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1. How are you?
2. Your biggest achievement?
Our new album “Humanoid”
3. Your next event?
A TV-Show in Paris
4. The hardest work, which you ever made for money?
To hand out folders to people, who didn’t want them.
5. A wonder that took place in your life?
That we got discovered in our hometown Leipzig.
6. Your favourite colour?
Black and white, although they aren’t even colours.
7. Your favourite pop song?
“In for the Kill” by La Roux
8. Your favourite artwork on earth?
The cover of our single “Automatisch”
9. The most beautiful thing on earth, which you can buy with money?
The ticket for the amusement park.
10. A thing except love, which you can’t buy with money?
11. Who’s the shrewdest head on earth?
My brother Tom.
12. What’s new and bad?
13. What’s new and good?
Our new website www.tokiohotel.com
14. Your drug?
15. Your kink?
I collect leather jackets.
16. What do you do insufficient?
17. Your strong point?
To get from too little sleep much energy.
18. A weakness that should be forgiven you?
That I talk way too much.
19. A wise sentence that doesn’t originate from you?
Life is too short to drink bad wine.
20. What do you want to learn?
To play the piano.
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Make no mistake about the name.
They’re not a J-Pop or J-Rock band.
Tokio Hotel is the new invasion from Germany.
INTERNATIONAL STAR Tokio Hotel are taking the music world by storm. After scoring four number one singles, two number one albums, and selling nearly 3 million CDs and DVDs in their homeland, they’ve become the biggest act to come out of Germany in 20 years. And to think their first CD was recorded when the members were only 13 to 15-years-old.
Breaking down cultural walls, the Tokio Hotel phenomenon has crossed language barriers, causing a tornado-like frenzy in Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia and Israel. In Austria and Switzerland, Tokio Hotel have gone four times Platinum and in France, they’ve had a crowd of 500,000 chanting along to their songs in front of the Eiffel Tower. One by one, European territories have seen the band graduating from theaters to arenas in a matter of months. They sold out 43 venues with more than 400,000 fans in their home country, having the most successful debut tour ever in Germany.
Teenagers overseas cry at the mere glimpse of Bill Kaulitz, 18 (vocals), Bill’s twin brother Tom Kaulitz, 18 (guitar), Gustav Schäfer, 19, (drums) and Georg Listing, 20 (bass). Now with Tokio Hotel ready to rock America, it’s only a matter of time before the hysteria follows them stateside.
Tokio Hotel has become MTV’s favorite. This group won Best New Artist in the MTV Video Music Awards last year and Headliner Award at the MTV Europe Video Music Awards. While on Youtube, Tokio Hotel TV is one of the most watched music channel. “It’s always been a dream of ours to make it in the States,” says vocalist Bill Kaulitz, who sings in English for the first time on Scream, the band’s U.S. debut. “We grew up listening to American bands like Metallica, Green Day and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. We wanted to get a chance to do what they do.” When the band formed in Magdeburg, Germany, in 2001 (originally under the name Devilish), they say they had no idea they’d go on to win every prestigious German music award. “But there was never a plan B,” explains Bill, “music is all we know.” Guitarist Tom added “Playing live means everything to us. That’s how we started three years ago…performing our songs in small clubs and bars , sometimes with only five people in the audience. These days have changed completely. We have sold out stadiums and the biggest venues you can get. This unbelievable success is hard to grasp and every single day we are grateful for it.” Tokio Hotel’s melodic brand of rock easily navigates between headbanging guitars and power-packed anthems to mid-tempo pop tracks and more introspective ballads. The one thing their diverse songs all have in common? There’s always a message.
“Don’t Jump” is an anti-suicide song, telling the listener not to give up on himself, while the guitar-heavy album-opener, “Scream,” is about “saying what you want – or better yet, shouting it to get your point across,” explains Bill. The quiet but powerful “Rescue Me” is about the helplessness you feel when a relationship crumbles before your eyes, while the sweetly, slowed-down “Monsoon” is about going through hardships with a best friend or soul-mate — withstanding anything life can throw at you — and by facing adversity, overcoming it to find a positive end. “The lyrics are very important to us,” says Bill. “They help our fans know where we’re coming from. The best part of being a musician is being onstage and seeing a sea of people sing your lyrics, it’s a rush.” Now, for the first time, they’ll be able to hear the songs sung back to them in English. “It’s going to be a little crazy,” Bill admits. Though the group learned to speak English in school, they still write songs in their native German and then translate them into English.
Their first U.S. album is actually a combination of hits from their two German albums—”Schrei (Scream),” and “Zimmer 483 (Room 483),” – translated into English and re-recorded. Their first single in Germany, “Durch den Monsun” (“Through the Monsoon”), went to number one in August 2005 and “Rette Mich (Rescue Me)” also peaked at number one soon after. Their first single off their second album “Zimmer 483 (Room 483),” called “Übers Ende der Welt (Ready Set Go),” was released in January 2007, and quickly reached number one as well and its English version nominated for Best Pop Video at MTV America. “We think our music speaks for itself,” says Bill. “Of course, we want to succeed, we want to prove it to ourselves, and to be honest, to everyone else.”
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