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Flake Lorenz

Lorenz at a hotel (1999)
Background information
Birth name Christian Lorenz
Also known as Doktor Lorenz
Born November 16, 1966 (1966-11-16) (age 43)
Berlin, Germany
Genres Neue Deutsche Härte
Occupations Musician
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1983–present
Labels Motor Music
Republic
Slash
Universal Music Group
Associated acts Rammstein, Feeling B, Die Magdalene Keibel Kombo

Christian "Flake" Lorenz (born 16 November 1966), sometimes called "Doktor Lorenz") is a German musician, notable as the keyboardist for the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. He is also known for his role in the band Feeling B.

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Biography

Early years

Lorenz has a brother who is four years older. He was brought up and still lives in the former Prenzlauer Berg area of Berlin (now a part of the borough of Pankow), where he still passes his old school building on the way to band rehearsals.

Lorenz is known to be an educated pianist. Flake says he chose to play the piano because a childhood friend of his played from the age of three. His parents sent him to a music school. Flake "began by painting the keys on a window ledge" and "practiced one-half year on the window ledge". His parents bought him a piano for one hundred East German marks for his 15th birthday.

Flake became "addicted" to rock and roll as a boy. He stopped his lessons in order to play with his father's jazz records. "When I joined my first band," Flake has said, "I noticed that I couldn't play modern music. I still can't!" At the age of sixteen, he apprenticed as a toolmaker, an apparently short-lived career.

Feeling B

In 1983, at age sixteen, he began to play in the band Feeling B with Paul H. Landers and Aljoscha Rompe, a Swiss living in East Berlin. He stayed with the band for about ten years. Feeling B started out firmly grounded in the underground punk scene. Over time, Feeling B's popularity grew greatly and at the end of the German Democratic Republic, it was one of the most respected and influential Eastern German bands despite their underground status.

Flake squatted/lived in an apartment with Paul during their early years. When they weren't playing gigs, Landers and Flake would sell jackets made from cut-up bed sheets and dusters on the black market. Two jackets a month meant as much money as an average salaried worker. "It was quite easy to make a living; not to work and stay out of trouble," says Landers, "You only got problems if you were caught."

The group disbanded in the mid-1990s. On special occasions, the band members would get together for individual concerts at punk festivals, until Rompe died in November 2000 of an asthma attack.

There is a book available about Feeling B.[1][2]

Rammstein

In 1994, Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe, Oliver "Olli" Riedel and Christoph "Doom" Schneider entered and won the Berlin Senate Metro beat contest that allowed them to professionally record a four track demo. Paul H. Landers formally joined the band, then finally Flake. He was initially reluctant to join his five bandmates and had to be pestered into becoming a member of Rammstein, as he thought they would be too boring. Eventually, he agreed to join, and the group began work their first album, Herzeleid (Heartache).

In the band's performances and videos, Flake is often cast as the outsider of the group, possibly due to his relatively unusual presence as a keyboard player in a heavy metal group. This varies from playing the part of a scientific genius, aloof from the rest of the group, to playing a gimp role, to being left alone at the end of the "Keine Lust" video, and being bullied by the rest of the band, particularly Lindemann. These distinctive roles in the band's theatrical presentation have led to him becoming a very popular member of the group among fans.

Flake is probably best known for his part in the controversial live performance of the song "Bück dich" ("Bend down" or "Bend over"), where he and vocalist Till Lindemann engaged in simulated sodomy with a liquor-squirting dildo. On September 23, 1998, in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) Lindemann and Flake Lorenz were arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. A statement from Sergeant Thomas Radula of the Worcester Police Department stated that Lindemann was simulating sex with Flake onstage "using a phallic object that shot water over the crowd". They were held and released the following day on $25 bail. After months of legal debate, they were eventually fined $100.

His role in "Bück dich" is not the only live act he is known for. Up until 2002, Flake would "surf" the audience in an inflatable rubber dinghy during the performance of "Seemann" ("Seaman"). Ollie took his place in 2002. According to Flake, the change occurred because he was injured too often. Also, during a 2001 concert in St. Petersburg, Flake was tipped out of the boat by the crowd and almost completely undressed. When performing "Mein Teil" ("My part"), Flake is "cooked" with a flame-thrower by Till in a giant cauldron. Flake used to do a dance during "Weißes Fleisch" ("White flesh"). In the video for "Keine Lust" ("No desire" or "Don't feel like it"), Flake is seen in an electric wheelchair. He is seen about to jump off of the top of a burning building (trying and failing to land safely on a trampoline) in the video for "Benzin" ("Gasoline" or "Petrol"). In the video for Ich Will ("I want") song, Flake is tied to a bomb that explodes in the end of video. In Rammstein's 2009 video for the song "Pussy", Flake portrays a hermaphrodite named Heshie. Flake was also the lead vocalist for Rammstein's cover version of "Pet Sematary", originally by The Ramones.

During a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 30, 2005, Till Lindemann suffered a knee injury when Flake accidentally ran into him with the Segway he rides during the performance of "Amerika" ("America"). This caused concerts scheduled in Asia to be cancelled.

