Your last album was a moderate success. Does that put you under pressure?
Bill: When you make your first album, you’re totally innocent. No one has any expectations, there’s no pressure. We wanted to go back to this while writing songs this time bcause you get a much different access to your own creativity. We are lucky to still have a very strong fanbase. That’s why we had a great tour in 2016. We can relax thanks to that.
Tom: And we will always keep on making albums. No matter if there’s one that isn’t selling well. That’s always a point of view, anyway. The last album went gold and #1 on iTunes almost everwhere. And besides albums, we always make music. An album is just a summary of this time. There’s no alternative for us. We can’t do anything else.
Success in terms of fame isn’t really desirable nowadays, I guess.
Bill: For us, it was never about becoming famour. When we aren’t promoting our album, you won’t see us in talk shows or on red carpets. We do the whole rigmarole when we promote an album but to us, it’s only about performing and making music. I thought it was difficult when it started, as it was more about our person than about our music. Especially in Germany; it was extreme. That’s why we moved to LA and did nothing for four years. That was our only solution, for personal and professional reasons. For a while, we had only been on the road and totally isolated from normal life and normal people.
Georg: We were stuck in the same buble, but it was still a bit more calm for me and Gustav. We didn’t have to flee to another country.
Gustav, you became a father last year. Aren’t you questioning the band life? Do you even want to go back into this bubble?
Gustav: You definitely become ore relaxed. I don’t overthink anymore and I limited my alcohol consumption a bit (laughs).
Bill: I think the balance got mor important for us all now that we are older. Back then, we would come back from school and make music. There wasn’t anything else. We had no social life outside of the band. Nowadays, it’s different. Gustav is a dad and he is married, Georg has a life with his girlfriend. Everyone is doing their own thing. Now, we like to jump into this bubble and go on tour, because we know that we can get out of it again.
Friendships change when people become parents. What has it done to the zip in your band?
Tom: That’s true, but I think it’s more extreme with women. I also had this fear, but everything remained the same way as it was before. When you’re a girl group and two of them have a child, then there’s no Sex and the City anymore. Then it’s more ‘sitting at home and taking care of a baby’. But with us it’s still Sex and the City.
How about the others? What do you think about family planning?
Tom: Bill and I don’t have a life plan like this.
Bill: Sometimes I feel like I’m 100 years old. Then I think that I’ve already experienced and seen it all. Then I wish that there was an experience that would shake and change everything. And sometimes I feel like 12 and imagination strucks me. Then I think stuff like ‘I can’t marry yet and have kids’. But I have never experienced a relationship such as the one Gustav has right now. That changes everything, of course. Maybe my life is simply destined for something else.
You’ve been rehearsing since Cecember in Berlin. What connects you to this city?
Bill: Berlin is the german equivalent of LA. It’s incredibly international. People from all over the world come to Berlin because there’s such a freedom. The nightlife is great, I love the Berghain. It’s the best nightlife in the world, to me.
Can you move more freely in Berlin than elsewhere in Germany?
Bill: Yes, that’s where we are the more relaxed. I’d never walk down the streets in Magdeburg, but in Berlin, I can.
Did you ever think about moving to Berlin?
Bill: I don’t think that we would settle permanently in Berlin.. But Tom and I often thought about getting a second home here. The city inspires us a lot, that’s why we like to spend our time here.
How is it to spend such a long time in Germany again?
Tom: That’s like our whole career. We enjoy it much better, because we can go out again. When we still lived here, it was like a prison. I didn’t like anything about here. Now I love to come back.
Bill: Now, we can miss Germany again. It’s always a bit like a vacation. But when we say we fly back home, we do mean Los Angeles.
And you two live together?
Bill: Yes. We have always did. It’s a real ‘men household’. But Tom is very neat.
Tom: That’s because we’re almost never home. We eat at the restaurant three times a day. Our fridge is empty; there’s only alcohol in it. We don’t even need to use the dishwasher.
In a couple of years, you’ll turn 30. Any thoughts about that?
Bill: I used to think I would never turn 30. But I don’t mind growing older. I’d never turn back time.
Georg: I’d like to be very old. Like 200. If I’m healthy, of course.
And what do you want to accomplish until then? Build a house, plant a tree, father a son?
Bill: I really want to marry. Someday. And I want to own my own club, the best one in Europe. And my own fashion line.
