Lindemann in 2010
|Born||January 4, 1963 (age 50)
Leipzig, Saxony, East Germany
|Genres||Neue Deutsche Härte, industrial metal, heavy metal, punk rock, hardcore punk|
|Occupations||Musician, Pyrotechnician, Poet|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, Harmonica|
|Labels||Motor Music, Republic, Slash, Universal Music Group|
|Associated acts||Rammstein, First Arsch, Feeling B|
Till Lindemann was born in Leipzig, East Germany, but he grew up in the village of Wendisch-Rambow near Schwerin (in East Germany). His father was a children's poet named Werner Lindemann, and his mother, Brigitte "Gitta" Hildegard Lindemann, was a journalist and writer until she retired. Lindemann has one sister who is six years younger. At age 11 he went to a sports school at the Empor Rostock Sport Club, and from 1977 to 1980 attended a boarding school. His parents lived separately for career reasons after 1975.
In 1978, Lindemann was a participant in the European Junior Swimming Championships in Florence finishing 11th in the 1500 m freestyle, and seventh in the 400 m freestyle swimming a time of 4'17"58 - was shortlisted to go to 1980 Olympics in Moscow but discontinued the sport soon after because of an injury. According to Lindemann, "I never liked the sport school actually, it was very intense. But as a child you don't object." Lindemann later worked as an apprentice carpenter, a gallery technician, a peat cutter and a basket weaver.
Lindemann started to play drums for First Arsch, who released an album titled Saddle Up, and played one song ("Lied von der unruhevollen Jugend") with a punk band called Feeling B (which was the former band of Rammstein members Paul H. Landers, Christoph "Doom" Schneider and Christian "Flake" Lorenz). In the 1990s, Lindemann began to write lyrics. In 1994, the trio entered and won a contest in Berlin that allowed them to record a four track demo professionally. Lindemann moved to Berlin.
In November 2002, Lindemann's poetry book Messer was published. It consists of 54 poems compiled by Gert Hof, the author of the book Rammstein and was the band's pyrodesigner for the last seven years.
As guest artist
- Lindemann appeared as guest drummer on the album Hea Hoa Hoa Hea Hea Hoa by Feeling B for the song "Lied von der unruhevollen Jugend", which is in the German language, but the song is sung in Russian. Years later, this track was performed live at a Rammstein gig in St. Petersburg on 19 November 2001, during the Mutter tour.
- Lindemann provides vocals for the track Helden (a cover of Bowie's Heroes) on the Apocalyptica album Worlds Collide.
- Lindemann also sings on "Wut Will Nicht Sterben" by Die Puhdys.
- Lindemann and Richard Kruspe covered the Aria song Shtil and released it as Schtiel.
- Lindemann also appeared on Knorkator's music video to the song Du nich.
Lindemann's first daughter, Nele, was born in 1985. Lindemann has a second daughter, Marie Louise, with Anja Köseling..
- Till Lindemann: "Messer". Eichborn, Frankfurt am Main 2002, ISBN 3-8218-0927-2.
- Till Lindemann: "In stillen Nachten", Kiepenheuer & Witsch Gmbh 2013, ISBN 978-3462045246.