Have you heard about Chateau earlier this year? Well, despite the wait, we are so thrilled to announce you that the music video of this amazing song is coming up on Friday on YouTube! Only 5 little days, and you can finally hear this masterpiece with great sound quality (we’ve seen you trying to listen to the live versions…), and watch the fabulously well-captured images that are coming with it.
Bill about the new music video:
“I wanted it to be a short movie almost! Different, raw, and real rather than just another music video .. the result is an usual honest piece that will make you smile and break your heart at the same time”
See you again on Friday!
Avez-vous entendu parler de Chateau plus tôt cette année? Et bien, malgré l’attente, nous sommes extrêmement heureux de vous annoncer que le clip de cette magnifique chanson sortira ce vendredi sur Youtube! Encore plus que 5 petits jours et vous pourrez enfin écouter ce chef-d’oeuvre, avec la qualité de son parfaite (nous vous avons vus tenter les versions en live….), et le visionner avec les images sensationnelles tournées spécialement pour l’occasion. Bill a parlé du nouveau clip en ces mots:
“Je voulais que ce soit un peu comme un court-métrage! Différent, vrai, à l’état brut, plutôt qu’un simple autre clip… Un résultat plein d’honnêteté, comme à l’habitude, qui vous fera sourire et brisera en même temps votre cœur.”
Tokio Hotel are already at their 7th show on their new European and Russian tour ‘Dream Machine’. 23 more dates are still to come. During VIPs’ Soundcheck, they perform ‘Black’, ‘Cotton Candy Sky’ and ‘Something New’.
Here is the tour setlist:
Boy don’t Cry
Feel it All
Love who loves you back
Dark Side of the Sun
The Heart Get no Sleep
Cotton Candy Sky
We Found Us
Run Run Run
Girl Got a Gun
Automatic (VIPs on stage)
As Young as we Are
Durch den Monsun
The guys left Germany from Cologne on March 11th. They had an interview with Sarah Magione for Schlag den Star just before, and they performed their new single ‘What If’ during the show (watch their performance here). Here’s the video of the interview (in German):
March 12: London, United Kingdom – Koko
Tokio Hotel’s concert in London was sold out!
Bill explained that the song ‘Something New’ is about starting over, beginning something new, getting rid of the past to be reborn again, to be a new person– which can be done, for example, by throwing personal stuff away, like in the new music video. The symbolism of the Earth is rebirth and the symbolism of the naked scenes is showing your natural self. Bill also said that he views porn actors as very hard workers, and not just as people having sex.
He also explained that the intro of Easy is reversed. It actually says “I miss the times”, until “what do we do”. Moreover, the song ‘Elysa’ is about someone who dies in the end. They aren’t playing Elysa, nor Dream Machine on this tour, as they thought there would be too many songs with the same tempo otherwise.
After the European tour, they are going to Mexico, and they are considering adding other LA countries such as Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Brazil, but nothing is sure yet. They would really like to play at festivals this summer, and they’re still not sure if they will play in the States or not. They have been really considering Canada as well, but are still having difficulties because of borders restrictions.
They said the hardest song to write and to finish was Stop Babe, as it was one of the first one they had and they had no clue on how to finish it. They had left it for a while, but people liked it and really expected it to be on the album, so they ‘figured shit out’.
They are planning on recording the concert in Cologne.
Dream Machine is their most personal album, because the songs all tell their real stories. They’re rather confused that everyone wants to hear ‘Ich bin nicht ich’.
They came up with the part that Tom sings along with Bill on Cotton Candy Sky, as Bill was too lazy to learn how to play the keyboard (as it requires a keyboard). It was Georg’s idea. Tom said he doesn’t actually sing; he talks and mixes it up with the keyboard sounds. Bill said that whenever he goes partying, Tom is always working, that he spends all his nights in the studio.
A lot of family members and friends were at the concert, so the guys were extremely happy to be there. Bill and Tom’s mom even called during the acoustic dressing room song!
