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Paul Landers

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Paul H. Landers (b. 9 December 1964 Baumschulenweg, Berlin, Germany) is a German musician, most notable as the rhythm-guitarist for the Tanz-Metall (“Dance metal”) band Rammstein.

Paul’s real name was “Heiko Paul Hiersche”, which he hated. When he moved out of his parents’ house, he switched his first names, also in honour of his biological father. He soon left out “Heiko”, making his name “Paul Hiersche”. When he married Nikki Landers in 1984 (at the age of 20), he took his wife’s surname, thus making his name Paul Landers. Paul and Nikki had a son, Emil, whose date of birth is unknown. They later divorced (c. 1987), but he kept her last name. After that, he lived with his Feeling B band mate Christian “Flake” Lorenz for a number of years. Paul has since had a daughter. Wether he is married again is unknown.

In 1983, Landers formed the East German punk band, Feeling B, together with Flake Lorenz and Aljoscha Rompe, in which Christoph Schneider would later also play. In 1986, Landers formed First Arsch with Till Lindemann and Richard Kruspe. He also played in a number of other bands including Die Firma and Die Magdalene Keibel Combo.

Lindemann, Kruspe, Schneider and bassist Oliver “Ollie” Riedel entered and won the Berlin Senate Metro Beat Contest in 1994 that enabled them to have a four-track demo professionally recorded. Landers and Flake soon followed suit to join the band which became known as Rammstein.

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