Moby was born Richard Melville Hall in 1965 in New York. He has said he is related to Herman Melville, the author of the book Moby Dick, which is why he was given the name Moby as a nick name and why he choose it as his stage namel.

He played guitar in a number of punk-style bands from 1980 to 1985, including the Vatican Commandoes, Flipper and AWOL. The Vatican Commandoes released a record in 1983 called Hit Squad for God. Moby got a record deal in 1989 with Instinct Records.

He was still DJing around New York clubs, but he lived in a loft with no heat or running water.

In 1990 he released his first single called Mobility

In 1991 he released a single called Go which gave him his big break. Go makes use of a sample taken from the cult TV show Twin Peaks. With this single he got into the UK Top Ten and appeared on Top of the Pops

Moby has strong beliefs

  • He feels passionately about human and animal rights
  • He is a vegan – he avoids eating, wearing or using any animal products
  • He is also outspoken about his Christian beliefs

In his music Moby covers a wide range of styles. His first official album release was Everything is Wrong in 1995 - this is a dance album. His next album was Animal Rights where he played as part of a rock band. In 1999 he returned to the dance genre with his album Play


Moby spends a lot of time on an album or song.

He comes up with the initial idea quite quickly

But then spends a lot of time tweaking and fine-tuning every detail


The single Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad reached number 16 in the UK charts