Born in Bayonne NJ, Mike Simonetti grew up a hardcore punk kid in the New
York hardcore scene in the mid 1980s. Through friends involved in the club
scene, he began going to nightclubs during the heyday of NYC nightlife- the
late 1980s. By 1989, he landed a job at the legendary club Mars as a
promoter. During that time he became friends with the djs and club
promoters of the day, and it was then he got his first taste of djing- going
out and working at clubs like Palladium, The Tunnel, Save The Robots, Soul
Kitchen, The Red Zone, Building, NASA, The Limelight...
After Mars (and pretty much all the nightclubs in NYC) closed, Mike started
Troubleman Records- releasing seminal releases by Unwound, Erase Errata,
Glass Candy, Black Dice, Death Comet Crew, Wolf Eyes, Pixeltan, Chromatics,
The Walkmen, Devendra Banhart, and over 170 other releases spanning every
imaginable genre and format. The label is still going strong with flagship
bands Glass Candy, Growing, Chromatics, and Wolf Eyes taking over the world.
In 1998 Mike started his first weekly party in NYC at the Knitting Factory
called "Contort Yourself" focusing on reviving old disco and post punk.
During that time Mike was a resident DJ at the infamous Happy Birthday
Hideout loft parties in Brooklyn. The HBH parties were known to pack in
over 600 people a month and sometimes go almost 12 hours straight into the
In 2003, Mike and Chris Catalyst, his partner from Happy Birthday Hideout,
started "Aerosol Burns"- a weekly party at the very tiny bar Boogaloo in
Brooklyn. The party was intentionally small, and lasted a year. It has
since gained legendary status. Bands like Glass Candy, The Fall, The
Gossip, Excepter, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs all played surprise shows in a
venue that holds under 100 people, and the party was known to stay open
after hours and go long into the morning- (until the cops raided the place
at 10am!) The party then ended forever.
In 2005 Mike and Dan Selzer released Crazy Rhythms mix cd- which showcased a
mix of all genres of dance music ranging from Italo to post punk. It went
over pretty well, and sold out pretty quick. In 2006, Mike started a
sub-label based on a blog that was started as a joke, sort of. Italians Do
It Better was meant to be a fun disco record collectors blog- but that
turned into a serious full time sub-label focusing strictly on limited run
cdrs and 12"s by his favorite producers, groups, and remixers. Some serious
stuff is planned! The future will bring some killer releases, and Mike is
very happy with Italians.
Mike is a regular at Rubulad and Motherfucker, and was a resident at Justine
D's Aktion party at Lit. He still maintains a loose monthly at Lit when
he's in town.
Crazy Rhythms (RVNG, 2004)
Ultimate Breaks and Beards (Italians DO It Better, 2007)
Mike's "Trendy Edits" 12" Volume 1 (Italians Do It Better, 2007)