It all started with Wu-Tang & Daft Punk. What began as a hobby scratching vinyl at age 13, the passion and drive of Mikey Lion has since turned him into one of the fastest rising House DJs on the West Coast. After honing his skills during a 4 month residency in Barcelona, Mikey returned with a love for tribalistic grooves and the motivation to leave his mark on the game. Upon his return, Mikey quickly became a Resident DJ at Lovelife, San Diego’s premier house & techno party, and has played alongside the likes of Seth Troxler, Lee Burridge, Damian Lazarus, Kevin Saunderson, Claude Vonstroke, Noir, and Blondish among others.

When playing in clubs began to run it's course, Mikey searched for something more. A monumental set at Lighting in a Bottle 2012 and a string of gigs at Burning Man’s most prestigious camps catapulted Mikey into the forefront of the blossoming California scene.

Brimming with inspiration from such life changing events, Mikey set off with his younger brother, Porkchop, and some of his best friends to create a new kind of festival. One that was based entirely on house, techno, and love. In November 2012, Desert Hearts was born. A 60 hour no holds barred marathon of music with a vibe built entirely on Love. In a little over a year, Desert Hearts has become one of the elite underground parties with Resident Advisor calling it, "One of the best electronic music experiences in America."

With a string of releases set for 2014, an incredible movement of love and music behind him, and an infectious vibe that radiates when he’s behind the decks, the future has never looked brighter for Mikey Lion.

"I stay up by DJing and dancing my ass off every chance I get. My life and everything I do moves to the rhythm of House Music. Finding the groove has always been a form of musical meditation for me, so the more music I hear, the more positive of a person I become. House, Techno, & Love is the name of the game <3."


Desert Hearts




June 12, 2014 — Aaron Hirsch