Tom didn’t use to love dogs that much, and never actually wanted a dog, but he couldn’t give his little son away after rescuing him and caring for him for two weeks, so he kept him.
Bill is afraid of rats and Georg is still afraid of heights. He’s now also afraid of death.
Their old tour equipment, for example the egg from the Humanoid City tour, is all stored and they keep it all. Except the motorcycle, which was donated to ‘Ein Herz für Kinder’ (it was donated for 20.000 euros, and the original price was 700 euros).
Bill said once again that he prefers singing Black in English rather than in German (Schwarz). If there was a song they would like to remove from their previous albums, it would probably be ‘Jung und nicht mehr jugendfrei’ and ‘Beichte’, as Bill qualifies them as ‘children songs’.
If there’s a moment in their career that they could relive, it would be the EMA 09 aftershow party for Tom. Bill and Georg would like to relive the 2008 VMA’s. But Bill isn’t that much interested in redoing the same things. They wouldn’t change the way they grew up in the spotlight either, as it’s all they know, so why change it?
Tom said that during Bill’s recovery when he had his surgery on his vocal chords in 2008, Georg, Gustav and he went on vacation in Barcelona.
Bill is really into Westworld at the moment, even though he only watched two episodes for now. He said he loves Anthony Hopkins.
Some professional pictures + selfies
Some selfies (Kings of Suburbia package)
March 17: day off
March 18: Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje
Tom has difficulty finding/imagining a person who could be the love of his life, as he has always had to make compromises between his relations and music, and he finds it really hard. He said as a joke that when he’ll be 40, he’ll go on a remote island with a girl who’s younger than he is, and he wouldn’t have to make any compromises anymore as it’d be love and no more work. Sometimes, he actually wakes up in the morning and he’s sad, but he says these kinds of stuff happen to everyone and, if one isn’t happy about one’s life, one just has to change something about it.
Tom also talked about his inspirations. It changes every day, but there is an artist he really likes (Chat Faker).
Bill wouldn’t want to collaborate with Taylor Swift. Georg said his favourite song at the moment is the new single from The Weeknd. Bill really likes LANY.
If they could be girls for a day, Ton would be Ariana Grande, Bill would be Marie-Antoinette and Georg would be Khaleesi.
They thought about playing ‘In Your Shadow’ instead of ‘Black’ on the tour. They don’t really like the fact that many fans oblige them to sing the song in German either; they like it better in English.
Their biggest dreams that came true with the band are playing in Tokyo, touring in the United States and winning a moonman.
They’re considering ‘Bon’t don’t Cry’ as their next single. And Bill’s music video for ‘California High’ is coming up in a couple of weeks. Bill’s favourite song on Dream Machine is Stop, Babe. He also loves Better a lot. Tom loves Better as well, and so does Georg. Georg really loves Easy too, and Tom said he really loves Dream Machine.. In fact, they love all their songs ;).
If they’d switch roles, Bill would play bass, Tom drums, Gustav guitar and Georg would sing. According to Bill, it would be awful. Bill also said that he writes mostly when he is sad, which happens often. He usually starts writing the melody before the lyrics.
Someone asked them if they’d ever thought of changing the name of the band, and they said that they don’t think about these kinds of things at all. Bill said Tokio Hotel is timeless and can’t go out of fashion, it will always be classy and unique, like a tattoo: “once you have it, it’s forever a part of you, and you don’t question it anymore.”
Another person wanted advice on how to have the motivation to succeed in music. Tom said that if you don’t have the motivation to pursue it even when you’re not doing well, then you should quit, as you can’t force success and there is nothing you can do right if you are not enjoying what you are doing. He also said that comparing oneself to other artists’ success is pointless and even more nowadays with social media. He said that comparing ourselves to some random Canadian dudes like Justin Bieber, who has millions of followers on YouTube, isn’t the best idea ever.
