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Paul Landers


1983-1993 Feeling B - guitars  
1983-1993 Die Firma (DDR) - guitars  
1983-1993 Die Magdalene Keibel Kombo - guitar, vocals  
1986 First Arsch - rhythm guitar, vocals  
1994- Rammstein - guitars, backing vocals  

Personal information

Born on: 09.12.1964

Landers was born in Baumschulenweg, Berlin, Germany. His real name was Heiko Paul Hiersche, which he hated. He lived in Moscow for a short time as a young child. Landers speaks fluent Russian but he can't read or write it. He moved out of his parents' house at the age of 16 due to fights with his stepfather and subsequently 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. An interview with "The Gauntlet" conducted on the 31st October, 2007 confirms that Paul is married.

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.

(source: Wikipedia)