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Christoph Schneider

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Christoph Schneider was born on May 11th, 1966. His father was a musician. Schneider is the eldest of 7 children. He has one brother, and 5 sisters. One of his sisters, Constance, was the costume designer for the band Rammstein for some years. In 1980, when was 14, his brother gave him a drum, which his brother had made with aluminium cans. At age 16, he got out of college and started working as a telecommunication assistant. He said “At last, after saving for a long time, I had enough money to buy myself a set of drums. This set of drums was not a really good one, compared to now, but that didn’t matter. It wasn’t a good quality drum, so it kept breaking all the time. But it was a good thing I had a friend who was a welder, and he used to repair it for me.” In 1984, at age 18, he entered the East German military. He’s the only member of the band who has served in the military. He prefers to be called Schneider or “Doom”.

In 1985-86, he quit his telecommunication job to try and get into a university to study music. He was never admitted, even though he tried twice. His dad did not approve of him learning drums, and he wanted him to learn the trumpet. At the time, he tried getting into many bands. At age 24, he was in the band Die Firma, and some other bands. In 1994, Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe-Bernstein, Oliver Riedel and Christoph Schneider entered and won the Berlin Senate Metro beat contest that allowed them to professionally record a four track demo.

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