Born Richard Melville Hall on September 11, 1965. He
is an American musician, DJ and photographer. He started making music
when he was 9 years old. When he was 14, he played with the hardcore
punk group The Vatican Commandoes. He studied philosophy at the
University of Connecticut and started DJ'ing while in college. He
released his first single Go in 1991 and has been making albums
ever since. He also produces and remixes scores for other artists,
including David Bowie, The Beasty Bows and Public Enemy. You can check
and his website.
He also has a website called
gratis, which provides free music for independent, non-profit
filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their
independent, non-profit film, video, or short.
Moby has been doing photography since he was 10 years
old. In 2011 he released his first photography book
which was released at the same time as the album
He shot all the images while he was on tour, to show the side of touring
that is often not exposed.
In 2002, he opened a vegetarian/vegan cafť called
with his ex-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale, who runs it. Together they
wrote the book
which contains recipes from their restaurant.
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Quotes by Moby:
"I became vegetarian because I didnít want
to be involved in anything that caused unnecessary animal
suffering. That same reasoning led me to become a vegan."
"I like being vegan, I think it's good for
my health. But honestly, one of the main reasons I'm vegan is
because I'm ethically lazy. My friends who eat meat or who eat
eggs have to sometimes wrestle with the ethical consequences of
their actions. By being vegan, I take the easy way out. I truly
don't judge other people's actions. But I think that factory
farming is an abomination, and that's what the book Gristle
When asked why he is always
very outspoken about animal rights and veganism, he answered:
"Because billions of animals are suffering
and itís incumbent upon us to do all that we can to alleviate
"Factory-farm lobbyists are so powerful
and so well funded and they do everything in their power to hide
the truth about farming. They keep the farms and slaughterhouses
in places that most people never visit; they execute huge
marketing campaigns in an effort to make animal production look
like a happy, nice, benign institution."
"If the entire world decided to become
vegan tomorrow, a whole host of the world's problems would
disappear overnight. Climate change would decrease by 25
percent, deforestation would cease, rainforests would be
preserved, our water- and air-quality would increase,
life-expectancy rates would increase, and our rates of cancer
would plummet, so certainly, with that one action of becoming
vegan you are quite effectively making the world a better
When asked why he named one of his albums
"There are a lot of pretty compelling
issues that we're faced with.
The fact that human beings are torturing and killing maybe 50
billion animals a year needlessly. As a food source they're very
inefficient, and it's bad for us. As far as animal testing goes,
it's scientifically not valid by any stretch of the imagination.
And I think it's absurd that so much suffering and so much
cruelty is being done needlessly."
"The number one cause of water pollution
in the United States is animal production. And then the number
one cause of deforestation in the Third World is clearing land
for grazing. The environmental ramifications of animal
production are almost as depressing as animal production
"'Vegans are wrong'? Based on the bible?
You're sadly ignorant, and here's why, scripturally: genesis
1:29 'and god said 'behold I have given you every plant yielding
seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree
with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food...I have
given every green plant for food'.' this is before the fall of
man. before being cast out of Eden. So god proscribed a vegan
diet for humans before the fall. And when god gives man
'dominion' over animals you might do yourself a favour and look
up the etymology of 'dominion'. It means essentially, to act in
a god-like way towards something. 'Domine' latin for 'god'. So
in giving us 'dominion' over animals god is asking us to treat
them as if we are god. In other words, with kindness and
compassion and great reverence. I have almost no patience for
anyone who uses religion to justify cruelty. And a belief in the
rights of animals doesn't involve any sort of compromise in a
belief in the rights of humans. The two rights go hand in hand,
and they're both the product of love and compassion."
"I made what I would arguably maintain is
the world's most obscenely healthy smoothie: almond milk,
spinach, kale, cacao nibs, spirulina, bananas, strawberries, and
blueberries. I use homemade almond milk, which is really easy to
make ó just take almonds and water and put it in a blender for
45 seconds, and then strain out the chunks of almond."