Moon Boots on Remixing Nile Rodgers: "I Knew I Couldn't Say No"
As his moniker suggests, Moon Boots (earthling name: Pete Dougherty) journeys through the farther cosmic outreaches of dance music. But as a proud native of the house birthplace, Chicago, this hotly tipped DJ-producer is also all about those classic jacking house beats.
French Express, his home label, has emerged as one of the most sensational new purveyors of disco-house on the international scene, championing the sort of exuberant, soul-spiked future funk fare that's had Moon Boots burning up the charts and dance floors in the last couple years.
Ahead of his show at Bardot on Friday, Crossfade caught up with the moon-walker himself to chat about his musical roots, remixing the great Nile Rodgers, and more.
Crossfade: What did you grow up listening to and how did you first get into electronic dance music? Are you inspired by any sounds outside the four-to-the-floor house music mold?
Moon Boots: I grew up listening to a little bit of everything: Herbie Hancock, the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Nirvana, be-bop, Radiohead, you name it. I loved Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers too, as a kid, but didn't have a clue about underground disco
or house music until about halfway through college, and then I got hooked. Outside of disco and house, jazz and hip-hop have had the biggest influence on the music I make.
So how did you first get into making music? Were you a musician before delving into electronic production?
Playing synths and keyboards is really my first love, and I played for years before I ever even thought about making my own music. I also played synths in an indie-pop band for five years, learning how to produce and DJ along the way.