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Saturday, February 24th
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Tokio Hotel has taken over the world; not only are they a hugely successful band in Europe, but they are also a top notch band in the United States. Just a few weeks ago; they won an award for Best Group at the EMA's; showing that they really do have what it takes. We were able to talk with the guys and fill you in how they plan on getting back in touch with their fans in the next year!

Alex Zawada: You just won an award for Best Group at the EMAs beating out Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Kings of Leon, and the Jonas Brothers; how does it feel knowing you beat out such well known bands?
Bill: It feels great and we were very honoured to even be nominated with those bands! We admire and respect them so much and winning that category is unbelievable. Thanks to our fans again… you are the best!

AZ: I know you are very well known in Europe, but how does it feel knowing the United States supports you just as much?

Tom: We are thrilled. I mean being a young band from Germany and getting the chance to even release records in the States feels like a dream come true. Back when we were thirteen we just wanted to be discovered and look where we are now. I mean this is still only the beginning for us in the US but it’s already absolutely crazy.
Bill: So far we had an amazing time on our US trips and we hope to come back very soon in 2010.

AZ: Fans have been wondering why there is such a great difference between translations for the lyrics of the songs on the Humanoid album?

Bill: Well, you have to see them as two different versions. It’s not a one to one translation. But in general they have the same feeling and meaning. This time we wrote in English and in German at the same time.

AZ: What is your favourite song on the new album?
Tom. When working on an album that long and so intensely, it is hard to pick a favourite song. I really like all of them. AUTOMATIC, NOISE and our next single WORLD BEHIND MY WALL are my faves at the moment, but that might change next week..;-)
Bill: This is such a tough question, it’s like asking someone which of their own kids they like best! At the moment I am really into PHANTOMRIDER and DOGS UNLEASHED.

AZ: What's your most embarrassing moment on stage?

Tom: It is more the time before we go on stage. We have huge stage fright, so nothing is worse than the minutes before going on stage. When we are up there everything is great.

AZ: What inspired you to get into music?

Bill: Nobody or nothing in particular really inspired me. It just felt natural and I knew this is what I want to do for the rest of my life from the time I was about five years old.

AZ: If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

All: STEVEN TYLER would be really cool…!

AZ: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would you change?
Bill: Make people understand that not paying for music is destroying the art and the artists – especially for the newcomers.

AZ: What can fans expect from you in the next year?
Tom: We will be going on tour in 2010 and we are totally excited about that. Especially after such a long time in the studio it’s fantastic to go back on stage and meet all the fans.
Bill: We’ve prepared some wicked stuff for this tour so everyone can expect some surprises. Hopefully we will be in the US toward the end of 2010 for concerts.
AZ: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Bill: Follow your heart and be determined. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can or can’t do.
Tom: And don’t follow any advice ;-) [laughs]

AZ: Is there something other than music that you might be interested in the future or is this something you want to do your whole lives?
Tom: No, not really – this band is our life and we hope to be doing this for a long time.
Bill: Exactly! Had this not worked out I have no clue what else I or we would have done – there is nothing else besides music that feels so perfect.

AZ: Is there anything you'd like to tell your fans here at Musiqtone?
Bill: Yes, thanks so much for all your support. Without you we would not be here – see you in a town near you in 2010.

Rachel DodsonAlexandra Zawada is an assistant regional head of the Midwest region at Musiqtone. You can reach her at alexandrazawada@musiqtone.com.

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