Horsin’ Around 019: Mihai Popoviciu


Coming from Sibiu in Romania, is considered one of the most innovative eastern European producers of electronic music today. He was born in Romania in 1981 and was drawn to the fast-growing rave scene of the 90’s. He started producing music in 2001 being influenced by the techno and house virus and it took many years of experiments until he came up with his first vinyl release on DJ Hell’s imprint Gigolo Records in 2005.

Fast forward a decade on – Highgrade Records, Bondage Music, Poker Flat Records and of course, his own label – Cyclic Records. He’s presence as been felt globally and cemented himself as a world class producer.

Mihai digs deepers into the bowels of house and pulles out the sound which really grabs you.. we’ve dug a little deeper with him leading up to this Sunday’s event.

1) What have you been up to since your last visit to Australia?
It’s been a busy summer for me with a lot of gigs across Europe and studio work for my new album that will come out next year.

2) How were you introduced to electronic music? How did you become involved in it?
I was a teenager when i discovered the techno and trance rave scene in the mid 90’s. That was my first contact with electronic music. Later on i got into Detroit techno and old school electro and started to produce music.

3) If you had to note some musical influences that have helped developed your sound – who would they be?
I think the X-Mix series ( had a big impact on me in the late 90’s especially the mixes of Laurent Garnier, DJ Hell, Dave Clarke and Kevin Saunderson.

4) Producing or Dj’ing – which do you prefer and why?
I couldn’t choose between the two of them. I love both and I can’t see myself doing only one thing.

5) We’re all eagerly awaiting the release of the new album we’ve been hearing about. What can we expect from you this time around?
It’s a club album with 10 tracks that can fit in different times or moods of a party. It will be out next spring on Bondage Music Records, both on vinyl and digital format.

6) What can we see from Cyclic in the future?
We’ve just released a Various Artists compilation with 6 tracks of fresh upcoming producers that is very well received and got a lot of good feedback. Next we have Swedish talent Chris Llopis coming out in December. Next year in February Cyclic will be 4 years old and will have a nice anniversary.

7) Finally, 3 tunes you have been playing your last few sets.
Dexter Kane – Shades Of Dusk (Highgrade Records)

Deep Spelle – Funk Foot (Cyclic Records)

Mihai Popoviciu – The Swindle (Poker Flat Recordings)

Mihai will be taking the reigns of the S*A*S*H Terrace this Sunday in top honors. Arguably being on the stand out acts of the year so far – we’re busting out our dancing shoes and on our tippie toes to see what’s coming up next for Mihai.


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