Richard Z. Kruspe

Lead guitar, singer

Born: 24/07/1967, Wittenberge, Germany


Describe Richard in few words is not an easy thing. Most of people knows him as a Rammstein guitarist, but not everybody knows he was a founder of this band. He had difficult childhood and music was his way to escape.

Richard was born in East Germany in 1967. He bought his first guitar in Czechoslovakia and he learned how to play, because he found out that girls like boys with guitars. He was moving a lot and he even slept on parks benches. Then for 2 years he lived in a small apartment just with guitar and drum kit. He didn’t know anyone so all he did was writing music. “It was a lonely time” according to Kruspe, but he used it to explore music. 

Richard had left his first band “Orgasm Death Gimmick” to start new band where he will create something completely new and unique. He established Rammstein in 1994 and even with German language they have worldwide success. Most of people can name 3 things if you ask them about Germany – Bratwurst, Berlin Wall and Rammstein. They achieved a lot of awards, but Richard wasn’t happy. He moved out from Berlin to New York to catch a breath. He lived there for 10 years and then came back to Berlin. With Rammstein they achieved even more awards and they made successful tour (as always).

But being a guitarist in Rammstein wasn’t enough for his huge creativity and that’s why we could hear something else from him for the first time in 2007 and now we will again in november 2014. This “something else” is called EMIGRATE.