The alt-rock-influenced Hotel
came after Play
(1999) and 18
, a pair of electronic albums that propelled Moby to pop stardom. His newfound fame shifted his focus to making music that sells. He explained in a 2011 interview with The Arts Desk
: "Most of my life my interest in making music was for the love of music, then after the success of Play
I had a brief period when I really liked being a public figure. On Hotel
I was almost more focused on the fame aspect. I wanted to produce an album that had the potential to be commercially successful. It's the only time in my life I've ever done that. I recorded it in a big studio with a really successful engineer [Brian Sperber] and ended up with a very slick, polished anodyne record that I just don't like very much. Some of the songs are nice but I'm disappointed I made such a conventional generic record."