Moby quotes and sayings
September 11, 1965
David Lynch is my friend, and I love his movies and his art and his music. Few things make me happier than working with him.
Never have public feuds with anyone who's surrounded by people who carry guns.
I've worked with all sorts of random people - everybody from Metallica to Britney Spears to Ozzy Osbourne to Michael Jackson to the Beastie Boys. I've got a really strange CV. It's interesting - I work with a lot of these disparate, different people to learn what it's like to work with random people.
I think the word 'blog' is an ugly word. I just don't know why people can't use the word 'journal.'.
More often than not, whenever gossip has been written about me, the gossip is more interesting than the reality. I know some public figures hate gossip, but personally I like it because it makes my life sound more glamorous and interesting than it really is.
In the past I've had public feuds with people, and I have really not benefited from any of them. The feud with Eminem did kind of torpedo my career in the United States, but it also introduced me to Middle America in a way I never could have conceived of.
I need an audience way more than an audience needs me.
There's not a lot of precedent for weird, bald musicians in the Lower East Side making records in their bedrooms and going on to sell a lot of copies of the record. Especially if you look at the pop climate.
We almost need to cultivate - I hate to sound New Age-y - but to cultivate a positive bias, and really work to focus on those things and notice those things that are wonderful and uplifting.
I may be a lifelong 'downtowner,' but Central Park really is the most amazing and the most beautiful part of New York City.
The progressive movement needs more crazy and amoral/immoral right-wing politicians and pundits like Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich and Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity.
You could almost say that throughout human history there are people who can either foresee consequences or who are capable of looking for information and predicting the consequences will happen, but the vast majority of people won't respond to climate change until their city is underwater, food supply is disrupted or everyone around them is dying of zoonotic disease. It's almost like someone dealing with an addiction, like you hope that the person can overcome the addiction before the addiction kills them.
When public figures think they can open a business even though they've got no business experience, it's a bad idea.
This isn't like naming your dog Spot.
Can't do any work with a rock star; you have to go through their lawyers and their agents and their managers and you have to book them hotel rooms. When you work with your friends, you just call them up and they come over and you record and then you go out to see a movie.
I feel like people might be slightly less inclined to hate me as much as they did in the past, and I think part of that is selling fewer records.
I did a cover of the James Bond theme, and I felt like such a fraud, because the original is so good.
I think we're like farm animals before an earthquake.
If I was a sex symbol, I would be getting laid a lot more than I am now.
I thought that my life would be spent working in a bookstore, teaching community college, and making music in my spare time that no one would be willing to listen to.
This whole world is run by brutes for the common and the stupid.
But at the same time, I don't let myself regret things to the point that I'm paralyzed.
I wasn't raised Catholic; I just really like the image of a neutral and benign Mary floating around somewhere, being nice to people.
One of the problems with being relatively conscious and human is that you want to help everybody.
Personally I find the democratic chaos of the Internet fascinating, and for the most part really benign.
I look back and think of all the times I've had to let things go in the past, and how traumatic it seemed while it was happening, but how my understanding of it changed as time passed - and oftentimes things that seem really difficult and traumatic in the short term seem a lot less difficult and traumatic in the long term. So I remind myself of that.
When you say 'failure,' that seems really dramatic, but a lot of failure is just really depressing and mundane. I remember the first time I ever played a concert in Italy. I played a venue that held 900 people, and I think five people showed up. It wasn't a big, 'John Carter of Mars' type failure. It wasn't dramatic; it was just depressing.
One simple word: ugh. Is something still considered a conspiracy if it's played out right under our noses?
If you and I become vegans, the global consequences aren't going to be that much. But if we can get a few hundred million people to become a little more aware and cut back on their animal consumption, the consequences will be great.
There's an aesthetic theme, which is cities at two o'clock in the morning. Not cities packed with people going out to clubs and dancing but desolate, empty streets. It's off-putting but there's a strange comfort to it as well, that desolate urban environment.
