Tokio Hotel: for the first time on stage again after a long hiatus
3 October in Germany, the album Kings Of Suburbia was released by the flamboyant band Tokio Hotel. We remind that in most other countries and the studio recording will be released tomorrow, 6 October.
In support of thier new work Bill Kaulitz, Tom Kaulitz, Georg listing, and Gustav Schäfer went on a promotional tour to Germany, where today they visited the TV show Wetten dass…? The guys not only gave the interview, but also performed their first single from the album-Love Who Loves You Back. It was the first after a long break the band.
The Promo-tour for Kings Of Suburbia was launched October 2nd in Berlin: TH held a press conference to present the album. Today, the group will give a small acoustic concert at the radio station in Magdeburg (Magdeburg-hometown musicians). October 6th Tokio Hotel hit the show Circus Halligalli one of Germany’s TV channels, and as well will hold a live chat. And then the guys will go to Paris, where they will be held October 9th autograph session.
Tags: 2014, Love Radio
Filed Under: TH-News/Media
“We are shocked that there is homophobia in France”
Pure Charts invites you to discover the second part of the interview with Tokio Hotel, as part of the release of the album “Kings of Suburbia.” The group now talks gay marriage, homophobia in France, a critical look at the Bill, the character Conchita Wurst and even his solo projects …
Q: With a song like “Love Who Loves You Back” and its a very sexual clip, you knew it would shock a few …
Tom: It’s true they are a little more shocked than we thought! (Laughs) With the video for “Girl Got A Gun” also, people were a little crazy. But, I said, “Why It’s my favorite video!”. I did not think they would talk about the character Toko, the guy in blue, and it’s a shock! I love this video! It’s the same thing for “Love Who Loves You Back”, we had the idea long ago. It is inspired by the German film “Perfume”. There is a scene where people want to kill the character. There are hundreds of people shouting at him, he sprayed perfume and people start to love him and to love them. We go from hate to love. We loved this scene! We wanted to make a music video in this spirit, it turns into orgy. It has no fragrance but we have the music!
Bill: And it is a scandal because people make a scandal! One should not make a fuss. It’s just love, that is the message. I do not understand why people say, “Oow la la, there are boys with boys, girls with girls.” All right, we’re in 2014!
Q: I do not know if you are aware but the issue of marriage for all rocked France, it was pretty tense … It offends you?
Bill: Of course I am always shocked when I hear things like that, all this homophobia …
Tom: We’re shocked, because it’s always the same old story …
Bill: Everyone has the right to love who he wants, we must stop with these issues of gender, religion… In some countries, it is a problem. In other all goes well, it’s beautiful! We should not even ask the question …
“At school, I always had problems because of my look”
Q: By doing a song like “Love Who Loves You Back,” you wanted to help your fans with their sexuality identity?
Bill: Yes. We want to give them confidence. I’ve always been like that myself … I hate it when others tell you what to do, how to be, what to think or what to say. I believe in freedom. Everyone should be able to do what they want, love who he wants. It has always been here and that’s fine.
Q: Exactly, Bill, you had to face a lot of criticism on your look. It was hard to live?
Bill: The thing is what I had used when I was little (Smiles) I went to school with nail polish, make-up … I have always had problems.
Tom: I was the older brother who was defending him in the playground!
Bill: I have always been at odds. In hindsight, yes it was a provocation, perhaps I was trying to cause this reaction. But I’ve never understood why it might bother someone. I wanted to show everyone that I did not care, assuming, I told them: “Fuck you”. I had the habit so I do not care if you criticize my style. It does not affect me.
“Conchita Wurst won Eurovision because of her appearance”
Q:You’ve heard of Conchita Wurst who won the Eurovision this year?
Georg: Wurst (Laughs) It means sausage in German!
Bill: It’s cool that she won. She has a good voice. It’s a beautiful message!
Q: She will dance at the Crazy Horse. For the first time, a man in the spotlight of a magazine …
Bill: That’s great, it’s a good example for people, for tolerance.
Tom: After winning the Eurovision takes over her appearance than the song, I must admit. But that’s fine! This is a beautiful symbol.
“We would like to collaborate with a DJ”
Q: Your music has changed. You too. The media and the public still talk a lot about your appearance. You were expecting so much?
Bill: Yes! Expected. After that it is normal for me, fashion, look, the artwork, photos and stuff, it’s part of the package, what you create. We just need the music to always be present.
