Till Lindemann (born 4 January 1963) is a German musician, actor and
poet who is the frontman for the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
Till Lindemann, singer of German band Rammstein
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 is
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 Rostock Sport
Club, and from 1977 to 1980 attended a boarding school. His parents divorced
in 1975. In 1978 Lindemann was a participant in the European Junior Swimming
Championships in Florence, Was shortlisted to go to 1980 Olympics in Moscow
but discontinued the sport soon after. 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. In 1981, he apparently
refused to do his eighteen months of compulsory military service and was
almost imprisoned as a result for cowardice.
In 1985, Lindemann's first daughter Nele, was born. Lindemann and Nele's
mother married after she was born, but they separated and he has raised Nele
alone. Lindemann says, "I used to play drums in a punk band and we had our
studio in the house where I lived. Seven years I had been a father raising
my daughter, but nowadays I'm sharing the upbringing with her mother,
because I'm gone for six months of the year with the band." Lindemann has a
second daughter, Marie Louise, with Anja Köseling. An interview with Richard
Kruspe revealed that Till has at least four children.[citation
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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
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, who is author of the book
Rammstein and has been the band's pyrodesigner for the last seven years.
Lindemann has a powerful on-stage presence and a resonant bass voice. One
of his signature mannerisms is to partially squat and pound his fist onto
his thigh to the beat of the riff; this move is known to Rammstein fans as
the "Till-Hammer". His vocals are easily recognizable due to his tendency to
roll (all) his Rs, and growl his achs.
Another attribute seen is his originality in his performances, such as
setting himself on fire in the video for "Rammstein" and his questionably
obscene antics in the '98 Family Values Tour when he performed "Bück Dich".
Lindemann is also a qualified pyrotechnician; after an accident at the
Treptow arena in Berlin on 27 September 1996, where a burning stage prop
fell into the audience, Rammstein began employing a professional
pyrotechnical crew and Lindemann has learned from and also trained with
them. Of Lindemann, band mate Christoph Schneider says, "Till gets burned
all the time, but he likes the pain".
He has also engaged in other masochistic acts on stage. During
performances of 'Sehnsucht', Lindemann bludgeons his head with a microphone,
hereby bursting a concealed packet of blood which drips and splashes down
his head and during performances of ‘Bestrafe Mich (Punish Me)’, he hits
himself with a Cat o' nine tails (Lindemann's version, however, isn’t as
dangerous). Both of these can be seen on the Live aus Berlin DVD.
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 Russian language. Years later this track was performed
live at a Rammstein gig in St. Petersburg on the 19th 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.
- Till Lindemann & Richard Kruspe covered the Aria song Shtil
and released it as Schtiel.
- 1997: Lost Highway
- 1999: Pola X
- 2002: xXx appears with Rammstein playing the song "Feuer frei!".
- 2003: Amundsen, der Pinguin
- 2004: Vinzent
- Music sometimes gives me a quantity of creativeness - you're
drinking another glass of wine and you're feeling even worse. Art
doesn't work without pain; art also exists for compensating pain.
- When I was an adolescent, I was obsessed with having many commercial
things, cars, clothes, stupid things. Now that I have all that, I
understand that the superfluous things can turn you into a very stupid
idiot-type. In East Germany there were very few things, but there was
also a feeling of solidarity that no longer exists. Now we are up to the
neck in consumption, the ego, the individualism. Now before friendship,
it is merchandise.
- The rolling "R" didn't arise deliberately. It originated from itself
because in that deep pitch you automatically sing that way. I'm no
musician in the actual meaning. I don't know anything about instruments.
But I'm supporting our music with my voice and lyrics well. It's a
question of illustration, timbre and phonetics. We don't want to - for
heaven's sake - create a fascist-like style.
- Love is like a flower; even the most beautiful kind dies.
Till Lindemann is the greatest guy in the world. I have a lot
of respect for this guy and I tell this with whole my heart. Thank you for this