Oliver Riedel Biography
Oliver Riedel is a German musician born on 11th April 1971 in Schwerin, Germany. He is the bassist for the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. Riedel is primarily a fingerstyle player, although he also uses a pick for most songs when playing live.
Oliver Riedel Age
- He was born on 11th April 1971 in Schwerin, Germany ( 47 years as at 2018)
Oliver Riedel Height
- He is 2m/ 6 ft 6 inches
Oliver Riedel Net worth
In 2018 Oliver Riedel took the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid musicians for 2018 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings. He has an estimated net worth of $215 million.
Oliver Riedel Family
During an interview he revealed that his parents got him when they were young. ‘My parents are quite young, which is good. Because the age difference isn’t that big, we had it good with each other. My father and mother also liked the same music as me. We were almost more like friends than family.’
Oliver Riedel Wife
He keeps his personal life private and we have no details about his wife. He is has a daughter Emma but he has since separated from her mother.
Oliver Riedel Children
- He has two children, a girl named Emma but we have no detail about the other child.
Oliver Riedel Career
At the age of nineteen in 1990 Oliver began playing in ‘The Inchtabokatables’, a folk-fiddle/punk-rock band. In 1994, Riedel, Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe, and Christoph “Doom” Schneider entered and
won the Berlin Senate Metro beat contest that allowed them to record a four-track demo professionally. Paul H. Landers and Christian “Flake” Lorenz would later join the band they named Rammstein.
They released their debut album ‘Herzeleid’ (Heartache) in September 1995. Their second album, Sehnsucht (Longing) was released in 1997. In April 2001, the album Mutter (Mother) was released and a European tour followed, ending on 13 July 2002. It has been reported that at this time the members of Rammstein were seriously discussing whether to continue or not in their present form. It was decided that they should all take some time off and then reconsider whether to continue.
In 2003, Rammstein started work on the fourth album, which was to prove a turning point in Rammstein’s sound and maturity. September 2004 saw the fruits of this work in the release of Reise, Reise (“Journey, Journey”).
In 2005, Rosenrot (Rose Red) was released.Rammstein’s latest album Liebe ist für alle da (Love Is For Everyone) was released in October 2009.
Oliver Riedel Albums
- Liebe ist für alle da
- Reise, Reise
- Live aus Berlin
- The Very Best of Rammstein
- Brachiale Gewalt
- Das Spiel mit dem Feuer
- Du riechst so gut ’98
- Der musikalische Staub
- XXI – Klavier
- Kein Engel
- Made in Germany 1995–2011
- Original Single Kollektion
- Rare Tracks
Oliver Riedel 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
Oliver Riedel Interview
Interviewer: Do I have to bring an umbrella to your show? Because the last time I saw Rammstein, you squirted everyone with that prosthetic phallus device.
Oliver Riedel: It’s probably a good idea, in any case, when you come to our shows to come prepared.
Interviewer: What about a helmet?
Oliver Riedel: Bring an umbrella, helmet and fireproof clothing.
Interviewer: You also like to set yourself on fire. How did that start?
Oliver Riedel: When we started, we didn’t use any fire, but our singer Till (Lindemann) started getting bored. So he started to light a little fire on himself and the feedback was great, so we made it a regular part of the show.
Interviewer: Before you discovered fire, was your show awful?
Oliver Riedel: We really don’t define ourselves by the fire. There are quite a few concerts we give without this element of fire and they are also very interesting. So it’s not like Rammstein cannot exist without fire. You mustn’t forget we sing in German, so when we perform in a non-German-speaking country it’s much easier to reach the audience with some theatrical elements like fire or water.
Interviewer: Have you ever vomited onstage?
Oliver Riedel: What do you mean? First of all, we have slowly grown into these shows so we are very used to it. Secondly, while it may seem very chaotic and has all these theatrical effects for the audience, as performers we are concentrating on our roles in the band. We simply make sure we perform our part. Q: So to you it’s just a job?
Oliver Riedel: It’s work, really.
Interviewer: You write lyrics about incest. You simulate prison sex in your live shows. There’s a picture of a dead baby on the cover of your new album. Is anything taboo?
Oliver Riedel: We have quite a few moral thresholds we would not pass. Of course. We do have limits we would not go over.
Interviewer: I’m curious to know what these are.
Oliver Riedel: For one, we do not get into the political realm. We would never distribute or reflect any kind of fascist or neo-Nazi type of language. This is something we would never do in a conscious way. Also, we are completely against violence of any form against anybody, especially against minorities or other fringe groups. This is something we would never depict in our music.
Interviewer: Inside the new album cover, there is a picture where it looks like your head is in a pickle jar and your face is coming off your head. Did that hurt?
Oliver Riedel: Yes, it did.
Interviewer: Does Rammstein get a lot of chicks?
Oliver Riedel: I’m sure this is the reason many young men join bands, because it’s a cool way to meet girls. This may have been one of my motivations. But it’s not just to meet girls. It’s also to make myself known as a performer and to attract the audience’s attention.
Interviewer: Were you surprised that the last album did so well, considering that all the lyrics were in German?
Oliver Riedel: Initially, of course, we were pleasantly surprised. Now we’re used to it.
Even though English seems to be the international language of music in many ways, I still think it’s a good idea for bands or performers to sing in their native language because it enriches the international cultural scene. German tends to be a harsh language and it tends to fit very well with our harsh and cold style of music.
Interviewer: Are you sad that East Berlin feels like New York now?
Oliver Riedel: It has certainly changed a lot. There are a lot of yuppies. But I think it’s actually cool as long as it reflects this multicultural trend like New York. But I don’t think it has become Americanized in a bad sense.
Interviewer: Does that mean Rammstein will be the last of its kind?
Oliver Riedel: I definitely think Rammstein will be the last band of its kind because we are the last generation that has grown up in the East. We are the last ones still influenced by everything that went with it. Therefore, by its very nature this will not happen again.
Interviewer: So we must treasure you while you’re still around.
Oliver Riedel: Well, there will always be other bands that are good in their own way.