Christoph Schneider was born in Pankow, East Berlin, East Germany.
In 1984, he served his national service with the East German Army.
As child he practiced with sticks and built his own drum set with tin cans and buckets. He bought his first drumkit at age 14.
In 1985, Schneider quit his telecommunication job to pursue his musical ambitions.
1994 he joined Richard Kruspe and Oliver Riedel in forming an early version of Rammstein. After Till Lindemann joined the band, they entered the Berlin Senate Metrobeat contest, winning the chance to record a professional demo with four tracks. A previous band of Schneider's, Feeling B, provided two other members of Rammstein, Paul Landers and keyboardist Christian Lorenz.
His favorite rock bands are Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC.
Schneider currently uses and endorses Sabian cymbals, DW drum kits, pedals and hardware and Vic Firth drumsticks.