Mittwoch, 16. September 2009
Hey guys, how are you?
Bill: We spend a lot of nights waken up and we are still a little bit tired. But despite of that, it's everything fine!
Did you guys were celebrating something?
Tom: No, not at all. We are full of work and really close to the album's release. The stress is up and, as always, we left everything to the end.
Are you happy with the final result of Humanoid?
Bill: I am really happy with it. Every songs are perfect.
Some journalists refer this album release as the "comeback of Tokio Hotel".
Bill: During the year we have been producing the album and we wanted, in some way, to step asside, desapear...
Bill: At some point I couldn't see my face neather hear my name. I wanted my rest back so I could concentrate myself again on the music. But there is always someone who doesn't let us in peace.
As for example the four french fans that stalked and complicated your lifes?
Bill: Those were complicated situations, they happened and we couldn't avoid them.
This thing with the french fans seemed a little bit weird, it looked like made-up.
Tom: People think that 90% of what is going on with us is made-up, but it's right the opposite.
Bill: I swear that this story is not made-up. Maybe that will help people to have a little idea of the life we take. For a long time we don't have a normal and private life.
Tom: This year we tryed not to attract attentions to us. We wanted to concentrate in work, in the conception of the album. We didn't went to parties, we leaved home and get on studio. We spent a lot of time in Hamburg, where we live, and, in between, we went to Los Angeles and Miami, in the USA. We prefer to stay in Germany to spend a little more time with our parents and our dogs. The main part of the album was done through internet. We recorded the voices and guitar sounds in Hamburgo and the producers, in Los anfeles, did the mix. We comunicated with them by Skype.
Do you still have a private life?
Tom: No, nothing.
Bill: For example, we can't eat a ice cream with our family in public. The only moment when we are alone is on the car, that's why we decided to contract a driver. The time we spend on the car is our moment of freedom and the only one left.
What you said is a little bit desconcentrated. The idea of "we can only be ourselfs in the car".
Bill: That's true. During this year when we were almost always on the studio, we finally realized that we gave up on everything. But we would do the same choices again. After all, we have a lot of rewards. Sometimes I think "Damm, and I even receive money to do what I like". It makes me so happy!
What do you do on your free time?
Bill: Work. Me and Tom, we usually laugh when we read some stuff likw "the publicity machine behind Tokio Hotel" and those kinds of stupidities.
Tom: The 10 persons of our team work exclusively for the band. Each one of those 10 members does a specific task. All them are with us, so, we participated in all this process.
Bill: Tom and I, we are really perfeccionists and controllers. But this is OUR band! It was us who created Tokio Hotel and ecery decisions that have to do with the group, should be taken by us.
The new single Automatic get's right on our ears.
Bill: Yes, it's a nice song to hear while we are travelling in our cars. I realized we use that word a lot of times in our days. Thousands of things in our life are automatic and most of them are positive. What is not in this "word" is love. Love will never be automatic.
But in the song it is...
Bill: Sometimes it happens.
Do some relationships really work in automatic control?
Tom: Yes. When I am with older people I ask them how can them live with the same person year after yeat. I can't imagine myself to share a life with my woman.
Bill: I can
Tom: No, I don't. It would impose myself a lot of limitations. People accomodate very easily and the relationship get's monotone. I know older couples that shared a life time together. I find that a little romantic.
Bill: People shouldn't live for another that easily. They should be glad for have found each other and give some value. I think it's possible to share a life with someone.
Bill: When I will be in love, I will do my bags and I am going to live in another place.
Tom: Forget it Bill, we will live together for the rest of our lifes.
Bill: In that case, we will have to do a sliding door in the middle of the house. On one side, I will live with my girlfriend, and on the other side, there will you be living.
You share the same house?
Tom: We can't leave away of each other. Each one of us has his room and his bathroom, but we spend the days together.
Bill, art this moment, are you in love?
Bill: No, but I would like it. It hurts me to give everytime the same answer, but, at this moment, I am with anyone. Fall in love might be the last thing I will do in my life.
Why do you think that way?
Bill: There are a lot of people who get closer to me with a studied text. I can't be waiting for them to be sincere. They just see Bill Kaulitz. Most of them just think about money and some just want to ask me things of the genre "I am stilist, do you want to dress the T-shirt that i dressed?". I find it disgusting.
Tom: It's very hard to meet someone with who we can be involved one day. Beside that, we spend our time jumping from a city to another diferent one. For 4 years we don't do friends. First, it's had to trust people; Second everything is really fast and we end up being superficial.
It's a very negative vision of people...
Tom: There is something rooted. It's the fruit of circunstances.
Bill: Okay it's like an excuse, it's an evasion.
Tom: But that's the truth.
