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(13.11.2020)

Tokio Hotel Revisit “Monsoon” 15 Years Later

When Tokio Hotel debuted with Schrei in 2005, singer Bill Kaulitz and twin brother, guitarist Tom were 15, while bassist Georg Listing and drummer Gustav Schäfer barely hit the 18 mark. It seems like a lifetime ago since those early teen years, and a non-stop ride of touring and concocting their own blend of alt-rock turned more sonic-pop as the years moved on. When the German rockers had to cut their Latin American tour short earlier this year due to the pandemic, they started reflecting on the past 15 years, revisiting old videos, photos, tour schedules, and memories, and decided to commemorate their history by reimagining the song that started it all for them, “Monsoon.”

Marking a new era of Tokio Hotel, “Monsoon 2020,” and an updated German version, “Durch den Monsun 2020,” is just the beginning of a new chapter, and the flood of reflections, for the band. Currently writing his autobiography, Bill has been digging even deeper back into the band’s nearly 20-year career.

You start looking back and remembering things and revisiting parts of your life you thought you’d never visit again,” says Bill. “It’s also going back in time with the band and going through old photo albums and old hard drives. It feels like a different life sometimes, because when you’re 15 years old, you’re a different person, and it’s like you’re looking back on someone else’s life.”

What feels like a lifetime ago, also felt like yesterday as the brothers started listening back to their earliest version of “Monsoon.”

When I hear the very first version of ‘Monsoon,’ I recorded it when I was 12 or 13, and I just loved how innocent we were,” shares Bill. “We had no idea about song writing and never thought that it would become such a big hit. It was just another song we were working on in the studio, but looking back on that it’s a bit nostalgic and gets you sentimental. We were such babies.”

Typically, the Kaulitz brothers don’t get lost in nostalgia or look back when it comes to Tokio Hotel. It’s always about the next song and the next move, but there was something about “Monsoon” that made everything more intentional when marking the band’s 15-year milestone.

This time it was special, because we planned this,” says Tom. “We were like, ‘okay, it’s been 15 years. We have to look back, look at old photos, maybe put out a new documentary or do something with the old footage we have,’ and that’s what we did.”

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This headline is not enough to explain how cool Tokio Hotel was in our interview

Please all together: * Schreeeeei * 😳 Why? We met no one less than the Boys of Tokio Hotel for you! And they traveled to the capital through the monsoon to talk to Bill, and Tom Kaulitz (29) about everything they wanted to know about the two most popular German boys. Insights into the new music, Deeptalk and melancholy to party nights with Paris Hilton and potato soup dates with Angela Merkel remained in our exclusive interview really nothing unanswered (even if I was a little warm in the middle of the two …).

Are you an hour 1 hardcore fan? And remember Bill‘s Smokey Eyes and Tom‘s dreadlocks? Gustav, and George adorned the wall behind your bed as a poster in teenage times? Then you are exactly right here. The hottest tea of the hottest band twins is now being spilled for you.
Ready? Set, Go! 🔥

Bill und Tom Kaulitz im exklusiven trèsCLICK-Talk

trèsCLICK: I was sweet 8 years old when I saw “Through the Monsoon” 2005 for the first time on VIVA on TV – and I know VERY exactly how cool I found the song even then! Can you even listen to yourself or is it hanging out of your ears? 😆

Bill: Haha, we really like to play it! Of course, now some notes lower than before. 😂 I was 12 or 13 when I recorded the song – and somehow it has always been there since then. If I hear it that way now, it feels like a different band. But I still love the song, the fans too, and playing it has always been a very special moment.

Tom: The only hurdle is to bring a common thread to the concert so that everything looks consistent. Of course, on the tour (more about that right now) we’ll be playing new tracks too, and combining that with “Through the Monsoon” is of course tricky.

Bill: On the other hand, a lot of artists play totally fancy, new versions of their old hits and that’s not cool at all. You simply want to hear the original as a fan! When you go to Britney’s concert, you do not want a funky dance remix of “Baby One More Time.”

TC: Do you sometimes look back to old band times and think “WTF, what did we just think ?!

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Berlin & Hamburg

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“Tokio Hotel shoot! Unbelievably exciting filming in Berlin & Hamburg for the new Docu! Unbelievable what stories the boys tell. More in the documentary soon. We are excited! Very sympathetic, charismatic, creative types!” ~ Clemens Bittner (Filmmaker)

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Twin Photos

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Bill and Tom Kaulitz
were already rebelling with fashion against gender stereotypes as teenagers

Suddenly the questions came whether I am now a boy or a girl, with whom I sleep, and whether I am gay or not, I was, of course, overwhelmed because I was only 15 or 16.”

It is now twelve years since Tokio Hotel have released their hit Through the Monsoon. 2005, that was a year where R’n’B stars such as Mario, girl groups like the Pussycat Dolls, boy-bands like US5 or singers like Yvonne Catterfeld dominated the charts and the mainstream. A musical parade of heteronormativity. But then came Tokio Hotel. To the confusion of their parents, all the teenagers were suddenly hanging on posters, with painted boy on one side, and a visibly unconscious, masculine boy on the other. They were twins and only 15 years old.

Bill and Tom Kaulitz were already at the young age in the spotlight, where they had to justify themselves for everything: the Klamottenstil, Bill‘s love for women’s make-up and the sexuality. That they did not fit into the pop clichés and drawers of the mass did not harm their success. Nevertheless, they had to endure discussions and demonstrations by people who had been attacked by the ease and appearance of the Tokio Hotel Brothers. You may think of your music as you want, but the twins have always stood for what and who they wanted to be. Especially through fashion, they could claim this freedom as a teenager. We’ve talked to them about this time, and why Bill is in the new video dressed as a woman.

What is the significance of fashion in your life?

Bill: A great one. Fashion is a feeling of life and a freedom for me. It affects my whole life. My day starts differently when I wear something specific. With fashion you can stimulate and influence your mind. I have the most money in my wardrobe – actually a bad investment, but I just enjoy it.
Tom: It’s a bad investment.
Bill: Fashion is actually worth nothing.

If you feel good, it is a good investment.

Bill: Emotional is good, but purely financially, it is the dumbest thing you can do.
Tom: It’s a bit different for me. I think it’s important, but it’s all about a sense of life. You are always influenced by cities, places and its surroundings, and so the style changes. Nevertheless, it is not as important to me as for Bill. With me it is much faster and I am much simpler.

Bill, you’ve already made yourself up relatively early. When did you realize that as a boy it is OK to wear makeup?

Bill: I was confronted early on how shit people find that. Of course this started at school, but at that time I was never really aware of the importance. When we were successful, of course, this became much more important. Suddenly, questions came as to whether I am now a boy or a girl, with whom I sleep, and whether I am gay or not, and so on. I was, of course, overburdened because I was only 15 or 16. For me it was much less important, always. I did it with such ease and did not really know what I was doing with it.

What did you trigger?