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21.10.2014

(21.10.2014)

Bill Kaulitz: “The balance was missing

Four years ago the twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz moved to Los Angeles and enjoyed life out of the spotlight. Now they are back with a new album. In the Interview with “spot on news” Bill Kaulitz and Gustav Schäfer talk about the hiatus and why their comeback actually isn’t a real comeback.

The ex-teenie-band has just released their new album “Kings of Suburbia”. Before that the four boys had been disappeared from the screen for four years. The twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz (25) ended up in Los Angeles. Also Gustav Schäfer (26) and Georg Listing (27) caught up on a lot of things in that time. But the new record is a success again. At the beginning of the sale the album was on #1 in various countries.

It must be a good feeling to know that the fanbase still exists…
Bill: That’s so cool! It has always been incredible. In the four years we still won awards from time to time. Our fans were always voting for us. Even in that time when we didn’t do anything actually. The support of our fans is incredible and not taken for granted. Before our break we’ve been told: You can’t do that, it’s “career-suicide”. But we accepted it. We didn’t want to make an album we don’t like or which is only half as amazing. But we just personally needed the time. And at the end of the day it wasn’t career suicide.

Why did you move to Los Angeles with Tom in 2010?
Bill: At the end we didn’t have fun here anymore. We couldn’t build up a private life apart from our career. The balance was missing. After our house had been broken in, we told ourselves: We won’t look for a new house here again and build a prison for ourselves, in which you can’t look into. Within four weeks we planned, packed our bags and just left.

Which things couldn’t you do in Germany anymore?
Bill: Actually anything. It already starts with ordering a pizza. Or in the hotel, we checked in with cover names. We can’t stay at a place here for too long. We always had security people with us. There were always 20 people following us in the car and 50 stood in front of our house. Then your private life takes place inside of your own four walls behind a gate and a fence. You don’t get anything of life or the world anymore.

How was it in LA?
Bill: It was totally different. In the morning I asked myself: What will I do today? Am I going to the restaurant or go grab a coffee? Just the normal things, for example to plan the day on your own. If I wanted to go out with my dog now, it would have to be organized first. When you’re on tour it’s okay, but you just don’t want that in your private life. You need the balance and we found it in LA.

There you could live like normal 20-year-olds…
Bill: Absolutely, we partied in night clubs, and sometimes we were pissed like a rat. Just like others in our age do it as well, just without it being written in the newspapers the next day. We didn’t want private stories anymore. The music wasn’t in the foreground. It was way more interesting what we say or do, where we live, what we wear and who we sleep with. In the four years we didn’t do any interviews, to bring in a bit of calmness again.

What did you not like about LA?
Bill: For example that every club closes at 2am. At 1.45am you get your last drink and at exactly 2am in every club and bar the lights go on. So you have to already start drinking in the afternoon. I won’t ever get used to that! It’s annoying me so much that I even almost would rather like to move to New York by now. Furthermore we miss the German bread, plum cake and driving fast on the Autobahn.

Gustav, what did Georg and you do in that time?
Gustav: Georg as well as I traveled to cities we have actually already been to for a hundred times, but where we didn’t see anything apart from the airport and the hotel. Just like me Georg was also in Paris for the first time. There we went with the metro for the first time.

For the first time at all?
Gustav: Yes, for the first time in my life. In Paris. We have also been on the Eiffel Tower, the whole tourist-thing with lining up and so on. That was fun!

Did you get recognized?
Gustav: No, not at all. That was a good feeling.

So, also a break for you two…
Gustav: Yes, we also caught up on the missing time with our families. For example just having lunch at Sunday noon. Of course we also didn’t leave out partying.

Why now the comeback?
Bill: For us it doesn’t feel like a comeback. Until the end of 2011 we still were on tour in South America, Japan and Russia. Then we took a break for 1 1/2 years. It didn’t feel like it was that long. Then we started to make music in the studio again. We didn’t put our feet up for four years straight. Back then it used to be normal that bands didn’t release a new album for four years. And we never split up. It was clear that we would make another album one day. Only the point of time wasn’t clear.

Are you worried about the future? What if one day you won’t have success with your music anymore?
Bill: After the fourth album we are relatively relaxed. I think we’ll always have a future with music. We can say that relatively self-confident. We built up a good base in the last ten years which will always be there. That has rather less to do with the success of a single album. Furthermore there are a lot of other fields in music: Tom for example wants to write and produce for other artists.

Can’t you imagine something else?
Bill: No. I’m incredibly thankful that we all could go this way. I can’t imagine doing an other normal job, which I actually don’t want to do. We have the luck every day to do what we love and like to do and what we also feel called to do.

Wolfgang Joop likes your style. What does fashion and style mean to you? Is that art for you?
Bill: Yes, totally. Fashion is my second biggest passion next to music. For me that also goes along with each other. I don’t see myself as singer-songwriter who stands on stage and only sings. I have always been more of a singer and performer. I like to have a show. We do a lot more on tour than just playing our instruments. For me fashion is a part of that as well. I also fulfilled some of my dreams concerning that matter: I worked with photographers, labels and designers I have already wanted to work with for a long time. I really have embosomed Wolfgang and we get along very well. He’s a great designer. One of my big dreams is to have a fashion line one day. I want to fulfil this dream for myself one day. But also concerning that I want to take time to do it seriously. I don’t want to simply write my name on something. There are also already some designs and names I have been working on for some years now. By now there hasn’t been the right moment yet, but it will come one day.

But for now the music’s first?
Bill: The next time it’s the album’s turn. We have an incredibly full schedule, there is no minute for other things. Therefore it will still take a bit of time.

- original article

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17.10.2014

(17.10.2014)

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“.

- original article

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16.10.2014

(16.10.2014)

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.

- original article

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16.10.2014

(16.10.2014)

Sneak Preview of The November Issue of INTERVIEW.de
out Wednesday!

Sneak Preview:
the big Tokio Hotel INTERVIEW and editorial by Brad Elterman

Our new booklet – on the cover include Tokio Hotel appears on Wednesday.

Here’s an exclusive advance of a few photos from the 14 editorial, who was shot by celebrity photographer Brad Elterman for us in Los Angeles. Our author Harald Peters met the band after an extensive A-Z interview in Hamburg about hair, Los Angeles, and wild parties.

The new issue of INTERVIEW will appear on Wednesday, 22-10,
HERE  you can already pre-order the book.

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