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MOBY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 old Plymouth.

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,

Connecticut.

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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