SonicNetHost: Hello everyone.
We're chatting with Moby, the man who invented Techno and Dance
Music as we know it. Be sure to send in your all your questions
about his new album, I Like to Score and his
track on the new James Bond Soundtrack, Tomorrow
ExoticBirds : How do you feel
about music censorship?
Moby: OK, censorship. Simply
put, I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression,
irregardless of how offensive someone might find it.
ExoticBirds : Where did you
grow up? Where do you reside now?
Moby: Born in Manhattan. Grew
up in Darien, Connecticut. Currently reside in Manhattan.
ExoticBirds : Has your fame
changed your life in any way? Is a little fame dangerous?
Moby: I can go out to dinner
now and not worry about paying the rent. I've seen parts of the
world that I otherwise would never have seen.
ExoticBirds : Do you have an
all-time favorite song to play?
Moby: A favorite song to
perform? Maybe 'Feeling So Real.' Sorry I'm so predictable.
ExoticBirds : Have you ever
been abducted by aliens?
Moby: My butt is constantly
sore from all of that anal probing. I hope it's aliens.
ExoticBirds : How do you feel
about making MTV videos?
Moby: It's better than working
ExoticBirds : Who was your
first love? At what age was your first kiss?
Moby: My first love, real
love, was Louise Stoner (real name, I swear) first kiss at 12, it
Duster_man : How did you get
the name Moby?
Moby: I'm, supposedly, related
to Herman Melville. Real name-Richard. My parents thought that
Richard was too big a name for a little guy like me.
_chickorama_ : Hey Moby,
if you could redo any Cat Stevens song, which would it be?
Moby: Umm, maybe 'Morning Has
Broken'. I'm a woosie.
Joer : Your latest album seems
like a big departure from your others less
"electronic", more kind of "grungy" Why is
Moby: Which album? Animal
Rights? I like To Score? Or Voodoo
Child? I'm fairly prolific.
Eyeball_jerry: Who did the
Moby: Mission of Burma. From
Connecticut and Boston.
what's with the violence? "That's When I Reach For My
Revolver"? You always seemed like the pacifist type.
Moby: I maintain that there's
a big difference between figurative, fictional violence and real
Katgc : Moby,
What time is your TV show on?
Moby: My TV show? 7:30 PM on
Saturdays on UPN. It's called In The
House about me and my homies.
ArleenCo: What inspired you to
release I Like To Score?
Moby: I had a lot of film
music that I wanted to share with the world.
PezKing7: How long have you
been a vegan?
Moby: Vegan-12 years with one
exception. 7 years ago when I ate yogurt.
SuburbanTitan: Why did you
feel that the video for Prodigy’s "Smack My
….Up" was advocating women’s violence when the
main character IS a woman?
Moby: The video for 'Smack' I
like. I just think that the song is misogynist trash. And keep in
mind that I love the Prodigy. But I hate that fucking song.
Rynorhino: What do you think
about all the Moby websites popping up?
Moby: I'm kind of overwhelmed
KingboyD: What one person or
philosophy has influenced you the most and why?
Moby: Probably Christ.
Wittgenstein, too. And my old hero Van Gogh. And Starship
Troopers. The best movie ever made.
Axljaz: What do you think of
the sudden surge of techno, now being called electronica, in the
Moby: It's been going on for a
long time (electronica) and it's been hugely popular in Europe
for ever, so I don't take it's new popularity in the states
(media wise) too seriously.
the Christian coalition attacked you for what you said about them
in your CD booklets?
Moby: Not directly,
unfortunately. I'd love to mud wrestle Ralph Reed.
Thumbs2167: Do you like beans?
Moby: Oh yes, I do love a good
Littledrummercapsistr: What do
you think about fellow electroman Beck?
Moby: I think that Beck is
terrific. A great guy, too.
Rynorhino: Who do you see as
some of the most promising new acts in the so-called
Moby: To be honest, I don't
know. There's so much, and it's so hard to pay attention to.
Clonejunkyz: You say that you
an unconvententional Christian, what do you mean?
Moby: We live in a strange,
consumerist world, it's troubling and interesting, too.
Unconventional Christian meaning that I love Christ but don't
feel much allegiance to any specific doctrine or Christian dogma.
ArleenCo: How do your cats
react to your music?
