Fame and celebrity are two things you won’t find on Moby’s list of priorities.
The New York-based musician is modest about his work. So much so, that when given a compliment, he receives it as if it was not the artist who created it, but instead an outsider listening to it with a new perspective.
“One of the downsides of being a solo artist is when I work on music I lose perspective very, very quickly because, for the most part, it’s just me alone in my studio,” Moby tells Metro. “So, at the point when I’m finishing a record, I’m pretty much the only person who’s heard any of the music, and even if I like it I have no idea if anyone else might like it.”
His latest studio album, Last Night, which was released in stores yesterday, features guest vocalists and includes contributions by ’70s hip-hop legend Grandmaster Caz and the U.K.’s MC Aynzli. Though Moby admits to being very happy with the end product, he’s not interested in speculating on its potential for commercial successful. He says making music is a passion he plans on pursuing as long as he possibly can.
“It’s interesting because it’s not one of the more personal or introspective records I’ve made. I mean to make a huge, broad creeping generalization, there are two types of records — there are more personal subjective records and then more kind of communal gregarious records. And this is definitely a more social gregarious record.”
There are so many different genres of music Moby says he still hasn’t explored. But given the chance, he’d like to dip into a variety of different sounds on future records.
“I figure some of them are obscure records that I’d like to make, and I’ll make as I get older, as people completely lose interest in me and my music.”
One of the things that does make Last Night stand out is its eclecticism. Although influenced by dance beats, it incorporates many different styles of music including disco, hip hop, instrumentalism and old-school rave sounds.
“I’m working under no assumptions because I realize that even if I spend the rest of my life working on music that doesn’t mean that people will actually listen to what I do,” he says. “There are a lot of people making records and all you have to do is make a couple of bad records and people just lose interest in you forever — but I think if anybody is going to be surprised by the record, they’ll be surprised by the eclecticism.”