I don't think I'm a particularly good writer, and I'm not terribly insightful.
As people continue to do more and buy more over the Internet, continue to meet people over the Internet, connection speeds are going to get faster, and the Internet is just going to become an even more integral part of people's lives.
There's really no reason for any musician, writer, actor to ever take themselves seriously. If you work in a needle exchange, take yourself seriously. You're doing good work. If you're involved in hostage negotiations and saving lives, you can have a sense of entitlement.
The moment a career is on a quantitative downswing, your loathsomeness is sort of attenuated.
I'm not sure how healthy it is to shoot police helicopters with bazookas.
It's sometimes too easy to point fingers when circumstances dramatically go awry, but as an addict, I'm ultimately responsible for my own decisions, no matter how benign or tragic the consequences.
My goal is to make one-not a hodgepodge, but just the sort of record that I would want to listen to.
It will be interesting to see what the long term fruits of our national apathy will be, cos so far they've been pretty foul.
I'd much rather go to a Banksy art show than a Moby art show. My art is painfully naive.
We live in this culture where there are so many things that want us to pretend that we're not truly human. That we can be exempt from the human condition, either through intelligence or accomplishment or success or humor. Bu biologically we're all the same. We all get sad, we all get happy, and we all die. Anyone who pretends that that's not the case is either a sociopath or utterly delusional.
Some of the songs I've made, I'm really disappointed in how I mixed them.
I was trying to convince myself I could learn to be gay - but no. That's one of my great regrets.
Since I was really little, I've just always had an obsession with, not just science fiction, but science and space. And also because as time passes and the more advanced science becomes, the more interesting it becomes.
I love going on tour and playing music for people.
The only sort of descriptive adjective or catch phrase for my music would be 'eclectic.'.
By being vulnerable, either with yourself or in the presence of another person, that's where all growth and ultimate well-being comes from.
Let peace and beauty reign.
A lot of times good, pristine recordings prevent the listener from getting emotionally involved in the music.
Sometimes I love the marriage of art and commerce; I love Donna Summer; I like the Rolling Stones.
When you look at the consequences of climate change, at rainforest deforestation, at antibiotic resistance, these are not necessarily political issues, but rather issues that have the ability to threaten our species.
I find the fact that so few people buy albums to be strangely emancipating. There's absolutely no reason for 99% of musicians making albums to think about actually selling albums. So as a musician you can just make an album for the love of making albums.
If I had to label myself now, I'd call myself a Taoist-Christian-agnostic quantum mechanic.
Moby lives the simplest of any person I think I know.
A lot of people do talk about the demise of the album, but I still believe that if an artist tries hard to make a great album, people will buy it and listen to it as an album, rather than just a collection of random songs.
The world is too big and too intricate to conform to our ideas of what it should be like... Just because we invent myths and theories to explain away the chaos we're still going to live in a world that's older and more complicated than we'll ever understand.
NASA is an utterly fascinating place, and the fact that the buildings look so anonymous almost makes it more fascinating. You walk by a generic office-park-looking building, and you have no idea what's going on inside.
One of the central flaws in the state of contemporary music is that the major record companies have failed to incorporate that simple fact into their business plans. They've come into an industry that's based on idiosyncratic artists and tried to erase every idiosyncratic aspect out of it.
My mother and I were on welfare and food stamps until I was 18, so I've always had this ethos of, like, 'try and make a little bit of money now because you don't know what's going to happen tomorrow.'.
Whenever I've had success, I never learn from it. Success usually breeds a degree of hubris. When you fail, that's when you learn.
Since I stopped drinking my love life has taken a really serious hit. Romantic encounters that seemed like a really good idea at three o'clock in the morning on the Lower East Side? Less so in sobriety.
When 'Play' first came out, journalists didn't review it; it didn't get radio play. And then it became this big successful record and, I hate to admit this, I found myself liking the fame. I bought into it.