Translation by: Tokio Hotel Alien
Frankfurt – What an hysteria it has been, when Tokio Hotel hit the charts in 2005 with ‘Durch den Monsun’, and conquered girls’ hearts, won millions of prizes and were constantly under the spotlights of all critics. Their fifth studio album ‘Dream Machine’ will be released this Friday and they will be at the Frankfurter Batschkapp on March 16th. We talked with Bill and Tom Kaulitz about their new uncompromisingness.
You know a lot of cities thanks to touring. What do you like about Frankfurt?
Bill: The airport. It has a great smoking area.
Tom: Whenever I’m in Germany, Frankfurt is the first city I’m in. Of course I do not see anything of it. But we have friends in Frankfurt who always come to our concerts.
Festhalle, Gibson, and now Batschkapp – how is it to move from big stages to smaller ones?
Tom: That’s something quite different. A very different kind of show. We have been doing electronic music for a while now and the new album is also tied to it. We want to turn the place into a club, with an atmosphere for party. This worked very well on the last tour. Especially in venues of this size.
For how long have you been on the road with the previous album?
Bill: Until november. It was one of the best tours we’ve ever played. We wanted to go on as fast as possible and have already sold tickets for the new tour before we put out new material.
The best tour that you’ve ever played, so? What was especially good?
Bill: Everything. Above all, us as a band. The longer you play together, the better you feel. This development does not end even after 15 years. We’ve tried a lot of new stuff and feel like we’ve come up with the kind of music we make and with our live shows.
Tom: We’ve never enjoyed a tour this much before and we perceived it consciously. As a musician, you become more conscious about what you are doing, in the course of time. We’ve never felt this comfortable as a band before.
On stage and all those things?
Tom: Exactly. That has all changed. For ourselves. Back then, it was a crazy trip with ‘Durch den Monsun’, 12 years ago. But the development has something to do with growing older. We as a band, don’t have the feeling that we have to prove something or to be under pressure; we try to completely relax.
Bill: The new album ‘Dream Machine’ signals that we only do what we really want to do. Without any compromises. We don’t play along with this music and business policy anymore. It’s all about enjoying the thing we do now. Everything else comes far behind. That’s also something that you got to learn as a band over the years.
Do these changes have anything to do with you moving in California?
Tom: It certainly plays a role. We have a whole different life there. At the time, when we moved away from Germany, we had been pushed to our limits. Back then, we could only live in our house, we had no existence outside of the band. We asked ourselves whether we really could and wheter we still wanted to keep on like this, at all. 6 years ago we moved to Los Angeles and started a new life. We met people that we like in a musical manner.
Is there someone who has particularly impressed you?
Bill: It’s not so artist-related, but we mean that in general. It’s especially the freedom that we have here. That wasn’t possible in Germany and Europe because we came to a point where we couldn’t write and compose. We couldn’t lead a normal life. And here we can do whatever we like. This makes it possible at all times, to write songs, and we are now open to encounters with others.
You probably don’t even stand out there.
Bill and Tom: Exactly.
Tom: That’s the good thing about LA. You can hide very well.
Bill: In general, LA is different from many other cities. A melting pot of many religions and cultures. No one gets surprised about the other. Nothing attracts attention. No one looks at you as you leave the house.
You play many concerts in Russia. Why?
Tom: We played 20 concerts in 2015 there. And it was so good that we knew we have to come back again. And that’s just the beginning, because it’s a super great market for us and the fans out there are incredibly loyal. It’s the same in South America. Those are the countries that don’t have concerts every day.
Dream Machine is the first album after your separation from the label Universal. You said that you put your soul into the album. Does that mean that the Tokio Hotel soul was missing in the previous albums?
Tom: This album has our soul for the first time,because we had no compromises – no creative ones. We’ve been together with Universal for such a long time and we were obliged to work with certain people. This time we were able to decide everything on our own. We were quite free. It felt incredibly good.
Translation by: Tokio Hotel Alien
Interview for radio-vhr.de:
All begins with one thought and suddenly you are dancing in your own wonderland full of fruits and candies! Friendship, respect, a nearly unshakable self-confidence in yourself, in the vision of your being, the curiosity about life, an insatiable thirst for development, to create something together, to achieve and to experience…
If you look at Tokio Hotel, it is all these qualities that form the basis and the impetus of an incomparable career. The career of a German band, which simply does not fit into any drawer. No matter how hard the one or the other tried, Bill and Tom Kaulitz, Georg Listing and Gustav Schäfer always remained the architects of their own world. After more than a decade in the international music business, 70 platinum, 160 gold awards, more than 110 international and national awards, and more than 7 million sold sound carriers, Tokio Hotel will release their new art project and fifth studio album “Dream Machine” on March 3, the proof that they are always able to reinvent themselves.
