It's not that far of a stretch for him, really. Listening to the album "Duality" (which I love), it's catchy as hell from start to finish, and it's always been obvious he's a big fan of The Police.
Starving for your music is easy when you're passionate about it, but if he wasn't really feeling it anymore, and was sick of the label drama, I can understand why he'd want to do something a little more himself and that he could maybe make a living with.
Not to mention, Universal has a habit of fucking over great bands. For example, I Mother Earth were told they wouldn't get a second single from their last album and so they had to pay for this video and its release/promotion themselves, which resulted in it only getting played a handful of times:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB7ttysYglQ]YouTube - I Mother Earth - No Coma[/VIDEO]
Why did Universal not want to promote an awesome, hard-working band with a big following and a great album? Because they thought this would be the better artist to support:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWlWgFkQEUY]YouTube - Fefe Dobson - Bye Bye Boyfriend[/VIDEO]