Moby

Sep. 11, 1965

Moby Artistfacts

  • Moby is a vegan. That means he won't eat anything that comes from animals (eggs, cheese, milk, etc).
  • When he couldn't get his songs on the radio, he started licensing them for commercials to get them exposure. His album Play is the first to have every song used in commercials. The ads gave the album a huge boost in sales.
  • His real name is Richard Melville Hall.
  • He is the great-great-great grandnephew of Herman Melville, who wrote Moby Dick. That is how he chose the name Moby.
  • Moby is a born-again Christian. He doesn't drink alcohol.
  • Created the Area: One tour featuring different styles of music made up of bands he likes, including Incubus, Outkast, and Nelly Furtado. He kept the ticket prices down by working with sponsors, which he was good at from licensing his songs in commercials.
  • His prize posession is a drawing of Homer Simpson's head signed by Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons. >>
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  • He was in the punk band Flipper for a VERY breif time in the 80's. >>
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    shawn - Bremerton, WA
  • He used to be in a thrash punk band called the Vatican Commandos. >>
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    Adam - Dewsbury, England
  • Moby is yet another artist to demand concert promoters to buy him underwear, as his tour rider notes.
  • Moby grew up an only child to a single mother after his father died in a drink-driving accident when he was two years old.
  • His mother died of cancer, in 1998, a year before Moby's hit album Play was released. He recalled to NME in 2018 how a night of heavy drinking left him hungover and too incapacitated to attend her funeral: "Unsurprisingly, I'm sober now," Moby said. "It's clearly a sign that things aren't working out when you sleep through your mom's funeral."
  • Moby used to own Marlon Brando's old house, an eight-bedroom replica of a Norman castle dubbed Wolf's Lair. Built in 1927 for Milton Wolf, a Hollywood developer and art director, it has also been inhabited by Debbie Reynolds and The Beatles.

Comments: 8

  • Sally from Shavertown, PaActually, he does drink occasionally. On his website, he expressed mild frustration at the rumors that he is a tetotiler
  • Kara from Nyc, NyHe was rumored to have dated Natalie Portman in 2001. He said they were friends.
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandThat was sarcasm by the way.
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandSo, Moby's a vegan and he doesn't drink. Rock on!
  • Scott Evans from Bradford, FinlandMoby also records under the name of 'Voodoo Child'. The album 'Animal Rights' was recorded under this moniker. The video for 'South Side' with Gwen Stefani was shot a year after its initial recording.
  • Marlow from Perth, Australiaits a shame for a NYC local to share his birthday with the trajedy of sept 11..
  • Jon from Grand Forks, NdNo cheese or milk?!? What happens to the poor cow that can't expunge the product? This guy is cruel
  • Erik from Davis, CaHas his own Vegan-oriented market in the NYC area.
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