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RICHARD Z KRUSPE of RAMMSTEIN joins FISHMAN FLUENCE artist roster for guitar pick-ups


(ANDOVER, MA – January 17, 2023) – Richard Z Kruspe, guitarist for the German industrial band RAMMSTEIN, has joined the Fishman Fluence artist roster.

Richard purchased his first guitar in Czechoslovakia at the age of 16 and quickly became dedicated to the instrument and began pursuing a career in music. A trip to the United States in the early 90’s gave him first-hand exposure to the American hard rock style, but upon his return home, decided to commit himself to a sound the was uniquely German. Almost 30 years later, Rammstein has grown to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

In addition to RAMMSTEIN, Richard fronts the U.S.-based side project EMIGRATE, which has released four albums since its formation in 2007.

A full-fledged, world-famous rock band, RAMMSTEIN plays in some of the biggest stadiums around the world, not only to a loyal fan base but to a new generation of fans who have discovered their music.

Richard is known for his huge, powerful guitar sound so he needed pickups that would consistently deliver all the muscular tone and sonic versatility of his playing.

The self-professed “guitar geek” knew exactly what he was looking for when he discovered Fishman Fluence Modern Humbuckers.Fluence Brand Manager Ken Susi said, “Richard is a bona-fide rock star who knows tone, knows gear, and seeks perfection. A true performer in every sense of the word, he needed a pickup thar would perform to the level he demands of himself and his music.”

For over 40 years, Fishman has been providing musicians with high-quality gear that empowers—and inspires—them to discover their own unique, authentic sound. Fishman’s ongoing commitment to professional sound and quality has helped the company grow to become an industry leader in amplification, effects, and pickups for acoustic and electric instruments, MIDI control, and other product categories. Around the world and night after night, Fishman products are proudly played by musicians on stages big and small.

EMIGRATE released its fourth album, “The Persistence Of Memory”, on November 5, 2021. 

“The Persistence Of Memory”, which was named after a Salvador Dalí painting, features the following tracks:

01. Rage
02. Always On My Mind (feat. Till Lindemann)
03. Freeze My Mind
04. Yeah Yeah Yeah
05. Come Over
06. You Can’t Run Away
07. Hypothetical
08. Blood Stained Wedding
09. I Will Let You Go

As a member of RAMMSTEIN, the music world’s most explosive live act, Kruspe has been part of a ground-breaking global success story that continues to build and to ignite; along the way, he’s turned his attention to a number of parallel projects, such as constructing a studio (and a home) in his native Berlin, but it’s his decision to launch the EMIGRATE setup that has given him the greatest chance to satisfy creative instincts outside of the parent group.

The first EMIGRATE album appeared in 2007 (a self-titled record that went Top 10 in Germany, with single/video “My World” appearing on the soundtrack to the third “Resident Evil” movie); “Silent So Long” followed in 2014, featuring guest vocals from such high-profile artists as Marilyn MansonJonathan DavisPeaches and the legend that will always be LemmyEMIGRATE‘s third album, “A Million Degrees” came out in November 2018 and was described as “less a successor to ‘Silent So Long’ and more a re-booted take on the overall concept, continuing Kruspe‘s desire to craft something personal.”

“I really want the freedom to collaborate with different people and to explore different kinds of music,” Kruspe explained when “A Million Degrees” was first released, “to express myself as both a writer and a singer away from deadlines, timelines and other such restrictions. The idea is to keep experimenting and to keep challenging myself. Plus, EMIGRATE works in an organic way, so musicians can come and go, and it’s still okay, it’s positive…”

RAMMSTEIN‘s seventh, untitled album came out in May 2019 via UME/Spinefarm in Europe and Caroline Records in the U.S.

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