This artist, born in the city of Bad Nauheim in Hessen, which is close to Frankfurt, regards Farley Jack Master Funk’s 1986 release ‘Love can’t turn around’ as one of the most important influences in his early career. “I wanted to make my future audience as happy as this house track made me. I wanted to play this energy and to pass it on to others” remembers Heiko. It was at this point, that it became clear to him that he would become either a DJ, or a musician. He decided to become both.
It started in Hessen - Meanwhile, 35kilometers away in Bad Nauheim, the studio in his parents’ house was filling up with more and more machines and had become a central meeting place for like minded musicians. When his brother opened up a pub, Heiko seized the opportunity to move the studio. Although the space moved, the idea: ‘to find a new way and an own sound in this new musical movement’, remained. Anthony Rother, Johannes Heil, Patrick Lindsey – who became the first league of the Kanzleramt artists - were regular guests in what was soon to become the legendary pub ‘Kanzleramt’. While honing his DJ skills, Heiko discovered his love for the work of Jeff Mills and the idea to develop a label. In 1994 the label he founded was named Kanzleramt.
Berlin - At the end of 1999 Kanzleramt moved to Kreuzberg, in Germany’s Capital city of Berlin. Despite a long phase of becoming established, Heiko was able to replicate his previous success. New opportunities arose and other artists joined the now, internationally renowned, label. The so called ‘Next Generation’ comprised: DJ Slip, Alexander Kowalski and Diego.