After the meditative electronica of 2002's 18 and the singer-songwriter moves of 2005's 'Hotel,' Moby returns to the dance floor with a vengeance on his new album 'Last Night,' released on 10th March 2008. Spanning hands-in-the-air, Smiley-faced rave anthems, cosmic Giorgio Moroder-styled Euro-disco, hip-hop both old school and underground, and downtempo, end-of-the-night ambience, 'Last Night' is a dance music tour de force that looks back at Moby's deep roots in the club scene at the same time as it embraces the future.
Reacting against the downbeat quality of previous albums like Hotel, 18 and the blockbuster Play, Moby "wanted to make an album that was a little more playful, a little more reflective of [his] life as it actually is." While Moby has garnered a bit of a reputation as a joyless militant as a result of the way he once expressed his beliefs and has been frequently characterised by the British music press as a teetotaling vegan Jesus freak, he says, "That's just not who I am. I'm more likely than not to stay out until 5am drinking with my friends."
Since he has been heavily involved in New York's club scene since the mid-80s, Moby is well placed to conjure the atmosphere of degenerate excess. Moby first started going to clubs as a teenager in 1980, a time many consider the golden age of New York nightlife. "It seemed like after the 70s there was a disco backlash and no one in the rest of the world wanted to know about dance music, but dance music here was still thriving," Moby remembers. "The DJs would be playing hip-hop and freestyle and dancehall reggae and house music and weird electronic music. It was just an open, amazing time. I feel really, really grateful to have come of age musically during that time. It always made me really sad that the rave scene died off because those big, larger than life, euphoric, piano-driven rave anthems, I always really loved them," Moby says. "I feel like I've become an evangelist for big, piano-driven rave anthems."
born september 11th, 1965 in harlem, nyc
1967 - moves to danbury, connecticut where mother, elizabeth, finishes
her university education
1969 - moves to san francisco
1970 - moves to darien, connecticut
1970-1974 - attends royle school in darien, connecticut
1974-1976 - lives in stratford, connecticut where he attends birdseye elementary school
1977 - moves back to darien, connecticut and begins taking guitar lessons
1978 - attends middlesex junior high school, darien, connecticut
1979 - attends mather junior high school, darien, connecticut
1980-1983 - attends darien high school. during this time moby played in a variety
of bands, including the vatican commandoes and awol. releases 'hit squad for god'
ep with vatican commandoes.
1984 - attends university of connecticut in storrs, connecticut, majoring in philosophy.
1985 - drops out of university of connecticut. begins working at johnny's records
in darien, connecticut, and dj'ing at the beat in port chester, new york. releases
eponymous 'awol' ep.
1986 - plays in 2 bands, caeli seoul, and gin train. continues dj'ing at the beat
and begins dj'ing at the cafe in greenwich, connecticut.
1986 - moves to greenwich, connecticut. lives next door to the bush family compound.
1987 - moves to an abandoned factory in stamford, connecticut.
1988 - dj's at the beat, 7 willow street, and the cafe. works on music. tries desperately
to get a record contract in new york city.
1989 - moves to new york city(14th street and 3rd avenue) with roommates damian loeb and stretch armstrong. signs recording contract with instinct records. releases single with jimmy mack entitled 'time's up'.
1990 - releases first single, 'mobility b/w go'
1991 - releases second single, 'go(woodtick mix)'. 3rd single, 'voodoo child', and 4th single 'mindstorm/brainstorm'
1991 - in autumn of 1991 'go' becomes a top 10 record in the uk. moby performs on top of the pops for the first time.
1992 - releases 'uhf'. 'next is the e'. 'thousand'. goes on tour with the shamen in north america. begins contract dispute with instinct records.
1993 - goes on tour with the prodigy and richie hawtin and john acquaviva in north america. later in the year goes on tour with orbital, aphex twin, and vapourspace. leaves instinct records and releases 'move' on mute records. 2nd performance on 'top of the pops' for 'move'.
1994 - spends the entire year working on 'everything is wrong'.
1995 - releases 'everything is wrong' and tours from march until december. headlines the 2nd stage at lollapalooza and tours europe with the red hot chili peppers.
'everything is wrong' is named spin magazines 'album of the year'.
1996 - releases 'animal rights' and tours europe with soundgarden. 'animal rights' receives very bad reviews and sells terribly. 3rd performance on 'top of the pops' for 'come on baby'. also releases 'voodoo child: the end of everything'.
1997 - releases 'james bond theme' as part of 'tomorrow never dies'. it gets to #8 in the uk charts. also releases 'i like to score', a collection of music that has appeared in different films.
1998 - ends contract with elektra records. spends entire year working on 'play' and trying to find a record contract in north america.
1999 - signs with v2 records(run by dan beck and richard sanders) and releases 'play' in may of 1999. 'play' sells poorly at first and gets mediocre reviews but eventually goes on to sell over 9,000,000 records worldwide.
'play' tour started in march of 1999 and continued until august of 2001.
2000 - touring. 4th and 5th 'top of the pops' performances for 'natural blues' and 'porcelain'.
2001 - more touring. some tour highlights: the area1 festival with outkast and new order.
last show of the 'play' tour is with u2 at slane castle in ireland.
during this time moby is also working on '18'.
2002 - releases '18' in may of 2002. tours from february of 2002 until autumn of 2003.
during this time he also opens 'teany', with ex-girlfriend kelly tisdale. 6th 'top of the pops' performance for 'we are all made of stars'.
2003 - begins work on 'hotel'. also begins work with moveon.org and vigorous campaigning for john kerry.
2004 - continues work on 'hotel' and 'teany'.
2005 - releases 'hotel' in march of 2005. tours from january 2005 until december of 2005.
also releases 'voodoo child, baby monkey'. 7th top of the pops performance for 'lift me up'.
also releases 'teany book'.
2006 - begins work on unnamed next record. composes music for 'southland tales'.
begins preparing for autumn release of 'go: the very best of moby'.
"Alice" feat. Aynzil and the 419 Crew from the forthcoming Last Night