Tokio Hotel was founded by vocalist Bill
Kaulitz and guitarist Tom Kaulitz, who are
identical twin brothers, drummer Gustav
Schäfer and bass-guitarist Georg Listing.
The four met in 2001 after a live show in a
Magdeburg club, where Listing and Schäfer,
who knew each other from music school,
watched from the audience while Bill and
Tom Kaulitz played on the stage. Under the
name Devilish, the band soon began playing
in talent shows and small concerts. After Bill
Kaulitz's participation in a children's Star
Search in 2003 at age thirteen (which he lost
in the quarter-final), he was discovered by
music producer Peter Hoffmann. Devilish
changed their name 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. Soon after Sony BMG took them
under contract, Hoffmann hired David Jost
and Pat Benzner into the team of creators
and authors, and had them give the teens
instruction on songwriting and instrument
playing; most of the songs of the first album
were written by Hoffmann, Jost and Benzer
(including the singles "Scream" and "Rescue
me" which were completely written by them),
only the single "Unendlichkeit" was written
completely by Tokio Hotel themselves.
However, shortly before release of their first
album, Sony terminated their contract. In
2005, Universal Music Group took Tokio
Hotel under contract and developed a
marketing plan. The band become one of the
biggest acts from Germany soon after.
Tokio Hotel.