Paper Aeroplanes Biography

Paper Aeroplanes

Paper Aeroplanes is a girl and boy from West Wales who have been making music together for about 4 years now since they met at a rehearsal room in the tiny Welsh village of Llanfyrnach.

Richard Llewellyn grew up on the Welsh coast, listening to late-night Irish Radio stations from across the sea and playing in various locally famous bands. He became a sought after session musician and toured Europe and the US with various well known bands on bass and acoustic guitars. All this time however, he was writing songs in hotel rooms and honing his craft.

Sarah has been writing songs since she was 13 and roping in any school friend she could find to sing along. She started her first real band shortly after with the help of best friend and neighbor Nia George and two rebellious boys from music class. After several name-changes 'Jylt' toured Universities and had many successes before tragically ending 5 years later when Nia lost an 18 month battle with Leukemia and left Sarah and the boys devastated and without a purpose.

The desire to make music and play live was too strong to end there, though, and when Sarah met Richard, it seemed like an easy and obvious choice to start working together. The pair moved to Wales's capital Cardiff for a new start.

Paper Aeroplanes was born. Early success came with the use of their song When the Lights Go Out on an OC trailer in Australia and the Hallmark channel. Their debut album The Day we ran into the sea (OK!Good Records), is the result of several years of writing, producing and spreading the word. Their songs feature production help from the likes of Head (PJ Harvey's long-time collaborator), John Reynolds (Sinead O'Conner, Belinda Carlisle) and Matt Prime (Will Young, Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Imbruglia). With the help of the internet, the band has grown in popularity across the UK, Europe and beyond. With national airplay from BBC Radio 2 and all three singles being playlisted at BBC Radio Wales, the word continues to spread.

Never idle Sarah has recently also gained huge international recognition via collaborations with dance music producers. The track Find Yourself with John O'Callaghan has become a worldwide dance floor smash, gaining her fans from Indonesia to Chile, Australia to USA. It's been included on two huge, 'super-market stocked' UK compilations; Paul Van Dyk's Gatecrasher Anthems and Love to Club (alongside remixed tracks by the likes of Black eyed Peas and Lady Gaga); and has been played out in clubs everywhere by DJ’s such as Armin van Buuren and Tiësto.

Paper Aeroplanes continue to write songs about the sea and the city, love and loss, always with personal and emotional experiences at their core. They write lyrics that seem to touch a nerve in fans all over the world. Their first single Cliché, was largely recorded and produced by the band themselves with additional production from John Reynolds and is a universal story of breaking up and the struggle to move on, with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the fact it's not the first time this sentiment has been expressed."And though the songs have been sung before," you'll be singing along to this one.

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