Rammstein was, and still are, one of the most unique bands of the time so their rapid success came as a surprise to all, especially considering how controversial they had become in terms of their lyrics and artistic expression. Rammstein was born at a time when Germany was undergoing a political revolution with the fall of the Berlin wall. “If you didn’t pay your rent, you could sometimes end up in prison” explains Rammstein Guitarist, Paul H Landers. Landers says it was almost impossible to create a career as a musician during a time where it was essentially illegal to not work.
Something that doesn’t appear to have changed that much in the western world. Of course, it’s not forbidden to create amateur music, however, aspiring musicians don’t exactly get any support when it comes to paying the bills, especially those that are often on tour and can’t hold down a full time ‘normal’ job. Rammstein lived in what was know as the GDR (German Democratic Republic) which was essentially East Germany. It was known to be a communist or socialist state and existed from 1949 until 1989 when the Berlin wall was pulled down. “It was easy to live in the GDR providing you didn’t have too many wants,” says Flake. “The food was cheap, the rent was cheap and you were left in peace, as long as you had a token job, at least on paper.”
Rammstein was a side project containing members that were all heavily invested in other bands at the time, however, they all wanted to be part of something new.
“Women want men to chase them” explains enigmatic Rammstein singer, Till Lindemann. “That’s the normal mating ritual and it’s true throughout nature. The man is attentive to the woman, he courts her, they fight with each other and the woman, or female, waits for something to happen, they allow the men to charm them, so one is pursuing a woman, it’s the most natural thing in the world.”
Lindemann is set to release his second solo record ‘F & M’ November 22nd.
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