Raised in Brooklyn and Connecticut and then finding himself in Chicago, French Express artist Moon Boots knows what’s up when it comes to house music. Both cities’ influences can be heard in his disco-infused tracks that give him a sound that’s both timeless and modern. Having roots in the Big Apple and Chi-Town have given him a wide perspective of the club scene and just what it takes to satisfy diverse audiences. His mega-mixes incorporate decades of sound, while some of his more recent remixes. like the one he did of CHVRCHES the Mother We Share, are uniquely ethereal.
Between playing high-energy sets at city festivals like Electric Zoo and working the room as a resident artist at Verboten, Moon Boots has become a fixture in the New York house scene. For the first time, he’ll play the 3-Day electronic festival Mysteryland taking place in Bethel, NY over Memorial Day Weekend. He can be seen this Sunday, 5/24 at Verboten’s Zeitgeist Presents: French Express stage at 10 PM. Strap in – his show’s gonna be out of this world!
This is your first time playing Mysteryland USA. Are you hella stoked?
Do you feel a personal connection to the Mysteryland name? What makes this festival feel special to you?
I love the upstate / Woodstock vibe, and I love that my friends at Verboten have played such a big role in putting it on and bringing great acts to the fest.
I saw you play at Electric Zoo last year, and I was really impressed with how much of a party you were able to create in the (hot as hell) mid-afternoon. Which do you prefer: mid-day or late night sets at festivals, and why?
Thanks, I like to play mid-day at festivals much better. Particularly when it’s an EDM festival, you don’t have to compete with the stage pyrotechnics of the headliners. Also, people in the crowd are more likely to remember what you did!
You play in Brooklyn all the time – do the cities that you visit influence the music that you create? Has Williamsburg played a role in any of your recent tracks?
Yeah, but it’s so easy to forget when you sit back down at the studio. I’m getting more in the habit of making voice memos of weird sounds & bits of music I hear when I’m traveling. As for Williamsburg and New York, I want to make music that I would be proud to hear both at Verboten and at the bodega where I get sandwiches and beer. That’s the goal. 🙂
I am a lover of electronic and house music, however I feel like your brand of disco-infused house is especially accessible to people who might just be immersing themselves in the genre for the first time. What’s the secret to prepping a versatile, dance-ready track that just about anyone can enjoy?
You can’t please everyone so don’t even try! There’s no secret, just a lot of hard work and being your own worst critic most days. Then occasionally you get an idea that really gets you excited, makes you want to dance around and plays in a loop in your brain for hours on end. That’s when you know you probably have something.
Chicago vs. New York – Give me five things that each city does BETTER than the other. You’ve lived in or near both places, so let’s be real, who’s got the better hot dogs/pizza/club scene/etc.?
You know, important things …
Chicago — better
cheaper food, cheaper rent
small clubs where you’ll hear great music and see your friends
beaches right in the middle of the city in summertime
NYC — better
– pizza SLICES (i still love chicago-style thin crust but i hate waiting all day for it)
– big-ass clubs where you get your mind blown
– if you can’t find something fun to do any weekend or most weekday nights in new york, it’s your own damn fault
– no frostbite
– subways / public transit
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