Several things come to mind when I think of Moby. The first might be commercials. Every single song off Play, his breakthrough album from 1999, was licensed to promote something, whether to sell Nike gear or make a scene from Gone in 60 Seconds feel particularly edgy. The album went on to sell over 10 million copies, but he didn’t need platinum status to make a fortune from Play. Outspokenness also comes to mind with Moby. He’s always been notoriously vocal about a number social issues, both large and small. A longtime vegan and defender of animal rights, he’s mouthed off candidly about politics, drugs, religion, celebrity, and much more. He is part musician, part producer, and a longtime polemicist.
These factors don’t outweigh the fact that Moby is still a recognizable force within the world of electronic music. With his latest album, Destroyed, released earlier this year, he continues to propagate the ambient sound that made him famous, eschewing the popular influences of dub-step and house reflected in the latest electronic music trends. Moby can still headline a growing festival like Decibel and draw a staggering crowd with the sheer star power of his name alone. His DJ sets are said to be more upbeat, favoring classic house jams with light sprinklings of his own compositions. If anything, this is your chance to see one the most influential electronic music artists of the last decade spin the tunes that inspire him to groove.