Christoph Schneider

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Christoph Schneider
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Background information
Birth name Christoph Schneider
Born (1966-05-11) 11 May 1966 (age 48)
East Berlin, East Germany
Genres Neue Deutsche Härte, industrial metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, trumpet, piano, keyboard, percussion
Years active 1990–present
Labels Motor Music, Republic, Slash, Universal Music Group
Associated acts Rammstein, Die Firma, Feeling B, Frechheit, Keine Ahnung

Christoph "Doom" Schneider (born 11 May 1966) is a German musician. He is the drummer of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Christoph Schneider was born on 11 May 1966 in Pankow, East Berlin, East Germany. He has one sister, who is two years younger than him.

Schneider left the extended secondary school at age 16 and went on to work as a telecommunications assistant. In 1984, he served his national service with the East German Army; he is the only member of Rammstein to have served in the military.[1]

Career[edit]

Christoph's parents wanted him to learn an instrument, so they sent him to a special school connected to a pioneering Socialist orchestra, where he was offered the choice between trumpet, clarinet and trombone, out of which he chose the trumpet first 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". He would go home and practice with sticks and built his own drum set with tin cans and buckets. He bought his first drumkit at age 14, after which his parents had to accept it and let him rehearse and take lessons.[2]

In 1985, Schneider quit his telecommunication job to pursue his musical ambitions by studying music at university, but failed to get into university twice,[1] being rejected because he possessed no other musical skills such as playing the piano. He continued to learn to play himself.[2] 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.[1] A previous band of Schneider's, Feeling B, provided two other members of Rammstein, Paul Landers and keyboardist Christian Lorenz.

He currently uses and endorses Sabian cymbals and Sonor drum kits.

He previously used and endorsed Tama Drums and Meinl Percussion cymbals.

Sonor Gear:

Bronze Artist Snare (AS 07 1406 BRB Bronze Black)

Drumkit Sonor "Delite" series

600 Series Hardware

Giantstep Bass Pedals

Personal life[edit]

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.[2]

His favourite rock bands are Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Black Sabbath and AC/DC.[2]

Equipment[edit]

LIFAD Tour[edit]

Sonor SQ² Red Tribal:

  • 24″ x 20" Bass Drum
  • 24″ x 20" Bass Drum
  • 14″ x 13" Tom
  • 16″ x 15" Floor Tom
  • 18″ x 17" Floor Tom
  • 20″ x 15" Gong Drum
  • 12″ x 05" Snare Drum

Snare Drum

  • Sonor 14" x 6” Artist Series Bronze model Snare Drum

Sabian Cymbals:

  • Paragon Hats 14″
  • HHX Evolution Splash 12″
  • AAX X-Celerator Hats 14″
  • HH Power Bell Ride 22″
  • HHX X-Plosion Crash 19″
  • HHX X-Plosion Crash 18″
  • HHX X-Treme Crash 18″
  • HHX X-Plosion Crash 20″
  • AAX X-Plosion Crash 19″
  • HHX Chinese 18″
  • HHX Chinese 20″
  • HHX Evolution Splash 12″
  • HH China Kang Chinese 10″
  • AAX X-Plosion Crash 20″
  • HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash 18″
  • APX O-Zone Crash 18″
  • HHX Evolution Hats 10″

LIFAD Recording[edit]

Sonor Delite:[3]

  • 22″ x 17.5" Bass Drum
  • 22″ x 17.5" Bass Drum
  • 10″ x 7" Tom
  • 12″ x 8" Tom
  • 16″ x 16" Floor Tom
  • 18″ x 16" Floor Tom
  • 12" x 5" Side Snare Drum

Snare Drums

  • Sonor 14" x 6” Artist Series Bronze model Snare Drum
  • Sonor 14" x 6” Artist Series Cottonwood model Snare Drum

Meinl Percussion cymbals:[4]

Note: these cymbals were handpicked and sent by Meinl for the recording sessions.

