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September 17, 2009

Checking in with Moby

mobyRemember that piece on Moby I told you I was working on? Well, it came out in today's paper.

Have a look-see.

Of all the musicians I've interviewed recently, Moby struck me as being one of the most honest and open. He talked about some of the choices he made several years ago that he now regrets.

"There's definitely some decisions that were made that were not necessarily motivated by creativity, but were motivated by pressure from the record company to increase market share and the desire to have a little more fame," he said.

"I say that with a lot of trepidation and shame. In hindsight, those are the decisions I regret the most."

Those decisions and that regret are part of the reason why he decided to pull back and make his latest album "Wait For Me," so intimate. It's a record for living rooms -- not dance floors.

Moby performs at Rams Head Live tonight. Should be a good show.

(Photo by Katy Baugh)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:35 PM | | Comments (2)


I guess he means when he pre-sold every song on a previous album to advertisers before it was even released? That was lame.

I own a few Moby cds and have seen him in interviews. He strikes me as a somewhat intelligent and talented person. He plays multiple instruments in addition to his DJ skills. His cd covers always contain essays on his views which are pretty interesting. He states his opinions on alot of touchy topics but never comes across as preachy.
His cd "Animal Rights" is alot different than the stuff most of us have heard on "Play". I would recommend listening to "Animal Rights" if you're even a casual fan of Moby.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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