Bvlgari ~ Berlin, Germany
Tokio Hotel: “We were drowned by this Madness”
Does Their New Style Revive the Four Germans?
10 million albums sold and hysterical crowds, then nothing, or almost … Years after their global success, Tokio Hotel returns. Encounter with a phenomenon.
The pre-adolescent audience has a defect: it grows. And turns away quickly from those it had adored. The Tokio Hotel group paid the price. Between 2005 and 2010, the four young Germans, including the Kaulitz twins, sold 10 million albums. Their piercings, tattoos and haircuts unlikely triggered hysteria … before they gradually fell into oblivion. Today, Tokio Hotel is trying to be reborn. A new album, Dream Machine, a European tour … Meeting in Berlin with survivors of the glory.
Looking back, how do you explain the success of Tokio Hotel?
Bill Kaulitz (singer): Listen to the lyrics of our songs. They talk about failed loves, drugs, suicide … These themes are disturbing but speak a lot to teenagers. Because being young is one of the most difficult things to live with. I was depressed at this point in my life. Going to school was like going to war.
Tom Kaulitz (guitar player): We stopped school at 15 years old. We dressed up anyhow, we put on makeup as we wanted … Our way of life was a kind of fantasy for all rebellious pre-teens.
Precisely, you were never afraid to depress these young ears?
B.K : I never wanted to write accountable texts, to tell my fans “that’s bad, do not do it.” Perhaps that was also the key to our success: we did not consider ourselves teachers.
What do you remember about those years?
Full video premiere: Saturday the 11th of Feb, 4pm cet,
“Something New for Tokio Hotel coming soon!! ” – KMOYES Pictures (Producer)
Tokio Hotel: Dream Machine
Everything starts with a thought and suddenly you are dancing through your own wonderland full of fruits and sweets! Friendship, respect, an almost unshakable self-awareness in one’s self, the vision of being, the curiosity of life, an insatiable thirst for development, to create something together, to achieve and to experience …
If you look at Tokio Hotel, it is all these qualities that form the basis and the impetus of an incomparable career. The career of a German band, which simply does not fit into any drawer. And so also the one or the other tried hard, Bill and Tom Kaulitz, Georg Listing and Gustav Schäfer always remained the architects of their world. After more than a decade in the international music business, 70 platinum, 160 gold awards, more than 110 international and national prizes, and over 7 million sold phonograms, Tokio Hotel will release their new art project and fifth studio album “Dream Machine” on March 3, The proof that they are always able to reinvent themselves.
“Dream Machine” opens the door to the new sound world of Tokio Hotel. A world with high mountains, deep valleys, wild rivers, dense forests and endless expanses. A world that pulsates, glows in neon colors and club lights – light, playful, spherical and enthralling. Built on a sound foundation, a symbiosis of alternative indie pop, analogous Retro-synths, modern beats and strong Baselines, without rules. “This is the album that we always wanted to make – just us four, without anyone chatting us. We started with the last record. Since we have tried and fueled self-consciousness. At “Dream Machine” we knew right from the beginning that we were doing it alone. We did not need any producer in between or any songwriters. We did not feel like we needed this back-up. We felt able to have full control, creativity, the songs and what we wanted to make and say – in sound, in production, and also with our lyrics. That is why it is not only our dream album, because no one is talking to us anymore, but also because, as a band, we were finally able to realize ourselves honestly musically, “explains Bill.
Fashion Show – Copenhagen, DK
Our new video from the LaLa Berlin Show at Copenhagen Fashion Week 2017. Watch our highlights of the show, who was there and who we talked to, right here in our brand. We got the chance to talk to the lovely Lena Lademann, who looked amazing and was super nice. She told us what she loved about the collection and what’s about to come from her. Quickly after that the good friend of designer Leyla, Bill Kaulitz took a couple of minutes to nicely answer our questions.
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