  • Custom Shop 14" Hihats
  • Soundcaster Custom 22" Powerful Ride
  • Soundcaster Custom 18" Powerful Crash
  • Soundcaster Custom 19" Powerful Crash
  • Soundcaster Custom 20" China
  • Mb20 15" Heavy Soundwave Hihats
  • Byzance Traditional 19" Medium Thin Crash
  • Byzance Traditional 18" Medium Crash
  • Byzance Brilliant 19" Medium Thin Crash
  • Mb10 16" Fat Hat
  • Mb10 14" Heavy Soundwave Hihats
  • Mb10 18" Heavy Crash
  • Mb10 19" Medium Crash
  • Mb10 20" Heavy Crash
  • Mb10 19" China
  • GenerationX 12"/14" X-treme Stack

Ahoy Tour[edit]

Meinl Cymbals:[5]

  • 18" Byzance Traditional China
  • 14" Soundcaster Custom Medium Hihat (only used during "Los", otherwise replaced by a 14" Zildjian K Hihat)
  • 16" Byzance Traditional Medium Thin Crash
  • 18" Soundcaster Custom Medium Crash
  • 16" Byzance Traditional Medium Thin Crash
  • 18" Soundcaster Custom Powerful Crash
  • 14" Soundcaster Custom Powerful Hi-hat
  • 22" Soundcaster Custom Mega Bell Ride
  • 18" Amun China

Tama Starclassic Maple:

  • 22" x 18" Bass Drum
  • 22" x 18" Bass Drum
  • 10" x 8" Tom
  • 12" x 9" Tom
  • 16" x 14" Floor Tom
  • 18" x 16" Floor Tom

Snare Drums:

  • Tama 14" x 5" Bill Bruford Signature Snare
  • Tama 10" x 5" Powermetal Steel Shell Soprano

Drumheads:

  • Toms: Evans G2 clear batter, Stock resonant (G1 clear)
  • Snare: Evans Powercenter batter, unknown resonant
  • Bass: EQ4 clear batter, EQ3 black resonant.

Mutter Tour[edit]

Tama Starclassic Maple White:[6]

Type Diameter x Dept Batter head Resonant head Microphone
Tom 8" x 8" Evans Genera G1 coated Evans G1 Clear Shure Beta 98
Tom 10" x 9" Evans Genera G1 coated Evans G1 Clear Shure Beta 98
Floor Tom 14" x 14" Evans Genera G1 coated Evans G1 Clear Sennheiser MD521
Floor Tom 16" x 16" Evans Genera G1 coated Evans G1 Clear Sennheiser MD521
Bass Drum 24" x 18" Evans EQ4 Evans EQ3 with Rammstein logo Shure Beta 52

Snare Drums:

Type Diameter x Dept Batter head Resonant head Microphone
Tama Bill Bruford Signature Snare 14" x 5" Remo Falams II K (white) Remo Ambassador Clear Shure SM 57 (top)/Shure Beta 98 (bottom)
Tama Powermetal Steel Shell Soprano 10" x 5.5" Evans Genera G1 coated Remo Ambassador Clear/Evans Hazy 300 Shure SM 57
Sonor Select Jungle Snare 10" x 2" Evans Genera G1 coated Remo Ambassador Clear/Evans Hazy 300 Shure SM 57

Electronics:[7]

Type
ddrum3 module
Alesis D4 module
Roland PD-5 pad
Simmons S1000PAD11D (x2)

later replaced by Roland PD-31 (x2)

ddrum triggers (x5)
Dual zone Rod Pad

Meinl Percussion Cymbals:

All cymbals from Meinl used during the Mutter Tour were Custom Shop.

Component Diameter Microphone
Hihats 14" AKG C535 EB
Hihats 14" AKG C535 EB
Crash 17" AKG C414 (overhead)
Crash 18" AKG C414 (overhead)
Ride 20" AKG C414 (overhead)
China (x2) 20" AKG C414 (overhead)

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