A Moment with Moon Boots | CRSSD 2019

by Paulette Ely

Although summer has officially come to a close and nights out are sure to get a little more cool, that is not to say that the warmth that is addictive disco-house is subject to wear-off anytime soon. One artist who’s music shall be on year-round repeat is East Coast master creator, Pete Dougherty, AKA Moon Boots. The immersive album producer has been changing up the game while staying true to the soulful style that brought him into the spotlight, and CRSSD Festival was a perfect example of the journey that Moon Boots has danced through. This year, Moon Boots put on a show just as immersive as his albums, sharing a stage with seven vocalists and several friends. Although many of us know him best from the dance-floor tune, Tied Up, among other funky house hits, his music stretches beyond any one genre. Check out our interview below before his CRSSD show and get familiar with the heat of his beats that keeps summertime shine alive with every stream. 


How’s San Diego treating you? Have you ever been to CRSSD before?

This is my second time at CRSSD, but it’s a very different show today since I’m doing a live show. I DJ’d the festival in the Spring of 2017. I had high expectations but also didn’t know what to expect, but it really delivered. It was- and probably still is- one of the largest crowds that I’ve played to. It was an amazing crowd, and what stuck out to me is that at that time, I hadn't released my first album. I basically played out a couple songs for the first time, including Power, with my friend, Black Gatsby. It just got such a good reaction, and it was a special moment. 

Photo by:  Paulette Ely

Photo by: Paulette Ely

You’re an artist that is seeming to always produce full albums, you’re not just playing shows anymore- you’re always releasing full and immersive albums. I’m wondering how it differs to play festivals like CRSSD from being in the studio producing.

I like wearing a lot of different hats, but especially in terms of the live show, it’s about practicing my scales, perfecting my keyboard playing, spending time programming synthesizers and leading the band. It’s quite a lot, but it comes from that time in the studio, so I wouldn’t sacrifice anything. I love them both. 

Photo by:  Paulette Ely

Photo by: Paulette Ely

You went to Princeton, a very prestigious college. Was there ever a moment that you doubted yourself in pursuing a career in the music industry because of this?

I probably never would have guessed that I would be in this industry when I was in college. It seems like a lifetime ago. The switch really only flipped in my head half way through to where I was like, ‘Whatever I’m on track to do is not what I want. Whatever opportunities from going to school… I just don’t care.’ (laughs). It was not what I was interested in. So I just thought that I would give music a go and just see what happens. Long story short, I joined a band and the goal was to see what would happen in the space of a year. We got signed 11 months into that, and I’ve been down the rabbit hole ever since. 

Photo by:  Paulette Ely

Photo by: Paulette Ely

Do you think it’ll always be this sound- the house-y disco?

I wouldn’t want to just limit it to house and disco, but that is sort of the core of what I do. I don't think that will be subject to change too much.

If it’s wasn’t music for you, what would it be?

I have no idea. I really don’t. That’s what keeps me working hard.