Italians Do It Better - A Bad Vibes Profile
Kinda super pleased to Mike Simonetti of Italians Do It Better for this week's Questions of Doom. His record label kinda was inspirational and more importantly continues to be, I've never encountered a contemporary record label that was so tight - focusing on music and art as it intertwines, almost until its indistinguishable. We had no choice but to discuss the label, the recent soundtrack of Drive, and the aesthetics and manifestos of Italians Do It Better.
Do you feel there is much difference between your punk roots and dance?
Yea its a different scene. Both scenes were DIY in a way but it was a different attitude altogether
Why did you make the move from experimental and into dance with Italians Do It Better?
There was no reason. I have always been into both kinds of music.
What I find interesting is that you've gleaned for your label - bands - such as Glass Candy and Chromatics, both whom started in experimental rock and drone before moving into 'dance'? Why do you think causes the eventual 'move' into dance?
With those bands it was a natural progression. It just turned out that way, they weren't following trends because it wasn't a trend at the time...
What is the manifesto of Italians Do It Better?
Currently it is to release music by our core group of artists and focus on that.
Italians Do It Better has an enormous cinematic influence - what soundtracks do you consider are classics?
There are so many. Lately I've been into the Rocky soundtrack a lot. Like obsessively.
Are more bands participating in soundtrack works?
They are working on lots of things. They are always busy
Is there any truth to the rumor that Symmetry's record 'Themes from an Imaginary Film' was the rejected soundtrack for Drive?
Some elements may have been thought for Drive ...yes, but it turned into Johnny and Nattie's own thing. They have another record almost finished.
What I find interesting is the loyalty your bands have had to the label. Do you feel the constant transparency of 'major labels' is finally sinking in with acts?
Sure its always been that way with the majors though, since the beginning.
What do you think the aesthetic of Italians Do It Better?
We like to keep the art and music as one. its music and art.
You've been an active player in two major cultural shifts in music (hard core and dance) - what do you feel the next one will be?
Dubstep. Oh wait that happened already!
What records should we be checking out?
Check out M. Akers. Really good stuff...