WAIT FOR ME
19th – 24th July 2009
“The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality”.
Richard Melville Hall, born in Harlem, New York, and raised by his mother in Darien, Connecticut, was nicknamed “Moby”, given to him because of an ancestral relationship to Moby Dick author Herman Melville: “The basis for Richard Melville Hall – and for Moby – is that supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle.”
Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old and started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal connecticut hardcore punk group ‘The Vatican Commandoes’ when he was 13. He started dj’ing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s new york house and hip-hop scenes.
He released his first single, ‘Go’ in 1991(listed as one of rolling stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he’s also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy among others.
He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including ‘Heat’, ‘Any Given Sunday’,‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, and ‘The Beach’, among others.
Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including the humane society and the institute for music and neurologic function, and in 2007 he launchedMOBYGRATIS, which provides free music for independent film makers.
Moby’s exhibition of 16 drawings at The Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery represents, in some way, a new approach and process that has helped him create his most recent work. This is far more personal and selfless approach for the new material (on his forthcoming album) which has freed him to explore the process using other mediums to express himself, the culmination of which is on display. The artworks loosely relate to the tracks on the forthcoming album ‘Wait For Me’ and are the expression of this new and carthartic approach that Moby has undertaken. The graceful, bare often humorous and melancholic material reveals itself in the simplistic, naive drawings which is a welcome addition to the quiet, occasionally unsettling music of ‘Wait For Me’.
Moby lives in New York City, Little Italy, where he has lived for a decade.
Moby’s next record ‘Wait For Me’ is set for release in June 2009.