Nearly twenty years after their music ‘Monsoon’ hit topped the charts, Tokio Hotel revisits the life-changing observe with ‘Monsoon 2020,’ a model they inform HL EXCLUSIVELY captures how a lot they’ve grown since their breakthrough.
It’s been almost twenty years since twin brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz related with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing to type the band that might finally turn out to be Tokio Hotel. 2020 additionally marks the fifteenth anniversary of the group making their mark on the musical panorama with “Durch den Monsun”/”Monsoon.” Released in 2005, the debut single debuted at No. 15 on the German charts and continued to climb till it reached No. 1. It shortly grew to become a Top 19 hit in international locations like France, Italy, and Austria, with the English-language model launched two years later.
“Monsoon” swept the European music world just like the titular storm, establishing the younger band as a brand new pressure in rock. Now, fifteen years faraway from their debut, Tokio Hotel commemorated this music with “Monsoon 2020.” It’s a bridge between the previous and the current, of a band on the verge of an enormous breakout and 4 rock veterans taking a look at the place they got here from earlier than embarking on the following chapter of their storied profession. “The song represents change,” bandmember Bill Kaulitz shares EXCLUSIVELY with . “Change is what’s happening now in the world we live in.”
Bill, on this EXCLUSIVE interview, particulars what went into making “Monsoon 2020,” together with the retrospective music video, in addition to how Tokio Hotel has grown – as a band and as folks – over the past fifteen years.
HL: Tell us about “Monsoon 2020” – along with celebrating 15 years, why did you determine to launch a re-make?
Because the music represents change. 15 years in the past, it modified our lives and the lives of so many different folks perpetually. Change is what’s taking place now on the earth we dwell in, in 2020. So we felt prefer it was virtually a necessity for us to re-record and provides it an entire new perspective. We additionally wished to have a good time 15 years of “Monsoon” correctly. We requested ourselves, “how would this music sound if we recorded it as we speak? If we solely had the lyrics and nothing else… begin from scratch. So that’s what we did. We wished to make an homage to the music. A declaration of Love.
Will you be doing the identical for another songs off of the Scream album?
I don’t assume so. For us, it’s all about transferring ahead and creating one thing new. “Monsoon” was an exception and a enjoyable manner for us to introduce the sound and aesthetic of the brand new report.
What was it like creating the brand new music video for “Monsoon 2020”? are you able to elaborate on the story behind the weather concerned?
That was a tricky job. I reached out to Kris Moyes as a result of I wanted a artistic mastermind and somebody that’s loopy and daring sufficient to the touch one thing once more that tens of millions of individuals across the globe liked a lot. I invited Kris to twist it with me. That’s what we did collectively. We took the previous bundle and gave it an entire new life and look with out taking away from the unique one. Using my physique as a canvas, wanting again and transferring ahead, we wished to offer the viewers one thing new and particular but in addition embody the final 15 years of our band historical past. We additionally included some distinctive extravagant FX photographs with me in a gown and performed round with some cool new expertise.
It’s unbelievable that you just wrote “Monsoon” in your early teenagers, with lyrics which might be simply so profound… what’s it truly about? Has the that means modified in maturity?
It’s about overcoming something for LOVE. It’s about ardour and unconditional dedication. Now with the brand new melody and sound, the lyrics received an entire new that means for me, although. I rediscovered them and interpreted them so in another way. There is a eager for hope and togetherness in it that feels so related and this loopy yr that we’re all caught in. “Together, we’ll be running somewhere new” – I believe that’s what we’re doing!
How have you ever grown as a band and as folks within the final 15 years?
It type of appears like the whole lot modified and nothing in any respect on the similar time. Like, life is so lengthy and so brief on the similar time. It’s onerous to elucidate. We are positively in an entire totally different place as we speak. Much extra comfy with ourselves as musicians, extra assured. I believe we discovered a great stability between our private lives and our profession and discovered self-love and to look out for ourselves.
Real speak – what’s your opinion on artists who evolve/change their sound? It appears too usually followers are upset by this, however progress is inevitable and must be welcomed, proper?
Change is crucial factor for an artist. Stagnancy is dying. When you begin to repeat your self, you turn out to be a parody of your self. A much less fascinating model. Even if followers don’t perceive that. Of course, you need your favourite artist to perpetually keep the identical, however that’s not gonna work in case you are a real artist.
What is it like working collectively as twin brothers? How does it really feel to proceed on with this undertaking after so a few years! Do you have got any sibling tales you’d prefer to share wanting again at your experiences collectively?
We couldn’t think about a life with out one another. Tom and I are so related. We are like one individual. We solely perform collectively. That’s why working collectively simply got here so naturally. That wasn’t even a query for us. We are glued along with the whole lot in life.
You launch your music in each German and English – how does that have an effect on the songwriting and manufacturing course of? Is there something you’ve had issue translating from one language and tradition to a different?
It is troublesome, and that’s why we don’t do this anymore. We solely write and report in English. We don’t do any German anymore. It simply doesn’t really feel pure and genuine anymore. We solely re-recorded “Monsoon” in each languages as a result of that’s what we did again within the day.
You additionally cut up your time between Germany and Los Angeles – what’s that like?
Well, we solely work in Germany. LA is unquestionably residence base, and we love residing in America. It’s nice going again to Europe each infrequently trigger now we’re similar to each different vacationer and solely do all of the enjoyable issues. We love consuming all of the German meals that we don’t have in America. Like German Knödel, Käsespätzle, or Schwarzbrot.
What’s subsequent for Tokio Hotel?
So a lot, I don’t even know the place to begin. We have so many songs popping out earlier than the album. Videos, performances, interviews… it’s simply gonna be continuous. Then, after all, we hope we will tour once more subsequent yr, so we’re planning on that. My autobiography is popping out this upcoming January, so… Tokio Hotel continuous. Super excited for this new chapter!
“Monsoon 2020” is out now.