Bleep Interviews Mike Simonetti
Tell us a little about why you started Italians Do It Better, an offshoot of your noise/rock label, Troubleman Unlimited?
It was started because we felt glass candy wasnt getting enough props because TMU was being pigeonholed as a rock label. it worked!
From your roots in hardcore and punk, can you tell us when your interest in disco started and why?
It started back in the late 80s when i was working at nightclubs in NYC. searching out hip hop and funk samples before the internet wasnt easy. i found a lot of samples were from disco, and i noticed how much house was borrowing from disco… this was 1988 or so.
Can you give us five of your favourite hardcore tracks?
-FAITH / VOID lp
-DRI Dealing With It lp
-NEGATIVE FX lp
-KRAKDOWN 1988 demo
-GORILLA BISCUITS start today lp
We’ve read that you were fortunate enough to have experienced such legendary clubs as CBGBs and The Loft. Can you share some of your favourite experiences in those exciting clubs of NYC?
i used to go to CBGB every sunday afternoon for the hardcore matinees from 1987-1990. then i went to ABCNORIO shows because CBGB started getting a little too violent. that was some of the best times in my opinion. it was so great. i went out at night to MARS (where i worked as a promoter). my job entailed handing out fliers at other clubs. i was only 17 so i couldnt get real jobs at the clubs.. but i went to all the clubs from the heyday of the NY club scene… it was such a good time. the late 80s was the end of the grit in NYc
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