Bill: But it would be really nice if we could meet someone who don't has TV for 10 years and that never ever have heard talk about Tokio Hotel. That way we could live a little bit like "normal" people. The people when they know me, they have already an idea of me.
Tom: A lot of times we clarify their minds. We make them understand that they are completly wronf.
Bill, there are a lot of people who say that you don't like girls.
Bill: Yes, that happens a lot of times. When they don't know me, the question os always on the air. They should think "He wears make up, his clothes are weird. Yes, he might be gay".
That doesn't bother you?
Bill: No, nothing. I am used to it since always. At the school it was the same.
Tom: It's rare girls think that about him. There were always a lot of girls who wanted him. Mainly, are the boys thinking he is homossexual.
Bill: A lot of guys get angry and with theyr pride hurted when I do have a girlfriend and they think that I have a weak masculine side.
You mother married recently with her partner.
Bill: Yes, that's cool, right? It's her first marriage. Our parents were never married.
Don't you find romantic the fact that she wanted to marry after 12 years of living with him?
Bill: Yes, I am very happy for my mother. Our stepfather always incentivated our will to do music. We grow up with him and we always got well together.
Tom: I found the idea of marry very pretty. But I can't imagine my self giving that step.
Bill: I always said I wouldn't marry, but now I am not sure anymore. If I fall really in love, everything is possible. When I will find my soul mate, I will marry her.
In September 1st, you guys did 20 years. It was a bif step?
Bill: I would like to be 18 forever. We felt much more older than we were, because since 15 we work and win our money.
Tom: 20 years seem to be a very important date but I can't wait to turn 21. In the United Stated we have a problem, we can only take alcohol drinks when we have that age.
Were there any plan or strategy in the Humanoid conception?
Tom: The plan was not to have a plan. Have bass, batery and guitar in the band and try our a little more of electro.
Bill: We didn't wanted a sound that would be completly Rock neather that would be just connected to one style. We wanted to do cool songs. Was a really long creative process.
Dienstag, 15. September 2009
World Exclusive: It all started so sweet!
Just for BRAVO Bill . Tom . Gustav  and Georg  opened their private Band Photo Album!
How cute! Four little boys are playing with Instruments that are way too big for them: What looks in 2002 like a music lesson at school is in reality the beginning of a great career! Woah: Bill and Tom are just 13, Gustav 14 and Georg 15 years old, when they take their first Steps towards “world fame”! Back then the young Rockers called themselves ‘Devilish’, but shortly after that they changed their name to ‘Schrei’.
Funny: Already at the age of 13 the Twins had their characteristic Look, with which they got famous in 2005. Bill with his fuzzy Manga hair and Tom with his Dreadlocks. Seven years later the four Boys from Magdeburg are Germanys biggest Rockband, which has its big comeback this week – with their Single ‘Automatisch’ [Release: 18. September]!
A real Styling-King! Proudly, Bill Kaulitz  from Tokio Hotel poses with a huge feather hat on his head, on a throne. The legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld  himself photographed the singer. The Tokio Hotel Chief in Black and White – how cool!
CD-Check: TOKIO HOTEL – Automatisch
Rock/Pop 18 long months we heard nothing of them – now Tokio Hotel are back! With their first Single “Automatisch” the 4 Boys from Magdeburg want to conquer the Charts again. It should work out, because the Song turns out as a mega Hit – already after the first time of hearing it!
[4 of 4 Stars = Brilliant!]
Lange hörte man nicht von ihnen, doch jetzt packen Bill und Tom von Tokio Hotel in MÄDCHEN aus...
Wir sprachen mit ihnen über alles, was ihnen wichtig ist: ihre Hunde, wahre Heimat, die Suche nach der großen liebe und ihre Musik...
Über ein Jahr haben sich tokio Hotel bei uns rargemacht. Was war los? Sie wurden Superstars in den USA und arbeiteten fleißig an ihrem dritten Album 'Humanoid', dass am 2. Oktober erscheint. Beim Interview sind die Jungs ganz locker, reden viel, gerne auch gleichzeitig. Sie veraten uns, was sie erlebt haben und was sie beschäftigt.
REISEN, ECHTE HEIMAT & TIERLIEBE
Tom. Wir waren für unser Album in Miami und L.A., aber auch viel in Deutschland. Wir lieben es, zu Hause zu sein, in unseren eigenen Betten zu schlafen und viel mit unseren Hunden zu spielen. Vier von ihnen haben wir ja Aus dem Tierheim gerettet.
Bill. Deutschland für immer verlassen - das könnte ich gar nicht. Hier sind wir aufgewachsen, hier sind unsere Wurzeln. Im Ausland fühlt man sich immer etwas fremd. Aber Urlaub machen wir natürlich sehr gerne. Auf den Malediven waren wir zum Beispiel schon vier mal.
