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‘Tokio Hotel’ to Release Book,
Drop ‘Love Who Loves You Back’ Remix
(Exclusive Portraits!)

Bill and Tom Kaulitz of the German rock band Tokio Hotel suit up for these new JustJared.com exclusive portrait session photos.

Tokio Hotel is currently promoting their latest album, Kings of Suburbia, in stores now. The video for their lead single “Love Who Loves You Back” has already racked up more than five million views!

Tom and Bill will be kicking off their “Feel It All World Tour 2015. Part 1: The Club Experience” on March 6th in London, England. In our exclusive interview with them, they talk about what to expect from the tour, their plans to write a book, and their celebrity crushes.

Just Jared: LA nightlife inspired your new album, Kings of Suburbia. Are there certain places in LA that you love and go to often?

Bill Kaulitz: I feel like we have phases, where we go somewhere a lot, and then we don’t go there anymore. The only place we always go, like Tom, you are just not that into nightclubs…
Tom Kaulitz: I am, I’m just not so much into dancing.
Bill: Yeah, but we kind of always like to drink a lot and talk afterwards, and listen to some music. Soho House is just a classic where we always go. And then it changes. I liked Sound for awhile.
Tom: And Hyde, once a week, at least.
Bill: I love Warwick. And nightclubs, I don’t know. There were those pop up parties downtown, they were cool. We went out so much, I don’t remember!

JJ: What are your favorite lyrics from your single, “Love Who Loves You Back”?

Bill: “Love who loves you back,” probably. (laughs) Because that is what it really is. I feel like we all shouldn’t think about who we love, because we can’t control it anyway. And I feel like so many people try that, but I feel like it’s beautiful that we can’t control it. We all tend to try to have control of our heart but I feel like in the end, we really can’t. And that’s for me, what the song is about also. Just love who loves you back, just enjoy love.

JJ: Do you guys feel like you fall in and out of love lots of times? Can you love multiple people at the same time?

Bill: I mean, yeah. Tom loved a lot of girls every other night when he was younger. (laughs) He was, you were pretty wild. Now he kind of settled. I feel like that was when he was 16, 17.
Tom: Everybody does at that age.
Bill: I didn’t.
Tom: Yeah you did.
Bill: I didn’t. I feel like I’m the opposite. When I fall in love, I fall hard. And then I’m sure about that. But it takes a while ’til that happens. So yeah, I’m not like that, I’m not the one night stand kind of guy.

JJ: Do you think there’s one person in the world that you’re meant to be with? Or do you think there’s multiple people in the world you could be happy with?

Tom: Oh yeah, I think there’s multiple people. That’s what I think.
Bill: I don’t know. I feel like it’s very hard to find someone you love in and out, your soul mate, and someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. I feel like you should be, you have to be very heavy because there are billions of people out there and I just feel like, to find that person, that’s super hard. And I feel like you have to be lucky. I feel like people think they might find the right person, and then they think they are so in love, until they really meet their love. So, I feel like you’re not.
Tom: I feel like it could happen to you a bunch of times. So many people are in serious relationships and are really in love…
Bill: But I’m saying you’re one person.
Tom: Yeah, I don’t know. This is just a dream scenario…
Bill: That’s not a dream scenario, it exists. I feel like it exists. I believe in that.
Tom: Well, no. Of course it’s possible to find the person you love and you may spend the rest of your life together, but you never know.

JJ: Do you know what your next single is going to be?

Bill: Yeah, in Europe it’s going to be “Feel It All”, and in America, we are still undecided, because we are still working with “Love Who Loves You Back.” But in Europe and the rest of the world, it’s going to be “Feel It All”.

JJ: Outside of music, would you guys ever act? Have you ever been offered any acting projects?

Bill: Yes, actually Tom and I were offered a movie awhile ago. But then the whole movie industry was so slow.
Tom: I thought music is slow, but movies, that’s crazy. No, but we got an offer for a movie…
Bill: To play brothers.
Tom: To play brothers. And I liked the concept.
Bill: We’re still trying to make that work.
Tom: It’s just so weird because I hate when musicians try to act, and when actors try to do music. Most of the time it’s just stupid.
Bill: But we want to try that. (both laugh)
Tom: But maybe we can make an exception. Maybe it’s good when we do it. I don’t know. I’m still not sure about it. We had a lot of test shoots already.
Bill: Yeah, we had that a while ago.
Tom: That was awkward.
Bill: They said I am a natural talent. (laughs)

JJ: Is there a scripted American television show that you guys would want to guest star on?

