Christian “Flake” Lorenz, keyboardist for iconic German hard rock band Rammstein, recalls how his first group, Feeling B, came together amid the tumult of a divided Germany, military service and the explosion of the new wave sound.
For someone as successful as keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz, he keeps a fairly low profile. He seldom grants interviews, and there is little information about his personal life online. Most, if not everything you can read about him, is directly related to his 40-plus years as a professional musician. In the ’80s, Lorenz played keyboard for punk band Feeling B, which saw its greatest popularity around the end of the German Democratic Republic. After Feeling B disbanded, Lorenz joined the Grammy-nominated, internationally renowned band Rammstein, which is often associated with Neue Deutsche Härte, a subgenre characterized by the combination of alternative and groove metal with elements of techno. For a brief period in the late ’90s and early 2000s, Lorenz became known for his hilarious and often provocative on-stage antics (in 1998, he and vocalist Till Lindemann were arrested in Massachusetts for committing lewd and lascivious acts). Though he’s long-since curtailed such stunts, Lorenz continues to record and perform with Rammstein today.
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