Few have experienced the music industry's madness quite like Moby. His life is a rollercoaster consisting of sex, drugs, raves, sobriety, veganism, animal rights, restaurants and an expansive catalogue of releases touching on the vast spectrum of musical genres from ambient and electronic to alternative rock. There's little he hasn't experienced and there are way too many moments to mention, but here Mixmag outlines iconic moments that defined his fabled career.
Early on he was a electronic music pioneer, innovating with technology to produce outsider techno and various other forms of music. There were brief moments of early success, but he blossomed once he released his fifth album and his career was launched into the mainstream.
Here are the moments that define Moby's career and reveal why he's the influential figure we know him to be today.
Arguably the most important moment of Moby’s long and storied career was his inaugural hit ‘Go’, released in 1990. Sampling ‘Laura Palmer’s Theme’ from Twin Peaks, he showcased his innovative talent, producing an iconic dance ballad by fusing the distinct melody with an infectious rhythm. The popular version people recognize today wasn’t even how Moby had originally intended the track to be. It was the b-side to his first release and after watching Twin Peaks he decided to remix the track and add the melody. ‘Go’ would later lead to his first appearance on Top Of The Pops and Moby’s career was launched into the spotlight.