Evelien Haels asks:
You mentioned your panic attacks in the book a couple of times, do you ever get stage freight? Does the panic affect you when you know you have to go perform in front of 1000s of people or is that something you look forward to?
Just finished your book and really enjoyed it. You mentioned that you were friends with David Bowie, and lived in the same neighborhood in New York. What are some of your best memories of him? Do you have any funny stories?!
How was working with Alan Wilder on the Recoil album and did it provide any influence for Play?
Nenad Georgievski asks:
What do you think about New York as a place for creating music now compared to the times described in your memoir (generally)?
Tamsin Airey asks:
How do you feel about Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? being used on the Edexcel GCSE music syllabus? (I had to study it for this year although it didn’t come up in the exam)
‘I have around 5,000 unreleased songs’
How many unreleased songs did you write for the album Animal Rights (which by the way is awesome)? And what inspired you to this incredible solo in Face It?
Shirley Ann Williams asks:
Something I was wondering – from the descriptions of composing in the book – how much training did you have with keyboards and guitar prior to composing in your twenties and early thirties, because you really seem to have known what you were doing? Did using the electronic equipment help? Looping the minor and major arpeggios for God Moving Over The Face of the Waters for instance. The description is really detailed. Was it an intuitive approach at the time or did you think through the composing quite analytically? I find it very interesting.
Liam Quane asks:
Hi Mr…Moby? Did you work with Paul Greengrass for any version of Extreme Ways? Also, where did the idea for MobyGratis come from? I adore the site and service you provide. I have used three of your tracks on my last 3 short films. Thank you! :~)
‘I made a band with Tony from No Doubt and Travis from Blink-182… we only rehearsed once’
Hi Moby! Heard about 2 years ago that you and Toby Morse from H2O made a group together, but since then nothing has been put out yet: no music, no info. Why? Do you have any plans for the future as a band? Thanx!
Steven Fraser asks:
Got to say Play was one of my favourite albums to end the 20th century. I like how the album mixed blues, gospel and funk and electro and rock at the same time. It was a exciting time for dance music and being experimental, you had others like Prodigy, DJ Shadow, Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers, Air and Underworld and other greats making music then. Do think there’s still that sort of experimental side of dance music or has it gone away?
1. Do you plan to release your unreleased tracks, incl. those that were written in the 90s? So many of your fans have long been dreaming about it!
2. Do you plan to release songs or remixes under the name ‘Voodoo Child’ again?
Moby is with us now
Over in Los Angeles, Moby is starting to answer your questions. Beginning with this from elalpineclub:
The only other famous Moby was a whale. Have your work ever been confused with the book Moby Dick.
Post your questions for Moby
Moby’s 1998 Play sold over ten million copies. It was also the first album to have every track licensed for commercial use – making its mash up of old blues tunes and chunky breakbeats almost ubiquitous – and the vegan Christian behind it a multimillionaire.
He narrates his rocky path to success in a new memoir, Porcelain, which recalls everything from DJing at swingers parties and being a dominatrix’s sidekick, to his alcoholism and his mother’s death from cancer.
The book ends before Play is released – he has since released a number of other successful albums, and set up a restaurant in Los Angeles. There’s also his animal rights work – he told the Guardian earlier this year that “animal activism is my life’s purpose.”
Moby is joining us to answer your questions in a live webchat on Monday 13 June from 7pm BST onwards (that’s 11am PT, or 2pm ET). Post them in the comments below, and he’ll answer as many as possible.