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Four years ago the twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz moved to Los Angeles and enjoyed life out of the spotlight. Now they are back with a new album. In the Interview with "spot on news" Bill Kaulitz and Gustav Schäfer talk about the hiatus and and why their comeback actually isn't a real comeback.
The ex-teenie-band has just released their new album "Kings of Suburbia". Before that the four boys had been disappeared from the screen for four years. The twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz (25) ended up in Los Angeles. Also Gustav Schäfer (26) and Georg Listing (27) caught up on a lot of things in that time. But the new record is a success again. At the beginning of the sale the album was on #1 in various countries.
It must be a good feeling to know that the fanbase still exists...
Kaulitz: That's so cool! It has always been incredible. In the four years we still won awards from time to time. Our fans were always voting for us. Even in that time when we didn't do anything actually. The support of our fans is incredible and not taken for granted. Before our break we've been told: you can't do that, it's "career-suicide". But we accepted it. We didn't want to make an album we don't like or which is only half as amazing. But we just personally needed the time. And at the end of the day it wasn't career suicide.
Why did you move to Los Angeles with Tom in 2010?
Kaulitz: At the end we didn't have fun here anymore. We couldn't build up a private life apart from our career. The balance was missing. After our house had been broken in, we told ourselves: we won't look for a new house here again and build a prison for ourselves, in which you can't look into. Within four weeks we planned, packed our bags and just left.
Which things couldn't you do in Germany anymore?
Kaulitz: Actually anything. It already starts with ordering a pizza. Or in the hotel, we checked in with cover names. We can't stay at a place here for too long. We always had security people with us. There were always 20 people following us in the car and 50 stood in front of our house. Then your private life takes place inside of your own four walls behind a gate and a fence. You don't get anything of life or the world anymore.
How was it in LA?
Kaulitz: It was totally different. In the morning I asked myself: what will I do today? Am I going to the restaurant or go grab a coffee? Just the normal things, for example to plan the day on your own. If I wanted to go out with my dog now, it would have to be organized first. When you're on tour it's okay, but you just don't want that in your private life. You need the balance and we found it in LA.
There you could live like normal 20-year-olds...
Kaulitz: Absolutely, we partied in night clubs, and sometimes we were pissed like a rat. Just like others in our age do it as well, just without it being written in the newspapers the next day. We didn't want private stories anymore. The music wasn't in the foreground. It was way more interesting what we say or do, where we live, what we wear and who we sleep with. In the four years we didn't do any interviews, to bring in a bit of calmness again.
What did you not like about LA?
Kaulitz: For example that every club closes at 2am. At 1.45am you get your last drink and at exactly 2am in every club and bar the lights go on. So you have to already start drinking in the afternoon. I won't ever get used to that! It's annoying me so much that I even almost would rather like to move to New York by now. Furthermore we miss the german bread, plum cake and driving fast on the Autobahn.
Gustav, what did Georg and you do in that time?
Schäfer: Georg as well as I traveled to cities we have actually already been to for a hundred times, but where we didn't see anything apart from the airport and the hotel. Just like me Georg was also in Paris for the first time. There we went with the metro for the first time.
For the first time at all?
Schäfer: Yes, for the first time in my life. In Paris. We have also been on the Eiffel Tower, the whole tourist-thing with lining up and so on. That was fun!
Did you get recognized?
Schäfer: No, not at all. That was a good feeling.
So, also a break for you two...
Schäfer: Yes, we also caught up on the missing time with our families. For example just having lunch at Sunday noon. Of course we also didn't leave out partying.
Why now the comeback?
Kaulitz: For us it doesn't feel like a comeback. Until the end of 2011 we still were on tour in South America, Japan and Russia. Then we took a break for 1 1/2 years. It didn't feel like it was that long. Then we started to make music in the studio again. We didn't put our feet up for four years straight. Back then it used to be normal that bands didn't release a new album for four years. And we never split up. It was clear that we would make another album one day. Only the point of time wasn't clear.
Are you worried about the future? What if one day you won't have success with your music anymore?
Kaulitz: After the fourth album we are relatively relaxed. I think we'll always have a future with music. We can say that relatively self-confident. We built up a good base in the last ten years which will always be there. That has rather less to do with the success of a single album. Furthermore there are a lot of other fields in music: Tom for example wants to write and produce for other artists.
Can't you imagine something else?
Kaulitz: No. I'm incredibly thankful that we all could go this way. I can't imagine doing an other normal job, which I actually don't want to do. We have the luck every day to do what we love and like to do and what we also feel called to do.
Wolfgang Joop (german designer) likes your style. What does fashion and style mean to you? Is that art for you?
Kaulitz: Yes, totally. Fashion is my second biggest passion next to music. For me that also goes along with each other. I don't see myself as singer-songwriter who stands on stage and only sings. I have always been more of a singer and performer. I like to have a show. We do a lot more on tour than just playing our instruments. For me fashion is a part of that as well. I also fulfilled some of my dreams concerning that matter: I worked with photographers, labels and designers I have already wanted to work with for a long time. I really have embosomed Wolfgang and we get along very well. He's a great designer. One of my big dreams is to have a fashion line one day. I want to fulfil this dream for myself one day. But also concerning that I want to take time to do it seriously. I don't want to simply write my name on something. There are also already some designs and names I have been working on for some years now. By now there hasn't been the right moment yet, but it will come one day.
But for now the music's first?
Kaulitz: In the next time it's the album's turn. We have an incredibly full schedule, there is no minute for other things. Therefore it will still take a bit of time.
See ya guys! <3
- Our 'Interview Magazine' cover with Bill is sold out! Hope some ppl get lucky and @INTERVIEW_de @InterviewMag will even reissue...
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- #kingsofsuburbia #part5
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