In 2005, Flake suffered from the mumps, causing concerts in South America to be cancelled.

Personal life

Brown is his natural hair color, but he has dyed it various times, his eyes are blue. Flake has been divorced once and has three children, one of them a girl. He married a woman named Jenny in late 2008.

There is very little information available about his personal life outside of his musical career because he chooses to keep most of it private. He has described the riskier parts being in Rammstein as being like a cold shower. It doesn't feel too good right then and there, but afterwards you get a good feeling. Flake has described himself as an atheist, having stated "I disapprove of religions which are made into rigid institutions. I also think that religious fanaticism and missionary work are dangerous."

Flake has a certain skepticism towards America, which he has reportedly called a "sick and decadent country with no culture" [1]. This statement could have been made jokingly considering his interest in the original American cultural development known as jazz. He likes the net (but is no longer able to access it from home), Poland, and Polish food. He despises McDonald's.

He likes to listen to Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Ärzte, Element of Crime, Coldplay, Placebo, Johnny Cash, PJ Harvey, System of a Down, Ministry, The Prodigy and once remarked that he would've liked to have been the sixth Rolling Stone.

Flake is an amateur painter and likes classic cars. He has a Mercedes and is involved in vintage car hire business.[3] Lorenz used to write frequently in the Fanarea logbook on the official website fanclub, which closed September 2004.

On 5 October 2005, Flake appeared briefly on Deutsche Welle. When asked how he felt about the reunification of Germany, he said he prefers/misses the way things were then. "Even if the GDR survived, I still would've stayed a musician. The increased size of the world also brought the danger of being compared to all of the international acts. The bands which were in the east were the only ones there, and if you were successful there, you were successful. I miss the simplicity. You went into a bar, ordered a beer, and you got a beer!... They didn't ask if you wanted... with a head or without a head, foam top or bottom... It really gets on my nerves having all of these choices I really don't want". He is also the second tallest member of the band, standing at 6"6 (201cm).

Nicknames

Christian Lorenz commonly goes by the nicknames "Flake" (pronounced as "Flak'-uh" in German) and "Doktor". "Doktor" came about because at one point he wanted to be a surgeon, but he was unable to study to become one because of his refusal to join the East German military. In a December 16, 2000 interview, he states "Flake" is his proper name.[4]

References

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Interviews


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Christian Lorenz

Flake Lorenz (born November 6, 1966 as Christian Lorenz) is a German musician, best known as keyboardist in the German industrial metal band Rammstein.

"On Bück Dich"

  • Interviewer: "So the sodomy act is supposed to be funny?"
  • Flake: "Ja, but for me it's not so funny," Flake says, giggling. "Nobody does that, except us- that's why we do it."

"On Religion"

  • "I disapprove of religions which are made into rigid institutions. I also think that religious fanaticism and missionary work are dangerous."

"On communism"

  • "Communism wasn't so bad. Of course, we're glad the wall fell."

"On music"

  • "We feel the music and love the music and give the music."

"On Mutter"

  • “At first, we wanted to produce a much more experimental album with seriously wicked electric punk. After Herzeleid and Sehnsucht, it seemed foolish to us to record a third album that sounded exactly the same. I'm glad that you see the changes because I wouldn't be happy with everybody saying, "Sure, Rammstein, those guys again..."

"On race relations"

  • "I'm not a racist. I hate everybody."

"On America"

  • “It's a sick and decadent country with no culture.”

"On his social life "

  • Interviewer: “Whom out of popular people dead or living would you like to hang out with?”
  • Flake: “I prefer to be alone.”

"On hobbies"

  • Interviewer: “How do you spend your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?”
  • Flake: “eating, drinking, sleeping....”

"On East Germany's security"

Rammstein brings on the flamethrowers in a performance in Globe Arena, Stockholm
  • Interviewer: “You're from East Germany. From the end of World War II, the East German security service Stasi had made files from everybody in Germany. What do you think about that?”
  • Flake: “There has been a file set up about me, which I was allowed to look into for eight weeks. It precisely reported the concerts I've been to and the band's I'd played in.”

"On the song Nebel (from Mutter)"

  • Nebel is, of course, the most dramatic song on the album and completely new for us. With Nebel musical influences like massive attack are instilled and I must confess that Nebel was my personal favorite. I love a musical challenge and Nebel was one.

"On the recording process"

  • “It would be a shame if I released a song in my ego phase without knowing the band's reflections... I see myself, among other things, as a diplomat and a helper in this world. What is all important is music for a young person that helps them find the borders between themselves and society and their parents. That is to say, it must simply allow the parents to say 'Oh God, what is that hottentot musik?’ For that I accept hostility, misunderstanding and swipes in my private life. If the parents also find the music good, it's function wouldn’t be fulfilling any more. I am, among other things, for this purpose that children and teens will become adults.”

"On naming the 'Mutter' album"

  • "We thought we'd name the album 'Herzeleid' since all of the songs have to do with heartache and then we realized that there is, unfortunately, already a 'Herzeleid' album and, unfortunately, it is also by us."







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