Tokio Hotel is a German band founded in Magdeburg, Germany in 2001 consisting identical brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz, along with Gustav Schafer and Georg Listing. The four met after a live show in a Magdeburg club where Listing and Schafer, who knew each other from music school, watched from the audience while the Kaulitz brothers played on the stage. They formed a band and soon began playing in talent shows and small concerts under the name Devilish, being discovered by music producer Peter Hoffmann after Bill’s participation in a children’s Star Search in 2003. They then decided to change their name from Devilish to Tokio Hotel: “Tokio”, the German spelling of the Japanese city Tokyo, due to a love of the city, and “Hotel” due to their constant touring and living in hotels.
Its been quite the busy month for Tokio Hotel; Not only are they featured in the new Verizon Droid commercial their song “Human Connect To Human” (Check out the sci-fi themed spot here), but they also won the award for Best Group earlier this month at MTV’s European Music Awards where they also performed their new single “World Behind My Wall.” This guitar-charged ballad is their new, official focus track in the US and follows “Automatic” as the second single off of their latest album, “Humanoid.” Check out the song above then head on over to iTunes to pick up their latest album.