"I could have played in a Dixieland band as well" (detektor.fm - interview 24.11.2017)
Flake is the keyboarder of the band Rammstein and a frequent victim of singer Till Lindemann during the stage shows. In the studio talk we talked to him about the band's history and his new book "Today has the world's birthday".
Second biography of Flake
In his first book, Der Tastenficker, Flake tells his life story. However, only until the time he goes to Rammstein. Insider stories from life with the successful band were missing. His new book "Today is the World's Birthday" starts right there. Flake looks back on the early days of Rammstein and their first successes.
Where does the word "Schlager" come from?
In between, he flows in his new book either anecdotes from the band's everyday life or general wisdom. For example, that pop music comes from the English word "hit", which means hit. Flake is sure that this was then translated again, so that the songs in Germany hit and not "Hitler".
"In principle, the book is like meeting me in the pub at night and I just talk about it the whole night through." - Flake
The stage shows of Rammstein
Looking back on the band's history, Flake explains how the meanwhile scheduled shows have come about. Among other things, one learns that it took quite a while for the band to find the right fluid that singer Till Lindemann can shoot on stage from a plastic penis.
The linchpin of "Today is the World's Birthday" is a performance by the band in Budapest. Here, the reader will realize that a Rammstein appearance for the keyboardist is musically not very demanding, but for the stage show requires the highest concentration. Because rockets and flame throwers are used in almost every song. And most of the time, Flake gets both.
Flake visited us in the studio and talked with Detektor.fm presenter Carina Fron about "Today's the Birthday of the World" and the different stages of his musical life.
"I would like to write a book. This is something completely different than having to deal with everyone else in the band. It's also nice to be able to do something for yourself." Christian Lorenz aka Flake is a two-time biographer and keyboard player at Rammstein.