“Dream Machine” opens the door to the new sound world of Tokio Hotel. A world with high mountains, deep valleys, wild rivers, dense forests and endless expanses. A world that pulsates, glows in neon colours and club lights – light, playful, spherical and enthralling. Built on a sound-foundation, a symbiosis of alternative indie pop, analogous Retro-synths, modern beats and strong baselines, without rules. “This is the album that we always wanted to make – only us four, without someone to butt in. We already started with it with the last record. There we have tried out and fueled self-confidence. With “Dream Machine” we knew right from the beginning that we were doing it alone. We did not need any producer in between or any songwriters. We did not feel like we needed this back-up. We felt capable to have full control, the creativity, the songs and what we wanted to make and say – in sound, in production and also with our lyrics – to really realize. That is why it is not only our dream album, because no one is butting in anymore, but also because, as a band, we were finally able to realize ourselves honestly musically“, explains Bill.
Bill and Tom Kaulitz were often working self-sufficiently, especially in the creative process, the whole band went to the Red Bull Studios in Berlin in January 2016 to lay the foundation for “Dream Machine”. Bill: “That was our time. We locked ourselves in the studio, made music, wrote, chattered and were just together. And that was all of a sudden like quite, quite earlier in the rehearsal room – with 13. That ran so well, five songs from the album came out, and that showed us that our intuition and basic feeling is correct.“
A total of ten songs are collected on “Dream Machine”. Tokio Hotel did not want album fillers, no compromises, but only the strongest tracks. This is how they create their own reality, in which they only make music that they really want. Bill: “We make it a non-stop party, a big colourful club in wonderland, filled with everything you need – studio, live shows, touring. We dive into our own world, like a bubble. And there is something for everyone, everyone is picking their favourite fruits and sweets. We will not do anything else to our selves.“
Musically, producer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Kaulitz draws this world through wide soundscapes, sub-bass shaped, free from typical strong structures, without losing the live character. Tom: “Of course we have a lot of programmed sounds not only with real analog synths, but with real instruments. There is no song on the album where we have not recorded live instruments, such as guitar, drums, a played live bass, piano, saxophone. And, of course, vocals and choirs. We have worked very much with harmonies, experimented with vocals chops and we did not delimited us in our sound. The album sounds extremely free.“
In terms of content, it goes with a hint of nostalgia on the journey into the heart of the band.
1. SOMETHING NEW
‘Something New’ opens with the fear of living backwards, of having achieved and experienced everything, to repeat oneself. But also with the will to create something new, to experience something new, together, which then connects again – when one changes the perspective.
- according to BILD: “First, nothing happens. Sounds, or a deep sound. After a minute, Bill sings: “pick me up, pick me up” and “I’m looking for something new”. There are a few electronic sounds (epochal sound world). For over five minutes. It is the longest track on the album. In the Music video, there is a 30 seconds of crash beforehand. And a nipple.”
2. BOY DON’T CRY
‘Boy don’t cry’ describes a change in perspective from the previous song: one may learn that there is more out there than what we see. Even if it is only a voice, a thought that guides us.
- according to BILD: “80s synth sounds (but they sound nice). No one will dance to this song. It says: “She took me dance” (if I understood correctly)”.
‘Easy’ brings back the lightness of childhood.
- according to BILD, the song starts melancholic and the chorus is emotional. They like this song more than the two before. It says: “I can not wait to see you” and “I give you all a boy could give”.
4. WHAT IF
‘What if’ a fast-retro electro song, dominated by a progressive rhythm and directed by a bass line which combines perfectly with a cheerful melody. It explores the topic of ‘lost chances’.
Tom: “When Bill and I wrote this record, it was really important for us to show what we feel; we wanted it to be real and honest with what we really are. It was like in the old days, when we recorded our first demos like 15 years ago, and it was only us and some friends making and creating music in the studio. And that’s how we wanted this album to be. ”
Bill: “I met someone at a party and I immediately feel in love; there was a connection, something special. I only wanted us to run away and take the chance to be with someone unknown and escape, take a risk, and see how far we could go. It was like a movie playing in my head and I wanted to shout my truth to the winds, but I said nothing instead. I wasn’t brave enough. I couldn’t stop thinking; What if that was my chance to be happy!? And what if that was the person I was meant to be with, the person with whom I would have been happy for the rest of my life and I just missed the opportunity Universe sent to me? Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy and we miss the biggest opportunities that life brings us because we are not brave enough. The song is our tribute to those lost chances and possibilities.”
