Tokio Hotel was formed in 2001 by four teenagers. Two leading members, Tom and Bill Kaulitz, are twins. They were born on 1 September 1989 in Leipzig. When brothers were 7 years old, their parents divorced. After some time, their mother married a musician. He was the one who helped boys cultivate the love for music. The stepfather taught Tom and Bill how to sing and play the guitar.
Bill was the better vocalist of the two. Meanwhile, Tom was an excellent guitarist. When Bill was 9 years old, he wrote his first song “Schwartz”, which he devoted to his pet mice. The twins rehearsed in the garage and gave small concerts for the neighbors. These concerts attracted a 13-year-old Gustav Schäfer, who played the bass guitar and a 14-year-old drummer, Georg Listing. The four musicians formed a band in 2001 and called it Devilish.
The teenagers played in local clubs and restaurants of their native town Magdeburg. They even recorded the first album with the same name as the group. The artists published 300 copies and sold them at their concerts. To promote the group, Bill Kaulitz participated in the talent show, Star Search, and made it to quarterfinals. Soon after that, Devilish attracted the attention of the producer, Peter Hoffmann. He came to listen to one of the band’s local concerts and decided that the artists had a bright future. Hoffmann turned out to be right.