You love them or you hate them. So one is happy that it is Tokio Hotel month at TMF. The other can’t wait till their concert on February 23 is over. What do the boys think about it themselves?
We have understood that you are not completely ready for the tour, should we start worrying?
Bill: No way! We are spending so much time in the studio right now to practice and to prepare everything. Actually we are doing all that just so we can put on an most awesome as possible show. We do not want to just put on a new show, but we want to go all out (can’t think of the right word) and surprise.
Tom: We often get the question why it is taking so long before Tokio Hotel perfoms live again. Of course that is a compliment but preparing a show takes a lot of time and energy.
Bill: We have been to London for it a lot. There is a lot of movement in the show and especially the stage is going to be awesome.
Okay, that is enough promotion, guys! Have you become a better band in the last few years?
Gustav: Absolutely, I think we all have started playing better because we performed live a lot and the tours we have done. We have learned a lot from it.
Georg: And that while we never take music lessons. But see for yourself, listen to our first album and the last one, which one is better soundwise?
Bill: Okay, we get a lot of criticism. That we can’t speak English, that our level sucks. We don’t mind. We are not musicians or composers. We are 4 normal boys who love making music. That is what we have reached throughout the years with few music lessons. We have taught ourselves everything.
Did you become better friends as well?
Bill: No we have always been good friends. That has not gotten better or worse, it is just a fact!
Tom: You have to be when you are in a band. We spend so much time with each other, you can’t be any other way. In our case that is really the way it is. We have known each other since we started as a school band and have been through everything together. From the first hit to all the big concerts we have played.
You have also been to the USA. We are not losing Tokio Hotel, are we?
Bill: That tour was great, but traveling through Europe gives us more of a home feeling. Don’t misunderstand me: all 4 of us are happy when we jump on a plane to the states. But when we get to go home, that is a really good feeling as well.
You have been though a lot as a band, do you get nervous at all anymore?
Georg: Yes, every time we get critical questions asked by Hitkrant, we never get used to that.
Bill: Not really, The press is always really nice to us. But we do get nervous for a lot of things. Like, for instance, this tour, we do not know what to expect. And if everyone still likes us. You can compare it to the feeling of going back to school after summer vacation.
Will 2010 be the year of Tokio Hotel?
Gustav: If it is up to us Yes!
Tom: We are giving up our entire year to make it a success.
Bill: It is not a question of up or down (do or die), because we plan to go on with Tokio Hotel for a long time. But it will be an important year. We are looking at it as a live year. We will be performing a lot in Europe, after that we will go to South America. We will be back in the summer for festivals and in the meantime we will write songs for a new album. Vacation? What is that again?? No, that won’t happen in 2010. Maybe at christmas time.
Tickets to their concert: As a real fan you of course already know, but Tokio Hotel is having a concert in Ahoy in Rotterdam on February 23. And of course we have scored some tickets for it. If you want to win 2, enter the contest on http://www.hitkrant.nl/
Annelies: Yes they were sociable. Even on the background you could hear the other members of the band, they were also present
they were heard on the background it was really sociable.
Peter: Yes okay, thank you Annelies
Annelies: I asked them first about 2009, How was it for you and a new album, yeah how was that for you. Did it always go very well and mostly what was your absolute top moment?
Bill: yeah the top moment was definitely the release of our album, because we worked really long on the album and we didn’t really know how the people will react to the album.
Annelies: Translates in dutch what Bill said. And then he also said that the most exciting moment now is the tour.
Peter: They’ll be in Belgium on 25 February in Forest National in Brussels
Annelies: Yeah, I expect lots of screaming girls then. But then I also asked them about the English/German combination, the songs they have
Peter: yes, we play ‘Lass uns laufen’ for example, and then you have ‘World behind my wall’ and that’s the same song then in English
Annelies:Yes that means a big breakthrough, in South-America for example that they have English songs, And then I wondered is that different that you sing songs English German? Do they write that differently? How does that go?
Bill: Yes we did really write in 2 languages, that writing is differently very different you get a totally new song then even if we sing it. And we don’t know what we prefer to do.
Annelies: Translates in dutch. And then I asked about maybe some co-operation with other artists. Because most fans will know that they’re fans off Aerosmith. But there aren’t any plans yet. But then I thought Tom, Bill’s brother, he is a hip-hop fan. You know maybe there are plans to go to a hip hop co-operation or maybe an other artist, anyway listen to what they say to that
Tom: That is really difficult, whether it’s a hip hop artist or another one, it’s not easy to find on artist which you can really get along with. And TH is a band that makes music together and we’ve known each other for a very long time, and that is really necessary you really need to share something together to be able to make music together.
Peter: What’s really interesting when you say there’s a TH interview coming is that you have TH lovers and people who don’t like them that much, the haters you can say. did you ask something about that too?
Annelies: Yes, of course I had no other choice. How bad do they think it is, do they laugh with it.
Bill: it is really terrible that you have people that really hate you, but it better that then that they think ‘Scheiss egal’
Annelies: Yes Scheiss egal, Bill actually says that it isn’t that bad, because it doesn’t work without them, if people wouldn’t care, TH wouldn’t be able to exist. So actually they think it’s good.Now it’s TH love groups and hate groups. He says we love our fans very much and actually our haters too, they also make a part of what we are.
Peter: Yes. I can hope you also said something about his hair?
Don’t disappoint me.
Annelies: Yes exactly, I asked something about that too. I thought now were gonna now,so I suggest we listen to Bill
Bill: It really doesn’t take that long, it’s a routine. With showering it only takes about one hour.
Annelies: Translates. So actually it’s not that bad. And after that I also asked Tom, his brother, he got those pretty braids in his hair done by a hairdresser, Bill doesn’t have one, Tom does.
Peter: Some will say, you can tell that.
Annelies: I know, it could be.
Peter: It was a good talk.
Annelies: it was very good, yes
Peter: Joked with Tokio Hotel, anyway the complete interview will be on the MNM site in a while and it’s about 10 minutes
Annelies: 10 minutes, yes
Peter: Yes something like that, later on MNM.be. Anyway for all TH haters it’s over! and for all the others check the site.
And now will play their song cause they’re in the list too on place 38.