• 27th March

The Swedish dj and producer Abi Bah 2.0 joins The Grasshopper Warbler with a very special mix – Abi Bah tracks only. Enjoy this belter here.

• 27th February

The recent episode of The Grasshopper Warbler is online. It features an exclusive studio mix by myself. Listen here.

• 27th January

The first episode this year is online – enjoy The Grasshopper Warbler 109 with the great Danton Eeprom. Listen here.

• 27th December

The last episode of The Grasshopper Warbler is online on Soundcloud. Enjoy a studio mix by myself!

• 27th November

The US artist and labelowner Mike Derer joins The Grasshopper Warbler on episode 107 with a hypnotic mix. Proper Techno at its best! Listen on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.

• 27th October

The legendary Ibrahim Alfa contributed an exclusive live set – the very first one on The Grasshopper Warbler – for episode 106. Listen to this wicked session on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.

• 27th September

The mighty Insolate joined The Grasshopper Warbler with an absolutely bad ass mix! Enjoy it on Soundcloud or Mixcloud!

• 27th August

The Grasshopper Warbler 104 is out today on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and iTunes! Angel Alanis and Maria Goetz joined my radioshow with a proper Techno mix, enjoy!

• 27th July

P-Ben joined The Grasshopper Warbler with a sophisticated mix. You can listen to this one on SoundCloud, Mixcloud and of course iTunes. Enjoy!

• 27th June

The Miami based artist Allan Gallego joins The Grasshopper Warbler on episode 102. Listen on SoundCloud or Mixcloud.


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.


The Grasshopper Warbler

The Swedish dj and producer Abi Bah 2.0 joins The Grasshopper Warbler with a very special mix – Abi Bah tracks only. Enjoy this belter here.

The Grasshopper Warbler is finally available through iTunes & Google Podcasts.

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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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