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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 !

ANNONS
Av Ica - 23 januari 2009 18:47


Do NOT by tickets from this site:
http://www.showtimetickets.com/concerts/rock-pop/tokio-hotel.jsp
It's a FALSE date!
Confirmed from the TH management!

USA
ANNONS
Av Ica - 23 januari 2009 18:42

Hello everyone!


We are really sorry for the bad updates here. We are going to get better or I am anyway. Im gonna try to post news everyday. I hope you continue to come here for information.

Now I am going to give you all the information from the last few weeks that we haven't been updating.

The reason why there hasn't been any good updating is that we are in 9th grade and soon going to a new school and have to work really hard in school to get the grades we want so we can get into the school we want. But as I said I am going to try to get better with updating here!!


 //Ica

Av Ica - 9 januari 2009 23:50

Tokiohotelamerica:
According to bild.de, Gustav had emergency surgery to remove his appendix! It happened January 2. He is home resting and has about a 2-week recovery period! Our best wishes are with you Gustav!

Av Ica - 4 januari 2009 00:42

WORTH reading!

Only three years are enough to conquer the market of their country and gradually have joined fans worldwide that are folded unconditionally style. The most surprising is that they have become the phenomenon that nobody had heard of until now. They are Tokio Hotel, the German quartet which aims to tear down prejudices based on pure pop rock.

Not leading the rankings as the European and American hip-hop numbers, nor are they part of some community groups that have been catapulted to fame. No. But I have made a meteoric career, especially counting the age of each of its members: the twins Tom and Bill Kaulitz have only 18 years, reaching 19 Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing, the highest, 21, and if we Since its debut in 2005, has sold more than five million copies of her three jobs, “Schrei”, “Zimmer 483″ and “Scream”-the latter, a compilation of his previous two albums, but translated into English, it is not surprising that have come strongly to the American market. So if you’ve never heard the name of this band, You better not lose track.

Despite his vocalist Bill Kaulitz comparisons strongly dislike him, for a unique and unparalleled, the roots of Tokio Hotel are in Green Day and Nena (German singer labeled under the new wave and pop); but also confess a particular closeness to the music of Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard. Also, within the same search for an unparalleled style, aesthetics Tokyo Hotel shows the personality and tastes of each of its members. Georg, the bassist, made clear his preference for the punk and pop artists like Billy Talent and Sum 41, Gustav, battery, is the heaviest of tastes, having among its favorite Metallica and System of a Down, Tom, guitarist, prefers hip hop and Bill includes a favorite Placebo, Coldplay and Nena.

Not for nothing did the eye-catching and different images of each of the boys, especially its frontman, causing much controversy even within his own fans, and burlesque, in the music press. But they do not give too much importance: they know that their fans identify with those diverse identities and do not try to hide … “Tokio Hotel is the only thing we have in common,” states Tom. The label Universal knew immediately, so that after the expiry of his contract with Sony BMG, the band changed its name to Tokio Hotel and Devilish prepared for the massive invasion.

But the story begins long before. The twins were involved in music since they were children, declaring his passionate love for her command of the guitar and voice and even tocatas performing in bars and clubs. “One night we played in a club called Groninger Bad where Georg and Gustav, which was known from school, we were watching from the public. Obviously we begged to be part of the band, so that way we got to play together,” Tom said about the beginnings of Tokio Hotel.

It will not take long since left behind the name Devilish to record his first album, “Schrei”, which immediately won the German public, consistent with the rapid departure of “Zimmer 483″. But neither of them would have expected a contingent of fans in the United States, which were forced to write in English a collection of songs from her two albums, entitled “Scream”, which was launched only a few months ago in North America.

The task was complicated, since none of the boys handled the language with perfection and strive to translate their lyrics literally terms Anglos not to lose a word of content they wanted to express. However, the heaviest task took Bill, since he was the only one who had to return to the studio to create these new versions.