Moby: Sadly I have no cats. I
would like to have some cats. I like cats.
SuburbanTitan: What is your
take on the SKA revival?
Moby: I like early SKA a lot
Pin125: Because techno has
taken America by storm and become a fad now, do you think that
it'll lose its older listeners?
Moby: To be honest I have no
idea. I would hope that people would respond to the music and not
worry about who else is listening to it.
Clonejunkyz: What are your
thoughts on fornication? Is it wrong? Under what circumstances?
Moby: That's a toughie as a
fornicator I think that my opinion is probably invalid. I also
try not to make too many generalizations about something so
Scott_Steg : Who would you
most like to have as an opening act?
Moby: Juno Reactor, who
coincidentally opened up for me on the tour we just finished.
see you as a very serious person. Do you have a goofy side?
Moby: Fuck no.
I know you have your opinions on the Christian coalition, how do
you feel about the other coalitions? Such as the coalition for
Moby: I don't know of any
other coalitions. I'm ignorant.
Che18: Do you think guitar
rock is dead.
Moby: Oh no, I love heavy
guitars. Don't you? We love to rock, me and Shelby here.
Hardjam2: Your Everything
is Wrong album appear very vocal on political,
environmental issues. What do you think of the Free Tibet
movement currently getting lots of attention in the US ?
Moby: Free Tibet is important,
but there's about a trillion other issues that demand out
SonicNetHost: Did you check
out the rebroadcast of the festival on SonicNet?
Moby: No, thank you for the
shameless plug Mr. Host.
what were your first words?
Moby: Worms. Pronounce
SuburbanTitan: Why does Goldie
look so freaky? Just Curious.
Moby: I don't know, drugs?
DJProto: How long does it
usually take for you to write a song/track?
Moby: Sometimes a day,
sometimes 6 months.
Stipe808: Hey! Moby!
I've named my cat after you ! Do you feel humbled now or what!
Moby: Yes, thank you.
Trek_Man: Wanting a family?
Moby: With the right genetic
Blinthehouse: Why haven't you
dated Bjork yet? I think It's your turn.
Moby: I tried. Sadly I'm
Caucasian and American. Two Bjork no-no's.
Thumbs2167: I like rice, do
Moby: Oh yes, along with the
bean I do love rice. Mmm-hmmm!
Oenone_oya: What room of your
home do you compose in? Any special accouterments to help the
Moby: I have a designated
studio in my home(lucky me). Special accouterments? Child
Littledrummercapsistr: Do you
listen to any jazz?
Moby: I love John Coltrane and
early Billy Holiday. Yes.
Madman420: Do you like Pink
Moby: In fact I have some good
child pornography, just contact me and I'll send it to over the
web. Yes, I live Pink Floyd.
UsefulIdiot462: Is it easy to
get drugs as a star?
Moby: I've done drugs once in
the last 12 years, so I'm not exactly an expert.
IAmMorrissey: What's your take
on gay rights?
Moby: I'm in full support of
equal rights for everyone, irregardless of race color creed or
Littledrummercapsistr: Do you
have a significant other?
Moby: No. I'm a bachelor and a
bit of a ho.
Thumbs2167: Do think rap is
Moby: I hope not, and in the
future I'd like to be referred to as 'the syphilitic father of
Silverist: What kind of music
do you listen to?
Moby: I listen to everything.
Lots of pop music. I LOVE pop music like Hanson and Puff Daddy
and All Saints, and you might think I'm kidding, but I'm not.
UsefulIdiot462: Do you have a
set format for your songs?
Moby: No specific format that
I know of.
Scott_Steg: What is your
favorite James Bond film?
Moby: Live and Let Die.
Especially the alligators.
Che18: Where is your favorite
place to give a concert?
Moby: Favorite place? Probably
Chicago or Minneapolis or Milwaukee.
Decoy_Boy: WHAT"S YOUR
Moby: 'Cletus the slack jawed
Adesousa: What type of guitar
do you play?
Moby: Uh oh, some sort of
stall. I have a few guitars, nothing too special, no name brands.
Oops, I mean Carvin.
Kmfdm3: How do we really know
this is really Mody and not some Yahoo! employee?
Moby: It's me, Mody.
Rabies_97: So Moby are ever
going to do work with any members from Skinny Puppy?