Bill: Breaking Bad, but that’s not on anymore. House of Cards!
Tom: House of Cards would be amazing.
Bill: I love House of Cards. I would do anything to be on that show. I love that show.

JJ: You guys are obviously very into fashion. Are there any new designers on the scene that you have been wearing?

Bill: Not new. I’m totally into Givenchy. I love everything they do. I think everything is amazing.
Tom: We really like KTZ.
Bill: I really like KTZ, yeah they are kind of big now. Yeah, these are my favorites at the moment.

JJ: What is your favorite place to shop in LA?

Bill: All the stores on Fairfax now. They are all the new stores I like.
Tom: Church is cool.
Bill: Church I like. I like Oak. I like all these small little stores. And then of course, I always love Barney’s.
Tom: Barney’s yeah! I love Barney’s. (both laugh)

JJ: Would you guys ever start your own clothing line?

Bill: Oh yeah! It’s my dream. I want to do that so bad. Ever since, like I started when I was super young too, like make my own t-shirts and stuff. Because I had no money, so I just bought like cheap stuff and then made like a new piece out of it. My mom was into that too, so she kind of always helped me out. And I started to sketch when I was young, it was always my dream to do that. I have, I already have everything ready. I have a concept and almost like a first collection. I’m just kind of waiting for the right moment. I feel like when I do it, I want to do it properly, and not being a celebrity that just puts their name on something. I want to do the real thing.
Tom: You can do it when I do my DJ project.

JJ: What kind of aesthetic do you think that clothing line would have?

Bill: I like all the old stuff. Like, baroque, combined with modern, new fabrics and styles.

JJ: What songs are you guys singing in the shower?

Tom: Believe it or not, I don’t sing at all. I don’t sing at all.
Bill: It’s so hard for me to believe that. You sing with me in the car sometimes, when I sing.
Tom: Yeah because, when he sings…
Bill: But he always only sings when I’m singing.
Tom: Yeah. And the funny thing is, I can really hit the right notes when I just sing with Bill. If I would sing by myself, it would sound horrible. Because I never sing, so I think I have an amazing voice, (Bill laughs), I’m just not practicing.

JJ: You have a good singing voice, everything looks perfect on you…

Tom: I’m just a perfect human being. (laughs)

JJ: Do you have any celebrity crushes?

Bill: Okay, there is one, everyone else thinks it’s awkward, but I love Kate Winslet a lot. She’s kind of old for me, but there’s something about her, I just think she’s sexy. And she’s an amazing actress.
Tom: And then you got Rachel McAdams.
Bill: Rachel McAdams. Rachel McAdams is always going to be my favorite.
Tom: She’s great.

JJ: What is your ethnic background?

Bill: Uh, we don’t have one. (laughs)
Tom: We actually don’t know.
Bill: I have no idea, actually!
Tom: I would like to find out.
Bill: I would like to find out because people always tell us, like there needs to be something. Something needs to be in there.
Tom: I think Bill looks a little Turkish.
Bill: But I don’t think so! A lot of people say that sometimes, but I don’t think so. I don’t know. I only know that we, like the whole family is German, so I don’t know. But maybe way back somewhere there’s something, I have no idea.

JJ: Do you have any favorite books? Or books you’re reading right now?

Tom: No.
Bill: I never had a favorite book.
Tom: I always want to convince myself to read. I have so many books because people keep giving me so many books, like, “Oh you have to read that.” And I don’t have the time for it. Like when I have a free minute, I always go to the studio. I wish, I always want to read something good, but I just can’t convince myself.
Bill: I like “Kill Your Friends”, I like it a lot, but I wouldn’t consider it my favorite. But I wouldn’t say that’s my favorite book, I would just say it’s a good book.
Tom: It’s a great book.

JJ: Would you ever write your own book?

Bill: Yeah! I mean, we’re going to do that this year. So maybe that’s going to be our favorite book then. It’s going to be a biography, just like our first 25 years. We are going to write it together. I hope we have the time for it, because we really want to write it.
Tom: We want to try to bring it up obviously.

JJ: Do you think you would have your own individual voices in the book or would you write it together to create one voice?

Tom: I think individual.
Bill: Yeah, individual. I think there are some stories you can tell better than me, and the other way around.

JJ: Part one of your world tour, what can people expect?

