Imagine a dystopian landscape void of freedom. You can’t say what you want. You can’t emote how you want. You can’t listen to the music you choose. It’s an alternate reality ruled by an oppressive government clad in white uniforms and dominating with an iron fist. However, there is a symbol of hope on the horizon.
Enter two musical rebels known only as Black Boots. They are here for one reason alone, and that is to carry their message to the masses. They come armed with explosive big room anthems, punk rock attitude, orchestral breakdowns and massive pop melodies. They deliver an unforgettable performance. They offer an escape. With revolution in their hearts and on their minds, they’re about to stomp right through modern electronic dance music.
Black Boots’ co-conspirators Mikey Francis [vocals, production] and Lightknife [production] first joined forces in the summer of 2011 in a small apartment in the heart of Las Vegas. What started as a simple idea has rapidly evolved into a large-scale effort to give the emerging electronic dance music scene something different – timeless songs with substance, purpose and emotion.
“We’re building a bridge here,” declares Lightknife. “Black Boots has got an electronic body, but a rock ‘n’ roll soul. At the same time, the songwriting is genuine and organic. It’s written with feeling.”
It’s the duo’s rebellious and genre-bending ethos that fuels many of their other tracks – including “Streetwalker.” Shimmering synths build alongside Mikey’s elegant delivery as the song swells into an irresistible refrain. It’s a towering dance floor roller coaster that even features a hypnotic female vocal cameo from Mikey’s cousin Katie Roberts.
“That song is about having lost yourself and going through the process trying to figure out who you really are,” Mikey reveals. “You’re out there walking the streets alone. All you have is yourself. It has that male and female dynamic, and it really explores the beautiful yet terrifying emptiness of trying to find your identity. We’ve all been lost at some point in our lives, but we eventually make our way back home.”
Every element of every song converges in one unique vision. You can also clearly see this vision come to life in their introductory video, Black Boots: How it Begins, which takes a closer look into the ominous world in which Black Boots and their die-hard followers are rebelling against.
“Black Boots encourages chaos, sexuality, expression, and independence,” affirms Lightknife. “We’re freedom, and we’re lawless.” On the topic of electronic music he states, “It’s not coincidental that dance music has risen to its current point of success. In times like this, people turn to the things that allow them to lose themselves. We aim to fuel that sentiment.”
Live, they certainly do. In fact, the onstage experience reflects the larger-than-life story at the heart of the music as Mikey sings his heart out and Lightknife orchestrates the production in real-time via midi controllers, sequencers and synthesizers. Mikey elaborates, “We want people to tap back into their primal selves and experience something organic and real. If people walk away from our show with an experience, they’ll remember it for the rest of their lives.”
Ultimately, Black Boots are fostering a connection that is as timeless as it is innovative, and this is only the beginning of their story. “We want everyone to walk away with something that affects them emotionally,” the two architects agree. “It’s romantic. It’s dangerous. It’s energetic. It’s new”