Recently, while in New York, I had a meeting with DJ Moby – a popular DJ, singer, musician and composer.
Richard Melville Hall, (born on September 11, 1965), a.k.a. Moby – was born in Harlem, New York, and raised by his mother in Darien, Connecticut.
According to Hall, his middle name and the nickname “Moby” were given to him by his parents because of an ancestral relationship to Moby Dick author Herman Melville: “The basis for Richard Melville Hall – and for Moby – is that supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle.”
He plays keyboards, guitar, bass guitar and percussion, working in many styles – from electronics to pop, rock and punk. He is a solo artist, recording most of his albums himself, with his band accompanying him only for live concerts.
Having taken 8 singles into the UK Top 40 in 1990’s, he recorded “Play” – an album that sold more than 10 million copies worldwide in 1999 and won him the 341st slot in the list of greatest albums of all time compiled by Rolling Stone magazine. His later albums, “18” (2002), “Hotel” (2005) and “Last Night” (2008) sold more than 6 million copies and won gold and platinum status in over 30 countries.