STALKER UND SCHLIMME ÄNGSTE
Tom. Das letzte Jahr hat uns geprägt. Wir wollten uns ein, zwei Jahre aus der Öffentlickteit zurückziehen, aber das hat ja nicht geklappt wegen der Stalker-Geschichte [Anm. der Red.: Vier Mädchen verfolgten die Band ein halbes Jahr, bis die Situation eskalierte].
Bill. Diese Vorfälle haben gezeigt, wie viele kranke Leute es gibt, denen geholfen werden müsste. Eine Privatsphäre haben wir eigentlich nicht mehr.
WORUM GEHT'S BEI EURER SINGLE ,,Automatisch'' [AB 18.9.]?
Bill. Viele Sachen im Alltag macht man ganz automatisch. In Liebesbeziehungen aber ist Routine tödlich, da geht das Sponane verloren. Uns betrifft es ja nicht, weil wir beide schon lange Singles sind.
FLIRTS UND TIEFE SEHNSÜCHTE
Beide. O ja, wir flirten sehr gerne [lachen]
Bill. Die Augen finde ich ganz, ganz wichtig. Wenn ich mich in ein Mädchen verliebe, dann zuerst in die Augen. Da kann man ganz tief in die Seele gucken, als würde man sich schon sehr lange kennen.
Tom. Ich habe ja schon unglaublich viele Mädchen kennengelernt, aber ein bestimmter Mädchentyp?
Nein. Blond oder braun, ich will mich nicht festlegen.
Bill. Ich habe schon seit Jahren keine feste Beziehung. Ich weiß, es klingt traurig, aber es ist das Größte, wonach ich mich sehne. Ich wünsche mir eine Freundin zu fimnden, die den Weg mit mir geht.
GELD UND DIE GROSSE LIEBE
Bill. Geld icht wichtig, aber auf keinen Fall alles. Für die Liebe meines Lebens würde ich auf Geld und Klamotten verzichten. Kein Problem - ich brauche ja wirklich nicht viel.
Sonntag, 13. September 2009
Samstag, 12. September 2009
Tokio Hotel: A Music Mix Q&A
by Joseph Brannigan Lynch
A pair of twins who only just turned twenty are leading Germany’s latest musical blitzkrieg. Bill and Tom Kaulitz are half of the emo-pop foursome Tokio Hotel, and with the release of their second U.S. album Humanoid this October, the European superstars seem poised to finally break into America’s mainstream.
Why is this group of Hot Topic Deutschlanders leagues ahead of the competition? Maybe it’s lead singer Bill Kaulitz’s thick Robert Smith makeup and Mad Max punk fashion aesthetic. Or does the combination of twin brothers (and self-described soul mates) in a band truly make for emo magic?
We talked to them about guitarist Tom’s secret hip-hop recordings(!), Bill’s Twilight obsession, and why they named their band after a city they’ve never even been to.
Entertainment Weekly: Did you ever think you would end up so successful so quickly?
- Bill Kaulitz: No, we never, ever expected that. We came from a small village and there is no music business there. We never expected it—it was a lot of happy and lucky moments for us, and we are totally happy that we got the chance to do all this. There was never a plan behind it. We just did our thing and try to be good.
EW: Does your success change the way you approach writing music? Do you ever go into the studio thinking, “I should I try to write a hit”?
- BK: We try to push the pressure away. It’s not good in the studio if you think, “Oh, I have to write a hit like ‘Monsoon’ or something.” You just go ahead and write your thoughts down. Just try to do things you love and I think then it’s always good. If you like what you do then it’s fine.
EW: Tom, I hear you’re into hip-hop—would you ever try to incorporate that into your sound?
- Tom Kaulitz: Sometimes—we have a home studio—sometimes I secretly put down some beats, some guitar beats and stuff like that, but I never tried that in our music. And I’m not a really good rapper, so I never tried that. Maybe one day, maybe in ten years or something, but for now, no, that’s not the plan.
EW: When you perform in English it sounds quite natural, but do you have to think about each syllable as you sing?
- BK: In the beginning, for the first English record it was really hard for me because I’m a perfectionist and I really wanted it to sound natural and not like a German who tries to sing in English. So it took some time in the studio but now it’s totally fine for me. It was like the beginning of Tokio Hotel. Ten years ago we started with that—we started with English and German songs—but the English ones were so bad. It was not good English, kind of embarrassing. But now I get really use to it. If I’m onstage, it’s totally my song.
EW: You also have very distinctive looks. Are there any fashion influences you look to?
- BK: I don’t think so. I never had a role model or something. But as a kid I loved all the vampire movies, so that might be an influence.
EW: Are you enjoying the vampire popularity with Twilight and everything?
