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AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On edition, is a long form interview series featuring Actors and TV personalities discussing their roles and shows as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode host Jason Ikeler interviews Tokio Hotel.

Tokio Hotel’s Bio: Tokio Hotel is a German rock[4] band, founded in 2001 by singer Bill Kaulitz, guitarist Tom Kaulitz, drummer Gustav Schäfer, and bassist Georg Listing.[5] The quartet have scored four number one singles and have released three number one albums in their native country, selling nearly 5 million CDs and DVDs there.[6] After recording an unreleased demo-CD under the name “Devilish” and having their contract with Sony BMG Germany terminated, the band released their first German-language album, Schrei, as Tokio Hotel on Universal Music Germany in 2005. Schrei sold more than half a million copies worldwide[7] and spawned four top five singles in both Germany and Austria.

In 2007, the band released their second German album Zimmer 483 and their first English album Scream which have combined album sales of over one million copies worldwide and helped win the band their first MTV Europe Music Award for Best InterAct. The former, Zimmer 483, spawned three top five singles in Germany while the latter, Scream, spawned two singles that reached the top twenty in new territories such as France, Portugal, Spain and Italy. In September 2008, they won in the US their first MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for Best New Artist. In October 2008, they won four awards including Best International Artist and Song of the year at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica (MTV Video Music Awards Latin America) held in Mexico. Tokio Hotel became the first German band ever to win an award at the MTV VMAs and also at the MTV Latin America Awards. They also picked up the Headliner award at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 held in Liverpool on November 6, 2008 and the Award for Best Group on November 5, 2009 at the MTV Europe Music Award (EMA) held in Berlin. They won an Award for Best World Stage Performance on November 7, 2010 at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid. In July 2011, they became the first German band to win an MTV Video Music Awards Japan (VMAJ). They also won MTV’s 2012 Musical March Madness and in 2013, they won the MTV O Music Awards four times in a row for “Fan Army FTW” and the MTV Europe Music Awards for “Biggest Fans”. Their fifth studio album titled Kings of Suburbia was released in Germany on October 3, 2014 and worldwide on October 6.

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Album Review: Tokio Hotel Are Back to Claim Their Thrown
with “Kings of Suburbia” Album

It is the band’s first album in nearly five years and with Kings of Suburbia the guys from Magdeburg, Germany are back to claim their rightful thrown at the top of the charts.

I have been a fan of  Tokio Hotel since 2008, and even started a fan radio called 483 Radio. It was around this time that Bill, Tom, Georg, and Gustav were the biggest band in Europe and preparing to take North America by storm. There was something so fresh, different and magnetic about them, and even today that is what separates them from everyone else in the music business.

Fast-forward to a few years later when the band would go on a hiatus to escape the limelight, find themselves and establish their new sound.

During those years, the world did not hear much from Germany’s biggest band. A Tokio Hotel Best Of came out in the end of 2010, the band toured in Russia and Japan in 2011, Bill collaborated with Far East Movement on the song If I Die Tomorrow and recently the band joined the inspirational and motivational I Am song project with Wyclef Jean, David Correy and Rock Mafia.

But Kings of Suburbia has proven to be well worth the wait. It is a cinematic and haunting album, one that really stays with you. It has a very retro yet modern feel to it. It is definitely energizing, and an album that just makes you want to dance with tracks like Love Who Loves You Back.

The band has replaced some of its iconic rock anthems for a more electronic sound, but has still managed to keep the songs messages inspiring and positive. Lyrics such as “shine on,” “a new day is coming,” “the time is now,” and “we’ll be alright,” highlight some of the reasons why so many fans around the world love this band.

Also on this album are love songs and break up songs, and a maturity in how they are delivered. There is a greater focus on club and electronic beats that the band started to experiment with in their last album Humanoid.

The album is greatly influenced by twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz new home of Los Angeles. The brothers have been living there and soaking up their new surroundings the last few years, and it comes through evidently in their new music.

You can also hear some of their musical influences coming through with songs like Feel It All, that is one of my personal favorites, but where the opening also sounds extremely similar to Alex Clare’s Too Close. Never Let You Go sounds like a David Guetta track and Girl Got a Gun sounds reminiscent of the guitar riffs used in their own song Break Away from their Scream album. Despite these minor shortcomings, Kings of Suburbia is a solid album that is worthy to be at the top of the charts.