Moby: I like Skinny Puppy, but
I have no plans to work with them. I'm kind of a solo fellow.
Kris26p: Do you think that the
rave scene, electronic music and E becoming more mainstream is a
good thing for the scene and the artists?
Moby: I think it's hard to
generalize at this point.
Oenone_oya: Hey, I love it
when a man admits to ho-ing...much respect! Do you have any
Moby: Oh my, you don't even
want to know.
TB_ACiD_303: So, have you been
taking many drugs lately?
Moby: Well, once in the last
12 years, so I guess that means no.
Tacticz: any thoughts on
American Drum and Bass?
Moby: I don't know much US
drum and bass. But I'm sure it's good.
Zombie65: Do you anticipate
releasing another CD-Rom like Disk?
Moby: Not in the near future.
DJProto: Do you prefer writing
music at night or does it matter?
Moby: Controversial questions,
please. Time of day doesn't matter for creative process for me.
ArleenCo: How do you feel
about the AIDS issue? I remember seeing a picture of you at the
LES needle exchange, an article in the Voice, I
Moby: I don't know enough
about the current state of HIV in the USA to have an opinion
you ever worked with Aphex Twin?
Moby: We toured together and
he was not a particularly nice guy. But I like Ambient
Works 89-92 or whatever it's called.
The_Oddity: Do you plan to be
collaborating with any heavy metal stars anytime in the near
Moby: I've done my heavy metal
collaborations for the time being, so no.
probably shooting up right now aren’t you?
Moby: Fuck you, I finished at
least two minutttttttttttttttttttttttts.
Scott_Steg: If you could,
would you ever perform naked?
Moby: I have performed naked,
lots of times. Really. No joke. Except for my genitals, they're
Kmfdm3: What is your
philosophy on balancing Christianity and humanity? How do you
prioritize? And sorry about Mody it was a type - o!
Moby: Hmm, difficult question.
I don't see a contradiction between Christianity and humanity.
Trek_Man: Ever fight with a
fan on stage before?
Moby: No. Never. I had my
penis bitten once and it hurt. Surprised me, too. By a very, very
Glasnouv: What's the latest
book you have read?
Moby: The River Why
by David somebody or other.
Cracker20: If you could kiss
one, and only one Spice Girl, which one would you kiss?
Moby: I think Posh Spice.
Sorry if I'm so predictable.
Drywall_UT: What are your
favorite sites to visit on the Internet?
Moby: I don't have an Internet
account, so I don't know.
ExoticBirds: Do you think the
government should be allowed to censor music because a few people
supposedly killed themselves because of it?
Pin125: If others wanted to
sound like you, would you consider it flattery or an encroachment
of your personal space?
Moby: Flattery. I would be
honored. Even if people rip me off and sample me. Please
Kmfdm3: The emphasis of
Christianity is denying the flesh and humanity is pleasing the
flesh how is that not a contradiction?
Moby: I don't think that it's
Henro2: Your personal drive
and inspirations on Voodoo Child creation?
Moby: To make a beautiful
record that people could use in their daily lives and fall in
Idamian: Did anything or
anyone stand out in particular on the MOBILITY
Moby: It was all wonderful,
but 'god moving..' was impressive because he learned all of the
parts. Wow. that was impressive.
TB_ACiD_303: Who's idea was it
to call you the father of techno as we know it?
Moby: Certainly not mine.
Deephymn: I Like To Score is
subtitled "Music From Films Vol.1". Will there be a
volume 2? When?
Moby: I hope there'll be a
vol. 2, when? 2 years? 3 years?
DJProto: If you were alive at
the time would you have dropped everything and followed Jesus
Moby: Probably not,
unfortunately. Just like I haven't done that now. I'm flawed.
Drywall_UT: What do you like
to do in your spare time besides music?
Moby: Simple, simple stuff.
like eating and reading. I'm very dull.
TunnelHead : Do you get many
demo tapes from aspiring techno artists? If so, do you listen to
Moby: I listen to them, yes,
many good ones, too.
Siltyfine: You've said a
hooker is a great, carefree job. Don't you find it odd that
you're more concerned with the abuse of animals for human
pleasure than you are concerned with abuse of women?
