9/11/1965, Darien, Connecticut

Birth Name

Richard Mellville Hall



Also Known As

Electronic Musician
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Richard Melville Hall was born on September 11th, 1965, in Darien, Connecticut. Richard, aka Moby, is an American electronic musician, who can play keyboards, guitar, and bass. In 1980, Moby was in a punk band called the Vatican Commandos, but was removed from the band in 1989. Mobymore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Moby has received warnings from his neighbours against converting his garage in into a recording studio due to the noise.

    • Moby's alcohol of choice is Vodka.

    • Every single on the 18-track album "Play" has been sold to films, advertisers, or television. Some advertisers include American Express, Bailey's Irish Cream, Nordstrom, PCCW, TVE 1, and Volkswagen.

    • Moby's songs have been featured in many films, such as 1992's Cool World, 1995's Heat, 1996's Scream, 1997's The Saint, 1998's The Insider 1999's The Beach, 2000's Gone in Sixty Seconds, 2001's Freddy Got Fingered, 2002's Phone Booth and The Bourne Identity, 2003's Holes, and 2004's The Bourne Supremacy.

    • In 2003, Moby produced and acted in the film Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party. The film, taking place in an adult video store on Christmas Eve, features comedy, sexual innuendo, music, science-fiction references, and several porn stars portraying themselves.

    • As a result of the feud with white rapper Eminem, Moby is satirized and mocked in the song Without Me. In the music video, a Moby-esque character played by Eminem gets stomped by rapper Obie Trice.

    • Moby remixed the James Bond theme for the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies.

    • Moby lives across the street from David Bowie.

    • The popular, progressive song 'Go' uses the string line from 'Lauara Palmer's Theme' from Twin Peaks.

    • Moby was the host of the short-lived MTV show Señor Moby's House of Music. The show focused on obscure electronic music.

    • Moby wrote We Are All Made of Stars because of the 9-11 attacks in September of 2001, which was also Moby's thirty-sixth birthday.

      The music video for We Are All Made of Stars features Angelyne, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, Todd Bridges, J.C. Chasez, Gary Coleman, Robert Evans, Cory Feldman, Ron Jeremy, Kato Kaelin, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, Molly Sims, Dominique Swain, Verne Troyer, Toxie, and Moby himself, dressed in a NASA space suit.

    • Moby is a strict Vegan.

    • Moby is pro-choice.

    • Moby's song Living was originally titled I Don't Want to Go on Living, but he thought that was too grim.

    • Moby named his 1999 album "Play" after walking past a playground, which contained a huge mural of the word 'Play'.

    • The music video for 'Natural Blues' features actresses Fairuza Balk and Christina Ricci.

    • Moby's song 'Thousand' has the Guinness world record for the fastest tempo in beats-per-minute (BPM) of any single ever recorded, clocking 1,000 BPM. The song is named 'Thousand' because of the thousand BPM.

    • Moby has released music under many pseudonyms, such as 'Barracuda', 'Brainstorm/Mindstorm', 'The Brotherhood', 'DJ Cake', 'Lopez', 'UHF' and 'Voodoo Child'.

    • Richard Melville (Moby) is actually a descendent of Herman Melville, writer of Moby Dick.

  • Quotes

    • Moby: (on Britney Spears) The fatter she gets, the weirder she gets, the more I love her. Now I would marry her in a heartbeat.

    • Moby: I guess in some people's eyes, nerds might be mildly sexy - and, as a nerd, I'm certainly happy to enjoy some of the effects of that. But as far as the very brief affair that I had with Natalie, it's made me a target of a lot of nerd wrath. You don't date Luke Skywalker's mom and not have the fans hate your guts.