I get the feeling with this album, that the band are in a happy place and not yearning for the escapism their first few albums Schrei, Scream and Zimmer 483 seemed to demonstrate and that laid the foundation for their success. Will their new sound continue to keep their massive fan-base? That is unsure, but one thing is certain; they still have a lifelong fan with me.

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(December, 2014)

Jolie meets Bill and Tom Kaulitz
The Tokio-Hotel-Twins talk about their new home Los Angeles,
wild orgies and Helene Fischer.

You really have to accomplish something like that first: Tokio Hotel have been out of the spotlight for four years – in spite of that, the Pullman Hotel in Erfurt is surrounded by fans who want to take a picture with Bill and Tom Kaulitz. They moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and are now in Germany to promote their band’s new album, called “Kings Of Suburbia”. Their celebrity status is however challenged by their English bulldog, Pumba, who wants to be pet by everyone and constantly runs in front of the camera. During the interview you immediately notice how similar the identical twins are – they even finish each others sentences. There was only one topic they didn’t agree on: Anise-Candies.

Jolie: You’ve got a really cool dog there, Bill.
Tom: We live together, therefore you can say that Pumba is our dog.
Bill: No, he’s my dog. You’ve got your own.
Tom: But he’s a big hound dog and didn’t even come with us. Travelling with him is very strenuous.

Jolie: Which one of you takes the dogs out for walks?
Bill: I take Pumba out – but only when there aren’t a dozen fans surrounding us or if I can leave through the garage. In any other case an assistant, sadly, has to take him for walks. In Los Angeles it’s always us who do that though.

Jolie: People like going for a walk in the morning in Venice Beach there…
Bill: We have a completely different rhythm than the people there. They all get up at eight in the morning and do Yoga or Pilates, get a healthy drink afterwards and buy a salad from the organic market. No one smokes, no one drinks too much. At two in the morning night clubs already close – everything in L.A. is very reasonable. And we…
Tom: …are usually awake until six, seven in the morning…
Bill: …and sleep until late afternoon. We actually live a very European lifestyle.

Jolie: Why did you choose to move from Germany to Los Angeles, specifically?
Bill: That’s a question I’ve been asking myself now too, because L.A. is a little too boring for me. The people and the fashion in New York would inspire me much more. In L.A. you have to make sure that you don’t let yourself go. Everyone there wears flip-flops and shorts because of the heat. But after spending some time in Hamburg, where it was grey and cloudy, it was wonderful.

Jolie: Do you feel like you can call the US your home now?
Tom: Home, for me, always refers to your own house – doesn’t matter where it is. As long as my dogs, my family and my friends are there with me, I feel home. But when we come to Germany, we have a feeling of being in control. We understood that country completely, there was no culture shock. But a lot of things in the US are also awesome, like the park service and Restaurants or hotels. Why isn’t this a normal thing here as well? I would love to just throw together the best of both worlds to create the perfect country.
Bill: The visa and green-card formalities alone, always remind us that we’re not Americans (laughs). I also always connect home to the taste of “Schmalzkuchen” and German bread.
Tom: Yup, as well as roasted almonds.
Bill: Yes, yes, yummy!
Tom: And I love Anise-candies.
Bill: Ew (Tom laughs)

Jolie: Your career took off when you were teens, now you’re 25. Do you feel like adults?
Tom: Honestly? I feel like less like an adult today than I did with 15.
Bill: When I was 15 I hated it when people would ask me for my ID, for example… (falters for a moment) when I wanted to buy alcohol (both laugh). In the past I felt ready for everything. I wanted to earn my own money, live on my own and be responsible for as many things as possible. But every time I don’t have to show them my ID now I always ask myself: “Why?” (laughs)
Tom: Since I’ve grown a beard people rarely ask me for it.

Jolie: Do you come off as younger or older to women?
Bill: Just recently a women at a party wanted to know how old I was. I let her guess my age. Then she looked at me, thought about it for a while and said: “Maybe 34?” I was shocked. And what does she do next? She makes it worse by saying: “It’s so hard to say with your costume on.” And I just went: “Which costume?” She said: “You have so many tattoos and piercings.” It was unreal.

