Christoph "Doom" Schneider (born 11 May 1966) is a German musician. He is the drummer of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
Christoph Schneider was born on 11 May 1966 in Pankow, East Berlin, East Germany. He has one sister, who is two years younger than him.
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 of the idea 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.
His favorite rock bands are Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC.
Current touring kit
- Drums – Sonor SQ2 Red Tribal Finish
- 24x19 Bass Drum (x2)
- 14x13 Tom
- 16x15 Floor Tom
- 18x17 Floor Tom
- 20x15 Gong Drum
- 12x5 Heavy Birch Shell Side Snare Drum
- 14x6 Artist Series Bell Bronze Snare Drum
- Cymbals – Sabian
- 19" Paragon Chinese
- 18" APX O-Zone Crash
- 12" HHX Evolution Splash/10" HH China Kang Chinese Stack
- 20" AAX X-Plosion Crash
- 12" HHX Evolution Splash
- 14" Vault Fierce Hats
- 14" AAX X-Celerator Hats
- 22" HH Power Bell Ride
- 20" HHX X-Plosion Crash
- 14" AAX X-Celerator Hats
- 19" AAX X-Plosion Crash
- 18" AAX Prototype Omni Crash
- 20" HHX Chinese
- 18" HHX Chinese
- Hardware – Sonor
- 600 Series Hardware Stands
- Giant Step Pedals
- Basic Arm System Accessories
- Vic Firth SCS Christoph Schneider Signature Drumsticks