Their biggest wish when they were younger was to perform in front of people; it could have been in front of literally anyone. They wanted to share their music above everything else and did not care if it was crap or not. They wouldn’t even take the time to write proper songs or to rehearse. As soon as they’d have the opportunity, they’d just go play somewhere, anywhere. Also, they do not understand fans who request ‘Ich bin nicht ich’ as it’s a song they wrote when they were teenagers.
They talked about the staff they used to have, some weird pervert dudes who they definitely had to fire at some point.
Bill’s favourite actors are Kate Beckinsale and Jake Gyllenhaal. If there was a movie made about their life, Georg would like Leonardo di Caprio to play his role, Tom would want Denzel Washington, and Bill Ryan Gossling (he loves the movie Nocturnal Animals).Bill and Tom spent their day off watching Netflix. In Hamburg, Tom stayed in bed (he was sick at the beginning of the tour) and Bill went shopping with friends.
Bill would like to sing along with Steve Tyler and Britney Spears. He also likes Lady Gaga and his favourite song from her is ‘Edge of Glory’. Their favourite band is Depeche Mode.
Georg said he would like to visit Iceland one day.
Tom said he loves painting and that he used to paint when he was a kid, but he stopped as TH became bigger. However, he’d like to start painting again.
He still wants to go to India and travel around the country on his bike, but he hasn’t followed everything that has been going over there recently. Despite all the negative things he has heard, it’s still a huge dream of his. On the other hand, Bill would like to go back to the Maldives. He likes it there, just chilling, smoking cigarettes and drinking champagne… Of course he added that he would bring five dogs with him. He’d also like to get married. On his wedding day, he would invite around 60/70 people. But he’d ask them to dress super nicely and to have big hats.
Beside TH, Tom says he has enough ambition to be whatever he wants to be. He could be a lawyer, a doctor, anything..
The last vocal teacher Bill has had was seven years ago (and he doesn’t especially miss having one). Bill said he is great at organisation and that he could become a good manager.
They don’t think they will do more dates in Europe for this tour, but they might include North America. It is still in discussion as a few days ago they weren’t even sure if they wanted to go to America, and as they were considering doing a festival in Spain. Nothing is sure for now, so we can only wait for the official dates. 😉
The leader of Tokio Hotel, Bill Kaulitz, talks about his secret visit to Russia.
The other day, Bill Kaulitz, the leader of the German music group Tokio Hotel, secretly visited Russia. The singer presented to the public his artistic solo project ‘Billy – I’m not okay’ in Moscow and St. Petersburg, which includes an EP and a ‘love don’t break me’ photobook. Bill shared his impressions with Hello.
The Album was released on may 20th and is available on the internet. It includes 5 dance songs, talking about despair, heartbreak, and hope. The song ‘love don’t break me’ has its own music video, and a book that is visually complementary with story photographs from the short-movie.
Bill presented his book during his visit to Russia, in October of 2016.
Earlier book launches by Billy successfully took place in the United States, Mexico, Germany, France and Italy. For the events, Bill chose specific venues, since the heart of his project involved the relationship between arts, fashion and music. So, for the launch in Moscow, the musician chose to held it in a club, inviting guests in the night club “Бессонница” and, in the northern capital, the meeting was held at the rec center “Цифербург”.
Despite the huge interest from the fans, the tickets were limited to a certain number of people. Bill chose that in order to keep the privacy of the meeting, and to not be burdened by the presence of the press. Nevertheless, Hello managed to ask the musician a few questions and to take shots at the event.
For his Russian fans, bill had numerous surprises. Immediately before the trip to Moscow, the 27-Year-old artist shocked the public with a new style – he had had a short haircut and dyed his hair an extreme color. The singer decided to do this experiment for the sake of one of his new clips, which will come out in the near future. Guests of the two capitals had the opportunity to watch, before everyone else, the ‘not over you’ music video.
“I would not want to tell all the secrets already. I can only say that you’ll most likely see how I shaved my hair directly in the video”.
