Tokio Hotel is celebrating 15 years together with a revamped version of their breakout single “Monsoon.”
Originally released in 2005, the updated version turns the moody alt-rock song into an upbeat synth-driven dance song. Though a new version of the song wasn’t originally planned, the band decided to remake the song after the pandemic canceled their touring plans. They played with the idea of turning it into an acoustic track featuring a big orchestra but decided to go in a completely different direction.
“‘Monsoon’ means change. It’s the song that changed our lives completely,” says singer Bill Kaulitz. “We wondered what ‘Monsoon’ would sound like if 2020 was the first time we ever recorded it. We wanted the new version to resonate with the here and now.”
“We had to do something special for 15 years of this track that started it all for us“, added twin-brother Tom Kaulitz.
“Everything that happened to us throughout these last 15 years had started with that song,” Bill continues. “‘Monsoon’ is not just about memories of 2005. It’s a song that has always accompanied us during these last 15 years,” Georg Listing adds, “For us this song is closely tied to all of our major successes. We have played it live at the Eiffel Tower in front of 500,000 people on Bastille Day. We have played it at our very first gig in the US and during every single tour that followed. And it’s always been the highlight of every show.”
“Everyone remembers the lyrics and connects them to feelings they felt during a specific time in their lives. We wondered what ‘Monsoon’ would sound like if 2020 was the first time we ever recorded it. We wanted the new version to resonate with the here and now”, Bill says, “I believe 2020 has been rough for a lot of people so the words of the song are still very relevant today.”
Listen to the track below.
Tokio Hotel recently released the German language version of “Monsoon 2020.” The band returned last year with new songs “Melancholic Paradise,” “When It Rains It Pours,” and “Chateau.” They’re currently planning their European 2021 tour.