- NAME: Moby
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: September 11, 1965 (Age: 48)
- Did You Know?: Herman Melville is Moby's great-great-great-great uncle.
- EDUCATION: Darien High School, University of Connecticut
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Richard Melville Hall
- AKA: Moby
- AKA: Richard Hall
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Moby is an American electronic singer-songwriter known for songs like "Go" and "Porcelain," and albums like Everything is Wrong and Play.
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Born in New York City in 1965, Moby is an electronic singer-songwriter known for such popular songs as "Go," "Natural Blues" and "Porcelain," and albums like Everything is Wrong, Animal Rights and Play. He released his ninth studio album, Wait for Me, in 2013.
"[My mother] used to play me a lot of different stuff. Some of it was very weird classical stuff, not the usual thing for a young child to listen to. But this became a huge influence on me when I was growing up."
"I hope that when I find myself no longer a public figure, which could be in six months or two weeks or 10 years, or whenever, I can give it up gracefully and not be bitter. But for now, sometimes it's fun indulging in the pitfalls a little bit."
"Music can always serve a role in people's lives when it's emotional and warm and inviting and beautiful."
"I run into a lot of people who are instantly filled with ridicule at the idea that someone wouldn't eat meat."
"In about 1985 I read the teachings of Christ and was instantly struck by the idea that Christ was somehow divine. When I say I love Christ and love the teachings of Christ, I mean that in the most simple and naive way. I'm not saying I'm right."
"I spent a lot of time by myself, and a lot of time was spent at my grandmother's house which was rambling and old and had big overgrown gardens, so there were a lot of places to get lost and entertain myself. I am grateful that as a little boy I had lots of strange and interesting places to play."
[On his childhood, being raised by a single mother.]
"I've tried to read ["Moby Dick"] several times, but I never quite got through it."
Moby was born Richard Melville Hall on September 11, 1965, in Harlem, New York. However, his parents felt that such a grand name was unsuited for such a small, fragile child, and thusly decided to call him Moby, after the eponymous whale from Herman Melville's classic novel. In fact (and as suggested by his middle name), Herman Melville is actually Moby's great-great-great-great uncle. "I've tried to read the book several times," Moby has said of the legendary novel Moby Dick, "but I never quite got through it."
When Moby was born, his mother, Elizabeth McBride Warner-Hall, was a student, and his father, James Hall, was a young lecturer in the chemistry department at Columbia University. Theirs was a troubled marriage and, when Moby's father died in an alcohol-related car crash in 1967, some hypothesized that the accident was a suicide. Moby was just 2 years old when he lost his father. Soon after his father's death, Moby's mother, who was then only 23 years old, moved the family to Darien, Connecticut. There, Moby's maternal grandparents helped raise him while his mother finished her college degree.
With his mother and grandmother both working full-time, Moby was often left to his own devices. "I spent a lot of time by myself," he once said of his childhood, "and a lot of time was spent at my grandmother's house which was rambling and old and had big overgrown gardens, so there were a lot of places to get lost and entertain myself. I am grateful that as a little boy I had lots of strange and interesting places to play."
Moby also developed a love of music from a young age, as was encouraged by his mother, an avid record collector and pianist. "She used to play me a lot of different stuff," Moby later said. "Some of it was very weird classical stuff, not the usual thing for a young child to listen to. But this became a huge influence on me when I was growing up." Moby began playing music himself at the age of 9, when he began classical guitar and music theory lessons. He attended Darien High School, where he and several friends formed a band called the Vatican Commandoes and released an EP, Hit Squad for God. Later in high school, he joined a new band, Awol.
Upon graduating from high school in 1983, Moby attended the University of Connecticut, where he studied philosophy. He dropped out after just one year, though, in order to pursue his budding music career full-time. Throughout the mid-1980s, Moby tried desperately to kick-start his music career. He worked at a record store in Darien, played in local bands like Caeli Soul and Gin Train, and started DJing for local nightclubs. It was as a DJ that Moby first began to achieve success, performing gigs at various nightclubs.
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