Dec 21, 2012

TV DIGITAL #01/2013 [Germany] - Scans & Translation

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Scans by TokioHotel-Info 


"DSDS is the original"

New candidates, new presenters - and real Superstars in the Jury. The 10th season of "DSDS" (starts on 5th January, 8.15 PM on RTL) kicks off the new TV Season. There are 32,078 candidates competing over a record deal with universal and 500,000 €. "DSDS" starts with 7 casting shows, followed by the Recalls in Bad Driburg and Curaçao which will then lead into the Live Shows. The Tokio-Hotel-Twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz reveal why they are convinced of the success of "DSDS" in their exclusive interview with TV-Digital.

Why do you support "DSDS" in its anniversary year?
Because "DSDS" is the most successful casting show, that offers a realistic start into the music business. It's the original!
Tom: All the other shows try to breathe new life into their formats by coming up with new ideas. But "DSDS" is the most successful format, especially when it comes to the artists success after "DSDS". The success of winners of oter shows is never that big. Where else can you win 500,000 € and - practically - get a guarantee for a No. 1 Hit?

What is working, with Dieter Bohlen, like?
Very good! This time the "DSDS"-Jury is made up of 4 active musicians. We'll give the candidates some good advice.

What's your favorite "Modern Talking" song?
I don't have one. And to be honest, I also don't know that many.
Bill: "Cheri, Cheri Lady" was a song of theirs. But that wasn't really a hit during "our time".

Which song would describe your attitude towards life best?
"It's my life" of course. (Bill & Tom laugh)
Bill: No, there's no specific song from other artists. Our own songs definitely describe our attitude towards life best.

In Germany, the feeling arose that you went into hiding in Los Angeles for the past two years. Why were you really there?
We were in L.A. to work on our new Album, because we have a good foundation there - meaning: studios, producers and people we've been working with for a long time.
Tom: Most people, when they think of L.A., think of glamour and hollywood. Both of those things weren't crucial for our decision to work there. The working conditions were simply perfect and suited us the most. But theoretically we could have also ended up going to Chicago or San Francisco. Whoever connects my work in L.A. with the glamour life of hollywood is reading too much into our move.

Where are you going to live in the near future?
We get bored pretty fast when we live in one place for a long time. And we like getting around. We feel comfortable living in L.A., but we could also imagine living somewhere else. It's absolutely possible that we'll be working from a different country by next year.
Tom: I, for example, can very much imagine to live in India! It's a big wish of mine: to emigrate to India for some time. It's a country we haven't been to yet. Our wish of going to India was actually sparked by hearing so many positive things about that country. I will definitely go on a motorbike trip across India.

Do you think that Casting Shows have a future?
A lot of artists currently decide to join the Jury of a casting show, for example: Britney Spears, Steven Tyler or Mariah Carey. Insofar a new show-era is starting.
Tom: The condemned live longer. I'm convinced that casting shows are currently reinventing themselves. Storybook careers are not the custom anymore, because there are fewer talent scouts around that offer unknown bands a record deal. That changed since we were discovered, we were incredibly lucky. The way out of this dilemma are casting shows. Where else can you get a No.-1-Hit and every now and then also global popularity? The americans have known that for a long time!

Apparently you're fans of Angela Merkel...
The policies of our federal chancellor are comprehensible. For me, Merkel is a popular figure. She conveys a kind of "Mother"-Syndrome - at least a little bit. With her, you have the feeling that you're in good hands.

On which outstanding artists do you orient yourselves, who - would you say - is a role model?
We've always liked Aerosmith. A band that started incredibly early and that's still performing on stage - a legend that shaped generations with their sound.

When will your new Album be released?
Not this year.
Bill: There's no specific point in time. We'll release it when we feel that everything is perfect. One of these days someone will have to pry it out of our hands and say: "Okay, that's enough!" But at the moment we're still in the writing and producing process.

So the last question that's left: How satisfied/happy are you with your life?
Very happy. We fill our life with our passion for music. It's very important to live in the here and now, without being "hunted" by new goals to achieve. When I look back to the things I did in the past, I can only say that I'm happy with everything.
Tom: Happiness doesn't depend on how the things go, but on your own attitude.

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