Richard Melville Hall or better known by his stage name as Moby is one of the well-known American electronic artists of all time. Apart from creating electronic music, he also takes part for the support of animal rights and has a vegan lifestyle. Moby was one of the most important dance music figures in the early ‘90s as proclaimed by AllMusic and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Moby was born on September 11, 1965 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and was raised in Darien, Connecticut. His mother, Elizabeth McBride, works as a medical secretary and his father, James Frederick Hall works as a chemistry professor. The nickname Moby was given to him by his parents due to an ancestral relationship with the author Herman Melville (Moby Dick) wherein Melville is also his middle name. It was said that Herman Melville is his great-great-great-granduncle according to his parents.
Since he was 10 years old, Moby has been in love with photography and grew up around darkrooms and films. One of his influences in photography was his uncle who used to work as a photographer for the New York Times. In 2011, Moby released a collection of his photographs and called it Destroyed which includes pictures of his worldwide tours. In the same year, he also released an album with the same name.
Apart from being a singer/songwriter, Moby has also produced, co-written and remixed music for other great artists such as Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, Pet Shop Boys, Guns N’ Roses, New Order, Metallica, Public Enemy and many more.
In the early 1990s, Moby was noticed for his work on electronic dance music. He was able to obtain international success when his fifth album Play was released. This album was released somewhere in 1999 and it sold about 6,000 copies during the first week. The album includes 8 singles and has sold over 10 million copies from around the world.
It was in 1991–1993 where Moby slowly rose to fame. In his first live solo performance, he was witnessed by his soon-to-be long time manager Eric Härle. Härle described the experience to HitQaurters as something that was amazing but the show was riddled with technical mishaps. This made him more intrigued and impressed in a peculiar way towards the singer’s performance.
When the album Play was released in 1999, the sales were only moderate when it first came out but soon rose to selling over 10 million records worldwide. The songs on the album became so popular that it was used on various mediums such as TV shows, movies, advertisements and even non-profit groups.
When on tour or doing some fundraisers, Moby has collaborated live performances together with some great artists. Here are some of the songs he performed together with the artist:
- “Walk on the Wild Side” with Lou Reed
- “Me and Bobby McGee” with Kris Kristofferson
- “Heroes” and “Cactus” with David Bowie
- “Helpless” with Bono and Michael Stipe
- “New Fades” with New Order
- “Make Love, Fuck War” with Public Enemy
- “Whole Lotta Love” with Slash
- “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” with Mission of Burma
These collaborations were significant to Moby’s career and those songs were truly remarkable to him and fans from around the world.