It is too late on Monday evening for me to start a post about Moby. When it comes to music and my life there has been one artist that has been with me the longest (of my own choosing). That person is Mr. Richard Mellville Hall better known as Moby (who is in fact related to Moby Dick author Richard Mellville).
Moby is known as an electronic music pioneer. He delved into the scene in the late 1980’s after being in the Vatican Commandos, a hardcore punk band. His electronic styles have changed, evolved and have been revisited throughout his career.
After releasing his two most well-known records in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s (Play & 18), moby has continued to push the boundaries of electronic music and the actual production of music. While being outspoken is not new to this man, the last decade has seen Moby come to more prominence based upon his personal beliefs and values than his music. A devoted Vegan, he has spoken out about animal welfare for years, and even titled is 1996 punk record Animal Rights. He is also a proponent of Net Neutrality and argues for the disbanding of the RIAA.
His next record Innocents will be released in October. The first single, A Case for Shame was released last week. According to his Facebook Page, he will be releasing a self-made video for the song. In the meantime, you can enjoy the song without any stunning visuals (edit: I’ve added the official video shot and directed by Moby):
I could write a book on Moby, but I will have to save that for another time.