INRock [nº3 Japan] translation

Amazing Leader's lover recruitment
Bill Kaulitz (singer)

Full Name: Bill Kaulitz Trümper
Birthday: 1st September 1989 Age: 21
Hometown: Leipzig, Germany
Height: 188cm
Weight: 52kg
Color of hair: Black (The color of his real hair is dark brown)
Color of eyes: Brown
Favorite food: Pizza, pasta, in the past I like fast food but now I'm a vegetarian.
Favorite drink: Cola, strawberry milk, peppermint tea.
Family member: Mum - Simone works in a free tailor's shop.
Biological Dad - Jörg Kaulitz is a truck driver.
Stepfather - Gordon Trümper is a musician.
Identical twin brother - Tom Kaulitz.
Favorite bands: Green Day, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Naparte, Aerosmith, Kings Of Leon

After Bill's parents divorced at his age of 7, Bill and Tom were raised by his mother. Gradually influenced by his mother-s new boyfriend who is a guitarist, Bill got interested in music (later on his mother married Gordon). When Bill was 10 years old, he founded a band with the help of his stepfather. He began to play the song that he wrote by himself in a club. During his teenage days, he was considered as a fancy dressing boy among his classmates in his hometown, because he wore the suits and clotheses that he made manually. In addition, he always argued with some one else. Soon after, Gustav and Georg joined in their band and they worked very hard under the name of Devilish. However, there were rarely good performances. Fortunately, Bill participated in a show program called Star Search. In the show, he sung the "It's raining man" of Geri Halliwell, and he lost in the quarter-final, which drew the attention of a famous producer. He grasped the opportunity to be a super star and finally the band signed a contract with Universal Music Company in 2005. Then after they made their debuts, Tokio Hotel created a big sensation not only in Germany but also all over the world. Because of too many trips and shows, Bill had to quit his school at the age of 15 and continued studying through tutors and internet. In 2007 he graduated in Koln (notes: school, between junior high school and senior high school). By the way, Bill's average score in 6 grades was 1.8, which was a very high score (opposite to Japanese score system, 1 is the highest).
Because of Bill's fancy dressing, he was chose as the best dresser in German GQ magazine. Besides this he also established his fashion pioneer place. Tokio Hotel attended the Italian fashion brand "DSQUARED2" FW fashion show, did a photo shoot with Karl Lagerfeld for VOGUE Germany 30th anniversary issue and dubbed an animated film named "Arthur und die Minimoys". Talking about Bill's girlfriend issue that his fans are interested in, now there is no certain answer, which seems like Bill is not that popular among girls. In the past 7 years, Bill didn't have a girlfriend and till now he has been looking for.

Hip Hop culture obsessed popular boy
Tom Kaulitz (guitarist)

Full Name: Tom Kaulitz Trümper
Birthday: 1st September 1989 Age: 21
Hometown: Leipzig, Germany
Height: 188cm
Weight: 52kg
Color of hair: Black (The color of his real hair is dark brown)
Color of eyes: Brown
Favorite food: Pizza, pasta with tomato sauce, in the past I like fast food but now I'm a vegetarian.
Favorite drink: Cola, strawberry milk.
Family member: Identical twin brother - Bill Kaulitz
Other family members are same with Bill's.
Favorite bands: Aerosmith and all the HIP HOP bands like Sammy Deluxe

Tom was born 10 minutes before Bill. They are identical twin brothers. However, they look totally different if we judge from their appearances. Tom always wears a baseball cap, no makeup and wears a Cornrow hairstyle. Now he likes Hip Hop and Cornrow. Tom admitted this point as well that they look totally different on their outside look. But he believes that if they work together, they will become much stronger as one individual. They are like exactly two sides of one coin. About their views of love, they think differently. In Tom's own phrase, he is more popular than Bill among girls. His view of love is quite flexible and he believes that he can have a romantic love even in one night stand. Although they look differently at first glance, they do have something in common which is study. Tom quit his school at age of 15 as Bill did and graduated in Koln (notes: school, between junior high school and senior high school). Coincidently Tom’s score was exactly the same with Bill's, 1.8 in 6 grades.

