Moby

Real Name:
Richard Melville Hall
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Born: September 11, 1965, Harlem, New York, NY, United States.

One of electronic music's most visible and talked-about figures, Moby's career comprises many years of work and many musical twists and turns. His career stretches all the way back to early rave and acid-house releases in the late 80s and early 90s as U.H.F. and Voodoo Child, through to his much loved/hated R&B/blues/pop/techno sample cut-ups of today.

His most notable tracks from his early days include "Next Is The E", "Everytime You Touch Me" and "Into The Blue", and the classic "Go", as well as his early albums "Ambient" and "Early Underground". He was managed by Marci Webber.

A brief outing into more rock-oriented territory came with 1996's "Animal Rights", followed by "I Like To Score" in 1997, highlighting his past movie score contributions (most notably a remix of the "James Bond Theme").

In 1999 and 2000, Moby found unprecedented pop success with the album "Play" and the slew of singles and radio tracks that came from it ("Honey", "Run On", "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?", "Natural Blues", "Porcelain", "Southside", and more). Among other things, his appearance as a DJ in the foyer of the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards (wearing a gold suit and playing two golden copies of "Play") led many people to decry him as a sellout. Nonetheless, his follow-up album "18" tinkered very little with the "Play" sound and still received a mostly positive reception in 2002.

Besides the many faces of his music, Moby also gathers controversy for his outspoken religious, dietary and animal rights views, as well as persistent rumors that his live shows are mostly pre-recorded. Every Moby release from the mid-90s onward has borne the text "Animals are not ours to eat, wear or experiment on. Thanks to Christ."
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Moby - Moby album art Moby Moby (Album) Instinct Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Moby - The Story So Far album art Moby The Story So Far (Comp, Album) Equator Records Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Moby - Ambient album art Moby Ambient (Album) Instinct Records, Instinct Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Moby - Everything Is Wrong album art Moby Everything Is Wrong (Album) Mute, Mute Germany 1995 Sell This Version
MOBY INT 1 Moby - Everything Is Wrong Interview album art Moby Everything Is Wrong Interview(CD, Promo) Mute MOBY INT 1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Moby - Animal Rights album art Moby Animal Rights (Album) Mute Europe 1996 Sell This Version
Moby - The End Of Everything album art Voodoo Child | Moby Voodoo Child | Moby - The End Of Everything (Album) Elektra US 1997 Sell This Version
Moby - Play album art Moby Play (Album, Maxi, Comp) V2 US 1999 Sell This Version
Moby - 18 album art Moby 18 (Album) Mute, Labels, Virgin Benelux 2002 Sell This Version
ICD STUMM 202 Moby - 18 Interview album art Moby 18 Interview(CD, Promo) Mute ICD STUMM 202 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Moby - Hotel album art Moby Hotel (Album) Mute Australia 2005 Sell This Version
Moby - Hotel Ambient album art Moby Hotel Ambient (Album) V2 records US 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby - Live 23rd May 2005 Cologne Palladium, Germany album art Moby Live 23rd May 2005 Cologne Palladium, Germany(2xCDr, Ltd, Dig) Live Here Now none Germany 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby - Live 24th May 2005 Hamburg CCH3, Germany album art Moby Live 24th May 2005 Hamburg CCH3, Germany(2xCDr, Ltd, Dig) Live Here Now none Germany 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby - Live 27th May 2005 Leuven Brabathalle, Belgium album art Moby Live 27th May 2005 Leuven Brabathalle, Belgium(2xCDr, Ltd) Live Here Now none Belgium 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby - Live 22nd May 2005 Amsterdam Music Hall, Holland album art Moby Live 22nd May 2005 Amsterdam Music Hall, Holland(2xCDr, Ltd, Dig) Live Here Now none Netherlands 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby - iTunes Originals album art Moby iTunes Originals(31xFile, AAC, Copy Prot., 128) V2 Records none US 2005
none Moby - Live 19th May 2005 Carling Academy, Brixton, London album art Moby Live 19th May 2005 Carling Academy, Brixton, London(2xCDr, Ltd, Dig) Live Here Now none UK 2005 Sell This Version
none Moby - Live 25th May 2005 Offenbach Stadthalle, Germany album art Moby Live 25th May 2005 Offenbach Stadthalle, Germany(2xCDr, Ltd, Dig) Live Here Now none Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Moby - Live (Hotel Tour 2005) album art Moby Live (Hotel Tour 2005) (Comp) Mute, Mute Argentina 2006 Sell This Version
Moby - Last Night album art Moby Last Night (Album) Mute, Mute Europe 2008 Sell This Version
Moby - Wait For Me album art Moby Wait For Me (Album) Mute, Mute, Mute UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Moby - Recorded Live In Berlin album art Moby Recorded Live In Berlin(File, MP3, 128) National Public Radio none US 2009
none Moby - iTunes Live: From Montreal album art Moby iTunes Live: From Montreal(10xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Little Idiot none 2010
Moby - Live In London album art Moby Live In London Abbey Road Live Here Now Europe 2011 Sell This Version

