The perfect co-arranged marriage between the power of spoken words, a strong vocal reach and impeccable production work. Pale Blue, responsible for releases on Correspondant, Me Me Me and Crosstown Rebels, share their thoughts about starting over, the importance of emphasizing social matters and things to come, next to supplying an eclectic DJ mix to accompany the read.

Pale Blue is an electronic duo that we constantly enjoy hearing from. As the collaborative production alias of Elizabeth Wight and Mike Simonetti, the pair brings a very particular breed of electronic music to the playing field that touches base on ambient, techno, acid, drone and shoegaze. It’s a perfectly co-arranged marriage between the power of spoken words, a strong vocal reach and impeccable production work, which results in a musical output that is highly danceable, endlessly refreshing and doesn’t lack its fair share of creativity, next to finding its way onto labels like CorrespondantMe Me Me2MR and Crosstown Rebels.

The duo first connected when Simonetti was asked to remix Liz’s Silver Hands project and – struck by the strength of Wight’s voice – he reached out to collaborate. Some time later, their debut album “The Past We Leave Behind” was released too much critical acclaim in 2015 via 2MR – the record label Mike runs alongside Adam Gerrard and Mike Sniper. The package is a dark, heavy, melodic, and dense journey that takes you through a world of various influences, different backgrounds and showcases Liz’s powerful yet ethereal vocal range.

With the album being picked-up by several high-ranking tastemakers, such as John Talabot, Âme and Job Jobse, their collection of sounds have since landed on esteemed record labels such as Man Power’s Me Me Me imprint, Correspondant – the record label run by Jennifer Cardini – and Crosstown Rebels. The latter released their “You Stopped Dying” EP earlier this month – a beautifully composed exposition of strong, ethereal vocals, eclectic layered synths and driving bass.

With new material scheduled for release in the nearby future, next to joining NEU Booking and Prisma Artists, and shows planned during Miami Music Week, it looks like the project has been fully put into gear this year. Keeping that in mind, it’s with great pleasure we welcome Pale Blue to our Straight Forward series, and have had the chance to fire some question across to them, next to hearing their musical points of interest in their eclectic DJ mix contribution. Dive in below!


Welcome Liz and Mike, first off the usual icebreaker. How have you been and what did your day look like today?

MIKE: Today is a holiday so I am hanging out at home with the family…  doing an interview in my spare time.  Listening to The Melvins “Lysol” LP ..

LIZ: My day was busy as most days are. I practiced our set for the our show coming up for Crosstown Rebels’ Get Lost festival in Miami. Then I did volunteer work for the East L.A. Women’s Center and went to school.

It’s been nearly 3 years since Pale Blue surfaced with the “The Past We Leave Behind” LP. Coming from such different musical backgrounds, can you shine some light on how you guys met and the project came to be?

M: We met when I was remixing her band, and I asked her to sing on a few songs because I liked her voice, and a few songs turned into an LP..  and here we are!  I don’t think either of us were expecting this to become a real thing…

That difference in background makes for an interesting studio output. Where did you draw your inspiration from when embarking on this collaborative endeavour?

L: When Mike sends me music I listen to it and let it point me in the direction of where I should go. I look around my room for inspiration and always find something to draw from. For example I found an old Weegee exhibit pamphlet that influenced an entire song called Journey Into Light.

Tell us a little about how you go to work in the studio. With Liz being the vocalist and Mike being the producer, how do you join the two together into this singular occasion?

M: Liz lives in LA and I am in New Jersey so we do everything via email which I think is why we sound the way we do. She sends vocals and I chop them up and stuff. And then I send the song back, and she adds instrumentation and more vocals or whatever.. I’m not the only producer- we co-write. Liz adds music as well. (Luckily, I don’t sing.) But, we don’t sit in a studio together. If we did I don’t think we would  sound the way we do. It adds a unique angle to our sound.

Your first EP landed on Man Power’s Me Me Me imprint, which was met with high acclaim. Being released nearly two years after the album, what were you guys up to in the meantime?

M: Writing… I was DJing , raising my kids. Trying to figure out logistics with new booking agents and stuff.. I was coming down from my time with Italians Do It Better, and when I was running that label I had a whole network of bookers, press, management, etc all set up – and I walked away from all of it. I wanted to start over with 2MR, and I didn’t want to rush it. So instead I wrote a lot of music, DJed when i could, and spend a lot of time working on booking agents and getting 2MR off the ground. I also wanted to release music on other labels, and work with other people. Collaborate, etc.

Mike said that the inspiration for that record is “coming out of the darkness that is inside all of us”. What are your views on using music as a venting tool?

L: It’s good for anyone to have something they like to do that they can express themselves with.

M: I don’t think it is a venting tool as much as it is a way to convey an emotion. I don’t feel happier after I write a song unfortunately.

You emphasize a lot of social matters with the project – domestic abuse and sexual assault being two of them – and you work closely with visual artists who do the same. Tell us a little about the importance of sharing these messages.

L: I experienced domestic & sexual abuse as a child and I didn’t want to report my abuser back then. I was 10 and felt ashamed. For the past few years it hit me that he could be doing that to someone else and I would do anything to report this person now and prevent that. However, he has disappeared and its far past the statute of limitations. Advocating for others to come forward and report their abuse, raising awareness or just being there for fellow survivors is something that helps me cope as well.

Your latest EP, titled “You Stopped Dying”, just hit the selves via Crosstown Rebels. Tell us a little about the tracks on there. Just like the album, there is a lot of variety in atmosphere.

M: It’s a bunch of songs basically. There is no real rhyme or reason to it. They sounded good together so we released them as an EP!

The EP’s title strikes me as one with a lot of underlying significance. What’s the story there?

L: Its named after the song “You Stopped Dying” which I wrote last year when I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease. At the time I was terrified. I don’t know if or when the disease will progress because every case is different. I started to mellow out when I realized that today I am ok and that is all I should really focus on. I stopped obsessing about the fear of dying and started learning how to live a little better.

It looks like you’ve put Pale Blue fully into gear this year, joining NEU Booking and Prisma Artists, next to having multiple releases and shows scheduled. Between both having your solo careers, has the focus been placed on the collaboration more now?

M: We don’t really have a plan, we play it by ear. But I think it’s time for Pale Blue to play shows and get out there more.

In a previous interview, Mike said that you’re working on a live show, which could be either “really cool or a huge disaster”Two years later, how is the live performance looking?

M: We played one show last year in LA, and it went well.  But I think we were waiting until it was right to play more.. We waited.. Like i said earlier, we needed everything to be set up. So we released a few EPs , and now we have new bookers, and 2MR is going strong. I think all the pieces are in place to try to play more.

Tell us a little about the mix you’ve made for us – where is it recorded, favourite tracks, atmosphere, etc.

M: I haven’t thought about it yet. I think it’s going to be some weird old ambient / outsider music!

What’s there to expect from Pale Blue in the near future?

M:  We have another EP coming soon, and we are in the middle of working on another album..  Thanks for the interview!

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Grab your copy of You Stopped Dying here.