BORN SEPTEMBER 11, 1965 in Harlem, New York City. Given the legal name
Richard Melville Hall. Given the nickname 'Moby' at birth due to having Herman
Melville as an ancestor. Lived in a basement apartment in New York City with
James Hall and Elizabeth Hall and 3 pet lab rats, a dog named Jamie, and a cat.
In 1967, James Hall killed in a car crash.
In 1967, moved with Elizabeth Hall (mom) to Danbury, Connecticut to an
apartment in a strange house by the Danbury prison.
In 1968, first fell in love with a song, 'Proud Mary' by CCR. Refused to
leave car when aforementioned song was on crappy sounding AM radio in beat up
SUMMER OF 1969, moved to San Francisco for the Summer Of Love. Vague memory
of meeting John Wayne.
AUTUMN OF 1969, moved to Darien, Connecticut to live in a big suburban house
with grandparents, Myron Warner and Jeanette McBride Warner. Attended Royle
Grammar School from 1970-1975.Strange fact: best friend in 1973 was Robert
Downey Jr. Parents used to smoke pot together, haven't seen him since.
In 1975, moved to a haunted house populated with hippies in Stratford,
In 1977, moved back to Darien, Connecticut.
In 1978, began taking guitar lessons from a cute suburban girl who was in
love with James Taylor.
In 1978, learned how to play first song on guitar, 'Crocodile Rock.'
Disappointed that cute guitar teacher had no amorous interest in me... oops, in
Moby. Sorry, trying to maintain objectivity.
In 1979, started first band. We knew 2 songs, 'Money' by Pink Floyd and
'Birthday' by the Beatles.
In 1980 started first new wave/punk rock band called 'The Banned,' then
'Uxb,' then 'DD,' and finally settling on 'Vatican Commandos.' We started out
covering Clash and Sex Pistols songs and then writing our own punk rock ditties,
such as 'Housewives on Valium' and 'Wonder Bread.'
In 1982, started darker new wave band called AWOL.
In 1981, to break the timeline a little bit, went to first New York City
nightclub, the Mudd Club, to see 'Fear'...it was awesome.
In 1983, released first record, 'Hit Squad for God' with Vatican Commandos.
In 1983, I also got my first 4-track recorder. It was a brown, Tascam 4 track
cassette recorder and I set it up in the basement of my mother's house. This is
when I realized that I could finish songs by myself and that I didn't need to be
so reliant upon other musicians.
In 1984, released second record, 'AWOL' by AWOL. Oops, graduated from Darien
High School in 1983 and started attending University of Connecticut, but that
didn't last long. Dropped out of UConn in 1984.
In 1984 started DJ'ing at the Beat in Port Chester, New York. Early DJ'ing
experiences there consisted of playing records at 3 in the morning in the middle
of the week to 4 or 5 passed out drunks. It got better, and I had some really
wonderful moments there. Ah, memories... continued to live in Darien,
Connecticut until 1985. Moved to Greenwich, Connecticut in 1986.
Lived next door to George Bush's mom. Very strange.
Lived in the woods in a carriage house that a friend of mine was sort of
squatting in. Moved to Stamford, Connecticut in 1988.
Lived in a semi-abandoned factory with no running water in my space. It was
illegal to live there, but I loved it. Had cockroaches the size of chihuahas.
Could hear them running around. They were disgusting. But I loved living in that
old, semi-abandoned factory.
In 1987, I started taking demo tapes around NYC trying to get a record deal.
2 years of very fruitless labor, being rejected by every label that I spoke to.
In 1989, I finally received some interest from a new label in NYC called
Instinct Records. And in 1989 I moved to New York to a very dark and dirty
apartment on 14th Street and 3rd Avenue that was next to a Mexican restaurant
with deep fried everything and a 24 hour sex shop/brothel. New York sure has
changed... Released first single, 'Time's Up' as the Brotherhood. This record
sold all of, I don't know, 8 copies? Began DJ'ing around New York at defunct
clubs such as Mars, the Palladium, MK, Palace de Beaute, etc. First ever live
electronic performance at MK in the summer of...
1990. I wore a suit. I was very nervous. Second ever live electronic
performance at the Palladium in Autumn of 1990. 5,000 people. It went
surprisingly well even though I was a nervous wreck. Released 2nd single
'Mobility' in winter of 1990. It sold around 2,000 copies. I was thrilled.
Really. For I expected it to
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