- 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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In 1989, Moby moved to New York City and signed a contract with Instinct Records. He released his first single, "Mobility," in 1990 to limited acclaim. However, his second single, "Go," introduced Moby to mainstream audiences for the first time. The song quickly became a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, sending Moby on his way to becoming a key figure in electronic and dance music.
In 1995, Moby released his first full-length techno album, Everything is Wrong,
which was quickly deemed both a commercial and critical success. He followed in 1996 with a punk rock album, Animal Rights, and in 1997 with I Like to Score, a collection of his music featured in various films. Moby went on to garner worldwide fame with the release of his 1999 album, Play. The album, featuring the hit singles "Natural Blues" and "Porcelain," sold more than 9 million copies worldwide.
Moby followed Play with 18, another wildly successful album that sold more than 4 million copies across the globe. The electronic singer-songwriter has since released several more albums, including Hotel (2005), Last Night (2008), Wait For Me (2009), Destroyed (2011) and Wait for Me (2013).
Outside of his music career, Moby is known for being very public about his deep Christian faith, which, he says, he discovered in the mid-1980s. "In about 1985 I read the teachings of Christ and was instantly struck by the idea that Christ was somehow divine," he once stated. "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."
Moby is also a dedicated vegan and animal rights activist, which, according to the musician, has brought him considerable scorn in the entertainment industry. "I run into a lot of people who are instantly filled with ridicule at the idea that someone wouldn't eat meat," he said. Moby has expressed his views on religion and animal rights through essays that he's included as inserts with his CDs.
Additionally, Moby is an outspoken advocate of Tibetan independence and an active volunteer for many nonprofit organizations, including MoveOn and the Humane Society.
Asked what he strives to achieve through his music, Moby says that he wants to make music that not only entertains, but performs a function. "Music can always serve a role in people's lives when it's emotional and warm and inviting and beautiful," he said. And while he does not fear the day when he is no longer a celebrity, Moby readily admits that he enjoys indulging in the spoils of fame. "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," he said. "But for now, sometimes it's fun indulging in the pitfalls a little bit."
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