He is not just an International sensation, he’s a DJ and photographer.
Moby started playing music and taking pictures at 9 years of age. He began creating and introducing electronic dance music in the early 1990s. His records have gone on to sell more than 20,000,000 copies worldwide. He’s collaborated with everyone from Gwen Stefani to Public Enemy. He's also co-written, produced, or remixed music for music artists - such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Britney Spears, Guns 'N' Roses and Metallica.
His latest album, "Destroyed," was released this past May and coincides with his new photography book with the same title. His book is a compilation of pictures he’s taken from cities and venues he’s toured in. He’s played at over 3,000 concerts and counting throughout his lifetime.
Team @Glittarazzi sat down with Moby at The Jefferson while he was in town, performing at the Fillmore. Then, we caught up with him again on Thursday at his "Destroyed" book signing and acoustic performance. He told us about the inspiration behind his latest album, political views, along with the superpower he’d like to have!
When you come into DC, what are some of your favorite places to visit?
“Well I’ve been coming to DC since the mid 70’s. When I was 9 or 10, my grandmother wanted to culture me so she’s been taking me down here every couple of years. We’d go to the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn, we’d just walk around and just experience DC culture. But as an adult i’ve come here so many times and i’ve come here as a tourist, for work, for political things, for fundraisers.”
“If I had to pick my favorite places, it would be the Air and Space Museum. When I was 9 or 10 years old, I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my entire life. I also love the Smithsonian Castle. And on a more quotidian level, I love Bus Boys and Poets. I also like this vegan cafe called Java Green ”
How did you get the nickname “Moby?”
“My legal name is Richard Melville Hall. I’m related to Herman Melville who wrote “Moby Dick”. When I was born my parents looked at me when I was 10 minutes old and looked at Richard Melville Hall on the birth certificate and they decided it was too big of a name for such a tiny baby. So as a joke my father started calling me Moby. And now 46 years later and I’m still called by my infant joke name.”
“A lot of people think that Moby is a stage name. But it's actually been my name since I was born.“
If you could have dinner with any politician; dead or alive who would it be and why? You told us a little bit about how you don’t think you would get a straight answer out of them.
“I have a lot of respect for politicians. I’ve been tangentially involved in politics for a long time and I worked on the John Kerry campaign. I’ve worked with MoveOn quite a bit over the past couple of years. With politicians, its very hard for them to direct and to be truly honest because they are always going to be held accountable for what they say.”
“If I could have an honest conversation with someone it would be a dictator. Whether it would be Pol Pot or Saddam Hussein. A genocidal dictator because I just wouldn’t know what would be going through their head. What sort of psychosis or strange developmental cognitive issues do people have that lead them to think its okay to slaughter people by the thousands or tens of thousands. Or in Pol Pot’s case to kill half the country.”
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
“I would be Quantum Man. I would figure out how to live for as long as I chose to live and transport myself at will in good health to anywhere in the known universe. Also the ability to transcend time and manipulate matter. Those would be some generally humble powers to have as a super power.”
If there was a movie made about your life, who would you want to portray you?
“Probably either Giovanni Ribisi. I think he’s an amazing actor or Ed Norton. Although both of them are way more attractive than I am so they would have to do something through CGI.“
Check out our full video interview: blip.tv/glittarazzi/moby-interview-5681701