Daniel Mihai is a House Head DJ Who Cuts Hair
You would expect the wild crowds of college kids from Cal State Fullerton to take over just about every bar its downtown district has to offer. But on Saturday nights at the Continental Room, Fullerton's oldest drinking establishment (built in 1925) hosts Electric Saturdays, to a crowd Edward Daniel Mihai describes as "OG house heads." Basically it's a mix of young twentysomethings who like to party and the 40-year-olds looking for the best old fashioned in town. The music format has been the same for the past four years--down tempo grooves of deep and tech house early in the night, with a gradual shift to Beatport's banging, big room beats du jour. Every weekend, the tiny crescent moon-shaped dance floor is filled to capacity. With no cover charge and stiff drinks, it's no wonder the line outside is sometimes up to an hour long.
The dim lights and classic Frank Sinatra era red décor transforms the dated club into a kind of speakeasy for savvy dance music lovers. "You wouldn't expect that in a spot in Fullerton," says Mihai, the resident DJ for the past four years. With little to no promotion, he has managed to create an EDM sanctuary for far longer than you've been hearing Avicii on the radio. He has given many local OC DJs their chance to man the decks to warm up the crowd and as of late has been holding it down with his turntable co-pilot Menikmati. "We just vibe and work together well," Mihai says. Previous guest sets include DJ Irene, Charles Feelgood, Static Revenger and even an impromptu show by Skrillex.
Earlier this month, Mihai's skills garnered a nice profile boost, snagging the OC Music Award for Best Club DJ (full disclosure: he's among the many academy members for the OCMAs with the power to nominate acts for consideration). In his spare time, he throws showcases and a record swap meet for the House of Blues a few times a month. These connections helped him gain an official Billboard 100 charting remix for the Used's "I Come Alive,"on which he collaborated with Las Vegas DJ REVOLVR last year. After dropping his old moniker, "DJ Thrifty Lips," he made his debut on OC label Acropolis Records in February of 2012 under the shortened name Daniel Mihai with an electro house tune, "Run Home to Momma," which he worked on with local favorites Aaron Marcus, Dangerhouse and Ei8ht.