“Our lyrics are very important to us and we want everyone to understand, said the singer.” When people from other countries began to listen to our music, we believe in making an English version of certain songs … I had to return to the studio, I wanted to play perfect, as a native speaker. I did not want someone who apparently was trying to sing in English. It took a while, but I’m happy with the outcome. ”
The reaction that has caused the market gringo was better than expected. “It’s very difficult to have fans in other countries, especially in the United States because it is such a place, so big, which is known to be complicated. We are thrilled merely having people who will follow us. In America, we see a fan and say : ‘we are so proud! We have a fan! “, said Bill. Actually, Tokio Hotel had a live appearance on TRL from Times Square in New York and filled the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, in its first show in the land of Uncle Sam.
“We return to Europe to start recording a new album and then we will do it in English. Later, we return to the United States for a tour,” said Tom. The specific response of some of his followers has not been discreet: band members say that a star christened with the name Tokio Hotel and even a girl designed a Mini Cooper with the multi-style group.

That’s why the Germans do not want to lose the opportunity to establish contact with people who passionately listening to his songs. With an exclusive channel on YouTube and his own MySpace site, state that “this is the way we connect with the world. We try to know and when we go to their countries, and played all our shows, we see them in person . But Bill makes it clear that “we do not have private accounts on MySpace, we found only in the official chats, so if anyone is going through us, you do not have.
But what is behind the music of Tokio Hotel? What attracts so many people, beyond appearances? The singer said that “what we want is that people feel we played with. I write about our lives and things that you experience or have become our friends. For us one of the most important things in life is to be free and do whatever we want, but avoid the rules. We’re trying to live our dreams and not give up, without expressing the views of the rest. ”

After all this outbreak of passionate fanaticism by the Germans, and many wonder if this is reduced to only a media phenomenon, industry or the era. The truth is that they do not want to know: are enjoying the best years of his life. “The only thing we do is show, being on stage and play as long as we can, I hope it is forever,” says Bill. It has always been our dream and I’m focused on making this a reality. ”
Right in the middle of their crazy tour of Europe, we had the opportunity to speak by telephone with vocalist Bill Kaulitz, who declared his unconditional fans briefly and told us some important details to better understand Tokio Hotel.

Well, first of all I would like to congratulate them for the tremendous success we have achieved world … You started making music at an early age. How were the comments from people close to you as your friends or your family, in terms of progress they have lived since his early days as a band so far?
“Well, family and friends support us a lot, they are all very happy for us. This is obviously not easy because we travel all the time and very little at home. We started very young, with 15 years to start our first Steps and the truth is that for all was a big change. ”

In adolescence is sometimes not very clear which way to go or how to define, but you seemed very confident at the time of that music was his lifestyle. How did they get to make that decision so crucial?
“Yes, it is true that we decided very early, but as we have progressed, we realized that the decision was correct. We do this as long as we can and be on stage … and the truth is that we have to thank our fans for everything. ”

Initially, the band called Devilish, what made them change their name to Tokio Hotel?
“What happened was that we needed a name that was appropriate to the four that make up the group and chose Tokyo because it is a great metropolis, a great city and we are all people who likes the city. And we wanted a symbol that was representative our home, that’s why we chose the hotel. ”

One aspect that causes most controversial Tokyo Hotel, even within the same fans, is the aesthetic of the band. Do you always planned to have an appealing appearance?
“Yes, when you look at the pictures of the group, it is clear that there are four different styles. We are like that. What is your personality is reflected in the image of the band, is not that we represent a role at all, but that what you see is what we are. ”

Few bands have achieved success in Germany at the global level, Rammstein is perhaps the last that we have witnessed. What are the models to follow music Tokio Hotel?
“Well, the truth is that we have no model, because from the beginning we wanted to follow our own style. We have not made any version of any band we have not planned ahead, because we are not interested, we are four people with four different styles different music. ”

