Moby doesn’t see making music as a profession anymore
Moby isn’t making money from music anymore.
His 1999 album Play sold over 10 million copies, with every track licensed to films, TV shows and ads. It is a land mark electronic music album of our time that ushered us into the millennium hearts blazing.
Now Richard Melville Hall, also known as ‘Moby’, ‘Voodoo Child’, or Barracuda says that he almost “doesn’t see making music as a profession any more” and admits “I certainly don’t make money from it.”
He has certainly done his time, having released albums consistently since the early 90’s that have collectively sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and made him ‘decent dough.’ On the note of touring and recording he says that there are so many other things he finds satisfying.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the Natural Blues hit maker said:
”Even sitting backstage for someone else’s tour made me never want to go on tour again. I toured for such a long time. There are so many other things to do in life.
”To stay home and to go hiking and have dinner with my friends and to work on politics and activism and music, and sleep in my own bed and wake up every morning and make a smoothie…
”I certainly don’t make money from it (making music). My manager keeps asking me why I still make albums. Well, I love making albums. And I’m a middle-aged guy who doesn’t have relationships, so I have to do something.”
I’m sure he’ll be well-sustained from the money he has made from music throughout the years, and it’s great that he is focussing on other avenues of interest that feed his soul; besides, do musicians ever really stop creating? Take his latest album, Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt, which meshes his love for music with his love of politics.
Do whatever makes you happy, Moby; and thank you for the music and insights.