Moby: Oh, come on. some women
work in the adult entertainment world and they love it and some
women do it and they hate it. It's very hard to generalize. And
I'm terribly concerned with abuse towards anybody, especially
Tiddlay: Some guy said you
sucked, so I whooped his ass.
Moby: Figuratively, I hope.
Kris26p: What do you think of
the women who want to f*ck you because you are "MOBY."
Moby: I wish that I know some
of them. Or rather, 'knew', excuse the typo.
TunnelHead : You're considered
the "father of modern techno"...who are some of your
favorite techno artists?
Moby: Fave techno artists? Too
many to list.
Littledrummercapsistr: What do
you think of the Church of Euthanasia?
Moby: I don't know of the
SonicMonk: When you your time
comes and you die . How would you like to be remembered?
Moby: As a striving and open
Che18: Do you celebrate
Moby: You know, Christ was
probably born in the summer. But yes, Christmas is nice. Except
it's way too cold in NYC. I like warm.
TheClashGirl: WHAT DOES FAME
Moby: Like sweaty pennies.
Zombie65: Did you compose
"God Moving..." with film in mind. It's a very visual
Moby: No, but with the image
that the title suggests.
Idamian: Any goals for the NEW
Moby: To learn stuff. And
maybe move to Northern Arizona. And to maybe fall in love for the
first time in my life.
Glasnouv : If you arrived at
heaven, what would you want God to say to you?
Moby: You're forgiven.
Littledrummercapsistr : What
can we vegans eat at holidays?
Moby: Anything without
Born_slippery : what where
influences for the lyrics in Animal Rights?
Moby: Simple, visceral,
primitive, pre-cognitive me.
Kris26p: If you weren't making
music for a living, what would you do?
Moby: Hmm, walking around.
seriously, that's what I think I'd be doing.
Kiss_me_Kill_me: Do approve of
this thing that U2 is doing ?
Moby: I love U2. Bono even
kissed my hands once and told me that he loved me.
Clonejunkyz: Do you believe
Moby: I don't know enough
about the nature of the universe to know about something as
complicated asre-incarnation. Moby shameless
plug for himself-I made a record under the name voodoo child that
is called THE END OF EVERYTHING and it's my
favorite record that I've ever made. it's beautiful and I listen
to it all the time. So buy it or tape it or steal it or call
Elektra and lie and say that you're a journalist and have them
send you one.
DJProto: Do you believe heaven
is a place or more of a different state of being?
Moby: It's beyond my
understanding at this point.
TunnelHead: If you had to
choose your 3 favorite albums of all time, what would they be?
Moby: Bad Brains-Roir
cassette. Prince-Purple Rain. Joy Division-Closer.
the phone number for Elektra?
Moby: 212-275-4000, ask for
Extem : What's your idea of
the perfect woman?
Moby: Smart, open minded,
compassionate, exuberant, sexual, musical.
Idamian: Any new released
forthcoming from your label TROPHY?
Moby: None planned, sadly. I'm
too busy with other stuff.
Kiss_me_Kill_me: Do you think
that there are any band that have made a mark on the 90's if so
Kapsize: If you could start
over, would you be a boy or a girl?
Moby: Well, I've been a boy.
So it would be fun to be a girl. Especially with what I know
about being a boy.
Thrine13: Do you believe
people are inherently good or bad?
Rabies_97: SO MOBY
HAVE YOUR ALBUMS GONE PLATNUM.
Moby: No. Sniff.
Littledrummercapsistr: How do
you weed out the phonies in your life?
Moby: I don't, I pay them.
Glasnouv : Who are your
Moby: David James Duncan,
Tennessee William’s, Flannery O'Connor, Walt Whitman, Yeats,
Kris26p: Why the shaved head?
Moby: Cos I have the hairline
of a sleazy accountant and I'm not proud of it. sniff. sniff:(
Sky_69: So if you were a girl
would you be lesbian?
Moby: I would be fiercely
Cor_Man222: Do you like to
Moby: I love to dance, but I
suck as a dancer.
Born_slippery : Where was the
picture on "the end of everything" taken?
Moby: In Barbados. I was
terribly depressed. it's supposed to look desolate and horrific.
DJProto: Do you plan on ever
Moby: I would love to. Just
ain't met that special someone as of yet.
Madman420: I am asking what