Blondes, Mike Simonetti

Blondes

Blondes are one of many groups making music at the intersection of indie and dance, but a few things set the Brooklyn duo apart. Many of these acts start with pop structure and add beats and electronic arrangements borrowed from dance music. The best of these, like Delorean and ceo, combine elements in a way that appears seamless. But Blondes, who are friends Zach Steinman and Sam Haar, are more rooted in dance music proper. Rather than mixing styles, they build organic club music from the ground up using humble analog instruments. The result is kind of a bedroom take on Lindstrøm space-disco.

-1987: sneaks out of his house to go to his first hardcore show at CBGB at age 15.

-1988: got a job as a lowly receptionist at club Mars in NYC through a friend in Feb when he was 16.

-1988 worked his way up to "promoter" by mid 1988 going to clubs and handing out flyers

-1989: promoted his first party at Mars called 'FRIDAY NIGHT FEEVER' in March. a disco themed party. the only one in NYC at the time. DJ Duke Of Denmark was the resident.

-1992: started Troubleman Records with money saved from working as a stockboy at a supermarket

-1993: started djing house parties and lofts for fun

-1996: signed Glass Candy in 1996

-1997: got first "real gigs" in NYC

-1998: starts the CONTORT YRSELF party in the basement of the Knitting Factory playing post punk, disco, funk and hip hop lasts until 9/11 shuts the club down for almost a year.

-1999: is a 'resident' at the infamous HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIDEOUT parties in Brooklyn. his bookings increase throughout the hip parties in NYC.

-2000: is a 'resident' at Rubulad which he still holds to this day. known as the best loft party in Brooklyn. his 8 hour sets are legend.

-2000: is a resident at Lit in NYC, a legendary party thrown by Justine D. was one of the first djs to try out disco and house downstairs in the club, which was usually rock based.

-2000: is a semi regular resident dj at MOTHERFUCKER in NYC. the essential downtown club kid party and recognized as one of the best NYC parties of the era.

-2002: starts the AEROSOL BURNS party in Brooklyn. all night parties become legendary. The Fall plays unannounced show. capacity of bar is 70 people.

-2003: cops raid AEROSOL BURNS at 11am, everyone gets arrested. party ends.

-2004: Troubleman signs CHROMATICS, releases HEALER 12". it sells out in a week.

-2004: begins djing seriously, traveling all over the world to play records to people in any club they will have him

-2005: Glass Candy plays their last show with a drummer, opting for a more electronic , dancey sound.

-2008: Mike and Johnny start an offshoot of Troubleman for dance music in Mike's kitchen while drinking red wine. They call it Italians Do It Better as a joke thinking it wouldnt be a big deal

-2008: After Dark compilation is released, and a mini revolution is born and the bar is raised…

-2010: releases his first songs and does his first remixes, almost 20 years after going to Mars for the first time

-2010: starts new sub label of Italians called Perseo focusing on edits.

-2011: releases debut lp CAPRICORN RISING

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Monday, May 6 · 9:00 PM at Cameo Gallery