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Local act signs to major dance label

Mikey Francis of Black Boots
Mikey Francis of Black Boots

In January, CityLife reported the emergence of an electronic music act called Black Boots, comprised of local producer/DJs Mikey Francis and Pedi Amiri (aka Lightknife). Eight months later, the duo has already signed a record deal. 

According to Francis, Black Boots has a freshly inked contract with Ultra Music, one of the largest dance labels in the world and home to EDM icons -- and Wynn nightlife resident DJs -- Deadmau5, David Guetta and Calvin Harris. The duo has quietly worked on the project for a year, mostly writing and developing the Black Boots concept and look. Earlier this month, the two filmed a video (or "short film," as Francis calls it) with local director Jeremy Cloe. They couldn't reveal any other details, especially as to when the public could hear finished tracks, though Francis does say that live performances and DJ sets will follow any album release.

Currently, Francis and Amiri DJ either separately or back-to-back at Vegas nightclubs such as Krave, but not together as Black Boots. No word if gigs at Wynn/Encore nightclubs -- also partners with Ultra -- would necessarily be in their future.

This news pretty much sounds the death knell for the band Francis is most known for, Afghan Raiders. We also reported in January that founding members Francis and keyboardist Vincent "Beans" Campillo had put that electro/punk project on "indefinite hiatus." With Francis in the Vegas-based Black Boots, and Beans living in San Francisco, the reemergence of Afghan Raiders, a band once poised for breakout itself, seems unlikely.