to perfect the show,” says Kaultiz when asked about the current tour. “We wanted something new and special. The idea is to create a show that’s never been seen in such small venues in club situations. We prepared the show for two months in Germany at the beginning of this year. We hit the road and had the first leg in Europe and we wanted to bring the exact same production to the U.S. It worked out well. It’s the same show. It’s a lot of lights and a super big production. We wanted to turn the live venues into a nightclub and party with everyone and have a big party with costumes. It’s a very electronic show.”

While the producing and mixing process for Kings of Suburbia took longer than previous efforts, Kaultiz says it was worth effort.

You do think about every single tone on the album,” he says. “We’re so proud of everything that’s on it. We didn’t want to compromise. That’s how it happened. We were working with producers but when they sent things back, we didn’t like what they did. We felt like no one quite understood what sounds we wanted. We just took it over and did the final mixing and producing. I think we’ll never do it any different. It’s just the way to do it. The whole electronic vibe to the song is our sound now and with Kings of Suburbia, we finally have found a sound we like and the sound for the band. That’s what we’ll go for. All the stuff we’ll do is way, way more electronic than what we used to do.”

Because the clubs in L.A. are so different from the European clubs, the band started to absorb new sounds and attitudes.

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In own his designs on “Tokio Hotel” tour
Bills Bling King stage outfits

Complete Gold and striking than ever:
On his current Tour Bill Kaulitz wearing extravagant outfits,
which he designed himself

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Friendly dinner: Lisa Vanderpump, 54, was spotted on Monday walking arm in arm with 25-year-old Tokio Hotel lead singer Bill Kaulitz

Unlikely pals!
Lisa Vanderpump, 54, goes arm-in-arm with Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz, 25,
after dinner date in West Hollywood

She may be nearly twice his age, but that doesn’t mean this lead singer and reality star can’t enjoy the fruits of their platonic friendship. Lisa Vanderpump and Bill Kaulitz were spotted in West Hollywood on Monday walking arm-in-arm after dining at the exotic cuisine she owns known as Sur Lounge.

The 54-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star looked to be enjoying herself, wearing a ravishing sleeveless fuchsia number paired with a diamond encrusted statement necklace.

Her Tokio Hotel lead singer counterpart wore all black for their date, showing off his edgy and colorful tattoos through an un-buttoned long sleeve, among his many other piercings. Kaulitz took to Instagram to show off his most recent ink on Friday, displaying the artist adding detail to his left bicep via a single needle.

The unlikely friends were all smiles when making a quick dash to the car after their night on the town. For those who may suspect any foul play, the famous restaurateur is happily married to her spouse of over 33 years, Ken Todd.

Best dressed: The duo looked to be enjoying themselves while out on the town in West Hollywood after dining at her cuisine Sur Lounge

Unlikely pair: The reality star shows off her elegant style while her younger counterpart opts for an edgy rocker look

Rock ‘n roll: The Tokio Hotel frontman enjoys a beverage at the 2015 Just Jared Summer Bash on Saturday

Over the weekend, Bill had his own fun posing solo by the pool while enjoying the sun at the 2015 Just Jared Summer Bash presented by SweeTARTS Chewy Sours. The German band frontman is getting ready to launch a new U.S. tour titled Feel It All with his bandmates next week.

The Tokio Hotel shows will treat fans to a live performance of hit songs like Monsoon or World Behind My Wall during upcoming performances in various cities including Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

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Career interview with Natalie Franz,
hair & make-up artist and founder of Magicstripes

Dear Natalie, the story please briefly tell how you discovered Magicstripes in Tokyo: when was this and why were you in the city?

I was with Tokio Hotel in Tokyo and was on my day off on a journey of discovery through the whole beauty departments of department stores. There I discovered the stripes.

You’re the Makeup artist of Bill Kaulitz already for years. How did you become hair & makeup artist at all?