I've made records that everyone has hated and I've loved, and made records that everyone has loved and I've deemed, at best, mediocre.
For me, love is very non-academic. Love, it's a very physical thing. I don't mean physical in terms of - I mean, it can be sexual. But those moments when I'm aware of the fact that I love someone or love something, it really manifests physically.
For some reason New York is the epicentre for people who hate me. Maybe this is another reason why I left New York but I get more hatred directed towards me there than any other place.
That's why I make music. When I listen to my favorite music made by other people, that's what it does to me. So as a musician, I'm just trying to do the same thing with music I make. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But when someone comes to me and says the music I've made has affected them emotionally, that's the most gratifying part of my job.
If we base our belief systems on the humble assumption that the complexities of the world are ontologically beyond our understanding, then maybe our belief systems will make more sense and end up causing less suffering.
Many of my friends back in New York and elsewhere have a glib or dismissive attitude toward Los Angeles. It's a place of strip malls and traffic and not much else, in their opinion.
Up until the rise of electronic music, if you were a musician in Portugal or Germany or Italy or Japan, and you didn't sing in English, you really were limited: You could be successful in the country where people understood your language. The world of electronic music is completely international. You have DJs from Finland making huge records for people in New Zealand, DJs in South Korea making huge records for people in France. By the fact that it doesn't cost anything to make, and that it transcends language, nation it accidentally accomplishes a lot of really remarkable things.
My uncle is from Argentina, so I grew up hearing Spanish. My Spanish isn't very good, but my pronunciation isn't terrible.
When I was nine years old, I started playing guitar, and I took classical guitar lessons and studied music theory. And played jazz for a while. And then when I was around fourteen years old, I discovered punk rock. And so I then tried to unlearn everything I had learned in classical music and jazz so I could play in punk rock bands.
I like my coffee like I like my romantic partners: cold and bitter and prone to giving me anxiety attacks.
It's a very strange phenomenon being hated by people you've never met. Some journalists just seem to hate me and everything I do, and it's disconcerting because I've never met this person.
It takes a unique woman to see me as any sort of catch.
Musicians, actors, writers - we're all neurotic, odd people who've lucked into accidental careers. So I just don't like being around public figures with that sense of entitlement, it just seems unhealthy, and it strips so much potential for them to develop as a human being.
There's something about the human brain, that it actually has a predilection towards negativity, which served us really well when we lived in an environment that was very threatening.
The world is experiencing great change, but you've got loads of people terrified of this change and the Donald Trumps, the Boris Johnsons making utterly simplistic, reductionist policy proposals that are unrealistic but then people buy it up.
Maybe it's a form of overcompensation, but whenever I've toured, I've always needed a huge performance component.
Punishing people for listening to music is exactly the wrong way to protect the music business.
Luckily almost no one buys music anymore, so selling music doesn't really affect any of my professional decisions.
At 3 o'clock in the morning on tour when you're sober is a lot less fun than 3 a.m. when you're drunk in a bar or in a nightclub. But having said that, 9 in the morning on tour sober is immeasurably better than 9 a.m. on tour when you're hung over and feeling like death.
Whereas for me, touring tends to be a very strange and isolating experience.
I love that vinyl is actually growing in popularity, and that there are so many great record stores.
Whether the Virgin Mary existed, I don't know. But the human need for her to appear in tortilla, that's what inspires my interest.
I think there are two types of photographers, those who want to document the world and those who want to create their own world. I am more interested in documenting the world and presenting it to people with the question attached, 'Does this make any sense to you?'.
Better a loving single-parent family than a 'conventional' family where the parents hate each other and the father is a demagogue.
I like the humility that comes from being hated. Hopefully some humility and compassion comes out of that.
I've been making electronic music for twenty some odd years but, because I grew up playing in punk rock bands, when I started touring, I thought in order to be a viable touring musician I had to do it with a band. I would DJ or tour with a full rock band.
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