Christoph Schneider is known as the drummer for Germany’s band RAMMSTEIN. He initially started playing trumpet when still in school, but later switched to drums when he was a teenager. Influenced by punk, hard rock and heavy music he knew he’d found his calling.
Together with Till Lindemann (vocals), Flake Lorenz (keyboards), Richard Z. Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar) and Oliver Riedel (bass) he formed Rammstein.
The band’s first album “Herzeleid” was released in 1995. Since then the band has blown up on the international scene. Fan support has earned them millions of sold records and extensive tours all over the world.
“Pushing the limits is what Rammstein is all about… it’s why our band exists,” writes Christoph. “I’m a drummer when I’m playing drums. When I’m not playing drums I’m just some other guy. I want to be a drummer… to stay a drummer. So I play all I can.”
Q & A
BORN IN: Berlin
LIVES IN: Berlin
DRUMMING SINCE: 1979
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT: Rammstein
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): The music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motorhead, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Neue Deutsche Welle, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Ministry, Lard, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Metallica, Pantera, Korn and more. These Drummers had an influence on me: Ian Paice, John Bonham, Phil Rudd, Rainer Morgenrot, Chad Smith, Dave Grohl, Lars Ulrich, Vinnie Paul, Thomas Lang and Danny Carey.
FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON: “Herzeleid”, Rammstein
FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON: “Highway To Hell”, AC/DC
CAREER HIGHLIGHT(S): Playing Madison Square Garden with Rammstein in 2010.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 14″ HHX X-Celerator Hats