My mother was a professional ballet dancer and also I have completed a classical ballet training in Russia. As a child, I was fascinated by the world of Ballet, the theatre, the stage at all. The actors and their transformation through costume and makeup to a figure, have inspired me to care more for the topic of makeup and inspire. I have never had training, only much assisted by magazines, read all books on the subject and fashion, and “sucked up everything”.

Can even men wear Magicstripes? You’ve had a long friendship with  Bill Kaulitz from Tokio Hotel and he’s advertising for your products.

Clearly, we have a lot of male customers. Because Magicstripes are invisible, they must have no fear that it stands out. Many men are also shy to go to the plastic surgeon – or are simply afraid of the pain. But Bill doesn’t need that. He is one of the perfect looking men I know. I am totally grateful that he helped me to make the brand known.

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The Most Handsome German Man

The ancient Romans admired the external data of German men, describing them strong, blue-eyed and fair-haired, calling them great warriors, but very flavorful….

12. Bill Kaulitz (born 1 September 1989) is a German singer, songwriter, voice actor, designer and model. He is best known for his work from 2001 to the present as the lead singer of the band Tokio Hotel.

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(March, 2015)

We got the chance to continue to work with TOKIO HOTEL since our SUPERIOR DIGITAL March issue and are very proud to present you this exclusive Fashion Editorial for SUPERIOR DIGITAL April 2015 by photographer MARC HUTH, stylist TAMARA SVENJA and singer BILL KAULITZ of TOKIO HOTEL.


Exclusive: Self designed stage costumes

For the tour of “Tokio Hotel” singer Bill Kaulitz designed his stage outfits herself. shows exclusively the sketches

The “Tokio Hotel” tour starts in spring 2015. Frontman Bill Kaulitz, 25 provides a real eye-catcher on this year’s tour. He himself has designed his flamboyant stage outfits. shows exclusively the first drafts, explaining why they so are particularly.

I love change

As an inspiration for the four different parts, which he has designed together with Marco Marco (designer from L.A.)

I love to change myself. Music and fashion is a way of life for me. Each song has its own & stands for something else, every day is different“. Known for his stark type changes and unusual clothing style, the musician already had from the outset clear ideas regarding his costumes: “the opening outfit is very loud. All in gold. My idea was a modern King. The King of suburbia.”

The songs fitting, designed a rather distinguishing outfit for the acoustics part. Bill, “It is a quiet and elegant. Yves Saint Laurent is one of my favorite designers and inspiration for this look.”

Kaulitz sets much value on his appearance, which is why fashion and stage for him also “simply belong together“.

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Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz:
‘Love Is Not About Gender’

As Tokio Hotel heads out on its first world tour in five years,
the rock band’s front man reveals
how he got his groove back and why he believes love has no borders.

Long before the Viper Room became known as an iconic hangout of Hollywood’s young elite as well as the site where actor River Phoenix died in 1993, 8852 Sunset Blvd. was a favorite hot spot — then a jazz club called the Melody Room — where mobsters like Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen could frequently be found. It’s a location deep-seated in the storied history of Los Angeles, and tonight, lead singer Bill Kaulitz and the other members of Tokio Hotel have set out to make a historic moment of their own as they prepare to perform for the first time on the same stage where acts ranging from the Pussycat Dolls to rock royalty like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have gone before. It’s a vastly different setting than where they were just one week earlier, performing in Berlin before a crowd of nearly one million people, but as Kaulitz rounds out the group’s sound check with a rapid-fire run of their track “Girl Got a Gun,” it’s apparent he’s no less eager to perform for the 250 fans who are waiting on the other side of the nightclub’s door to see one of Europe’s biggest bands.

We never really get to do these kinds of shows, so it’s definitely different,” he tells me moments later as we’re led down the club’s velvet-lined staircase to a dimly lit room beneath the stage. “But it’s going to be fun because we’re going to be so close to the people here tonight, and I always like that because in a smaller venue like this you get the energy you put out right back.

