That's everything from Moby
And with the talk of chin-mounted dildos, that’s everything from Moby. Thanks so much to him for answering an epic number of your questions. His memoir, Porcelain, is out now, published by Faber – you can buy it at the Guardian bookshop.
I remember you had (a long time ago) a chin mounted dildo called The Dominator. Was it worth the effort?!
Danny Marsh asks:
Would you collaborate with fellow animal rights activist Morrissey?
Does looking like Chris Evans cause you problems?
'The head of the NRA has so much blood on his hands'
Thanks to your illustrious forbear, if instead of accepting the order Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres the French allowed you to harpoon one person, who would that be?
Do you think some magic has been lost with the way electronic is made entirely on software now as opposed to fiddling around for hours on end with samplers as it was in the 90s? “the joy is not the same without the pain etc”
If there was a film/movie made of your life who would you NOT like to play you... and would they be allowed to wear a prosthetic bald ‘wig’?
Mark Nixon asks:
Hi Moby, what techniques do you use to reinvent your musical style?
Are you interested in Epictetus or indeed philosophy generally?
'My new album: really fast kind of aggressive new wave eschatological songs'
Maziar Nadali asks:
Any new album on the way?
Hi Moby - how was the experience of working with Jean Michel Jarre?
Over the last few weeks I have seen quite a few Instagram posts of vegans eating Jammie Dodgers, having no clue it was no longer cruelty-free. Therefore, I believe Burton’s Biscuit Company’s delivery of the news was not executed responsibly enough. Imagine how many dairy intolerant people might still be stuffing their faces with this delicious treat!
It’s 2016! There are news every week of companies going vegan, offering new cruelty-free alternatives. How can the BB Company think this is a good move?
Best musical experiences? Gwar, Bad Brains, Roxy Music, David Bowie'
James Brodie asks:
I saw you at the Roadmender in Northampton on the Everything is Wrong tour. I was at the front with my mates and that ranks as my best ever music experience. What would you say is your own best music experience?
Roy Nelson asks:
1) Dear Moby! Could you upload another portion of your unreleased songs on mobygratis, please? At least 3 or 4 tracks (though the more, the better!).
2) Why did you stop releasing companion albums with b-sides to your main albums? We want more of your music :)
Best regards, your devoted fan since 1999.
Daniel Woodward asks:
What is the most important thing to you when it comes to making music and how it should be perceived to other aspiring musicians and artists?
My Beautiful Blue Sky is one of those rare, important songs that really helped me in a dark time, so it has that duality of being a song I love on its own and also a personally important one. What would be a similar one for you?
Evelien Haels asks:
What would your 20-year old self think of this book if he had a chance to read it somehow?
DaveSimpson, writer for this parish, asks:
hi Moby! Has David Bowie’s hat turned up yet?
'Feel free to sample my music, I won't sue'
What advice would you give to a young musician who excels in sampling? All of the copyright laws might hinder them from expressing their art form. Should they just go for it?
Caroline Lang asks:
I’ve just finished Porcelain (vg) and your UK trips always seemed to go a bit pear shaped. What was your absolutely worst UK gig experience?
Daniel Woodward asks:
What equipment do you use to make electronic music because I want to make proper electronic music like you, Underworld, Aphex Twin, The Orb and the lot do instead of just relying only on digital music software programs? Also, what do you think is the best equipment to start out with?
What was the first piece of ambient music you ever heard and how did it shape your views of what music could be?
Daniel Woodward asks:
Hello Moby. Congratulations on the release of your memoir. I read your book and I thought it was fantastic. An absolute page turner from start to finish. I don’t know about you, but the stories you talk about in your book about your life in New York City from 1989-1999 feels like it could be made into a biopic film. At least I think so. If your book was to be made into a film, who would your personal pick for Director be and what actor would you like to see portray you?
'I ended up signing with a label that didn't technically exist'
What was your first personal defining music production that gave you your first break into a recording deal and how did you manage it? Would love to know how you got to broke into the industry.
Hi Moby. Do you think albums are still valued in the same way now since the advent of streaming? I love listening to your albums from beginning to end. Thanks for great music. Pete
Sean Stanley asks:
[Eminem voice] Nobody listens to techno - do you agree?
What is the best tea to bring me down after a heavy weekend and put me to sleep?
Lee Fassam asks:
What is your favourite David Lynch movie?
'My next book is very squalid and debauched'
Will there be a follow-up to your book?
Has your half-brother and yourself been in contact since the book has been published? I know you’ve stated you’ve no interest in that, but still.
If you were 42 like me and you had had no musical success though you wanted it and you still loved making music and tracks but have never had anything published or released or coveted by the public would you give up... or do you believe that having dreams and ambition is an important part of human existence at any age. Or should I find a bridge to jump off of... music is a big part of my every day life though I don’t work in the music industry.
