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
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 'gymnasium' 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 (LIFAD Tour)[edit]

Drums: Sonor

24″ x 20" Bass Drum

24″ x 20" Bass Drum

14″ x 06" Snare Drum

14″ x 13" Tom

16″ x 15" Floor Tom

18″ x 17" Floor Tom

12″ x 05" Snare Drum

20″ x 15" Gong Drum

Cymbals: Sabian

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″

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Who the hell are Rammstein?". Rammimages.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d 2010 interview with Metal Hammer

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