Emigrate (band)

Emigrate is an American industrial metal band based in New York City, led by German Richard Z. Kruspe, the lead guitarist of the Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.

Emigrate's frontman Richard Kruspe in January 2010
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresIndustrial metal, alternative metal
Years active2005–2008, 2011–present
LabelsSpinefarm Records
MembersRichard Z. Kruspe
Olsen Involtini
Arnaud Giroux
Mikko Sirén
Past membersHenka Johansson


Kruspe started the band in 2005, writing songs with ex-wife Caron Bernstein, when Rammstein decided to take time off from touring and recording. Kruspe has previously stated that the idea for Emigrate came to him around Rammstein's Mutter era.

On 5 September 2006, members of the Rammstein.de newsletter were sent an invitation to the Emigrate newsletter and given the chance to download the song "Wake Up", a sneak peek of the upcoming album. Three song samples were also posted on Emigrate's website: "My World," "Babe," and "Temptation." Fans voted "Babe" as being their favorite, and newsletter recipients were allowed to download “Babe” in its entirety starting 29 November 2006.[1] Babe is the only one of these songs where the subject matter, a parents unconditional love for their child, is not Bernstein's point of view, as she didn't have any children at the time. Kruspe then explained exactly how he felt and she turned his feelings into lyrics. As opposed to "My World" which is entirely about her feelings of her life as it related to her world. On 21 May 2007, Emigrate's official website opened and “My World” was made available for download in its entirety to newsletter subscribers.

The video for "My World" has been released and can be viewed on the official website. The video was also included on the limited edition release of the album Emigrate. In addition to the video, "My World" is featured on the soundtracks to the third Resident Evil movie, Resident Evil: Extinction and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet. The soundtracks to the previous two movies contained "Halleluja" and "Mein Teil" from Rammstein, respectively. On 27 July 2007, Kruspe made an appearance on Bruce Dickinson's rock show on BBC.[2] A video for "New York City" has been released. Kruspe then left the Emigrate project aside due to Rammstein reuniting in the fall of 2007 to work on their new album Liebe ist für alle da which was released in October 2009, and also to take part in the subsequent Rammstein tour.

Joe Letz, who had appeared in the video for "My World," updated the Emigrate Facebook page on 24 June 2011, stating that Kruspe had been working on a new record.

On 5 December 2012, an announcement posted on the Emigrate Facebook page announced that demos were being recorded and reviewed, and studio time was being set up in January 2013 to begin official recording of an untitled second album.

In January 2013, Kruspe stated via the Emigrate Facebook page that drums were beginning to be mixed for the new record.

In January 2014, Kruspe, on the Emigrate Facebook page, posted that twenty tracks had been recorded for Emigrate and that mixing would be performed in Los Angeles, California, alongside Ben Grosse, with a projected release in the summer of 2014. On 7 March 2014, Kruspe announced the second album was complete and he is departing back to Berlin.

On 22 July 2014, a post was made to Emigrate's official Facebook page with a teaser trailer to Emigrate's new album, titled Silent So Long and an official release date of 17 October 2014.[3]

On 9 December 2014, Emigrate's second album titled Silent So Long was released.[4]

On 26 July 2018, a post on the official Facebook page announced the upcoming filming of a new music video with guests Benjamin Kowalewicz and Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent, inviting applications to participate in the recording.[5]

Emigrate's third album, A Million Degrees, was released on 30 November 2018.[6]


Current members

  • Richard Z. Kruspe – lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards (2005-present)
  • Olsen Involtini – rhythm guitar (2005-present)
  • Arnaud Giroux – bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005-present)
  • Mikko Sirén – studio drums (2013-present)

Regular guest members

  • Margaux Bossieux – bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005-present)
  • Joe Letz – live drums (2007–present)

Former members



Year Title Chart positions
2007 Emigrate 8 18 28 41 29 59 47
2014 Silent So Long 28 30 55 119
2018 A Million Degrees 30 38 70 166


Year Title Chart positions Album
2007 My World Emigrate
New York City 14
2008 Temptation
2014 Eat You Alive Silent So Long
2018 1234 A Million Degrees
You Are So Beautiful
2019 War


  • My World
    Features Richard Z. Kruspe on vocals and lead guitar, Arnaud Giroux on bass, Joe Letz on drums, and Margaux Bossieux on rhythm guitar.
  • New York City
    Directed by the same director of "My World."
  • Eat You Alive
    Features Richard Z. Kruspe on vocals and lead guitar, Arnaud Giroux on rhythm guitar, Joe Letz on drums, Margaux Bossieux on bass, and Frank Dellé of Seeed on guest vocals.
  • 1234
    Features Richard Z. Kruspe on vocals and lead guitar, Joe Letz on drums, Margaux Bossieux on bass, and Benjamin Kowalewicz and Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent on guest vocals and rhythm guitar respectively.
  • War[11]


  1. "Pilgrim Management – Emigrate". Retrieved 2006-11-29.
  2. "Herzeleid.com". Retrieved 2007-06-08.
  3. "Rammstein Guitarist's Emigrate: More 'Silent So Long' Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. "Emigrate Website". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  5. Facebook: Emigrate Videocasting
  6. "A million degrees". EMP Mail order UK Ltd. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  7. "Discographie Emigrate". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  8. "Emigrate – A Million Degrees". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  9. "Discographie Emigrate". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  10. Lescharts: Emigrate discography
  11. "Emigrate - War (Official Video)". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
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