“Scream”, the compilation contains a selection of songs from her first two albums, was his first recording in English. Since we have achieved tremendous success in the United States and their own fans sing songs in German, have you thought about how it will be their next release? You recorded in both languages?
“In reality we will continue as before, recording the album in two languages, German course because it is our native language and because I write the songs in German … my English, the truth is not very good. But anyway try to do what we have done so far, record the items and then translate them as was the case of “Scream.” And in the end, as has happened in the United States, all the fans end up singing in German. ”
We know roughly that the American public is very good. What is the deal every day with the fans? How have you reacted against this warm welcome?
“Dealing with the fans has been very good and so far we have not suffered any disappointment. In the United States have been there at the foot of the canyon, giving us strength and we have made some great shows. We love it, our connection with them is excellent. ”

In addition, Tokio Hotel has a channel on YouTube and MySpace on its own site, creating a much more direct relationship with the music and life of the band. Do you read the comments posted by fans or try not to get influenced by the views of the people?
“Yes, it is true, we are very Internet, check our e-mails, always from side to side, but we can read what fans write us, what interests them, is a useful tool to be as close as possible our supporters. We try to be updated so that all our supporters in all countries know what is happening with the band. We are very interested in what they think and what they want. We try wherever possible to fulfill their wishes, because it is true that everything we do is mainly due to them. ”
In Chile there is a growing body of fans of Tokio Hotel. How do you feel that in places as remote as it has people who listen to your music and your fans are declared?
“For us it is amazing to know that there are fans all over the world who listen to our music. Just three years we had our first hit in Germany and we seemed utterly incredible to reach this success. Now, to other countries and other continents is something that never would have counted. ”

Did you know?
The favorite activity of all members of the group, except Gustav is resting. Bill confesses that when you have days off all you trying to do is sleep late, like Tom and Georg. For their part, prefer to leave the drummer to ride and get together with friends.

Av Ica - 1 januari 2009 16:02

Bill Kaulitz New Year Look!

Bill has changed his look! He has now dyed his hair with white tips AND DREADLOCKS!
Firts I thought it was totally photoshopped … but no! OMG!!

Have a look by yourself;


You can see Bills tattoo :) 


 Did YOU like the new change of Bill Kaulitz? If so, HOT or NOT?
Comment and share your opinions with us!


These Bill Kaulitz New Year Hair Pictures are the first Pictures of Bill Kaulitz and Tom Kaulitz for the new year 2009.  Bill and Tom Kaulitz on their vacation on the beach, pictures taken by paparazzies.

Av Ica - 1 januari 2009 15:57

MuchMusic has recently posted their highlights of 2008, and Tokio Hotel is in them!

On the selection of the best concert pics - Best Concert Pics of 2008 - you can find a pic of Bill during Tokio Hotel's performance on Feb 11th, on MOD.





MuchMusic also posted an article about the best guests and moments - Best Guests & Moments of 2008 - and Tokio Hotel is on the list of the standouts.

«Twas the night before... Tuesday and all through the... Much store, not a creature was stirring, except for my photo folder. No, scratch that. Nevermind. Let's start over.
Ahem. 2008 saw a huge mishmash of artists, actors and randoms stop by Much HQ. Of course we were there to capture all of them with glorious, glorious newfangled photo machines, and now the time has come to share with you our favourite guests and moments of the year! From Tom Cruise to Usher, MGMT, Jonas Brothers, Twilight Live@Much, Tokio Hotel, Pink and Leona Lewis - we saw more screaming fans come through these parts than any year in memory. (...) Standouts:

4. I don't think anybody really knew the mega status of Tokio Hotel until they stopped by MOD the first time (of two).

Pic: Interview on May 15th '08

Av Ica - 1 januari 2009 15:57

DVD "Tokio Hotel TV - Caught on Camera" Chart Updates

Italy - #1 - Gold certification
Portugal - #1 - Gold certification
Norway - #1
Belgium - #1
Spain - #2
Germany - #2
Finland - #2
France - #3 - Double Platinum certification
Sweden - #3
Holland - #3
United States - #6

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