During the event, the musician signed all copies of the photobook, took pictures and gladly answered the questions of the public, telling people all about his plans. Already in the spring of 2017, Tokio Hotel will be back in Russia with new concerts, in 8 different cities, for their Dream Machine tour. Tickets for the forthcoming concerts are being sold at great speed, despite the fact that the group is not in a hurry to release a new album.
Bill hastened to reassure the fans and asked them to wait just a little bit longer: “Honestly, I don’t know when that day will come. We’re still working on the material. Most likely, the new album will be released in the beginning of 2017”, he explained. However, in addition to the group and solo project, he is working on a film and he and his twin brother Tom Kaulitz are in the process of writing a book.
“We have too many projects right now. Waking up in the morning, I don’t even know what I’ll be doing. As I travel the world with my solo project, my brother Tom produces new songs in the studio and Georg and Gustav also work like bees, although they are usually less involved. So rest assured: the tour we’ll go with the new material!”
Despite the fact that the theme of the evening was his solo project Bill shared some personal experiences, although fans hadn’t wished to upset the artist and thus hadn’t hurried to ask him questions concerning his recent breakup. However, we got an answer:
“Yes, I was very hurt by this relationship; I thought I had had finally found the one thing I had been looking for for so long. However, it has been a good experience. When you give yourself completely to your loved one, you can’t ever forget that. At the moment, I’m single. And very happy! Of course, to be happy is a choice. I can obviously be sad or I can despair, and hang around in bars, have one night stands; but I don’t encourage myself to do it. The next morning I feel down, and that is not something I appreciate. That’s why I tell people that I’m happy – and I really feel that I am. I’m ok and I would not be afraid to experience something like this again.”
The musician also noted that he likes to go to night clubs. Immediately after the event ended, bill went for a walk in the capital and visited the bar “Камчатка” and the club ARMA17. In St. Petersburg, the singer also took a walk on the hills.
“I didn’t randomly chose Moscow and St. Petersburg for my book launch. I’m in love with these cities. I like the mentality of the Russian people. I have met some rude people, but you are very hospitable. I was conquered by the architecture of St. Petersburg. When driving through the city, I can feel the history of each building. I don’t get this feeling in Los Angeles. I would definitely like to stay here, or to come here for a white Christmas.”
Le leader de Tokio Hotel, Bill Kaulitz, nous parle de sa visite secrète en Russie.
Il y a quelques jours, Bill Kaulitz, le leader du groupe de musique allemand, Tokio Hotel, a discrètement visité la Russie. Le chanteur a présenté au public son project artistique solo, “Billy – I’m not Ok”, — comprenant un EP et le livre photos de ‘Love don’t break me’ –, à Moscou et à Saint-Pétersbourg. Bill a partagé ses impressions avec Hello.
L’EP est sorti le 20 mai et est disponible sur Internet. Il comprend 5 chanson dance, parle de désespoir, de chagrin et d’espoir. La chanson ‘Love Don’ t break me’ possède son propre clip vidéo, ainsi qu’un livre complémentaire avec des photos du court-film.
Bill a présenté son livre au cours de sa visite en Russie, en octobre 2016.
D’autres lancements du livre de Billy se sont également déroulés plus tôt, et avec succès, aux États-Unis, au Mexique, en Allemagne, en France et en Italie. Pour ses événements, Bill a choisi des lieux en particulier, puisque le cœur de son projet reliait les arts, la mode et la musique. C’est ainsi que pour le lancement à Moscou, le musicien a choisi de le tenir dans un club, et a reçu ses invités dans la boîte de nuit “Бессонница”, et, dans le nord de la capitale, l’événement s’est tenu au centre de loisirs “Цифербург”.
En dépit de l’énorme intérêt des fans, les billets étaient limités à un certain nombre de personnes. Bill a pris cette décision afin de garder le côté intime de l’événement et pour limiter la presse. Néanmoins, Hello a réussi à poser au musicien quelques questions et à prendre quelques photos lors du lancement du livre.