Jolie: You’re probably not going to see her again.
Bill: Definitely not. Although, at the end she did say that my eyes look very young. (both laugh)

Jolie: Does being an adult have its drawbacks?
Bill: I can’t recover that fast from partying all night anymore. I always end up thinking: “Oh my god, look at those eye-bags!” Or: “We should drink less.” We do notice that we have to take more care of ourselves.
Tom: Maybe we should start living that healthy-L.A. lifestyle as well. (laughs)

Jolie: More salad, less burgers?
Tom: We’re lucky, because we can eat what we want and not gain any weight.
Bill: All men in our family stay really thin right up until they reach an old age. But I do have to admin that we’re unhealthy eaters.

Jolie: Do you at least compensate for the unhealthy food with sports?
Tom: In the past we went to the gym a lot, but we haven’t been going there regularly anymore.
Bill: I hate that. We only go there to look reasonably good. I always feel like I’m under pressure when I see all those fit guys in their tank tops there.
Tom: By the way, that’s another pro about living Germany – you can hide everything under your winter clothes.

Jolie: In the video for your single “Love Who Loves You Back” you are dressed revealingly and there’s a wild orgy. Who came up with that idea?
Bill: I’ve been wanting to shoot such a music video for a long time, because I really like the last scene in the movie “The Perfume” – which is quite similar. It was important for me that we show same-sex couples, skinny and big and old and young people in the video. Because I think that you can’t choose who you fall in love with.

Jolie: Are you all of the same opinion, when it comes to those decisions, as a band?
Bill: Creatively we all decide everything together, the individual tasks then get allocated.
Tom: With the orgy the only question that came up was, if we would all participate or not. But we all agreed pretty quickly that only Bill would take part in that.

Jolie: Did you, in the US, hear about the huge success that your colleague Helene Fischer has had in Germany?
Bill: I heard of it, but it’s hard for me to comprehend. She’s probably a really nice women, but I’m really not into her music style.

Profile – Tom:
– The guitarist likes going out to “Hyde” in Los Angeles: “It’s a bar and nightclub in one with a good smokers’ corner.”
– Which dish can you always successfully prepare?: “Penne Pasta with Ketchup
– What did you want to be when you were six years old?: “Mechanic”
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– What’s the most expensive item you own?: “Bill

Profile – Bill
– Bill named his dog Pumba after the wart hog from “The Lion King”: “Thankfully he’s easy to train.”
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– What’s the most expensive item you own?: “Tom
– Which three traits are typical for you?: – not legible -
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TOKIO HOTEL Answers Some Questions From Their Fans!

Tokio Hotel took some time to answer some questions sent by their fans! Read on for more!

After five long years, German rock band Tokio Hotel is back with their new album “Kings of Suburbia”! During a MYXclusive phone interview with guitarist Tom Kaulitz and lead vocalist Bill Kaulitz, we had the opportunity to ask the band some details about their comeback album “Kings of Suburbia”!

We worked on this for a long time actually,” shared Tom. “We took some time off after the last record and we just need to live life and I think that’s what this new album’s all about. We put a lot of life and a lot of love into this record,” he continued.

As for the title of the album, Tom revealed that “Kings of Suburbia” is about a feeling that they had when they were still kids, growing up in their hometown. “It’s a feeling that everybody of us always had. It’s a special meaning for us.”

Prior to our phone interview with the band, we asked some Tokio Hotel fans to send us some questions that they want to ask Bill and Tom and the twins were nothing but excited to answer them!


And for the most common question from the fans: “Are there any plans of visiting the Philippines soon?”

We’re just planning our tour and we’re just thinking about where and when we’ll play. We hope that next year, we’ll get to travel all over the world. We would love to play in the Philippines! We’d love to see our fans and play there so yeah, this might gonna happen in 2015!

Aside from answering the questions that you sent them, Bill and Tom also left a message for all the Tokio Hotel fans out there!

We just want to say thank you so much to everyone! We see the comments and we feel the support and we can see the love. It’s so great and we’re so grateful for everything they do and it’s amazing! We hope to see everyone soon!

We know you’re all excited for a possible visit from Tokio Hotel next year and that’s really something to look forward to!

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