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Av Ica - 23 januari 2009 18:51

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[09.07.2008 ]


Bill Kaulitz- The phenomenon of Tokio Hotel


In Germany the teenagers are crazy for him, in France they love him and in the United States even the New York Times admires him. Bill Kaulitz is a phenomenon. What's behind of that face with makeup and dyed hair?

Bill is a character that polarizes. Some people love him and can't stop shouting if they are near him and some people hate him and stigmatize him as pretentious. One can argue in favor or against, but it can't be deny that the guy has talent.

His style, his charisma and his way of performing on stage are the factors that have caused the success of Tokio Hotel. He has an enormous capacity of handling publicity. But if he sometimes seems to be a kind and innocent guy, he can also be hard-headed when it comes to impose his will.

Lonely Child

Bill Kaulitz was born on september first 1989 in Leipzig, in the East of Germany. When his parents divorced, he went to live to Magdeburg with his mother and twin brother. Although he got good grades, he didn't like school. Since he went to a school in a neighboring village, he had to wake up at 5:30 am everyday and in the night he returned home late.

Since then he was an individualist. He didn't have many friends and didn't get along well with the teachers. He was a very petulant guy. He was always against the teachers and he complained in a very sophisticated way, demanding his rights as a student. For instance, he protested against his grades if the teachers didn't abide by the legal deadline for correcting the exams.

On the contrary, his mother Simone Kaulitz, a seamstress, had a lot of patience with him. His stepfather, Gordon Trümper, played the bass in a rock band and encouraged the twins to make music. Bill's music idol is Nena. The first album he bought and the first concert he went was of her.

He always knew he wanted to be a musician. Many times, his girlfriends didn't understand him when he prefered to go to the rehearsal room to play with his group or give a concert, than to go out with them. But at that time he already knew that you have to work hard to have success.

At school he already dressed in a very provocative way. His current style is not the effect of an idea of his record company or his manager. He is authentic. Since he was a kid he likes extraordinary clothes. Bill had his first piercing at 13 years old. The idea for his look came in a halloween party, the night of witches, when he dressed as a vampire. He liked the costume so much that he decided to adapt it in his daily live.

Clearly, that this esthetic was not liked by all his classmates and teachers. But that didn't matter to Bill. The purpose of his outfit is to jump into the view , is to provoke.


A postmodern work of art

His style now is a mixture of several elements of different youth movements. His hair is reminiscent of the 80s, his clothes contains influences of the satanist fashion, his face with his painted eyes is similar to those figures of the japanese animations films, the animes or manga. Moreover, he adds the androgyn element. He almost looks like a hybrid of a man and woman.

His whole apperance coincides a little with the style of the Emo-Kids or the pokemons, as they are called in Chile. They also have their hair dyed black and combed in a spectacular way. They also paint their eyes and wear tight pants. But it's only their style that at first sight links them to Bill. The shy and introverted attitude of the Emos has nothing to do with the singer.

He isn't Satanist either, a fan of the animes or the 80s. He only adapts certain elements of different subcultures and joins them in one character. Maybe is this mixture of styles what makes him so famous. He belongs to all groups and to none. It's a postmodern work of art.


To prevail against the adults

When with 15 years old he was becoming famous he had to defend his appearance for the first time. Tokio hotel's record company wants to convert the band into a typical boy-band. Part of that strategy is to change the presence of the four. Although the managers with whom he has to negotiate have more than twice his age, he didn't let them convince him and insists that the band can decide independently the way of dressing.

Today that is one of the reasons of the success of the group. Bill imposed himself against the so-called experts and he has been right. That experience gave him more security. He still entrench himself in the independence of the group and isn't afraid of the adults that want to treat him as a child.

With 18 years old he has learned to behave as a tough businessman. He persues consequently his objectives and surely he hasn't arrived to the end of his journey.


-Translated by Official Tokio Hotel Swedish Street Team !

 
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