Allegedly, he tuned the strings of his bass guitar, in order from lowest to highest, D E A D, to match the name of the band.
He stopped playing music in 1995 after the band broke up as the result of developing tendinitis in both hands.
Schulthise visited Yugoslavia while on tour with the Milkmen and became fascinated with Serbia, its culture and people. After the band disbanded, he enrolled at Indiana University to study Serbo-Croatian language, literature, and history. He moved to Serbia for work and study in 1998, but in the wake of the NATO bombing campaign there he was forced to return to the US.