Moby received his nickname as a child; it derives from the fact that Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, is his great-great grand uncle
His 1992 track Go became a British hit single, climbing into the Top Ten. Following its success, Moby was invited to remix a number of mainstream and underground acts, including Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Erasure, the B-52s, and Orbital.
Moby’s fifth studio album, Play, appeared in 1999. Surpassing everyone’s expectations, the album — featuring numerous samples of Alan Lomax field recordings — went double platinum in the U.S. and reached number one in the U.K. Aside from its hit singles, Play’s success was assured when its tracks were licensed by dozens of advertisers and compilers. Always a restless producer, Moby followed Play with 18 (2002), a relatively reflective and restrained set dotted with an eclectic list of guest vocalists (including MC Lyte, Angie Stone, and Sinéad O’Connor). It debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 but didn’t come close to catching Play in terms of sales.
Musician, DJ, photographer, author, animal rights Moby’s track Go became a British Top Ten hit in 1991, establishing him as a top techno producer. 1995’s Everything Is Wrong, Nevertheless, he remained one of the most recognizable figures within techno; after he abandoned the music for guitar rock with 1996’s Animal Rights, he returned to a heavy electronic base with 1997’s I Like to Score and 1999’s Play, the latter of which made him a genuine breakout pop star.
In published Porcelain: A Memoir, which focused on his life in the 90s. The book was complemented by a two-disc collection that included Moby highlights from that decade and a selection of tracks by artists who influenced him,
2018 with Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt
In 2017 Moby has kindly donated a pair of US size cream slip-on Vans decorated with doodles by the man himself:
“They’ve walked everywhere. I bought them in NYC and they went with me on tour and then to L.A when I moved here, so they’ve been to dozens of countries”