Bill: So this is going to be way different than anything we’ve ever done so far. It’s going to be like super small, special, nightclubs or clubs, like life clubs. But sometimes we play in like a church, so it’s either in a special location or a legendary club. And we actually want to put on, like not a normal live show. We want to try turn this into a nightclub. We really want to take our fans to a party. So I think it’s going to be great.
Tom: We’re in the middle of putting everything down right now. There’s going to be a crazy light show.
Bill: It’s going to be a good light show, and it’s going to be small, just up to like two thousand people, I think. And then we’re going to continue, like later on this year, we’re going to do the arena shows, the bigger shows. But we’re going to start with that, it’s exciting. We announced the first fifteen dates, I think? And then we are just going to continue.
Tom: It’s going to be really intimate, and super hot. It’s little venues, and sweating people.

JJ: Do you style yourselves, or do you work with costumers? How does the look come together for all your concerts?

Bill: I always try to work with someone on tour. For the last two, I worked with Dan and Dean from DSquared. And we made the costumes together, they turned out amazing. I love to work with them, they’re so much fun. So I always like to work with someone for tour. This time, I, it looks like we’re going to work with Marco Marco. He’s going to do the costumes. I just had my first meeting, so it’s still very fresh, but I think we’re going to work together.

JJ: Do you have any rituals before you go out on stage?

Bill: Yeah, we activate our Power Ranger power. (laughs) It’s a stupid thing, we all stand together and activate our powers. It’s super cheesy but we do that every time.

[Editor’s note: we asked Bill and Tom the below questions at separate times, so one couldn’t hear the other’s answers.]

JJ: Quick: Vanilla or chocolate?

Bill: Vanilla.
Tom: Vanilla.

JJ: Hugs or kisses?

Bill: Kisses.
Tom: Hugs.

JJ: Silver or gold?

Bill: Gold.
Tom: Gold.

JJ: Lights on or lights off?

Bill: Lights off.
Tom: Off.

JJ: Truth or dare?

Bill: Um, truth.
Tom: Truth.

JJ: Facial hair or clean shaven?

Bill: Facial hair.
Tom: Facial Hair.

JJ: Sunrise or sunset?

Bill: Sunset.
Tom: Sunrise.

JJ: Shower or bath?

Bill: Shower.
Tom: Shower.

JJ: Boxers or briefs?

Bill: Boxers.
Tom: Briefs.

JJ: Jay Z or Kanye?

Bill: Jay Z.
Tom: Jay Z.

JJ: Tattoos or piercings?

Bill: Tattoos.
Tom: Tattoos.

JJ: Los Angeles or Hamburg?

Bill: Los Angeles.
Tom: Los Angeles.

JJ: Karl Lagerfeld or Hedi Slimane?

Bill: Oh my god. These questions are hard. Hedi Slimane.
Tom: Uhh… It’s tough. Karl Lagerfeld.

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A Conversation with Tokio Hotel

After a five-year hiatus since their last album Humanoid, Tokio Hotel is back and better than ever with a new masterpiece titled, Kings of Suburbia. A rapid departure from the band’s carefully crafted emo-punk signature that made them a breakout sensation throughout Germany (before they even hit puberty), Kings of Suburbia kicks off like a rave from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, transporting the listener through a colorful world of Los Angeles-inspired glamour, vanity, and romance. Kings of Suburbia took five years to record, and is also the first album the band produced independent of a major record label, allowing the members to let loose with an entire arsenal of electro-pop, alternative rock, and EDM. Set to tour Europe later in March, we called up the international princes of punk to discuss making their latest album and the role technology has had on contemporary music.

You guys have a tour coming up fairly soon. What’s been the process of preparing for it?

Bill: Actually, it takes a while. We have a big rehearsal space in Germany where we usually go – we just got a brand new one – we go there and start out by putting together a set list that makes sense and the content for the show, visually that fits what songs we want to play. All the visual stuff comes first, and then we go in and see what we want to do with the songs, and then we arrange the songs with the band. Usually we think about which instruments each of us can play and what we can do, and then we go through the set list and really take it song to song. We would do that for four weeks, and by the end of those four weeks we start dress rehearsal with the whole crew and hit the road.
Tom: (Laughs) The only problem is that we’re really lazy as a band because sometimes on rehearsal days we’ll come in, eat, take a break, sing a song, eat, and take a break again. And then the day’s over!

How does your new album, Kings of Suburbia, differ from your previous work?

