• 26th September

Episode 21 of The Grasshopper Warbler with Franklyn has been released on Soundcloud. Get it here.

• 15th September

WhenWeDip just released a feature on their webpage that includes an interview and an exclusive dj mix by myself. Get it here.

• 27th August

Episode 20 of The Grasshopper Warbler with DJ Emerson has been released today on Soundcloud. Get it here.

• 3rd August

August Resident Advisor chart released. Check it here.

• 27th July

My EP “Berlin Mind Rewind” has been released today on Greg Gow’s Restructured. Get it here.

• 21st July

Episode 19 of my radioshow The Grasshopper Warbler has been released through the Syndicast distribution system. Check the streaming schedule by clicking “The Grasshopper Warbler”.

• 5th July

July Resident Advisor chart online. Check it here.

• 27th June

Episode 18 of my radioshow The Grasshopper Warbler with Avgusto has been released today on Soundcloud & Mixcloud. Get it here.

• 10th June

Fresh Resident Advisor chart online. Check it 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 refection of Heron’s entire life.

Following the scream of the waders (limicoline birds), he moved to picturesque island Norderney in 2005. 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, Chris Gekä, but also two other Eps, 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 two solo EPs and a collab EP with Kevin’s son Dantiez Saunderson, as well as he started to release on Florian Meindl’s FLASH Recordings.


  • 20 11 2015
    • STOCKADE#6 – Triptychon, Münster

The Grasshopper Warbler

Episode 21 with Franklyn has been released on Soundcloud and Mixcloud. Get it here.

Streaming Schedule


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.

For more informations please like The Grasshopper Warbler on Facebook and follow Heron on Twitter (every show kick off will be twittered).

The Grasshopper Warbler is distributed by syndicast.co.uk