How often do people confuse you with Jim Rash or J. P. Manoux?
Hip hop is obviously an influence on your music. Which artists from the 80s and 90s were most important to you, and is there anyone out at the moment you like?
Chris Paul Godber asks:
How do you see electronic music evolving in the next 10 /20 years? In terms of aesthetics and in general too? What impact do you think emerging technology like VR and AR could have on the live experience?
Gustavo Filippo Montessori asks:
Can you talk about more about your upcoming new album, and explain the story behind the ‘Void Pacific Choir’?
Did you know RuPaul or Deee-Lite in the ‘90s club scene in New York? Also, you mention Don Hills in your book, and did you ever go to their Friday nights called Squeeze Box? Thank you!
Did you hear about the club that had banned DJs using laptops in LA (I think)? There was an article about it in the Guardian today. I kind of get it, what would your feelings be on that?
What was your involvement with Kurt Ralske/Ultra Vivid Scene and how was it for you? The Mercy Seat is still to me one of the most powerful songs of the era.
Samuel Smith asks:
Would you like to work with Butthole Surfers again?
How do we make the world vegan?
Be honest now, out of all the adverts that were used with your music, which one got under your skin the most?
Lucas Mtz asks:
I know you aren’t on the road anymore, but is there a small chance of at least one final tour? I’m from South America (Argentina) and I’d love to see you live one more time. Thanks!
Dmitry Kurkin asks:
Thanks for the book! Listened to it in audio, and it was just great perfomance. Michael Stipe once told that people keep confusing him for you - and you for him. I guess it was a kind of running joke for both of you. Do you remember when it’s first started? And have any of you ever impersonated the other one?
Dave McGonigle asks:
Dear Moby, have you ever considered licensing Adam Buxton’s Moby Song? You could include it in press packs to ensure that you don’t get asked about Peter Buck or the door leading to the inside of your head? I include a link here:
Yet another Moby Dick question! This time from davidblackfin:
Are you still trying to chase down that large white whale?
What do you use to shave your head?
PETA or the ALF?
Johan Natharz asks:
Moby I have had a spot of damp in the hallway for a while, any suggestions on how to remove it?
Gordon Smith asks:
Are you really considering emigrating to New Zealand to live in a cave?
Opinion on Moby Dick?
'I don't really expect to sell albums anymore'
The success of Play was enormous, do you think that could ever be repeated or was it unique to that particular period in time?
You said once that Hotel was your least favourite of your own albums, that it reflected badly on you as a producer. What was it that led you to think this?
Tea. Bags or loose leaf?
Tea: which is your favourite?
Are you still dying in all your dreams...
'I'm more interested in playing acoustic guitar for a few people at this point'
Saw you perform thousand at Glastonbury a fair few years back, what’s it feel like for you perfoming it as it is incredible to experience it as a member of the audience?
As someone who started out by making music at home pre-internet, how do you feel about the advances in technology and the ease in which one can upload something, quickly gain an online following and claim to be the next big thing? Are you pleased that new generations have such opportunities or do you think this has had a detrimental affect on the quality of dance music now coming out?
Would you rather have a ham hand or an arm pit that dispensed sun cream?
I interviewed you back in 2000 in Edinburgh. You were aghast at my appearance...you said I was the spitting double of Tony Blair. Do you remember this?
Ginny Carrot asks:
What happens to vegans’ pets? Are you not allowed to have a carnivore pet because of the food issue?
Have you ever tried quorn on the quob ?
and if so have you ever thought about writing a song about it ..?
Are we really all made of stars?
Every few years you”reveal” that you were a Christian that went bad boy. Half the world knows this yet you still present this as if it were something new. Why?
Your last name is Hall (but then you knew that): Who is your favourite Hall? Anthony Michael, Jerry, Arsenio, Daryl or The Royal Albert?
Samantha Pantha asks:
D’ya remember coming to Bristol in 99/2000?
'RuPaul is an old friend, I'd do anything (well, within reason) for her'
How did you end up in RuPaul Drag Race getting your mouth blown with a leaf-blower?
Is there a brand of vegan cheese that isn’t awful?
Why does my heart feel so bad?
Hi, Moby. How are you?
When you made Flower, did you have any idea how applicable it would be to a movie soundtrack? Have you created any tracks with a motion picture in mind from the outset?
Do you have a family member who presents Top Gear?
tarkinator bobsey asks:
Are u planning on putting any of your back catalog on vinyl if u havent already?
What should I ask you?
Money, I saw you live when you played in Sydney in 2000, I had long hair, did you see me?
Paul Salt asks:
Do you know how much of a legendary tune the Woodtick mix of Go still is in Stoke on Trent? One of the biggest tracks Sasha used to play at Shelley’s Lazerdome back in the day!
Hi Moby, what’s your favourite thing to do on a Wednesday?
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.