Despite the fact that recently the press has been strongly exaggerating rumors about the career decline of the famous DJ and singer Moby, he however, continues to create new music and retains the status of world-renowned superstar. In the field of electronic music no musician can compare with him regarding the quality and quantity of works he had written and performed, and the warm acknowledgment of fans from all over the world.
Moby (born Richard Melville Hall) is not only famous for his active participation in the formation of the rave music movement, his original compositions and memorable video clips. There is much more to him. His philosophy of life is infinitely far from those secular ideas about the image of a talented and demanded musician. Himself being a convinced admirer of the world without technologies polluting the environment, a strict vegan, fine scholar and an ardent supporter of the Christian faith, Moby chose a life in isolation from society, with all its vices included. However, this did not prevent him from actively collaborating with famous performers, travelling around the world with tours and performing in the most prestigious clubs on different continents.
While still a teenager, Moby has participated in various musical groups, playing guitar and trying his hand at singing. However, he soon realized that the career a DJ attracted him the most. In the late 80s of last century he headed to New York in order to become a DJ. It was at time when the “house” movement had emerged, when it was still in its formation stage and confidently gaining momentum. It took Richard Melville Hall approximately 10 years for learning the majority of intricacies of the DJ “craft”. It resulted in release of his first studio singles for the general audience on the label Instinct in the early '90s.
Moby’s debut album of the same name was released in 1992. He did not top the leading world charts, however the musician didn’t went unnoticed by fans, although they didn’t number hundreds of thousands at that time. A year later Moby managed to surprise the audience by releasing the single «I Feel It / Thousand», which got into The "Guinness Book of Records" as the fastest track in the history of music. The rhythm of this incredibly vibrant and dynamic composition exceeded 1000 beats per minute.
In that same year, Moby signed with a major independent Mute label and released the album titled «Ambient», which included his early stuff, which was revised and adapted for commercial sounding. A year later came the first cautious success: the album «Everything Is Wrong» entered the charts in America and Britain and received silver status. According to the Spin magazine, this work deserved to be called "Album of the Year" as it combined various styles and genres skillfully woven together, together being something really unique, new and original.
Over the next several years Moby released a few more albums, but they were not as successful as his previous works. Artist who sincerely loved and took pride in his work, begun to sink into the abyss of depression. But things changed at the turn of the century - in the spring of 1999 the album «Play» got released. It was slow and melodic, original and experimental in its own way; over 10 million copies were sold, the album certified platinum in 26 countries around the world and received a number of prestigious awards. Among which was Grammy award nomination.
From that moment began Moby’s a rapid ascent as the world's superstar, and he retains this title to this day. The album “18” released in 2002, got in the first places of the UK, Australia, France, Belgium and other countries’ charts. He also got to the 4th position in the U.S. charts, received "gold" and "platinum" status as a result. Moby’s later work may have been slightly less successful, but the artist has made his way to stardom, and nothing could shake his authority now. To the present day, Moby remains a cult figure in the eyes of many (and not only as a electronic music artist). In 2011 he released his tenth studio album titled «Destroyed», which clearly indicates Moby’s intention to continue experimenting with music genres and giving birth to new creations.