Richard Melville Hall, a.k.a. Moby, is one of the most important dance music figures of the early '90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in England and in America.
Born in Harlem, New York in 1965, and raised in Darien, CT, he played in a hardcore punk band called the Vatican Commandos as a teenager before moving to New York City, where he began DJing in dance clubs. During the late '80s, he released a number of singles and EPs before, in 1991, he set the theme from David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks to an insistent, house-derived rhythm and titled the result "Go." The single became a surprise British hit single, climbing into the Top Ten, and was named one of Rolling Stone's top 200 records of all time. Moby, his first full-length album, appeared in 1992. Since then, Moby has recorded eleven studio albums, including his multi-platinum breakthrough Play (1999), 18 (2002), Hotel (2005), Go: The Very Best of Moby (2006) and Last Night (2008).
In addition to his musical endeavors, Moby is the proprietor of teany cafe and teas. He is also a well-known advocate for a variety of progressive causes, working with MoveOn.org and PETA, among others. He actively engages in nonpartisan activism.
Moby: I would love to interview our president, G.W. Bush. Just . . . just ask him the simple question. He says that he’s a Christian. And he aligns himself with the Christian right. And I would just ask him, like, where in the teachings of Christ do you justify invading a country and killing 250,000 people? I know the teachings of Christ pretty well, and Christ never said never said go forth and kill 250,000 innocent people. Or I would say, as a Christian how are you a proponent of the death penalty? Does…and I would try not to be judgmental, I would just say, like show me, maybe there’s the hidden chapter of the New Testament I haven’t seen where you get, you and all your crazy evangelical friends get your ideas from, but I haven’t read it, and as far as I know no one else has either.