One's appreciation for Moby must first start at the fact that he was a man who long pushed the envelope in the dance music world. Here is a producer who found himself couped up in an abandoned warehouse in New York City, nothing to his name but a few pieces of gear and basic recording materials, and who still managed to pump out some of the most refined chaotic techno and rave music the early '90s had ever known. He's also an artist who rose to international heights, only to fall into utter desperation and despair just before completing his opus. When he recorded Play , he was all but certain his career was over, that he was sweating over an album no one would hear. It went on to be a defining album of millennial electronica, a road map by which future dance music creators could forge new paths. He is fabulously ambient and utterly industrial. He can play the punk rocker or the kandi-covered rave kid. His music is erratic and despondent, solemn and joyful.
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Richard Melville Hall born September 11, , better known as Moby , is an American musician, songwriter, singer, producer, and animal rights activist. He has sold 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic considers him to be "among the most important dance music figures of the early s, helping bring dance music to a mainstream audience both in the United Kingdom and the United States". After taking up guitar and piano at age nine, he played in several underground punk rock bands through the s before turning to electronic dance music. His single " Go " was his mainstream breakthrough, reaching No. Through the decade he also produced music under various pseudonyms, released the critically acclaimed Everything Is Wrong , and composed music for films. His punk-oriented album Animal Rights alienated much of his fan base. Moby found commercial and critical success with his fifth album Play which, after receiving little recognition, became an unexpected global hit in after each track was licensed to films, television shows, and commercials. It remains his highest selling album with 12 million copies sold. Moby followed Play with albums of varied styles including electronic, dance, rock, and downtempo music, starting with 18 , Hotel , and Last Night
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