With California currently in the midst of a historic draught, electronic music legend/vegan/Los Angeles resident Moby has issued “A Message To California,” a video asking meat eaters to help conserve water by reducing the frequency of showers.
The message is part of a grassroots campaign recently launched by Skip Showers For Beef, an organization whose belief is that every four ounces of beef takes about 450 gallons to produce, the equivalent of 37 showers.
In the clip Moby says taking fewer showers will allow carnivores to “have their steak and eat it, too.” Moby says, “It is possible to enjoy your meat responsibly.”
Moby adds that he won’t need to curb his showers because he’s a vegan but is adamant that we all need to “think outside the box” in lieu of the draught.
One of Moby’s long out-of-print ambient albums is returning and will be complemented by a pair of unprecedented live performances. On December 16, Moby will reissue Hotel: Ambient, which was originally included as a second disc on Moby’s 2005 alt-rock album Hotel. The re-release will feature a fleshed-out track listing complete with previously unreleased recordings from the session.
While Moby’s live shows often feature a cross-section of songs from his entire career, his ambient work has always remained unrepresented. On the day of Hotel: Ambient‘s re-issue, Moby will host his first-ever ambient performance at the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles (you can buy tickets for that show here). He will also be performing at a fundraiser for the Integration in Joshua Tree On December 21.
Speaking about his interest in ambient music recently, Moby said, “I first heard, and heard about, ambient music on the B-side of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes.’ As much as I’ve loved writing songs and dance tracks I’ve always been obsessed with the ways in which ambient and instrumental music can transform the space in which [they’re] being listened. I also really appreciate the subtle and at times un-demanding qualities of ambient music, and the ways in which it can unconventionally reach people emotionally.”
A disciple of the work of Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Steve Reich and purveyor of constant musical innovation over the years, it will be great to hear Moby’s ethereal craft heard in a live setting for the first time. Hotel: Ambient will be available for free and for purchase December 16 through mobygratis.
Read our interview feature with Moby where we got him to answer questions from producers — everyone from Timo Maas to Kris Menace — who’ve remixed his tracks in the past.
Richard Melville, the electronic singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, photographer, social advocate and bon vivant known as Moby, has made an indelible mark on dance music since the ’90s. Responsible for producing too many great songs, albums and soundtracks to mention, his astounding professional success — which includes selling over 20 million records and playing over 3,000 shows — hasn’t diminished his passion for music and creativity.
Earlier in the year Moby presented his well-received Innocents photo exhibition at Project Gallery in Hollywood, which followed his photography exhibition Destroyed presented in 2011. In July, he issued Moby and Darth & Vader “Death Star,” a hot dance floor collaboration with Brazilian electro-house producer Hugo Castellan, on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak imprint. There’s simply no stopping this guy!
Articulate, funny and always a great subject to interview (Moby guest edited our one-year anniversary back in the day), we decided to switch things up and got producers who’ve remixed Moby in the past to collectively interview the master.
Below Moby fields their questions about a range of subjects, including nerdy studio talk about synthesizers (natch), why he meditates and unforgettable interactions with fans.
Moby and Darth & Vader “Death Star” is out now on Dim Mak.
Once synonymous with New York City, the rampant gentrification of Gotham led Moby to transplant himself in Los Angeles back in 2010. Purchasing a 1927 home in the Hollywood Hills for a cool $4 million, he later added $2 million in renovations to the property and seemingly eased into life as an Angeleno. In a move that officially severes his ties with the Big Apple, Moby has sold his former longtime Manhattan residence, a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment on Mott Street in Nolita, for a cool $2,050,000. Moby bought the 950 sq. ft. apartment in 1996 for $215,750 and grosses just under $1.5 million after taxes and legal expenses. While many in the press are touting Moby’s real estate investment acumen since his now former abode fetched $1,098 per square foot (guys, it’s a seller’s market!), what’s notable to electronic music lovers is that his now former crib was the epicenter for many of Moby’s classic albums, from 1999’s Play to 2011’s Destroyed. I interviewed Moby many times at his pad (he even guest edited our one-year anniversary when Big Shot had a print edition), which featured a beautiful sun deck and music studio, and it always seemed like a comfortable space. For him as an artist, it was a sanctuary that allowed him to create music that touched millions. Here’s a video I shot with Moby in his living room when he was promoting his tenth album, Destroyed. Here’s hoping the same sort of magic continues to happen in Los Angeles.
Famed disco imprint Salsoul Records has accused Moby of copyright infringement in a lawsuit filed in California. The label known for releasing classic music by Loleatta Holloway, Claudja Barry and Jocelyn Brown in its heyday alleges that Moby used samples of First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder” from First Choice in two songs, “Next is the E” and “Thousand.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moby, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and Knitting Factory Records have all been named in the lawsuit. Salsoul is seeking damages of up to $150,000 for each allegedly willful infringement plus profits and attorneys’ fees. Moby has not commented publicly about the label’s claim. In related news, Salsoul recently lost a lawsuit against Madonna, alleging her smash single “Vogue” samples a composition called “Love Break” released by the label in 1976. Looks like Salsoul likes to keep their lawyers busy.
After weeks of anticipation President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney squared off last night in the first televised debate held at the University of Denver. The two candidates debated over the economy, jobs and health care, with both sides giving pundits days worth of material until the vice-presidential debate on October 11. (In case you missed the debate, you can stream it here.)
While analysis of last night’s proceedings will be with us for at least two news cycles, DJs were following the action in real-time on Twitter. Moby sent out a flurry of tweets wondering if his followers were nervous, later declaring “well that sucked.” Sharam and Diplo offered a funny quips with DJ Craze declaring that he would move to Nicaragua if Romney won. However, David Alvarado and Tommie Sunshine took the debate a little more seriously. Perhaps one of the best series of tweets came from DJ Gospel, who brilliantly offered up his own DJ debate.
Have a look below at some of last night’s action on Twitter and tell us what you think.