Moby is an experimental/ambient ElectronicMusic artist. Known mostly for his touching orchestrations and his ability to take just about any sample imaginable and make an epic techno song out of it, Moby is one of the most respected artists in his field.
He got his start out in the late 80s and early 90s playing in small clubs. He released his self titled ''Moby'' album in 1993 to critical acclaim. He followed it up with more acclaim in 1995 with his album ''Everything Is Wrong''.
Then, in 1997 he attempted a genre shift that did not work in his favor. His third album, titled ''Animal Rights'' is his attempt at tackling the PunkRock/ AlternativeMetal (sources argue over the album's actual genre) movements. Critics laughed at his frail-sounding vocals and semi-pretentious lyrics, coupled by overly-long songs and repetitive riffs. The album sold so poorly that it sent Moby into a depressive stupor, drinking heavily every night in a desperate attempt to construct better songs.
This resulted in the release of his breakthrough album, ''Play'' in 1999. Though ignored by critics at first (they were still laughing at him for ''Animal Rights''), eventually it received critical acclaim and became the best-selling techno album of all time. Then, just to give him more credit, in 2000 the album became the first album to have every single one of its tracks used in movie and television soundtracks.
After this he released two more warmly received albums, and then finally returning to his techno roots with his two latest albums. ''Play'' was featured on many "greatest of all time" album lists, and ''Animal Rights'' has become little more than a footnote in his discography. His reputation has gained him much respect from fellow musicians in many different genres.
!!Moby contains examples of the following tropes:
* AfterTheEnd: "South Side"
* AlbumFiller: Though most people think otherwise, some of his tracks were literally just thrown in there for nothing more than padding. (Though he has stated that he's written hundreds more songs than have appeared on his albums, but he scraps the ones that aren't any good, so it could be worse.)
* AudienceParticipationSong: "The Perfect Life"
* CreatorBreakdown: After the failure of ''Animal Rights'', he spent many sleepless drunken nights writing the songs that would appear on ''Play''.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: The album ''Hotel'' by Moby is another classic example. The first disc is mainly rock-oriented songs, all with vocals (except for the intro, coda, and HiddenTrack), while the second disc is entirely ambient techno.
* EpicRocking: Many of the songs on ''Animal Rights'' span past 5 minutes. "Face It" clocks in at almost exactly 10 minutes.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Just listen to an album and you'll hear a variety of different things most techno artists wouldn't dare to touch.
* IAmTheBand: When on tour for ''Animal Rights'' he pulled this image.
* MetalScream: ''Animal Rights'' was jam packed with this.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of his stuff ranges from a 2 to a 6, but he's done ''everything'' from a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwtWyN2P_Bk 1]] to an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2ViG4vNj-M 11.]]
* MoodWhiplash: His albums tend to be almost jarringly diverse. ''Everything Is Wrong,'' for example, follows a euphoric rave song ("Bring Back My Happiness") with a seriously over-the-top Music/HeavyMetal song ("What Love").
* NonAppearingTitle: "Natural Blues"[[note]]Actually, just a remixed version of an old folk song called "Trouble So Hard" made famous in 1937 by a singer named Vera Hall.[[/note]], "Down Slow", "The Rafters", "Look Back In", "18", "My Weakness", "Machete", "Signs of Love", "Sleep Alone", "Fireworks", "Rushing", "7", "If Things Were Perfect", "Everloving", "Inside", "Guitar Flute & String", "Porcelain", and "Temptation" to name a few.
* SelfTitledAlbum: His debut album in 1993.
* StageNames: Real name Richard Melville Hall. He gets his stage name from the fact that "supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle." Herman Melville, of course, wrote ''MobyDick''.
** Has also released music under the name Voodoo Child. His album ''Baby Monkey'' was released under this name so he could "concentrate on the music without having to worry about promotion or record sales".