Moon Boots
Moon Boots
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Everyone Rest Up for Moon Boots at Bardot, and That’s an Order

Santiago Caballero and Eyal Agai’s Slap & Tickle Tuesday party turns five this year.

In their first year, Caballero and Agai found themselves in a legal battle with an Australian porn company over the Slap & Tickle name. The duo persevered. We’re told sex on the dance floor was more common when it started at the Electric Pickle, but after it moved to Bardot, WTF moments continued.

Pete Dougherty, AKA Moon Boots, has been around for quite a few of them. “Several DJs have played our Slap & Tickle night on their way to becoming established artists," Agai says. "Our party has become a rite of passage for DJs, and that means a lot. Moon Boots’ second DJ performance ever happened with us, so it’s perfect that he’s playing our fifth-anniversary party during Miami Music Week.”

Moon Boots is set to perform at Bardot Tuesday, March 21, and at an Anjunadeep party Saturday, March 25, at Gramps.

Though Dougherty has always veered toward the Anjunadeep label sound, something else has always stood out for him: a 2007 Daft Punk show in Amsterdam. Perhaps it was the coffee shops, or maybe it was the charm of the Netherlands, but Dougherty recalls the sound being something bigger. Indeed, he has the ability to make each track sound bigger and better than the one before.

“I’ve heard music in someone else’s set, and it sounded great and I wanted to play it. Then I realized it was how the track was sequenced that made it sound so good,” Dougherty says.

His sound is indie, eclectic, disco, Williamsburg, chukka, and funky. His affection for soul and R&B is glaring, and his remix of “The Mother We Share” by CHVRCHES was multimillion-plays popular. He tends to play fewer of his own productions at venues such as Bardot. World music, Michael Jackson, and a hip-hop rework are certain.

A new Moon Boots album is looming, he says. “My album will be out end of summer. It’s a labor of love, and it’s been so rewarding. There are a lot of proper songs — I have worked with a lot of great vocalists and learned so much about vocal stacking and percussion. I’ve worked on it for a really, really long time.”

For those who intend to be at his Miami show, Dougherty has one a caveat: "I want everyone to come well rested. No other parties for the week!"

Sarcastic, isn't he?

Slap & Tickle Fifth Anniversary, With Moon Boots
10 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $20 via showclix.com.

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