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Joe Letz

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Joe Letz
Birth: (1980-10-26) 26 October 1980 (age 43)
New York City, New York, US
Member of:Aesthetic Perfection
Former member of:Combichrist

Joe Letz is an American live drummer and DJ best known as the former drummer for the electro-industrial band Combichrist. He's currently the drummer of Aesthetic Perfection.


Joe has also drummed for Amen, Mortiis, horror punk band Wednesday 13, Genitorturers, Hanzel und Gretyl, Imperative Reaction. He has also remixed the song "Sinematic" for the American gothic metalcore band Motionless in White.

Connection to Emigrate

Joe is the drummer for video shoots from Emigrate. Up to now, he has never recorded a song in the studio with them.

Connection to Rammstein

Joe was the live drummer of electro-industrial band Combichrist, which supported Rammstein on 71 dates of the Liebe ist für alle da Tour - almost the entirety of headline shows in Europe and North America from 2009 to 2011.

He also opened for them as a DJ on their US Tour in 2012 and the Made in Germany Tour 2013 headline shows and was the aftershow DJ at both New Year's Eve 2019 shows. For the 2019 Europe Stadium Tour, Joe Letz was the aftershow DJ as well as the personal assistant of Richard Z. Kruspe.

During the European Tour in 2012, he was asked by call to DJ as support act of their then upcoming tour leg using music of the likes of Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and so on, which he instantly agreed to, given the importance of this opportunity and how he was granted the same travel options and accommodities as for the band themselves. About a week before the first tour date, he was told that he can only use Rammstein music due to performance rights and related fees, which would in that case stay lower than when other artists get played. Judging the already existing remixes of Rammstein songs to be somewhat dated and unusable to hype a crowd up for 30 minutes, he decided to ask Richard for stems of their biggest hits in order to create remixes with more current sound in the vein of dubstep. Jacob Hellner ended up providing him these, which he forwarded to befriended artists and producers. This resulted in the following remixes, which were later released on his behalf for a limited time by the artists who made them through their respective Soundcloud accounts:

  • Sonne (Sebastian Komor Remix)
  • Du hast (Vogel 2012 Remix) not used by Joe Letz
  • Engel (Aesthetic Perfection Remix)
  • Du hast (Pull Out Kings Remix)

The setlists of his DJ sets slightly differed between both 2012 and 2013 tours. Joe used to occasionally chop and shorten parts of the remixes in order to make them more lively and fade into each other better. He also used a few samples taken from yet other remixes on top of these, namely the "Rammstein" chant from the Rammlied (Devin Townsend Remix) and the children choir from Amerika (Electro Ghetto Remix).

  1. Ich tu dir weh (Smallboy Remix)
  2. Ich tu dir weh (Fukkk Offf Remix)
  3. Mein Teil (The Return to the New York Buffet Remix)
  4. Pussy (Scooter Remix)
  5. Feuer frei! (Rammstein Remix 130)
  6. Du hast (Pull Out Kings Remix)
  7. Engel (Aesthetic Perfection Remix)
  1. Ich tu dir weh (Smallboy Remix)
  2. Ich tu dir weh (Fukkk Offf Remix)
  3. Pussy (Scooter Remix)
  4. Sonne (Sebastian Komor Remix)
  5. Mein Herz brennt (Boys Noize Remix)
  6. Du hast (Pull Out Kings Remix)
  7. Engel (Aesthetic Perfection Remix)

Connection to Lindemann

Aesthetic Perfection supported Lindemann Band on their 2020 Lindemann Tour.