Mike Simonetti is striking out on his own once again. Perhaps best-known for founding dream-pop label Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel -- and, solo, noise rock staple Troubleman Unlimited in the early '90s and New Jersey in 2012 -- the DJ, producer, and label head is leaving IDIB to start a new venture with Captured Tracks' Mike Sniper. Together, the two will release Simonetti's new project, Pale Blue, on his new imprint 2 Mikes Records (2MR).
"There was no drama behind it," says Simonetti of his decision to part ways with Jewel, whose projects include Glass Candy, Chromatics, and Desire, the latter two of which appeared on 2011's nocturnal soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's Ryan Gosling vehicle (so to speak) Drive. "The label was becoming more of Johnny's thing, basically. I wanted to do my own thing and let him have Italians. It didn't make any sense for me to be there -- it was too hard to get things done because he was never around. Even when he was around, he was always busy."