Biography Georg Listing
Biography Georg Listing
Full name: Georg Moritz Listing
Date of birth: 31.3.1987
Place of birth: Halle
Function in the band: Bassist
Weight: 72 kg
5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
His long hair.
His name is pronounced as “Geh-org”.
He owns a black and white checkered guitar which has his band’s name on it.
He is an only child.
His father is a dentist.
His parents are divorced.
His idol is Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
His favorite bands are Fall Out Boy and Oasis.
His favorite food is pasta.
He is the bassist of the German Rock band, Tokio Hotel.
On how he would create a romantic date: I would just try to be who I am and not put on any fancy cloths to impress the girl. I mean obviously I am very happy if a girl dresses up for me but I also don’t want her to pretend to be someone she’s not.
To create a romantic mood, I would take her out to a beautiful restaurant. Well, now that I think about it, I would probably prepare a meal myself – that’s more intimate. It might taste better in a restaurant but my pasta is definitely also worth a try!
Father: Like Bill and Tom, Georg’s parents are divorced. His father is a dentist and doesn’t have a very good relationship with his son. Georg doesn’t like talking about it either.
School: Graduated from the German form of senior high.
Favourite Subject in School: Psychology.
Hated Subjects in School: Math and German.
Hobbies: Music and once in awhile sports.
His Idol: Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favourite Music: Fall out boy, Billy Talent and Yellowcard.
Favourite songs: “Glamorous” von Fergie und “Golden” von Fall out Boy
First album he ever bought: “Definitely maybe” from Oasis
First concert he’s ever been to: Die Ärzte
Distinctive signs: His muscles.
Motto: It always changes.
Personality: Georg and Tom are more alike when it comes to hitting on girls. He also enjoys showing his body off when on stage and usually strips his shirt off. Georg is also teased a lot from the twins due to his clumsiness. He also likes sleeping naked.
A Georg Listing Interview
Georg Listing: “I’ve had a very liberal education!”
Son of a good family, Georg was raised by parents who never set restrictions. He cleverly applied this freedom to music, his greatest passion. Such was the point of departure of his fabulous adventure with the band Tokio Hotel…
How did music come into your life?
At my house, music reigned. My parents, both doctors, didn’t play any instruments, but they had a real passion for rock. My father, in particular, had an impressive collection of albums. He knew the classics such as Eric Clapton, the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones by heart. Thanks to him, I had the chance to go to some legendary concerts. The musical universe has always fascinated me.
Is Tokio Hotel your first band?
Not exactly. In middle school, I wanted to start a band with two of my friends. In the end, the project fell through. Then I came across Gustav in Magdeburg’s music conservatory. We played in the same orchestra, him on the drums and me playing bass. A little bit afterwards, we met Bill and Tom and eventually founded Devilish, our first band…
What was in your repertoire?
A mix of pop, rock, and metal, we started off a little in every sense [a little bit of everything?]…At the time, we were just four kids who were passionate but unskilled(laughs)! I have excellent memories of our beginnings regardless. Even if there was nobody listening to us, on our part, we believed in ourselves like iron , and we fooled around like maniacs.
How did you get past the obstacle of amateurism?
The meeting in 2004 with our producers and composers, Peter Hoffman, Pat Benzer, Dave Roth, and David Jost, was the deciding factor. They believed in our talent and gave us the means of recording a great album, Schrei. Still, we never would have been able to work with a team like that if we hadn’t endlessly kept performing to get noticed. We were lucky, it’s true, but we also knew how to bring it about.
What’s the philosophy of the group?
The Tokio Hotel adventure rests on two fundamentals: passion for music and friendship. We take pleasure in playing together, both for ourselves and for our public. In this sense, our philosophy can be summed up by the famous Latin saying “Carpe Diem,” which means “seize the day.”
What are your future projects?
We’re not in the habit of planning the life of the band in advance. Plus, things go so quickly for us that everything is totally unpredictable! For example, how could we have imagined sparking such a craze in France? In fact, the decisions concerning the band are made as we go along. We act according to events and the demands of our public.
Is it still too early to talk of a third album?
At the moment, we’re concentrating our efforts on the European promotion of our second album, Zimmer 483, and the English version of our first work, Scream. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, I would like to have a bit of vacation before moving onto anything else (smiles)…But, who knows, maybe things will come about on their own one more time?
Exactly what kind of bonds link Bill, Tom, Gustav, and you?
On a strictly professional plane, there is a lot of esteem and respect among us. On a more personal plane, our collaboration is perfect. We’re not a band from a reality TV show or pre-made. We share a real history of friendship that already goes back seven years. We were kids when we men – I was 14, Gustav was 13, and Bill and Tom were only 12! This mutual past creates strong and authentic ties [bonds] between us.
Tom loves to tease you interviews – do you sometimes take offense?
(Smiles)…It’s true, Tom has a knack for cracking jokes about me in front of journalists. I find it rather amusing. It’s even become a game between us, and we both get something out of it. On his part, by joking about my little weaknesses, he diverts the attention and avoids talking about his own. And on my part, I like his [this?] way of relaxing the atmosphere.
Does he sometimes go overboard?
Tom is lucky – I’m very patient (laughs)! With respect to unpleasant things that could bother me, they go in one ear and out the other. I have my faults, but being touchy [sensitive] isn’t one of them.
What’s your best trait?
People seem to appreciate my control and level head. Whatever the situation, I stay calm and keep control of my emotions. But I also know that my impassiveness [nonchalance] annoys certain people… (T/N: lol TOM)
On the edge of the group, is there still time for yourself?
It’s necessary for my stability [balance] to be able to share moments with my family and people close to me. Besides, in the group, we all need our free time, to simply take a break from work. Also, when we return to Magdeburg for a few days, each person goes off on his own. Me, I see my buddies and my brother, I go to the movies, and I forget everything else.
Who would you ask for advice?
I make all my decisions alone, without consulting anybody, not even my parents. My mother was the one who taught me to go through life according to my own instincts, even if I make mistakes…I’ve had a very liberal education where nothing was forbidden. My mom always wanted to let me experiment with things myself, both the good and the bad. She was convinced that I would learn from my mistakes myself.
How did you celebrate your 20th birthday?
The night of my birthday, March 31, we gave a concert in Poland. I had a very private little party a few days afterward…
What present would please you the most?
I dream of a very beautiful sports car, like a convertible Lamborghini (smiles)…
You have luxurious taste…
I admit that I appreciate beautiful things and comfort. Since I have the means to taste luxury, why deprive myself?
What are your vacation plans for this summer?
I expect to invite my family and my best friend to a paradisiacal [heavenly] place where I can practice scuba diving and golf to my heart’s content.