Now, fifteen years removed from their debut, Tokio Hotel commemorated this song with “Monsoon 2020.” It’s a bridge between the past and the present, of a band on the verge of a massive breakout and four rock veterans looking at where they came from before embarking on the next chapter of their storied career. We asked ourselves, “how would this song sound if we recorded it today? A declaration of Love. It’s hard to explain. For us, it’s all about moving forward and creating something new. 2020 also marks the 15th anniversary of the group making their mark on the musical landscape with “Durch den Monsun”/”Monsoon.” Released in 2005, the debut single debuted at No. It just doesn’t feel natural and authentic anymore. German band Tokio Hotel performs during the MTV Video Music AID Japan in Chiba, near Tokyo, Saturday, June 25, 2011. A less interesting version. Videos, performances, interviews… it’s just gonna be non-stop. That’s what we did together. “Monsoon” was an exception and a fun way for us to introduce the sound and aesthetic of the new record. What is it like working together as twin brothers? If we only had the lyrics and nothing else… start from scratch. So we felt like it was almost a necessity for us to re-record and give it a whole new perspective. It’s great going back to Europe every once in a while cause now we are just like every other tourist and only do all the fun things. Georg Listing (l-r), Tom Kaulitz, Bill Kaulitz und Gustav Schäfer der Band Tokio Hotel in 2014
You release your music in both German and English – how does that affect the songwriting and production process? I rediscovered them and interpreted them so differently. I reached out to Kris Moyes because I needed a creative mastermind and someone that’s crazy and bold enough to touch something again that millions of people around the globe loved so much. Real talk – what is your opinion on artists who evolve/change their sound? “The song represents change,” bandmember Bill Kaulitz shares EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife. Change is the most important thing for an artist. We wanted to make an homage to the song. Using my body as a canvas, looking back and moving forward, we wanted to give the audience something new and special but also include the last 15 years of our band history. You also split your time between Germany and Los Angeles – what is that like? I invited Kris to twist it with me. “Monsoon” swept the European music world like the titular storm, establishing the young band as a new force in rock. “Together, we’ll be running somewhere new” – I think that’s what we’re doing! Much more comfortable with ourselves as musicians, more confident. My autobiography is coming out this upcoming January, so… Tokio Hotel non-stop. We only write and record in English. We don’t do any German anymore. So that’s what we did. Will you be doing the same for any other songs off of the Scream album? Share This Article
Talk HL: Tell us about “Monsoon 2020” – in addition to celebrating 15 years, why did you decide to release a re-make? can you elaborate on the story behind the elements involved?
That was a tough task. We also included some unique extravagant FX shots with me in a dress and played around with some cool new technology. Well, we only work in Germany. Change is what’s happening now in the world we live in, in 2020. Stagnancy is death. What’s next for Tokio Hotel?
So much, I don’t even know where to start. Because the song represents change. —
“Monsoon 2020” is out now. It’s about passion and unconditional commitment. We also wanted to celebrate 15 years of “Monsoon” properly. Even if fans don’t understand that. Is there anything you’ve had difficulty translating from one language and culture to another? Jason Brow
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Nearly two decades after their song ‘Monsoon’ hit topped the charts, Tokio Hotel revisits the life-changing track with ‘Monsoon 2020,’ a version they tell HL EXCLUSIVELY captures how much they’ve grown since their breakthrough. How have you grown as a band and as people in the last 15 years?
It kind of feels like everything changed and nothing at all at the same time. I think we found a good balance between our personal lives and our career and learned self-love and to look out for ourselves. We love eating all the German food that we don’t have in America. We only function together. That’s why working together just came so naturally. That wasn’t even a question for us. Then, of course, we hope we can tour again next year, so we are planning on that. Tom and I are so connected. 15 on the German charts and continued to climb until it reached No. Super excited for this new chapter! It’s incredible that you wrote “Monsoon” in your early teens, with lyrics that are just so profound… what is it actually about? It seems too often fans are upset by this, but growth is inevitable and should be welcomed, right? Gustav Schaefer, Tom Kaulitz, Bill Roedy, Bill Kaulitz and Georg Listing of Tokio Hotel arrive for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards at the O2 Arena in Berlin. Do you have any sibling stories you’d like to share looking back at your experiences together?
We couldn’t imagine a life without each other. How does it feel to continue on with this project after so many years! Like German Knödel, Käsespätzle, or Schwarzbrot. There is a longing for hope and togetherness in it that feels so relevant and this crazy year that we are all stuck in. When you start to repeat yourself, you become a parody of yourself. Has the meaning changed in adulthood?
It’s about overcoming anything for LOVE. Now with the new melody and sound, the lyrics got a whole new meaning for me, though. 15 years ago, it changed our lives and the lives of so many other people forever. Of course, you want your favorite artist to forever stay the same, but that’s not gonna work if you are a true artist. We have so many songs coming out before the album. Click to Subscribe to Our HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get more celeb news. We took the old package and gave it a whole new life and look without taking away from the original one. I don’t think so. 1. What was it like creating the new music video for “Monsoon 2020”? We only re-recorded “Monsoon” in both languages because that’s what we did back in the day. We are like one person. It quickly became a Top 19 hit in countries like France, Italy, and Austria, with the English-language version released two years later. We are definitely in a whole different place today. Exclusive Interview
November 20, 2020 1:00PM EST
Tokio Hotel Celebrates 15 Years Since Releasing ‘Monsoon’ With New Version & A ‘New Perspective’
16 Photos. It is difficult, and that’s why we don’t do that anymore. It’s been nearly twenty years since twin brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz connected with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing to form the band that would ultimately become Tokio Hotel. Like, life is so long and so short at the same time. “Change is what’s happening now in the world we live in.”
Bill, in this EXCLUSIVE interview, details what went into making “Monsoon 2020,” including the retrospective music video, as well as how Tokio Hotel has grown – as a band and as people – over the last fifteen years. We are glued together with everything in life. LA is definitely home base, and we love living in America.