Name: Christian Lorenz
Date of birth: 16th November 1966
Place of birth: Berlin, Germany
Height: 1,93 m
Weight: 73 kg
Color of eyes: Blue
Natural hair color: Brown
Distinguishing marks: none
Place in group: Keyboard
Usual place on scene: On the bottom, on the right
Previous group: Feeling B
Christian Flake Lorenz played in old band, Feeling B (Keyboards). Divorced, but one daughter named Annie.
Very serious offstage, very funny onstage. Likes to conduct interviews in German. Didn’t like Rammstein at first (thought the band would be too boring…). Wanted to become a doctor.
His family background is vague. It is said Lorenz has a brother who is three years older. As well, there are some rumours of him being adopted into the Lorenz family. 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 learned the piano after being given one for his 15th birthday, and he is consequently a well-educated pianist, though he doesn’t consider himself very good. Flake says he chose to play the piano because a childhood friend of his did.
At the age of sixteen, he apprenticed as a toolmaker, an apparently short-lived career.
In 1983, at age seventeen, he began to play in the band Feeling B with Paul 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 influencial 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-1990’s. On special occasions, the band members would get together for individual concerts at punk festivals, until Rompe died in November 2000.
There is a book available about Feeling B.
Flake is probably best known for his part in the controversial live performance of the song Bück Dich (Bend Down), where he and vocalist Till Lindemann would engage in simulated sodomy with a water-squirting dildo. On 1999-06-05 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 a boat during the performance of Seemann (Seamen). Olli took his place in 2002. The reason for the change is unknown. 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 or My Penis), Flake is “cooked” with a flamethrower by Till in a giant cauldron. Flake used to do a dance during Weißes Fleisch (White Flesh). On the video for Keine Lust (No
Desire), Flake is seen in an electric wheelchair.
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. This caused concerts scheduled in Asia to be canceled.
Flake has been divorced once and has three children. One of these children is a girl named Annie. His current marital state is unknown, since there is very little information available about his personal life outside of his musical career.
Brown is his natural hair colour, but he has dyed it various times. His eyes are blue.
Not much is known about Flake’s personal life because he chooses to keep most of it private.
Flake, an atheist, is opposed to religion. He is quoted to have said, “I disapprove of religions which are made into rigid institutions. I also think that religious fanaticism and missionary work are dangerous.”
Flake seems to dislike America and most of American culture. He calls it a “sick nation with no culture.” He likes the net (but is no longer able to access it from home), Poland, and Polish food. He despises McDonalds.
He likes to listen to Einstürzende Neubauten, Die ärzte, Element of Crime, Coldplay, Placebo, Johnny Cash, PJ Harvey, System of a Down, Ministry, Prodigy and once remarked that he eould’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.
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 DDR 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.”
Christian Lorenz commonly goes by the nicknames “Flake” (pronounced as “Flock’-uh” in German) and “Doktor.” Doktor came about because at one point he wanted to be a surgeon. As for Flake, the reason he is called this is unknown. He says that people began calling him Flake at a young age and it just stuck.