Christoph Schneider Biography
Christoph Schneider(Christoph “Doom” Schneider) is a German musician born on 11th May 1966 in East Berlin, East Germany. He is the drummer of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
The nickname “Doom” comes from the video game of the same name. Schneider needed a name for the German copyright agency, but found there were too many Christoph Schneiders already. Paul Landers suggested the name “Doom” because they liked the game. Schneider has said that if he knew that name would be on every record he played on he would have chosen a different one.
Christoph Schneider Age
- He was born on 11th May 1966 in East Berlin, East Germany (52 years as at 2018)
Christoph Schneider Net worth
- He has an estimated net worth of $145 million.
Christoph Schneider Wife
In May 2005 he married Regina Gizatulina from Russia but they divorced in 2009. In July 2014 he married Ulrike Schmidt, they have two sons.
Christoph Schneider Career
At the age of 16 he left the extended secondary school and began working as a telecommunications assistant. In 1984, he served his national service with the East German Army.
His parents sent him to a special music school connected to a Pioneers’ orchestra where he learnt to play the trumpet because it was the easiest to play. He describes himself as very talented at playing the trumpet, and after a year he got into the orchestra and played concerts.
It was here he became interested in playing the drums: he was impressed by the equipment and kept looking over his shoulder at the drumset while playing. He told his parents he wanted to learn to play the drums, but they weren’t supportive of the idea because “they were both from the classical world”.
In 1985, Schneider quit his telecommunication job to pursue his musical ambitions by studying music at university, but failed to get into university twice, being rejected because he possessed no other musical
skills such as playing the piano. He continued to learn to play himself. Schneider tried consistently from 1985 until 1990 to get into bands as a drummer, finally being successful with Die Firma.
In 1994, he joined Richard Kruspe and Oliver Riedel in forming an early version of Rammstein. After Till Lindemann joined the band, they entered the Berlin Senate Metrobeat contest, winning the chance to record a professional demo with four tracks. A previous band of Schneider’s, Feeling B, provided two other members of Rammstein, Paul Landers and keyboardist Christian Lorenz. In 1995 they released their debut album “Herzeleid”.
Christoph Schneider Albums
- Liebe ist für alle da
- Reise, Reise
- Live aus Berlin
- The Very Best of Rammstein
- Wir kriegen Euch alle
- Brachiale Gewalt
- Das Spiel mit dem Feuer
- Du riechst so gut ’98
- Die Maske des Roten Todes
- Der musikalische Staub
- XXI – Klavier
- Kein Engel
- Made in Germany 1995–2011
- Original Single Kollektion
- Rare Tracks
Christoph Schneider Songs
- Du hast
- Ich Will
- Mein Herz Brennt
- Ohne dich
- Ich tu dir weh
- Keine Lust
- Du riechst so gut
- Feuer Frei
- Links 2-3-4
- Te quiero puta!
- Mein Teil
- Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
- Mann gegen Mann
- Bück dich
- Mein Land
- Stirb nicht vor mir
- Weisses Fleisch
- Waidmanns Heil
- Frühling in Paris
- Heirate Mich
Christoph Schneider Video
Christoph Schneider Interview
Interviewer: Christoph Schneider, Where did the long hair?
Christoph Schneider: I felt very comfortable, but unfortunately the band is not my property. I quite like the hippie style, but it seems that the hair had influence on my playing, which often shocked my colleagues.
Interviewer: Long hair has an impact on the way you play?
Christoph Schneider: Yes, I’ve noticed. And other heavy metal drummers have told me: “Those who wear their hair short play much better,” That might be partly true, since the hair covering the face is going increasingly, and trying to avoid that, no you play so hard. Since I cut, yes, I feel somewhat liberated again.
Interviewer: We talk about the beginnings of the band. What was the first concert in Leipzig in NATO?
Christoph Schneider: It was the first time that Till was presented to the public as a singer. He was very nervous, wore huge sunglasses and blew phrases like “I like The Sisters of Mercy” He stood stiffly, or on the contrary, his whole body trembled, but what he was happy to sing the letters he had written. The second time was in Berlin in Kesselhaus. I acurdo that at the end of this presentation Till said, “Remember this name: Rammstein.”
Interviewer: You’ve already won the contest. Were there any “formal” and established a sound?
Christoph Schneider: Yes, this is a sound slow, monotonous. The basic idea of the band. We played at the start very slowly and always the same.
Interviewer: Where did this concept?
Christoph Schneider: We were inspired by bands like Ministry and Laibach. And we wanted to do something really different, something very bad and unpleasant stunner.
Interviewer: Is it true that your trip to the United States in 1993 had a decisive influence on the band?
