Part 3/4 – Press Conference in Berlin, October 2nd



Reporter: You were gone for five years now, you’ve grown up now and according to this the cover looks like, that mouse… whose idea was it?
Tom: Mine.
Reporter: Many big stars will be envious because it wasn’t their idea, I think it’s genius.

Reporter: How was the group cuddling in “Love who loves you back” for you?
Bill: Uhm, I was extremely nervous, when we met with the director before and I told him the idea and what I wanted to do, he wrote a (?) and originally it wasn’t even planned that I’m involved in all those scenes, so actually I only was supposed to run around there and sing. And I said to them: No no, I want to join in that and so on, because otherwise I don’t find it wicked. Because I sing of “Love who loves you back” and if I don’t love back then I don’t think it’s cool and it doesn’t make sense. And because of that I told myself that I want to take part in that, that I don’t have inhibitions and problems at all, and uhm, one day before the videoshoot I was extremely nervous because of course I had never done that before. But yeah, all the actors were really nice and everything was very professional, even if the first actor used a lot of tongue and I had my face full of lipstick afterwards. But you get used to it very fast. It doesn’t have a lot of sexuality and intimacy in it if you do that in front of a camera.

Reporter: You’ve built up a life in LA now, how much do you still feel as a “Magdeburger” and how often are you in Germany?
Tom: Well, “Magdeburger”, it’s hard to say, because I’ve never felt as Magdeburg somehow… as Magdeburg *laughs* well, rather more like a “Magdeburger”… but I think we still feel extremely german, the Connection to Germany still exists, also in LA, we always talk german, we miss german food, I miss the Autobahn, and things like that, so yeah… we are still here once in a while, we produced a lot of our album here, we were in Hamburg in the studio, met with Georg and Gustav of course, wrote the album and so on, so the german connection still exists. Also now, when we’ll travel a lot with the new album, it doesn’t matter where you live because you’re only on tour.

Reporter: The aesthetics in the video of “Girl got a gun” is quite trashy I’d say, so did you eventually let yourself get inspired by Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, that “California Lifestyle”?
Tom: Katy Perry is trashy, but I think in an other way.
Bill: Uhm, nah, I don’t even know, we discovered that director and he has that style in which he makes his videos, in that spooled effect, and we just thought it’s good that someone’s doing that because the song is like extremely funky and it has that sick beat and so I thought it would be awesome to have an effect like that in the video, to make a rather untypical video. Uhm, and I wanted to.. and yeah, I had the idea for the drag Queens, and, uhm, and yeah, he organized the costumes, so it was a work we did together. And we just thought we’d make something new, something interesting. I think it’s an extremely cool video. So I was surprised that so many people found it sh… I think it’s a fresh and new video and it makes fun for the song. And yeah, we’re extremely happy with it.

Reporter: Has anyone of you ever had something to do with the drag scene, so that he came to that idea?
Bill: Nah, I just thought because… because… you can also interpret the songtext in a different way, when “Girl.. got.. a gun”… and because of that I thought it’d be just funny to have a real woman, and also a woman with a gun in her pants.

Translation by Herzblut / French translation coming soon

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