Bill Kaulitz plans to revamp his musical style this year, as the Tokio Hotel frontman has announced his new solo project. Going under the moniker BILLY, the German singer will be breaking out on his own with an upcoming EP titled I'm Not OK on May 20.
“Love Don’t Break Me,” the EP's debut single, will arrive on April 29. According to a press release, it is is "a minimalistic/electronic ballad that reflects a new sound and impressive growth in Billy’s musical palette."
The EP will also come with a black and white short film (directed by Shiro Gutzie and Davis Facto) and a fine art photo book. Billy had this to say about his new venture:
“I didn’t want to do a traditional music release for my first solo project. I wanted the freedom to explore the other areas in my life that I am passionate about like art and fashion and felt that a pure music project wouldn’t fulfill my vision as a solo artist. I wanted to go in the studio and experiment with new sounds and not be creatively held back. I created an environment for myself where I had no pressure and was able to just try new things without worrying about sales, promotion or marketing plans and just focus on creating."
Tokio Hotel released their last full-length album, Kings of Suburbia, in October 2014. No word if the pop-rockers will continue to record music as a group.