Healing musical bassist with refreshing smile
Georg Listing (bassist)

Full name: Georg Moritz Hagen Listing
Birthday: 31st March 1987 Age: 23
Hometown: Magdeburg, Germany
Height: 178cm
Weight: 72kg
Color of hair: Brown
Color of eyes: Green
Favorite food: Fotopoulos, Hot Pop
Favorite drink: Red Bull, Cola
Family members: Parents divorced and no brothers or sisters.
Favorite bands: G Green Day, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers,Die Ärzte

Georg's parents were both doctors, so he grew up in a wealthy family. His parents could not play any instrument, but they all liked rock 'n' roll music, especially his father collected many classic rock 'n' roll music records of Eric Clapton, Beatles, The Rolling Stone and so on. His home was filled with music all the time. In Georg's childhood, he was always brought to a live concert, therefore he fell in love with music naturally. He had ever planned to found a band with his friends in junior high school, but this plan came to naught. Soon after he made acquaintance with Gustav in music school and then they were obsessed with music. Like Bill and Tom, Georg's parents divorced, but his mother had been telling him to follow his heart no matter what he wanted to do. He pursued everything including music freely. The first impression on Georg since his debut was a boy with refreshing straight hair, but he goes to beauty salon to straighten his hair. Actually his real hair is curl hair.

Early bird in the band
Gustav Schäfer (drummer)

Full name: Gustav Klaus Wolfgang Schäfer
Birthday: 8th September 1988 Age: 22
Hometown: Magdeburg, Germany
Height: 173cm
Color of hair: Dark Brown
Color of eyes: Brown
Favorite food: Beef ribs boiled with potatoes, rabbits and beans, cheeseburger
Favorite drink: Red Bull, Cola
Family members: Parents, sister
Favorite bands: Metallic, Slipknot, Rod Stewart

Gustav's father and sister played guitar all the time, so he grew up in a family full of music. His father always played some videos for him when he was at home. Gustav knocked at the table as he beat a drum when he watched the video. Gustav's father found that Gustav was interested in drum and he sent Gustav to a music school. So Gustav began to beat drums at age of 5. In elementary school, Gustav became interested in other things, however, his father was pretty strict with him. Then his father and Gustav watched Genesis's video again. Gustav was touched by such a big amount of Genesis's fans and swore to himself that in the future he wants to be a big shot like Genesis. After all this, he kept practicing rain and shine. Father's words were hunting in his mind. Gustav kept practicing as his father taught him, and then he encountered Georg in music school. Soon after, they founded the band with Bill and Tom together under name "Tokio Hotel". However, in 2008, Gustav got into a big traffic accident. On 5th Nov. he was driving his BMW. He crossed over the lane and ran into a tram. Fortunately, he didn't suffer injures in this accident while both his BMW and the tram were damaged seriously. Misfortune continued occurring. In July 2009, Gustav was badly injured by a beer bottle which two unknown men held in their fights in a club in Magdeburg. Because of this, he got 36 stitches from his forehead.

Bill's identical twins brother - Tom Exclusive Interview

We talk about everything together. During one day we discuss a wide range of topics. When we are lying on the bed, we even talk about what to choose between ice coffee and hot coffee.

Before Tokio Hotel comes to Japan, we made a phone call to their studio in Hamburger. They are doing the rehearsal for their South America trip.
Tom picked up the phone and his voice was so fresh and vigorous as he burst out of the phone.
According to their historical popularity in Europe, we thought he would be not as gentle as a gentleman. However, to a big surprise he gave us a pretty good impression.

Based on the information on the internet, you have been looking for some place to move in recently. Is it because of recording? Or is it temporary?
Tom: Yeah, we are going to move to LA. But we have a new house in Hamburg as well.

Why? Have you moved to LA already?
Tom: We have been living in Hamburg before, but we decided to move to LA because we are going to cooperate with the producer who lives in LA. Our decision is based on our work, so we decided to move to LA.

According to the rumors, after you finish recording this new song, four of you want to go back to Germany instead of staying in LA, don't you?
Tom: In fact, Georg and Gustav still live in Magdeburg Germany. Bill and I live in LA. But right now we are in Germany, because we are absorbed in the rehearsal for South America trip.

Is it okay? You guys are separated from each other. What is the collective wisdom for a group?
Tom: Actually, it is just a little bit troublesome. But we have founded this band for almost 10 years, so there will not be some special problems for us. We can meet in the rehearsal room and do everything for the rehearsal. Just like the very beginning, we practiced and wrote songs together in Germany, then Georg and Gustav come over and we do the rehearsal together.

I heard of some news that Bill brought all his 4 dogs to LA. Is it real?
Tom: Yes, all 4 dogs are in LA.

I am a brilliant lovely beautiful guitarist.

How is your life in LA? Do you live with Bill?
Tom: Absolutely, we live together.

Where do you live in LA?
Tom: West Hollywood, it is nice place.

Do you have many friends in LA?
Tom: We don't have many friends in LA, even in Germany we don't have too many friends. (laugh)

Is it because you are super stars?
Tom: Ehm, it is one of the reasons, I think. After all we don't live like normal people. But since we were in high school, we do have two or three close friends. If they come to LA, then it is wonderful. We have friends in LA, but because of the work we always come and go from the studio and out home. Our producer lives in LA, so it is amazing, isn't it?

