Moby

Moby (born Richard Melville Hall) has broken barriers in electronic music since the early 1990s, when he had accrued over eight top 40 hits in the U.K.  His fifth album Play gained him international acclaim with hits such as “Natural Blues”, “Porcelain”, “Why does my heart feel so bad” and “Southside” (recorded with Gwen Stefani).  Beginning his music career in the 80s, Moby had started out as a member of the hardcore punk band Vatican Commandos, which led to playing in various bands including a brief stint in Ultra Vivid Scene.  After pursuing a record contract he had landed a deal with Instinct Records. His  second single, “Go”, a progressive house track using the string line from “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the TV drama Twin Peaks, which was his first breakthrough, reaching the UK top ten in 1991.  He has since been nominated for over 35 awards and won more than the better half of them including International Male Artist of the Year, Best Cinematography, Best Video, Album of the Year, Certificate of Achievement and artist of the Year.

Moby has been featured on numerous movie soundtracks including the Bourne movies and The Beach (starring Leo DiCaprio).  Being a one man show has allowed him the opportunity to embrace creative freedom. He also plays keyboards, guitar, bass guitar and drums. Moby has the ability to render a song helpless and mold it like play-doh until it takes on a completely different form altogether.  He has mixed/remixed and written songs for Guns n’ Roses, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Public Enemy and New Order.  Moby is  known as an electronic mixologist and creative genius among his peers as well as an avid political activist and humanitarian.  Collective efforts include his being an outspoken vegan as well as rasing awareness for the fight against domestic abuse.  In 2009 after hearing about California cutting its funding to domestic violence programs, donated  the fees from his tour shows in L.A. and San Francisco to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.  Moby is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing scientific inquiry on music and the brain and to developing clinical treatments to benefit people of all ages. In 2004, he was honored with the IMNF’s ‘Music Has Power Award’ for his advocacy of music therapy and for his dedication and support to its recording studio program.

Moby Albums:

Moby (1992)
Ambient (1993)
Everything Is Wrong (1995)
Animal Rights (1996)
Play (1999)
18 (2002)
Hotel (2005)
Last Night (2008)
Wait for Me (2009)
Destroyed (2011)

Moby News:

Moby: Destroyed Review

Moby: “Porcelain” Video: