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(02.10.2017)

Tokio Hotel: “We really don’t want to put up with music industry bullshit

Earlier this year, consistent German quartet Tokio Hotel put out the fresh and divisive Dream Machine. Having billed it as their most ambitious and daring record to date, frontman Bill Kaulitz and his men trekked the world in pursuit of putting on the perfect live show, one which complemented the new music as pristine as possible. We called up Kaulitz to discuss the record, its live show and where on earth they’ll go next.

Hey Bill. How are you doing?

I’m good, thank you! How are you?

I’m good too, thanks! Your most recent studio album, Dream Machine, came out this year. Can you tell me more about how you approached it, particularly in comparison to previous records?

On this album we were far freer to do whatever we wanted. We didn’t to talk to any record labels or management companies, and we cut out everyone along the way, producers included. We wanted to go back to the basics and just rely on our instincts to create something that made us happy. Tom (Kaulitz) and I went into the studio to write the first demos, and then we spent a full year recording it. We did everything on our own, and nobody else was involved. It was the first time that we’d done it like this, and it ended up being the album we always wanted to write. Afterwards, we played it to people to see who wanted to be involved, and who our best partner could be. We did it the other way round, basically. We were super happy with Dream Machine, and I’m personally still very excited about it.

After you finished the album, you switched from Universal Music to Starwatch. How did that come about?

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BEHIND THE WORLD
A film by Oliver Schwabe

Tokio Hotel – Hinter die Welt // Teaser 1 from Bildersturm Filmproduktion GmbH on Vimeo.

Tokio Hotel – Hinter die Welt // Teaser 2 from Bildersturm Filmproduktion GmbH on Vimeo.

Trailer [HD]

(16.06.2006)

Band Photos

BEHIND THE WORLD
A film by Oliver Schwabe

At the age of nine, twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz from Magdeburg decided to become famous. At the age of twelve, they form a band together with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing, who will take over the world as of 2005 under the name Tokio Hotel. They are amazed, ridiculed, hated and revered ….

The success is gigantic: Platinum in 68 countries, sold out concerts and Bill becomes a style icon.

Rich and famous in their early 20s, the twins fly to Los Angeles by private jet, leaving behind thousands of devoted fans and a life behind protective walls. They want their freedom back … without knowing what the future holds.

The film delves into the lives of the band, accompanying Bill and Tom through Californian deserts and visiting Gustav and Georg in their hometown, Magdeburg, on the banks of the river Elbe.. They talk about the price of success, the inseparability of twins, about love, sexuality, home and music. The band comes together in a Berlin studio to produce their new album and to prepare for their next world tour.

With steely determination and a lifetime of experience already, the band follows their childhood dream: the pop fairy tale that is Tokio Hotel continues…

Tom's Photos Twin Photos Bill's Photos

To see photo sets, click an image

Book + Director: Oliver Schwabe
Camera: Benjamin Wistorf
Edited by: Christan Becker
Sound: Filipp Forberg, Martin Ehleben, Oliver Prasniker
Production manager: Rolf Bremenkamp
Producer: Monika Mack
Produced by: Birgit Schulz
Editor: Christian von Behr (RBB / ARTE), Birgit Keller-Reddemann (WDR), Oliver Schwehm (ARTE)
In co-production with the RBB, ARTE and the WDR
Sponsored by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
World Sales: New Docs / Elina Kewitz

www.bildersturm-film.de

(28.08.2017)

Schall magazine

Georg's Photos Gustav's Photos

Tom's Photos Bill's Photos