MOBY to Release 'Destroyed' Album & Photo Book Documenting Tour
Published: April 20, 2011 - 11:04am
The Electronic musician mastermind will release his newest record and book, both titled 'Destroyed' simultaneously on May 17th.
Moby newest album was written while he was touring in 2010, a goal that he set for himself as well as bringing his camera along in order to document the life of a musician on the road. Both of these projects resulted in a new album and photo book titled 'Destroyed.' "They're related in that they're made by the same person and made at the same time in the same environment," said Moby.
"I don't know if they necessarily have a specific narrative relationship... but in a very general sense, they're both looking at these anonymous, sort of empty spaces, whether it's an empty airport or an anonymous backstage area, invariably lit by fluorescent lights, sort of alien and anonymous. On the one hand it's off-putting, but there's something comforting about them as well," said Moby.
'Destroyed' was recorded using digital plug ins and vintage synthesizers which Moby felt appropriate considering he drew a ton of musical inspiration from artists like Kraftwerk, Suicide, