• 27th September

A very special episode of The Grasshopper Warbler has been released today through Soundcloud and Mixcloud! studio416 joins the show on episode 081 with a true studio concert.

• 27th August

Episode 080 of The Grasshopper Warbler is online! Alexander Kowalski joins my show for the third time and delivers a stunning Dub Techno mix. Check it on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.

• 24th July

My new “Cellar Tales” EP is out now on Lex Gorrie’s Unknown Territory. Including a huge remix from my friend Alexander Kowalski. Listen here.

• 27th June

A new episode of The Grashopper Warbler is available through Soundcloud and Mixcloud. This month the show features an 139bpm Old School mix by mself. Enjoy!

• 27th May

Episode 077 of The Grasshopper is available on Soundcloud and Mixcloud! This months issue features a big mix from Montevideo-based artist William Arist. Enjoy!

• 27th April

The new episode of The Grasshopper Warbler is online! Check the wicked mix from the italian artist Stephan Krus on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.

• 27th March

The recent episode of The Grasshopper Warbler is online. Tresor Berlin’s Marcel Heese joins my show with an absolutely amazing Electro mix! Listen on SoundCloud or Mixcloud.

• 27th February

Episode 074 of The Grasshopper Warbler is online! Lex Gorrie delivers a belting Techno session. Listen here.

• 27th January

The first episode of The Grasshopper Warbler in 2020 has been released today on Soundcloud and Mixcloud!

• 19th January

The recording from my gig at Tresor.West is online. Listen here.


Many times, biographies of techno acts start by singing their praise of an extremely early, extraordinary talent on synthesizers and other electronic devices…

In Heron’s case, things are different. Because Martin Spittel has been shaped musically since his childhood, the influences were as diverse as music can be.

On one side, there was his grandfather, who played various instruments, and to whom young Martin related closest to and whose influence still lasts until today. On the other side there were his cousins who were not much older than himself, enthusiastic about AC/DC, and band members themselves. Over the course of the following years, he explored the diversity of Black, Death and Trash Metal, EBM and Industrial, right up to Detroit Techno. 

Ever since then, Heron’s environment served as compensation to ferce parties and expanding his musical horizon. This symbiosis from the love of nature and the musical influences from his early childhood are a direct reflection of Heron’s entire life.

Following the scream of the waders (limicoline birds), he moved to picturesque island Norderney in 2003. There, exploring the island’s national park, he decided to live up to his enthusiasm about nature by going to study landscape ecology at the University of Münster. It turned out: The relocation to Münster was the initial spark for his career; the months in Norderney were inspiration for the name of his label “Limikola” which was founded in late 2008 and enjoyed enormous support by both DJs and fans. 

After launching his now very successful °Schaltkreis-parties with four friends in mid-2007, everything went quickly: His first own radio show “The Grasshopper Warbler”, contacts to prominent players like Someone Else and Heartthrob, and finally the moment in early 2008 during the season’s opening at Time Warp, when Richie Hawtin played all three tracks from Heron’s Retro EP. It was merely his second EP, released on a netlabel (Minisome), and it became immediately successful. A knightly accolade.

The journey that Heron started lead to his bombshell track “Welcome to the Adventure Club” that charted in the Beatport charts in 2008, and continued with remixes and releases for Synewave, Supdub, Swap, micro.fon, Prosthetic Pressings and Sleaze Records. In 2010, it culminated with a tour across North America during the summer. 

Two years later he released his very first EP on the legendary Detroit label KMS Records, owned by Kevin Saunderson, followed by remixes for Drumcomplex, P-Ben and Chris Gekä, one collaboration project with Inner City’s Ann Saunderson and his second solo release „Ride The Pride“. Furthermore he made the step into the Soma family by publishing three solo EPs and an EP with Kevin’s son Dantiez Saunderson, as well as he started to release on Florian Meindl’s FLASH Recordings.


Currently no dates scheduled.

The Grasshopper Warbler

A very special episode of The Grasshopper Warbler has been released today through Soundcloud and Mixcloud! studio416 joins the show on episode 081 with a true studio concert.

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Heron’s monthly radio show, “The Grasshopper Warbler”, delivers a wide range of electronic dj & live sets to the listener while not focusing on Techno only.
Founded in 2006, his show is getting a worldwide relaunch in 2014 with international guests from the whole electronic scene.

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