Bill: Kings of Suburbia turned out to be way more electronic than the stuff we’ve done before. We kind of took a break after we put out our last album. It turned out to be a longer break than we thought, because we were kind of burnt out and didn’t know what music we wanted to make. We had no inspiration anymore so we kind of had to step back from the career a little bit just to live life and find inspiration for new music. For a year, we didn’t really do anything, and I think that was good because for the first time we had time to produce and write and think. We had no pressure from the record company, which was great, so we really got creative and tried new things. With the time out, our personal tastes also changed and we parties a lot so there was a lot inspired by the LA nightlife and the DJ scene. We started to lay down synths and stuff like that. The turnout was way more electronic, and it was the first time we produced the entire record.

Which gave you a lot more control. What’s the difference once you have all these artistic liberties now at your disposal?

Tom: We really dived in the whole production aspect of it, from pre-production, creating the demo, to the final master. That was really the first time we did that. Once you really dive into the whole process, it takes you a while because once you’re there, you’re searching for samples, you’re creating drums, you’re always in search for the perfect sound. It’s a lot of freedom and it takes a while. In the meantime, we didn’t even have instruments because we just wanted to be on our own in the studio; we did everything. It was really great to do the whole production and decide when you want to work with people and when you don’t.
Bill: And we just took the time this time. The truth is, we never really had time because we were on the road and had to make an album in two weeks.

So the year off was spent song writing and getting back into the groove of redefining your sound?

Bill: Exactly. We were just living life. We thought we missed out on so much because we had been on the road for so long. Tom and me were living in Europe, that’s why we moved to America… to find that freedom. In Germany, we couldn’t go out to the street because we were so locked up in our house and everything had to do with security. We were so over it and needed that change to be with people and party and go out. Personally, and music wise, it was a good move for us to move to America.

Kings of Suburbia has more of an electronic feel to it. You guys first got together in the early 2000s; how would you describe the evolution of Tokio Hotel’s sound alongside technological advances in the music industry?

Tom: First of all, when we started in the early 2000s, we couldn’t really play our instruments. (Laughs) We were like 12 years old or whatever. When we first started writing songs, we just wanted to go out and perform them. We didn’t care how bad it was, we just wanted to be on stage. It was really fun. The good thing about that is we were on stage and performing live, and that’s what we’ve kept on doing up till today. We played hundreds and thousands of concerts and really enjoyed that. Also finding the right things to transport the electronic sound through the venues isn’t always easy, but something we enjoy.
Bill: We definitely started out with simple instruments, and nowadays we’re trying so many more things. Everyone’s trying something new and even plays different instruments on stage; synths, pianos, and stuff like that.
Tom: The recording has also changed a lot. We started to record on a whole different basis on the last record we put out in 2009, Humanoid. We would have changes in the studio where we would Skype and do recordings over the Internet with our producers sitting in Germany, while we were in L.A. Weird stuff! It was crazy to us that this was possible. All the new techniques and all the new technologies out there give you way more opportunities. I can’t even remember… I think our first record, which we started recording in 2003, we were using Logic 7 or something even earlier than that. It’s crazy how far all these music programs have come.

Bill this question is for you… I’m on the Internet right now looking at this fan site devoted to you. What goes through your head when you see something like that?

Bill: What is it? I want to check it out!

It’s this Wikihow titled, “How to Become a True Bill Kaulitz fan.” It has these steps on how to be just like you, while noting that you don’t have a MySpace or Facebook. It also mentions your tattoos.

Bill: I feel like with our fans it’s crazy how intense they are, and I mean that in a good way. They are just so supportive. That we were even able to take a break as a band for four or five years and that they are still there waiting for our music– that scheisse crazy!
Tom: The ones who tattoo Kings of Suburbia on their arm and stuff like that… I feel like that’s the biggest type of success you can have, if you have people and fans like that who stick with you and like you all these years and go to your shows and buy your music. We appreciate that a lot and are super happy we have it.
Bill: I feel great about it. It can also be hard for a person sometimes, but for the band it’s great.

What’s been your favorite country to play in?

Tom: Whenever we play in South America is great. Mexico’s definitely a lot of fun.

Any specific reason?

Bill: Just because the people are going crazier there! I love that. We were just there for a standing session, and the last time we played our tour there we had to take a break because it was just out of control. Security told us to leave the stage so we had to turn the lights on and we had to leave because there were these huge hoards falling on top of each other. It was absolute craziness! They appreciate the music so much. For an artist, that type of energy is insane.

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