Multi-award-winning band Tokio Hotel look back on 15 years of unparalleled success and remarkable growth.
Multi-award-winning band Tokio Hotel look back on 15 years of unparalleled success and remarkable growth, releasing a stunning video for their new modern synth-pop rendition of their epic worldwide hit “Monsoon” via Epic / Sony Music Germany. While notably a sonic departure from their early alt-pop-rock roots, “Monsoon 2020” maintains its profound lyricism over a driving beat, mellow guitars, lush vocals, and a melody both close enough and yet entirely different to the original – all of which makes the song a nostalgic tribute to the past and a gorgeous glance into the future.
Watch the video below.”‘Monsoon’ means change. It’s the song that changed our lives completely.” explains Bill Kaulitz. “When we decided to make a new version of ‘Monsoon’ the idea we had was to make an acoustic record, let’s arrange it with an orchestra and do something nice with the 2020 version but it just felt boring. We had to do something special for 15 years of this track that started it all for us.” adds Tom Kaulitz. Bill Kaulitz elaborates on the video, “With ‘Monsoon 2020’ we are celebrating the past, taking it into the present, embracing the future and creating a time capsule of the last 15 years of Tokio Hotel. The LA based director Kris Moyes (who also directed the epic video for ‘Girl Got A Gun’) had the amazing idea to use my body as a screen and project all these memorable moments of the band onto me.” He says, “It’s not only about us and our past, it’s also about all of us as a whole and the world we live in, in 2020… how the world changed and how we have to change with it! ‘Together we’ll be running somewhere new’ – it’s hopeful and nostalgic”
Amassing rapid international fame, the band – comprised of twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz , Gustav Schäfer, and Georg Listing – stormed the charts upon their 2005 debut in Germany and later skyrocketed to the top with their first English-language record Scream which included “Monsoon” in 2007. Tokio Hotel went on to garner 110 international award nominations and win a wealth of high-profile awards including MTV’s ‘Best New Artist’ VMA in the USA (against Katy Perry, Miley Cryus, and Taylor Swift), 5 EMA’s, among many others. Scream surpassed 7 million physical albums sold globally, and went Platinum (70x) and Gold (120x) in 68 countries. To date the band has released six studio albums, including their latest LP titled Dream Machine in 2017, and continue to have millions of dedicated listeners all over the world.
A re-release and remake of “Monsoon” wasn’t originally intended. Just like many others in the music industry, Tokio Hotel’s touring plans came to halt with the COVID-19 pandemic. The band members, who were already on the road for their ‘Melancholic Paradise’ world tour, headed back home to both Los Angeles, CA, USA and Magdeburg, Germany. Why