Translation by SwedenGirlFrom Hudiksvall to Tokio Hotel
From a little one-room flat in the center of Hudiksvall one of Sweden's moust active fansites runs. Madeleine Engberg is the official spokesperson for the rockband Tokio Hotel. "They have the moust devoted fans. It's almost a sick behaviour", she says and laughs.Hudiksvall
The fact that the small apartment based on one room and a kitchen is the basis of a official Tokio Hotel-site is barely noticed. No posters, autographs on the walls or other celebrations gossip about what has almoust become an extra half-time-job for Madeleine Engberg. Only a few accessories with dots of metal*, the logo of the band on the wall and a few CDs expose a huge interest in music.Madeleine Engberg:
"She called me up and said I absolutely had to listen to Tokio Hotel. When I came home that night I searched for them and fell directly".
- I do see pictures of them every day anyway. If I would put posters on the walls I'm afraid I might get tired of them and won't get along and listen to their new album , although I like the music, she says.
She discovered the German rockband Tokio Hotel three years ago, when her close friend Johanna Eriksson gave her a tip about the German rockband.
- She called me up and said I absolutely had to listen to Tokio Hotel. When I came home that night I seached for them and fell directly. They are so enthusiastic and real. It shines through everything they do and they dare to stand out.
Ever since she's seen the band perform seven times - in Germany, France, and London. She's also re-discovered her High school-German with two months of language-studies in Hamburg and put countless amounts of money on her favourite band.
She started the website in August 2007. She had recognized that a Street Team was missing, which the band's admire-community is called, in Sweden.
- It was a spontaneous thing which I made on a under-ground level. Then I "spammed" the recordcompany and the band's management and finally got to be a official site.
Now the project has grown like an avalanche and she has direct contact with the recordcompany and the band's managers*. The site is updated every day and there is always something to write about according to Madeleine. Accept for that she organizes contests where fans can win CDs or tickets for concerts.(Text under the picture of Madeleine)
Madeleine Engberg plays the drums. If she would be forced to pick a favourite in the band it happens to be the drummer, Gustav Schäfer.
Over 4000 members have registered on the site and about 1500 are surfing each day on her website to read news about the band.
The leadingship of one of Sweden's biggest bandsites she combines with an own whole-time-job. But she's not alone. Johanna Eriksson helps her to run the site.
- She noticed I got quite stressed out of all work and offered to help. Then it was just to say "Yes, I would like to" tells Madeleine Engberg.
In September Tokio Hotel released their second English album and where in the same turn on a visit in Sweden to promote it. Then Madeleine Engberg got the opportunity to meet the band personally.
After waiting in about 30 minutes outside a hotel, the longest half hour in her life, she got to hang out with the band in about 20 minutes, maybe the quickest minutes in her life.
- It was surreal but fun. So obvious but also weird. They are incredibly fine and down-to-earth kind-of-guys, she says.Fact
Does: Founded and runs the Swedish Tokio Hotel street-team
Dream: To continue be happyTokio Hotel
Tokio Hotel is a rockband from Magdeburg in Germany who had their break-through in their homecountry 2005 with the song Durch den monsun (Monsoon in English). They've released five albums where the first is Schrei, came out 2005. The latest album, Humanoid, was released October the 2nd 2009.
The band was founded 2001 and was called Devilish back then, but changed name to Tokio Hotel in 2004. The group is Bill Kaulitz (song), Tom Kaulitz (electric guitar), Georg Listing (bas), and Gustav Schäfer (drums). The name is supposed to come from that the band lives a lot on hotels, and one of their dreams is to play a concert in Tokyo. Source: Wikipedia.Notes by translator:
Two stars ( *
) appears in the text. The first star is where I wrote "accessories with dots of metal" - I couldn't find a translation of the Swedish word "nitar", but nitar is the metal-things on for example jewellery like Bill use to wear:
The second star is a note of the fact which the newspaper has written - Madeleine has said in this thread that they got it wrong, and she meant the band's management
and not their managers!