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“.
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“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.
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Sneak Preview of The November Issue of INTERVIEW.de
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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“We are pleased about the visit today by @tokiohotel in #FRA
and good luck with the new album!” ~ Frankfurt Airport
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Bill Kaulitz unpacking “Kings Of Suburbia“ Super Deluxe
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RTL Exclusiv Weekend
Can he be a big competition for Rebecca Mir? (German model) At the press conference in Berlin Bill Kaulitz appears in a net-shirt and Lady-Gaga-like plateau shoes.
Woman 1: If someone in Germany can wear something like that, then it’s Bill Kaulitz.
Thomas Rath (designer): That’s right. He isn’t metrosexual, he’s just incredibly cool.
Woman 2: I think he’s authentic. And that’s what I find good.
Woman 1: He isn’t disguised. You very often have the feeling that German stars or people who want to provoke are only just disguised. And when you look at him you really think that he has fun in dressing like this. He lives it.
Armin Morbach (hairdresser): On Bill it’s just sexy. You look at him, and you don’t immediately think of something feminine. You simply think of a great guy, who’s well styled, and I guess he smells incredibly good. I think the beard looks good on him..
Woman 2: Aha…!
Armin Morbach: He represents us incredibly well in foreign countries.
So, the grade from Armin Morbach shouldn’t be a surprise. How do the others see that?
Thomas Rath: A!
Woman 2: A!
Woman 1: A!
Armin Morbach: A!
Thomas Rath: Four As! I’d say this is the look of the month!
Woman 1: Yes!
That’s how it goes. Bill Kaulitz ascends our fashion-throne with a clear A!
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Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz Goes Shirtless Sexy
In New Exclusive Behind the Scenes Pics For
‘Love Who Loves You Back’ Music Video
Check out Bill Kaulitz going shirtless in a behind the scenes pic from his band Tokio Hotel‘s latest video “Love Who Loves You Back,” exclusively given to JustJared.com!
The 25-year-old frontman is joined in the video by band members Tom Kaulitz, Georg Listing, and Gustav Schäfer. The single is featured on Tokio Hotel‘s new album Kings Of Suburbia, which dropped today (October 6) in the U.S. Buy your copy on iTunes now! In case you didn’t know, Kings Of Suburbia was released this past weekend in other countries and debuted at #1 in 29 Countries and Top 5 in 15 others!
WHAT DO YOU THINK of Tokio Hotel’s “Love Who Loves You Back”?
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Press Conference – Kino Studio @ Babylon
To see THe Full set, click an image ; )
- Candid Cuties, Gallery
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