When you were in Germany, you must have been shadowed by thefts or followers. Maybe your life in LA could be safer and more peaceful.
Tom: Yeah, I hope so. It's a reason that we move to LA.

Your South America trip is the first step entering American market. It is really a good beginning.
Tom: Maybe, I guess out next album will release soon. In 2010, we plan to go to Japan and have some promotional show case. We are looking forward to. We will finish new album after our South America trip, so I think it will take a little bit time. Therefore, it will also take a while to enter American market.

We know everyone has their own hobbies, by the way, who does the housework at home? Bill? Or does someone help you with that?
Tom: There are some people who help us do the housework, coz the house is too big, it’s necessary to hire some to do that. But we sometimes do some housework together as well.

Tokio Hotel is absolutely super star in Europe. Do you want to take the advantages of your star effects to do some charity work? Or some work like charity?
Tom: Of course, we have done many different kinds of charity work. It has been almost 3 years since Bill and I became vegetarian. In this aspect, even though there is not so many this kind of charity work, we will find some work to do as well.

You are a vegetarian, but I am a meat lover. (laugh)
Tom: Oh, you are a vegetarian, so are Georg and Gustav.

I like eating meat. I only ate meat in 7 days when I was in Germany. It seems like that German like eating meat.
Tom: Although I am a vegetarian and I don't eat meat, but I have to eat healthy food otherwise I have no strength at all. In the past, I like eating fast food such as cheeseburgers and hotdogs.

Tom, would you mind telling me your personality?
Tom: It is a tough question. You'd better ask Bill. In my mind, I am a brilliant lovely beautiful guitarist. And I am also very kind. Bill and I are both Virginis, so I am a perfectionist. Sometimes, on this aspect I am like sort of freak, so I may cause troubles.

When Bill and you are together, what do you talk about?
Tom: You mean when we are together? We decide everything together, no matter what. When we are lying on the bed, we still discuss what to choose between ice coffee and hot coffee, or which color is better for the floor of the rehearsal room, or which song do we play or how to play in the show. We share everything with each other.

You have a studio at home in Hamburg, will you have one in LA?
Tom: Because we just moved, some furniture will be delivered in 2 or 3 weeks. The house in Hamburg is empty. Coz the house in LA is so big that I think…

Do you plan to build a studio room in which you can make an album by yourself?
Tom: Yes, I believe we are going to build one though it takes a lot of money.

Then you can make your own music that you like anytime.
Tom: Sure, we have been doing so when we were in Hamburg. We can write songs as we record, and then we can do the recording officially in producer's studio. So we have to make a decision. Shall we spend lots of money to build our own studio in our house or find some other studio to help us with recording?

Is the producer David Jost?
Tom: Daivd Jost and Dave Roth.

Are you going to cooperate with these two people for the next album?
Tom: I think so. Except them, we will invite some other producers and song-writers to join us. Coz we want to do something special and fresh, but I don't know too much about the next album. We don't make plans. As long as we haven’t started writing, we don’t know what is going to happen next.

Did you sing a song in Japanese 3 or 4 years ago, right?
Tom: Yeah, it's "Durch den Monsun".

Will you sing in Japanese again?
Tom: I don't know yet. Bill is responsible for this. But as for Bill, it's really difficult for him to sing in Japanese. And except English and German, we are too lazy to learn other foreign languages. So we need help when we do the recording. Although we had a good time when we recorded the "Durch den Monsun" Japanese version, it is really hard. Oh, you heard that one, didn't you? Can you understand what we sung?

In fact, I just read some relating information, I haven't listened. But I promise you if you sing in Japanese when you come to Japan this time, I will tell you how well you sing.
Tom: Ok, then.

Next question is a basic one. Why do you name your band "Tokio Hotel"?
Tom: The original name is "Devilish".

Yeah, I know that, it's a cool name.
Tom: Sure, it is a pretty cool name. we want a cooler one. So we decided to be under name "Tokio" after discussion. Tokyo sounds more beautiful than Berlin. However we have never been there before. To some extent, the name of our band symbolizes the final goal for us. And our next destination is Tokyo. We are going to play live.

What do you know about Tokyo or Japan?
Tom: I have no idea. Some people told me that Japan is a colorful world, so we really want to experience by ourselves. Actually there is no specific image of Tokyo in my mind. I think it will be a big surprise.

Tom, do you have something that you want to do in Japan? Do you have something to say to your fans?
Tom: Sure. I really appreciate that you are so surportive all the time. We are looking forward to going to Japan and meet all you guys on the live concert and show case. This is our first time to go to Japan, so we are so excited. We are longing for seeing the streets, tasting Japanese food and so on. We can not wait any more.
Translation by ©THeresa

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