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What began for Romanian transplant Daniel Mihai as a dedication to the dancefloor, has now transformed into an unabashed passion for precision production. In his musical infancy, Thriftylips, earned a rep for cranking out bangers in sweaty rooms – fueled by turbocharged beats and crescendos that were intentionally crafted to prompt an “ooooooh” from the crowd. And while the urge to turn a room on its head still resonates in his work, Mihai, has taken a whole new approach. “There is nothing wrong with being a DJ. It takes a certain talent to know how to play to a crowd. But for me, producing something original was important. I wanted to learn and grow, be an artist, not just appreciate the art.”Earning his stripes by creating his own destination, Mihai transformed the historic Continental Room in Downtown Fullerton, CA into a his own safehaven for core heroes like DJ Irene, Charles Feelgood, and Arabian Prince. Taking cues from battleproven DJs that all made the leap from the decks to the production board, Mihai dropped the stage moniker and embraced something bigger - something all his own.Heavily influenced by steady diet of a variety of electronica’s subgenres, Mihai’s sound could best be described as an EDM grab bag, stuffed chiefly with the core elements of big room house music anchored with the occasional niche geared suckerpunch, drop, and sweeping hook. Compared to heavyweights like Gabriel & Dresden critically, Daniel Mihai has cranked out collaborations respected names the likes of REVOLVR on the Billboard 100 charting “I Come Alive” Remix for The Used. He has also churned out the single “Dreamares” with progressive house cult kings Von U-Kuf and StellaR on Calamity of Noise Records. In working with revered names among the often- cutthroat climate of house music, Mihai has ensured a transition from DJ to producer that retains a very street level injection of credibility - a crucial component to his sound. It’s evident in his ability to hammerout a feverish set at intimate places like the Elbo Room in San Francisco only to jump into the mix at the Palms in Las Vegas the next weekend. Mihai can bang out a blistering 60 minutes with local champs like Dangerhouse, only to follow up with a supporting set for global powerhouse Laidback Luke just the same.
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