Grammy nominated artist, Moby, is most notable for his highly unorthodox career and views on the world (mostly political and religious), as well as being an outspoken vegan and animal rights activist. He began his professional career in the late 1980s/early 1990s as an electronic artist, but he is also a very diversified musician; spending time in a punk rock band as well as being an amateur writer, of sorts, and a photographer since he was 10 years old. Therefore, there is a reason to clarify that he is in fact an artist and that the set posted on his SoundCloud page is actually an “electro mix”.
Born Richard Melville Hall, he received his stage name from his childhood nickname. His parents gave it to him because he’s believed to share roots with Moby Dick author, Herman Melville (hence his middle name as well). The NYC-based artist is not known for his electro smash hits like a plethora of other producers and DJs today—save for one of his most recent productions with big room producers, Lucky Date, entitled “Delay”. So what drove him to compile such a heavy hitting set?
I don’t think the world will ever know exactly why, but I promise you that you will not be disappointed. He kicks things off with DJ Snake and Mercer’s “Lunatic” and the rest of the hour does not slow down. Perhaps he was gearing up for a rare live appearance in Las Vegas’ superclub, Hakkasan, this past Sunday, July 13th. Whatever the case may be, this is not a mix you will want to miss. You can listen to the full July 2014 mix here.
And if you ever get a chance to see Moby, please, please, PLEASE, be sure to go and catch him. His live shows are very few and far between, and even then, his DJ gigs are becoming even more sparse. His latest album, Innocents, only included a three-date world tour, and he is very selective with where and when he actually plays live dates. He states in one interview, “when I go on tour I sit around a lot (cars, airports, hotels, etc), and when I sit around I can’t spend my time making music. And pretty much all I want to do in life is stay home and make music.”
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