The one-and-only Moby spoke to our LA/CreativeMornings audience of moving to LA from NYC, creativity, inspiration, and the freedom to fail.
About the speaker
Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. he started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal connecticut hardcore punk group ‘the vatican commandoes’ when he was 13. he started dj'ing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s new york house and hip-hop scenes.
He released his first single, ‘go’ in 1991(listed as one of rolling stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. his own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including david bowie, metallica, the beastie boys, public enemy, among others.
He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including ‘heat’, ‘any given sunday’, ‘tomorrow never dies’, and ‘the beach’, among others.
Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the humane society and the institute for music and neurologic function, and in 2007 he launched ‘mobygratis’, which provides free music for independent film makers. moby’s latest album ‘innocents’, his most collaborative project to date, featuring wayne coyne, cold specks, damien jurado, mark lanegan, and skylar grey, was released in october 2013.
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Allowing yourself to find the things that you love and dedicating your life to doing them. — Moby
My friends who are very self-critical edit before they actually do anything. They assume that no matter what they do, it's not going to be good and so they don't even bother doing it. — Moby
I find it really inspiring to just live in a dysfunctional crumbling city full of people who make things. — Moby
One nice thing about failure is when you go through it at the end you can sort of take stock and say "OK, that was a failure. And it wasn't that bad." — Moby
Everybody in LA fails. We just do. — Moby