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lawcamtonmoozik

lawcamtonmoozik

June 7, 2018
His stage name Moby, came about because his parents used it as a nickname in reference to his great, great, great uncle whose is famous as the author of the classic book Moby Dick written by Herman Melville.
No matter what anyone writes negatively about this performer/artist he will be considered a pioneer of the house music scene. I had the enormous pleasure (albeit briefly) to speak with him and found him to be intrinsically artistic and humble, with a greater desire to create a harmonious world through the language of music. He spoke to me through his music of the early 1990's as he probably still does to those new fans who listen to his music in 2018. 'Go', 'I Feel It' and 'Move' are my favorites.
andyman5

andyman5

February 27, 2018
Met Moby once and it was very telling. He played at a rescue farm for animals in upstate New York (shocker, I know). He played most of the hits as acoustic guitar versions by himself. After the gig, which was OK, I went with a friend backstage to meet him. He was open at first and said hello but quickly changed his tune when I joked that an acoustic version of 'Thousand' would have been difficult to pull off. I meant no disrespect and honestly wanted to share how I'd played his records out for years but he never gave me the chance and immediately turned douchey, was unfriendly, and quite deserves all the negative press he gets for his attitude. Too bad because I really loved some of his early stuff. If I could do it again I think I would have made the same joke. Dude needs to grow a sense of humor.
ruminas

ruminas

September 26, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
The last album i thoroughly enjoyed that came out of this cheat was 'Everything Is wrong'. in fact, i've dug it out from my crate to enjoy my new bought styli and sat down with my tea just like old farts do. from the very first track massive dose of memories and flashbacks, nostalgia and thoughts about how everything is wrong today in the world. the whole back cover is full of moby's facts and essays and quotations of famous men, he writes about how we shouldn't eat animals, pollute earth, go to war, third world countries being squeezed to satisfy the west and what not. small print, lots of facts. everything we eat, wear, drink, breath, use or touch is polluted in one way or another. everything is wrong. and he gets angry. he gets angry because of this consumerist global economy, he 'advocates massive massive change', almost like Jesus Christ himself concludes that 'we need to figure new ways of existing'.
Fast forward 5 years - the guy is already bling bling golden diamond slut on mtv awards like a white version of papa diddy.
everything is wrong indeed.
K1tSVW

K1tSVW

May 16, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Moby said Instinct Records released 3 albums without asking him. Which ones was it?
It's very annoying not to know.
Hopefully it was the compilation albums.
"Early Underground", "Rare: The Collected B-Sides" and "Instinct Dance".
alby88kk

alby88kk

August 19, 2010
There are few words to say: he is a genius, with an enormous and unique musical knowledge, for example he is able to play keyboard, bass, guitar and drums! He sing and he is even a dj! His music seems to speak!
ProcessingVessel

ProcessingVessel

January 7, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Once i liked Moby but until he made the comment on European MTV, he said that he does not feel nothing anymore with the electronic music and thats why he swtiched to being some pop guy. Its sad to see him move into the pop world while he could of made some good electronic tunes with todays technology.
bell-end

bell-end

July 31, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
Less preaching more producing please Richard."18" was pretty much a carbon copy of Play which leads me to believe that Moby has gone against everything he apparently stands for and 'seen the money'.If he wants me to take his writings and out-spoken views with the seriousness they deserve,then they must be on the back of music which is not so obviously correlated with a 'winning formula' as this only serves to undermine his credibility as an artist and as a person to respect and listen to.'Go' will be fondly etched in my memory forever,but it would be nice if the person responsible for such a classic could continue to embrace and capture the essence of electronic music the way he did back then.Nuff said.
Crijevo

Crijevo

July 9, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
Moby might have cut his path in modern electronic-pop-dance-whatever but the music list above suits more to his ambition than creativity. Before 'Play' there was this Moby-guy, very enigmatic and more interesting in his brutality and after 'Play' (albeit a nice front cover art) reminded me more of R. L. Burnside's 'Come on In' (especially 'Honey') which somewhat personally made me lose interest in his work onwards. Since then, Moby ended up with everyone and everywhere, be it Renault commercials for 'We Are All Made Of Stars' or a short conflict with Eminem (in which I'd prefer Moby more).... Musically speaking, the guy is repeating formulas all the same (and all the time), be it techno of Voodoo Child or his last '18' album. Nothing to groan but nothing to feel that spectacular either. There are already far more innovative acts out there anyway.
Chris_McAvoy

Chris_McAvoy

July 10, 2003
Moby was one of the premier producers & DJ's of underground funky NY style techno between 89-93. In an interview he said by winter of 1993 in NYC (his home) people stopped having fun dancing. People started doing more xtreme drugs, DJ's worried if what they played was cool or not. His intense love for the scene faded into dispassionate interest. It showed as his music went into a different direction, it was no longer traditional US techno. As Juan Atkins says "In this country it's very hard for creative thought to escape capitalism".
djcven

djcven

February 17, 2003
Moby has been contradicted many times, because of his radical change of style and purpose. Many underground and techno lovers remember the early and mid 90's, when moby realised to get a top rating in the european scene, with fabulous releases, and extraordinary live performances. In the late 90's he was considered a pilar for evolution in the scene, as he performed his live acts using gitars and drums in combination with the groovebox and other digital instruments. One of his most important acts from this turning period, was his live act @ cherry moon (lokeren, belgium) for one of the last Teknoville venues organised; featuring aside him acts by sven vath, yves deruyter, zolex, and many more. In the last years, moby has been used to make more commercial releases to melt a experimental trance-progressive style into the modern top 40 dance charts, and has been disrespected for that many times. But, what many people don't realise, is that he still realises to make tunes that can be used in so many ways, that his releases are divided in dance, trance, and even techno (dub versions and special mixes).

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