“I would really like to see icebergs…”
INTERVIEW & PHOTO: Andreas Düllick
(strassenfeger Nr. 12/June 2015) Translation: Murray/Schnitz for www.rammsteinpress.com
It feels like I’ve known Flake for 50 years although we haven’t seen each other as much in the past few years as we used to. Since he began playing in Germany’s categorically most successful rock band of all, Rammstein, he’s made himself scarce. I’m not surprised, surely life as a rock star can be demanding. There’s always someone who wants something or wants to reminisce about the good old days when you were supposedly thick as thieves.
I remember that crazy time in the 80’s in East Berlin all too well. We partied and danced ourselves through the nights. The most important thing was the pretty ladies and the question of how to best win their hearts. Well, money had to be earned too, but we made it somehow. Flake and Paul played together with Aljoscha in Feeling B and had a tremendous amount of fun, as did their fans. Additionally, they made earrings out of silver wire, which sold well at the beaches of the beautiful Baltic Sea. Then came the West and the band, Rammstein, was born.
Since then, the band has released six studio albums: “Herzeleid” (1995), “Sehnsucht” (1997), “Mutter” (2001), “Reise, Reise” (2004), “Rosenrot” (2005) and “Liebe ist für alle da” (2009). They have done successful tours all over the world and received countless musical awards. Between recording albums and touring, the band members like to take time off and use it for their own projects. Flake too: he’s written the excellent book, „Der Tastenficker – an was ich mich so erinnern kann“. Good enough reason for me to once again meet up with Flake and ask him a few questions about the book, the band and life.