Though he says the band has been looking forward to performing in the famed West Hollywood nightclub for several days, he readily admits he and his identical twin brother, Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz, were in a completely different headspace a few years ago. After their debut album dropped in 2005, the band members quickly found themselves on a meteoric rise to fame, but four albums, hundreds of live performances around the world, and more than four years on the road had taken a toll on the 25-year-old artists. “After our last album came out in 2009, Tom and me left Europe and we moved to America, because it was just craziness,” he says. “We just had to step away from the career a little bit, because we felt like we had said everything. We’d done so many albums over so many years and we’d been on the road for such a long time. We didn’t know what to do or what kind of music we wanted to make.”

Leaving their home in Germany, the twins moved to Los Angeles, where, Kaulitz says they “took a year off and didn’t do anything” before finding new inspiration in L.A. nightlife. That muse resulted in a new electronic-laden sound for the alternative rock band, which they carefully crafted over the next five years as they began putting together their fifth studio album, Kings of Suburbia. The album was released worldwide last October and shot to the top of the charts in 30 countries, plus landing in the top 5 in 17 others to become Tokio Hotel’s most successful album to date.

Kaulitz considers the album’s success due to both the time the musicians spent honing their new sound as well as their willingness to take another risk. “We just wanted to make an album that we personally love,” he says. “A lot of people don’t do that, they make music for their fans. But this time I wanted to make an album that I’m totally happy with and that reflects my own style.”

In addition to his distinctive sound, Kaulitz’s sense of style has been one of the standout aspects of Tokio Hotel’s onstage persona. This evening he’s dressed in a pair of light gray jeans and a black graphic T-shirt with a black and white flannel long-sleeved shirt tied around his waist, a choice of attire that’s a departure from the usual flamboyant fashions that have become synonymous with the singer. However, Kaulitz tells me his creative couture wasn’t always appreciated. “When I was 13 I would come to school with makeup and nail polish and I had teachers who would say, ‘We can’t teach you and you’re not allowed in class,’” he says as he runs his fingers through his bleached platinum-blond hair. “I got so much shit in school because I had an extreme look. There was always a lot of talking, but I always kind of enjoyed that. I like to play with it, because I find it funny that it upsets some people.

Kaulitz says his form of self-expression caused several raised eyebrows earlier in his career, with many people making assumptions about his sexuality. “When we first came out with our music, the gay question was always there and it was super important for everyone,” he says. “But for me it was amusing. I was always laughing about it because I was like, ‘Why is that so f**king important to everyone? Why can people not just live and do their thing?’

He continues, “For me, love is such a beautiful thing and I love that you actually have no control over it. I never know what’s going to happen. I never know who I’m going to meet when I walk outside. For me it’s about finding the person you want to be with and I feel like it doesn’t matter what gender that is. I don’t understand why it matters so much to people. It’s weird.”

It’s this experience Kaulitz says that inspired the band to write the track “Love Who Loves You Back” that appears on their latest album, and informed the sexually fluid imagery that appears in the song’s music video as well. “I wanted to show that love has no gender or boundaries. The video would’ve been stupid if I just had a pretty girl next to me or making out with a pretty girl the whole time. That wouldn’t reflect the song,” he says. “That’s why in the video I wanted to have someone who is a little bigger, someone who is hairy, someone that’s older, someone that’s young. If there’s a girl next to me, then of course there needs to be a guy next to me. Because that’s for me what the song is about. In my opinion, love is not about gender, it’s not about religion. Love has no borders and no boundaries. I feel like love — you can’t control it and that’s a nice thing. It just happens and you don’t choose who you fall in love with. That’s why I love the song so much and that’s why we shot the video the way we did.”

The message is one Kaulitz says the band is excited to be promoting as they head out on their first world tour in five years, and he’s looking forward to giving fans a show like they’ve never seen from Tokio Hotel before. “This time we’re going to play clubs for a few shows and it’s going to be a new experience for us because we usually play big shows all the time,” he says excitedly. “Our fans will get to see us in a small environment this time and for this album it works out perfectly because we want to turn those clubs where we play into nightclubs. We want to take our fans to a party.

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