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Simon Heartfield (born 1962 in Nantwichmarker, Cheshiremarker) is a DJ, musician and record producer.

Heartfield is widely regarded as a leading exponent of electronic music both in his hometown (Portsmouthmarker, UKmarker) and beyond. His tracks, live performances and DJ sets incorporate elements of house, breakbeat, electro and techno amongst many other sounds.

The founding member of Portsmouth band Twelve 88 Cartel, Heartfield has gone on to release much other material including the internationally distributed Permanent Way which is also available in ringtone form.

Twelve 88 Cartel produced a number of releases between 1986 and 1991 on the Bite Back! label, home to the producer of their first EP Jim Shaw of Cranes. In 1994, Heartfield joined John Peel Session favourites the Psylons as bass player and released one album on Thunderbird Records.

From 1996 to date, Heartfield has concentrated on DJ work and solo composition, as well as on material with fellow Psylons members Keith Wyatt and Jack Packer in live electronic act Seatman Separator. DJ sets have been in established techno clubs such as The Asylum (Sohomarker), Technosis (at Mass, Brixtonmarker), Geushky, Phase 2, Vurt and Club 414 (Brixtonmarker, Londonmarker) alongside artists such as Luke Slater, Aubrey, Umek, Alex Paterson, Billy Nasty, Dirty Bass, Justin Swales and Jason Swales.

Collaborations with fellow Techno producers Dave Saunders and Barney Pratt under the name Surefoot have found favour with Carl Cox amongst others. In 2005, Heartfield co-produced a remix of Bonemachine’s single Another Day Over with Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

As well as his commercially released material on Hackpen Records, Heartfield distributes many of his own EPs and has contributed extensively to the netlabel Under Your Nose Recordings.

In the last year Heartfield has worked with London's Mixtape Records and In Deep Recordings with whom he has produced commercially distributed digital and vinyl releases.

2009 has seen the completion of a 20 minute audio-visual piece, "Permanent Way Redux" which was performed as part of the 1000 Plateaus new digital media projectand a rework of the cover version of The Kinks"See My Friends" by Brian Poole of Renaldo and the Loaf

The last live performance was a 30 minute audio visual piece "In The Lodge" which featured animation from award-winning US artist Justin Curfman.



  • Lux 2.1 track contributed to Under Your Nose Vol.1 Compilation 2003
  • Particle track contributed to Under Your Nose Vol.2 Compilation 2004
  • Permanent Way album (Hackpen) 2005 [291981]
  • Cubular Theme track contributed to Under Your Nose Vol.3 Compilation 2006
  • Someday All This Is Gonna End mixed album for Under Your Nose Recordings 2006
  • Sublimate EP digital release for Electramento 2006
  • Fear Of Logic mixed album for Under Your Nose Recordings 2007
  • Reconsequences album (In Deep Recordings) 2007 [291982]
  • Broken Router remix of track by Bujuben [291983]
  • Trundlewheel EP (Mixtape Germany) 2008 [291984]

Releases with Twelve 88 Cartel

  • Sweating Furore EP – (Bite Back!) 1987
  • Maxim mini album – (Bite Back!) 1988
  • Evidence mini album – (Bite Back!) 1990
  • Tension Crush EP - (Bite Back!) 1991

With the Psylons

  • Gimp album – (Thunderbird) 1996

With Seatman Separator

  • Claw album (SBH) 2001
  • The Music of… album (SBH) 2002
  • Basic Electronic Principles album (SBH) 2003
  • Auto Suggestion album (SBH) 2004
  • Navigation album (SBH) 2005
  • Ten Minutes After The End of Gravity (SBH) 2006
  • Sampler EP (In Deep Recordings) 2008
  • Mercury Trax Volume 3 (SBH) 2009

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