This ‘What if’ section alone was translated by TH Worldwide FC*
- -according to BILD, people will dance to this song and the chorus remains in the ear.
‘Elysa’ comes heavier, almost gloomy, full of repentance of having yourself revealed to someone.
- according to BILD, ‘Elysa’ is a tender ballad, but we don’t hear Bill enough. They say Tokio Hotel in 2017 is more about the sound than the song.
6. DREAM MACHINE
‘Deam Machine’ sketched the very own Tokio Hotel world, into which the guys are now fully immersed. Musically, it is the song that blends most of the slylistics and instruments that completely outline of the album’s sound world. A sound world of freedom, desires, wills, adventures and opportunities in which one can completely lose oneself, from which one does not want to reappear, because suddenly everything is possible.
- according to BILD, it is a dreamy melody, full of synthie-sounds. It says: “Let’s get high!” They describe the whole album as lounge music at this point.
7. COTTON CANDY SKY
‘Cotton Candy Sky’ invites you to the “sweet spot” after a successful party night – when you are watching the sunrise and are completely satisfied with itself and its world.
- BILD used ‘confused beats’ to describe the song in a few words; it’s the weakest song according to them. They say they did not realize it was a new song starting as it sounded like the previous one.
‘Better’ describes the moment when you realize that you are better off staying alone instead of living with the wrong person.
- according to BILD, ‘Better’ can be described as calm lines, turning into an almost explosive chorus. They add that a good chorus does not necessarily consist of an immeasurable repetition of the title name.
9. AS YOUNG AS WE ARE
‘As young as we are’ shows the torness between young and old.
- according to BILD, the song is full of programmed sounds. Some examples of lyrics: “I’ve seen it all”, “So let us die. So young as we are”, “Love is all we got”. It describes the burden of holding the entire world on one’s shoulders.
10. STOP, BABE
‘Stop, Babe’ shows the flip side of ‘Better’, if you are not ready yet and are in danger of hurting others.
- BILD says it is about love. The music is slow.
- In conclusion, BILD say “the album is not bad, it has its moments and some good songs, but it takes time for the bulky melodies and overloaded sounds to penetrate the listener.”
Translation: Girl From Outer Space
Here is What if, another song from Tokio Hotel’s new album Dream Machine! It will be available on iTunes at midnight!
Voici What if, un autre titre du nouvel album de Tokio Hotel, Dream machine! Il sera disponible sur Itunes ce soir à minuit 😉
Here is Tokio Hotel’s new single!
Dream Machine is now available for pre-order on iTunes Canada ($9.99) and on Google Play Store ($11.99). Moreover, the song ‘Something New’ is already available to buy; you’ll get it now if you pre-order the new album 😉
For your information, the deluxe edition box is only available on Amazon.de. You can get it here for $60, shipping included, before it’s too late!! First 500 copies will be signed.
Dream Machine est maintenant disponible en précommande sur iTunes Canada (9.99$) et sur le Google Play Store (11.99$). De plus, il est déjà possible de se procurer la chanson ‘Something New’ !!! Vous l’obtiendrez immédiatement en pré-commandant le nouvel album ;).
Pour info, le coffret limité de l’album est seulement disponible sur Amazon.de. Allez le pré-commander ICI dès maintenant, pour 60$ frais de port compris, avant qu’il ne soit trop tard! Les 500 premières copies seront dédicacées.
Here is Something New / Voici Something New
We hope you’re ready for more; there are still fantastic things to come !
Encore plus très bientôt 😉
Tokio Hotel on Instagram: “Pre-order our brand new album #dreammachine now and get the first song #somethingnew right away”
Précommandez notre tout nouvel album #dreammachine maintenant et obtenez immédiatement la première chanson #somethingnew
A deluxe edition box will also be available (see details below). For more information, check out www.tokiohotel.com
Vous pourrez précommander le nouvel album de Tokio Hotel, ‘Dream machine’, dès demain le 23 décembre ! V isitez le www.tokiohotel.com pour les détails
L’édition deluxe comprend l’album ‘Dream Machine’ en version normale et en version instrumentale (2 CDs), un vynile comprenant la chanson ‘What If’ et celle de l’annonce de la tournée en bonus, plus un journal comprenant les notes prises par Bill lors de l’écriture de l’album. Le tout dans un coffret. Les 500 premières copies seront deplus signées par le groupe!
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