By New York Natives Staff

Moby (Richard Melville Hall)

Born: September 11, 1965, Harlem, New York

Occupation: Singer

Marital Status: Single

Children: None

Education: University of Connecticut (Dropped Out)


“The way I work on music is that I go into my studio, and I start playing music, and I see what happens, and… I never think about it.”



Moby developed his love of music from his mother. She was an avid record collector and pianist. He was exposed to a host of music children never really get to hear, and that exposure would influence him for the rest of his life. Moby started playing music himself when he took up the classical guitar at the age of 9. During his time in school, Moby was part of two bands; The Vatican Commandoes and Awol, the former of which released an EP entitled Hit Squad for God.

After Moby graduated from high school and dropped out of college, he desperately pursued his musical career. During the mid 1980’s, he played in local bands like Caeli Soul and Gin Train in Darien, Connecticut. However Moby achieved success when he started to perform at nightclubs as a DJ. In 1989, he moved to New York and signed with Instinct Records. His first single, “Mobility” received little acclaim, but his second single “Go,” introduced him to mainstream listeners.

Moby released his first full-length album in 1995. The techno album, Everything is Wrong, was a critical and commercial success. Moby would go on to release two more albums, Animal Rights and I Like to Score, but worldwide fame and success came with Moby’s 1999 album, Play.

Play would go on to sell more than 10 million albums worldwide. The album included hits like “Natural Blues,” “Porcelain,” and “South Side.” Moby collaborated with Gwen Stefani on “South Side.” The music video was very popular during its run.

South Side

Moby followed Play with 18. While not as popular as Play, 18 would go on to sell over 4 million albums worldwide. Besides his music, Moby is very active about animal rights and his religious faith. Moby discovered Christianity during the mid 1980’s. He was taken with the gospels, but doesn’t adhere to conventional Christian culture.

Moby is one of the most important figures in dance and electronic music. He helped bring it to mainstream audiences in both the U.S.A. and Europe. His influence and success made electronic music part of the mainstream culture in many societies.

Featured Image Courtesy of Do Androids Dance?

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