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Moby

Interview with New York producer, Moby. Your earliest musical influences seem to be mainly punk and new wave. What first attracted you to dance music? ‘Well, when I was growing up, I was exposed to a lot of different types of music. I was exposed to the pop music they played on the radio and then the weird music my mother played and then the strange music that my friends’ older brothers had and I liked everything and then when I first got involved in the world of punk rock and new wave, again I sort of ended up liking just about everything, you know. You’d go to a nightclub in New York and you’d hear punk rock and reggae and dance music and hip hop and new wave and all these different types of music played next to each other, so when I started making dance music, in my mind I hadn’t rejected anything else, it’s just at the moment I was most enthusiastic about dance music, which, in turn, created a lot of problems, because within the dance scene, you were sort of expected to only like dance music. You’re supposed to pledge your undying loyalty and fealty to the world of dance music and as much as I love dance music, I always liked everything else as well. I guess that to an extent that comes from being a New Yorker, because New York is such a varied and diverse place to live and that just seems natural and normal’. The title track of the new album is Go. What gave you the idea of sampling the Twin Peaks theme on that song? ‘I had written the song Go and it was the B-side to my first single. My first single was called Mobility. It was this very quiet, ambient dance track and Go was the B-side, but the original version didn’t have Laura Palmer’s Theme, the Twin Peaks strings on it and then I was watching Twin Peaks, because I was a huge fan and I heard that string theme and I thought, ‘Wow, it would be interesting to try and play that on top of Go’, and I couldn’t sample it, because it was too slow, so I had to play it myself and I guess to an extent it was a novelty. It was more supposed to be an homage than anything else, because at the time there were actually a lot of Twin Peaks novelty dance records, but I just did it because that Laura Palmer’s Theme was such a wonderful, profound piece of music’.

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