Schneider performing with Rammstein in 2015
|Birth name||Christoph Schneider|
|Born||11 May 1966|
East Berlin, East Germany
|Genres||Neue Deutsche Härte|
|Labels||Motor Music, Republic, Slash, Universal Music Group|
|Associated acts||Rammstein, Die Firma, Feeling B, Frechheit, Keine Ahnung|
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.
Schneider's parents wanted him to learn an instrument, so they sent him to a special music school connected to a Pioneers' 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 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.
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.
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 had he known that name would be on every record he played on, he would have chosen a different one.
He has been married twice, previously to Regina Gizatulina. The two got married in 2005, however they have been divorced since 2009. He married to his second wife, Ulrike Schmid, in 2014.
Schneider and Ulrike have three children, one of them being born in 2020 and was two months early.
Current DW touring kit
- Drums – DW Collector's Series Jazz, Maple/Gum shells, Matte Black Finish
- 24x18 Bass Drum (x2)
- 13x10 Tom
- 16x16 Floor Tom
- 18x16 Floor Tom
- 21x16 Gong Drum
- 12x5 Collector's Maple Snare Drum
- 14x6 Collector's Edge Snare Drum
- Cymbals – Sabian
- 15" HHX Groove Hats (main)
- 15" Artisan Hats (auxiliary)
- 22" AAX Heavy Ride
- 20" AAX Medium Crash
- 20" AAX X-Plosion Crash
- 20" HHX X-Plosion Crash
- 19" AAX X-Plosion Fast Crash
- 21" AA Holy China
- 12" AAX Aero Splash over 12" AA Mini Holy China stack
- Hardware – DW
- "Who the hell are Rammstein?". Rammimages.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
- 2010 interview with Metal Hammer
- "A DW COLLECTOR'S "JAZZ" KIT ON TOUR WITH RAMMSTEIN". blog.gewamusic.com. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "SONOR welcomes Christoph Schneider (Rammstein)". Sonor. Retrieved 30 May 2015.