Pour ses fans russes, Bill avait plusieurs surprises. Immédiatement avant le voyage à Moscou, l’artiste de 27 ans a choqué l’opinion publique avec un nouveau style – une nouvelle coupe de cheveux, courts, et ceux-ci teints d’une couleur extrême. Le chanteur a décidé de faire cette expérience pour l’un de ses nouveaux clips, qui sortira dans un avenir proche. Les invités dans les deux capitales ont eu l’opportunité de regarder en primeur le clip de “not over you”.
“Je ne voudrais pas déjà dévoiler tous les secrets. Je peux seulement dire qu’il est fort probable que vous verrez comment je me rase les cheveux directement dans la vidéo “.
Lors de l’événement, le musicien a signé tous les exemplaires du livre photo, a pris des photos et a répondu volontiers aux questions du public, expliquant tout de ses projets. Déjà au printemps 2017, Tokio Hotel sera de retour en Russie, avec de nouveaux concerts dans 8 villes différentes, dans le cadre de leur tournée Dream Machine. Les billets pour les concerts à venir se vendent rapidement, en dépit du fait que le groupe n’est pas pressé de sortir un nouvel album.
Bill se hâte de rassurer les fans et leur demande juste un peu plus de patience : “Honnêtement, je ne sais pas quand ce jour viendra. On travaille toujours sur l’album. Il sortira très probablement au début de l’année 2017 “, a-t-il expliqué. Cependant, en plus du groupe et du projet solo, il travaille actuellement sur un film, et lui et son frère jumeau Tom Kaulitz sont en processus d’écriture d’un livre.
“Nous avons trop de projets en ce moment. En me réveillant le matin, je ne sais même pas ce que je vais faire. Je voyage dans plusieurs pays pour mon projet solo, mon frère Tom produit de nouvelles chansons dans le studio, et Georg et Gustav travaillent eux aussi comme des abeilles, même si’ils sont généralement moins impliqués. Alors rassurez-vous : il va y avoir de nouvelles chansons pour la prochaine tournée!”
Malgré le fait que le thème de la soirée était son projet solo, Bill a partagé quelques expériences personnelles (bien que les fans n’aient pas voulu bouleversé l’artiste et ne s’étaient pas non plus précipiter pour lui poser des questions à propos de sa récente rupture). Nous avons obtenu une réponse :
“Oui, j’ai été très blessé par cette relation ; je croyais que j’avais enfin trouvé la seule chose que je cherchais depuis si longtemps. Cependant, cela a été une bonne expérience. Quand vous vous donnez entièrement à votre bien-aimé, vous ne pouvez plus jamais oublier ça. Pour le moment, je suis célibataire. Et très heureux! Bien sûr, être heureux est un choix. Évidemment, je peux être triste ou désespéré, traîner dans les bars et avoir des coups d’un soir, mais je ne m’encourage pas à le faire. Le lendemain matin, je ne me sens pas bien, et ce n’est pas quelque chose que j’apprécie. C’est pour ça que je dis aux autres que je suis heureux – et je le suis. Je vais bien et je n’ai pas peur de refaire ce genre d’expériences.”
Le musicien a également noté qu’il aime se rendre dans les boîtes de nuit. Immédiatement après son lancement, Bill s’est promené dans la capitale, a visité le bar “Камчатка” et le club ARMA17. À Saint-Pétersbourg, le chanteur a aussi pris une promenade sur les collines.
“Je n’ai pas choisi Moscou et Saint-Pétersbourg au hasard, pour le lancement de mon livre. J’aime beaucoup ces villes. J’aime bien la mentalité du peuple russe. J’ai rencontré des gens impolis, mais vous êtes très accueillants. J’ai été conquis par l’architecture de Saint-Pétersbourg. Lorsque je conduis à travers la ville, je peux percevoir l’histoire de chaque bâtiment. Je n’ai pas cette sensation à Los Angeles. J’aimerais bien rester ici, ou bien revenir pour passer un noël blanc.”