- BK: Yeah, I really love this movie. Everyone was talking about it, and I was very late. I didn’t know about the movie, and then everyone is like, “you have to see it, you have to see it,” and I was like, “okay, okay.” Then I was on the flight to L.A. and I saw the movie on the plane and it’s really, really good.
EW: Being brothers, especially twins, does that make touring and recording easier, or do you ever find yourselves competing?
- TK: I think it’s both maybe, but it’s completely normal for us to be together. We always have the same friends, we always have the same interests in everything. We’re just, you know, together 24 hours, everything a day.
- BK: And I can’t—we can’t—live without each other. We are always together. We are like one person and like soul mates. We don’t have to talk.
- TK: But if we fight, it’s a really tough fight. We take everything we find, like a table and a chair and everything. We fight.
- BK: But it’s not that often, most of the time we are totally like one person.
EW: Is there anything you haven’t accomplished as a band that you’d love to?
- TK: Uh, yeah, we want to play Tokyo.
- BK: We’ve never been in Tokyo so far, so that’s one thing. And we want to play a world tour, that’s kind of a dream for us.
EW: So what’s with your love of Tokyo if you haven’t been there, what does it mean to you?
- BK: I think we just heard about it and it’s like a huge city and of course it’s a cool sound: ‘Tokyo” sounds so cool. So that was the main reason why we chose it.
Source : http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/09/11/tokio-hotel-interview/
Freitag, 11. September 2009
And dad comes with the baseballbat, the crazy world of Tokio Hotel.
Introducing Tokio Hotel is not necessary, but you slowly have to take them serious.
What started as a schoolband story in 2001, is now the biggest Pop phenomenon and export-act since Rammstein.
The third CD :Humanoid (2.10 from Universal music) is also awaited by fans in France and America with shivering cheeks, the Rolling Stones magazine celebrates the 20 year old twins Bill(singer) and Tom (guitar)
as style icons.
For GQ the twins take us on the ultimate shorttrip through their universe.
The Style of Tokio Hotel.
Bill: already way before the band began I loved going outside the house
with make up and everything that goes with it.
I didn't feel like I was dressed up, but felt like myself.
actually, when I have a few days off these days, what hardly happens,
I love sitting around unshaved, with no make up and in joggingpants on he couch. it is a pretty nice chance.
Tom: I have always had these urban haircuts.
used to be dreadlocks, now cornrows (africanbraids)
I like easycare hair. you get up in the morning and don't have to fix your hair first.
The Idols of Tokio Hotel:
Bill: I had always had a love for vampire movies, I like Nena and David Bowie.
I never thought, I want to look like that.
The japanese Visual-Kei-scene ( comics and punk inspired fashionmovement) to what I often get compared, I did not know it.
Tom: I like tough guys. Steve McQueen and Robert De Niro.
I want to look like that when I am old.
I can imagine I would wear a beard then.
Tokio Hotel and rebellism.
Bill: our stepfather picked us up from the town once with a baseballbat
because older boys had threatened to beat us up.
We already polarised when we were 9, and were contious of it.
the more the people got agitated by my dark make up the darker it would be the next day.
Tokio Hotel and Sex:
Bill: at concerts I could ofcourse say to one of the securitypeople:
That one, that one and this one, bring them to me later.
but it doesn't turn me on, I have to be in love.
Tom: to get with me, you don't need any difficult tricks(laughs)
I have taken extreme advantage of that for a long time, had a lot of
"short stories" going on.
but it was only something physical and nothing more.
Bill: Once I got to my hotelroom and there were 3 girls laying on the bed.
The bodyguards went nuts and threw them out ofcourse.
but things like that happen. the girls come in through the window.
TokioHotel and privacy.
Tom: since a few years we live very secluded lives.
If we ever go outside the house, then we always have security with us.
Going out and walking around spontaniously, we can not do that anymore.
In the last year I have not met even one person simply on the street.
Tokio Hotel and the Business:
Tom Our new album is also a thank you to our German fans,
for staying true to us, while we were touring the world.
That we often work with older people during our workingdays
does not bother us at all.
Bill: I totally love hanging out with older people!
I would love to have an old folks club.
I would meet them every afternoon for coffee.
(interview Jürgen Ziemer)
When tokio hotel had their first number 1 hit, in 2005 with Durch Den Monsun, Bill wore a combination of punk, emo and a "I slept bad last night" on his head.
for their second album (zimmer 483) the singer presented himself in 2007 with new porcupine hair, that looked like it came from japanese manga.
but that seems to be a coincidence.
The last scream for the new album:Humanoid.
designer dreadlocks with bright extensions.
it has nothing to do with reggae.
Bill just wanted a change..
translation by pat/tha