Q: Do not talk as the rest. Bill, you love you embark on a solo career?
Georg: I think! (laughs)
Tom: I’ll make one myself.
Bill: What? You, a solo career?
Tom: ‘Yes, me and my huge penis (They all laugh) I just looking for a stage name. Maybe Tom Long Dong! (Laughs)
“I’m going to launch a clothing line”
Bill: I’ve never really thought about. I am in the group musically, I do not have the desire to do a solo album. Not right away. But I would love to get a clothing line! I love working with other people. We would like to collaborate with a DJ soon … Nothing is planned. I have to find time to do things well. I just do not want to put my name, I want to draw etc. I’ve been working on designs for several years. When the time comes, it will come out.
Tags: 2014, Charts in France, Pure Charts
Filed Under: TH-Interesting Interviews
Tokio Hotel returns with Kings of Suburbia,
a personal and a very electronic sound album
Know what its members Bill and Tom Kaulitz told about this new production in StarMedia exclusive interview from Los Angeles, USA
Five years they remained away to take scenarios from a new life and to rediscover their musical path, Tokio Hotel return with Kings of Suburbia, their fourth Album. In an interview for StarMedia members Bill and Tom Kaulitz told details of it’s new production. Here’s what they said!
1. What do you feel in his comeback after 5 years of absence from music?
Bill: “we were not at all away because we were working in the Studio doing Kings of Suburbia and we are now happy to be back to show people this new album. We also miss our fans, the stage and introduce ourselves live.”
2. kings of Suburbia sounds completely different to what you have done, why make such a radical change?
Tom: “on the sound of the new album, we are very happy because it was a whole process write songs and produce them. We try to do something different, authentic and I can say that we like all the songs that are on the disk.”
3. which of the songs do you feel you most identified?
Bill: “it is difficult to say one only because we produced the entire album, made mixtures and work hard. We took enough time doing and put lots of love. What we hear can be different everyday, for example now is Love who loves you back that is a great song“.
4. What is the story behind the title of the Kings of Suburbia album and song that bears this name?
Bill: “we had the idea of naming it Kings of Suburbia on a trip to Germany. It came by that feeling you have when you’re young you feel the King of your universe, wanting to do what you like. That was a feeling we share with everyone when we did the record. It also has relation with our lives because all come from different suburbs of Germany“.
5. Who thought of the concept of the video Girl got a gun? What d you say to criticisms that you’ve received?
Bill: “we are very happy with the video and believe it is one of the best we have done. We create the concept together with the director Kris Moyes who is a very innovative person. We wanted something cool and new because the song has an interesting sound. I had the idea of including drag queens and Kris made the proposal for the costumes and makeup. We really liked it and it is normal that there are people who like it and those who do not“.
6. Will you include Mexico in his international tour?
Tom: “We are planning the tour, I think that we will start in the spring of 2015. Mexico will be included and we will also go for promotion before the end of the 2014. We get messages with much love from our Mexican fans, and it is something that we are grateful for.”
7. How would you define the album Kings of Suburbia in a few words?
Bill: “It is very personal, electronic, full of life, with much love and is one of the best albums that the band has done“.
Tags: 2014, Bill, StarMedia, Tom, Twins
Filed Under: Bill-InterestingInterviews, Tom-InterestingInterviews
“We can’t please everyone“
For five years they were like fallen off the face of the earth. Due to the hype about their private life the four German mega-sellers took the bull by the horns and moved to Los Angeles. After a long time of finding themselves the passion for making music came up again. “Kings of Suburbia”, the long-awaited comeback-album, distanced itself from the former works of the quartet and penetrates the charts as a trendy electro-record. In the “Krone”-Interview the singer Bill Kaulitz talks about the private and sound wise changes and why the band takes matters into their own hands now.
Krone: Bill, after years of hiatus, the concerns that you can’t live up on former successes were surely big. How big is the gratification now that the album has reached #1 of the iTunes-charts in 27 countries?
Bill: We have actually been very relaxed from the beginning, because we believed in us and our songs. We ourselves made the biggest pressure for us. Of course the success is great though and we’re also surprised by this positive feedback and that’s actually the most beautiful thing.
Krone: But not all of your fans are entirely enthusiastic – some older ones, who have always been listening to Tokio Hotel, are downright confused because of the style change to electric music. Why actually this change?