Christoph Schneider: That’s correct. Paul, Flake and I traveled with our band Punk, “Feeling B” by the United States on our own. We played in small clubs, it was all self-organized. We saw a lot of bands that inspired us with their professionalism. We had been playing in clubs, in front of ten people or less, and then we were playing to 3000. We were very impressed and motivated.
Interviewer: Hence, until exhausted, in minutes, the Madison Square Garden in 2010, there was still a long way …
Christoph Schneider: For each of us there are moments when we pause and say: Wow. We come from the East, we are all excellent musicians … But we can do this, but are limited in our musical expression, it makes up for the show and this package that we have set up is extraordinary.
Interviewer: They awakened the interest of the United States initially by David Lynch and the soundtrack to “Lost Highway”. How did that come about?
Christoph Schneider: We had big ambitions at the start by our record company and they suggested to record a video with David Lynch and others. Motor Music had sent some tapes directors. And Lynch and his team, apparently during the filming of the movie, had been listening to our album “Herzeleid” and finally, they decided to use these themes in the soundtrack of “Lost Highway”. And we thought, “Well, great!”
An unknown band you want to jump to fame with David Lynch. He is known as a megalomaniac. Sometimes it’s so intense … We have been asked repeatedly to do a song about football, but we have always said: “Only if asked to do the National Team.”
Interviewer: We’ll tell Jogi Löw. After 2001, spent ten years without being in USA. Why?
Christoph Schneider: Our history with the United States is very special. David Lynch was the trigger, and then released “Sehnsucht”. When went to number one in Germany in the lists, we were wandering in the streets of New York and were surprised to see us playing in a showcase in front of thirty people, all completely stoned. So we were in rotation on MTV, and therefore radio stations, all jumped on him – and after a tour with Limp Bizkit, we think, “Well, the U.S. is already in the bag.” But it was not . Then came “Mutter” our best album, is actually the summit of our work, but sold poorly in America, and was not as good as “Sehnsucht”. Then we were in a very long tour, which is very tedious. Sometimes alone, sometimes with Slipknot and System Of A Down. Then came the September 11, 2001, the dates of the tour was postponed for several weeks and we had good attendance. Then we gave up and told him: “Fuck America!”
Interviewer: And then tried again in New York …
Christoph Schneider: With “Liebe ist für alle da” we play to 100,000 people in Canada, including many Americans who had gone there, so we thought, “Maybe there’s still something to do.” So it went big idea with the show at Madison Square Garden. We wanted to set an example. Let’s see if we can fill the place, promoting the event as a kind of return. And it worked, actually. With the new best-of album “Made in Germany” we will have 20 performances in the United States in large stadiums.
Interviewer: Who has the last word in the band?
Christoph Schneider: We’re like a communist group. Everything is decided as a whole, and is frowned upon, if someone seeking or receiving much attention. They all represent the band, not just the singer. Till has never had a problem with that. We know that only when we are together we are Rammstein. If over time we’re apart, is the strength of the group that merged back, get back on track, as they say. This tends to cut a bit of individuality. But in the end the love you feel is safe and is a good thing, because we know that there is our strength.
Interviewer: How often does the band has been on the verge of breakup?
Christoph Schneider: Ten years ago there was a serious crisis, and recently even a little. In 2001, some thought he was the master of the band and I had to control everything musically. This caused conflicts, Richard went to live in America and worked on a solo project, and it made him realize what he has in Rammstein.
Interviewer: And lately?
Christoph Schneider: There already are personal matters. I tend to cling to the past, maybe too much, and the evolution of the LIFAD had made me the best and often embarrassment to my colleagues for how to address certain things tenaciously.
Interviewer: It sounds like a continuous psychotherapeutic session.
Christoph Schneider: Of course, a rehearsal with the band is a therapy session.
Interviewer: Do you know how much time you have left the band, or whether to go further?
Christoph Schneider: Yes, I think you should follow. Naturally, we all have our insecurities, but the very existence of the band is based in truth.Some of us are afraid of new productions. Always be extremely difficult as childbirth. Every detail has to be judged by everyone.Till is that it becomes more difficult. The reviews of his lyrics is like going to appear in court. “If we are well, they are not good.”He carries a tremendous burden on his shoulders, literally, as the end of the show, which carries a winged angel of 50 kg. The revision of the texts of the songs is something that lasts forever with us as a year.
Interviewer: From each disk, there is often a long pause.
Christoph Schneider: Yes, after a period of tour, we needed privacy to recuperate.Always helped us, we’re not saturating the media. Rammstein’s not all the time on radio or television, does not mean we have gone. And this, our fans do not mind, but rejoice when we meet again after a “break” in the end.
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