Live DJ Set
Mike Simonetti performed a live DJ set following the reception for Äppärät on Friday, September 25 in the Ballroom Marfa courtyard. Simonetti founded the Italo disco label Italians Do It Better in 2006 with Johnny Jewel. His current projects include Two Mikes Records (2MR), a collaboration with Captured Tracks’ Mike Sniper; and Pale Blue, a musical project with Silver Hands’ Elizabeth Wight.
New Jersey native Mike Simonetti is responsible for launching several influential record labels, in addition to recording left-field disco tracks and cinematic electronic music. Simonetti first became known for running Troubleman Unlimited, a highly productive label active throughout the 1990s and 2000s that specialized in post-punk, noise, and indie rock. As his tastes shifted toward electronic music, he co-founded Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel in 2007, helping to spearhead the Italo-disco revival. He began releasing his own disco tracks and edits in 2010, as well as more atmospheric pieces, collected on the full-lengths Capricorn Rising (2011) and Solipsism (2018). After leaving IDIB, he co-founded the experimental dance label 2MR Records with Mike Sniper (Captured Tracks), in addition to making ethereal dance-pop with Elizabeth Wight as part of the duo Pale Blue.