Bill: The only demand for us was that we ourselves really like the album. We didn’t consciously change, but we wrote and produced. The result is the music that felt good to us. We also didn’t want to make compromises, but just go ahead with what was best for us. It’s clear that not everyone likes it, and that’s completely normal.
Krone: There were times when english texts weren’t a topic for you – now the complete Album “Kings of Suburbia” is in that language.
Bill: Well, we already released every record in two languages since our second album, and also wrote the last one “Humanoid” in German and English. Already at that time we noticed that we only wrote German songs because people expected us to do so. We had a lot to translate and sing every song twice – a lot of the content was lost. Furthermore there are moments in the studio which you can’t carry off a second time. The translating was almost like office work. But we didn’t find that good anymore and we wanted to leave the songs the way they originated. In this case we wrote everything in English and because the process of translating felt so unnatural, we just didn’t do it this time.
Krone: In the video of “Girl got a gun” you can see a masturbating soft toy and many sexual indications. In the video of “Love who loves you back” you randomly make out with men and women. Is that a necessity to stand out again after that long time of absence?
Bill: We didn’t plan to do that. Many people surely think that it’s all calculation, but we just make the creative decisions in the actual moments. We definitely don’t think about certain provocations, we rather were wondering about those discussions. We were absolutely surprised by that. We don’t try to create scandals, but just do everything in the way we find cool and awesome. People can then do with it what they want.
Krone: But it’s nice that you can even polarize. That’s not an easy thing to do nowadays.
Bill: Yes, that’s true. There are so many sick things by other artists – some for example don’t have a part of their body which they haven’t shown already. For that reason alone I wouldn’t have thought that people would discuss about our video.
Krone: Because we were already talking about the different reviews at the beginning – a less flattering one was by the “Süddeutsche”: “It’s like David Guetta recorded with an e-guitar on his iPad.” How much does something like that concern you?
Bill: (laughs) A criticism most often criticizes. Rarely something positive comes out of it then, often journalists are just pissed because they didn’t get an interview from us. Often in music history it were the best albums that were pulled to pieces by journalists right after the release. At the end of the day a single person writes that and because of that it doesn’t concern us particularly – we don’t even read that through.
Krone: After the third album “Humanoid” you hurriedly moved to Los Angeles, because the hype about you was unbearable in Germany. Was this step necessary to be able to grow up in peace?
Bill: Moving was definitely necessary for the creative process as well as for our private life. After “Humanoid” we didn’t know what to say anymore, we were completely empty and didn’t have inspiration at all anymore. We had to get a distance from the career and just not do anything for a while. We tried to sort out our private life and that’s necessary to even make music. Of course we could just have gone in the studio and just record anything, but we had the demand to do something amazing, and we’re the hardest critics ourselves. We didn’t want to dash something, to just fulfil the contract. But things just take longer when you – as we do now – do them on your own.
Krone: There were times when you couldn’t even hear the name “Tokio Hotel” anymore. How long time did it take you until the energy and motivation came back?
Bill: Well, it took up a lot of time. We had the feeling that we were always on tour and never had a break. Back then there were a lot of private stories in the media and in comparison to our music this got out of hand. We didn’t like that at all and above all we wanted to withdraw ourselves from the media. That was the much bigger and more difficult task. No private scandals, no nonsense, no interviews and no pics. It wasn’t easy to do that. And you miss making music quite fast, so we wrote and produced in our self-built studio again after about 1,5 years. It didn’t take long until the lust for performing came back and to share our music with the people.
Krone: Has your character changed? How American have you become by now?
Bill: Well, all the Americans always say we’re typically German. We are punctual, reliable and all correct. I think it can be noticed that we retained the German in us also in the USA.
Krone: Do you have a more relaxed relationship again to your old home now?
Bill: We actually never had a bad relationship to Germany and we absolutely love Germany. If we could live more undisturbed in Germany, we would be here. Georg and Gustav still live here and we all have a good relationship with our parents and families. There are actually no problems at all.
Krone: Such a comeback has to go along with a tour of course. What can we expect for 2015?
Bill: Right now we’re in the planning of our tour, and I think we’ll play live concerts the entire year, beginning in spring. We want to go to every country and powerfully report us back to our fans.
Tags: 2014, Bill, Kronen Zeitung
Filed Under: Bill-InterestingInterviews