Paul Heiko Landers (born 9 December 1964 in Berlin, East Germany) is the rhythm guitarist of Rammstein. His real name was Heiko Hiersche, which he hated. He lived in East Berlin 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 honor 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, this making his name ''Paul Landers''. After their divorce in 1987, he kept her last name.
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''.
Till Lindemann, Richard Kruspe, Christoph Schneider and Oliver Riedel entered and won the Berlin Senate Metro Beat Contest in 1994 that enabled them to have a four-track demo professionally recorded. Paul and Flake soon followed to join the band which became known as Rammstein.
Paul has a daughter and a son.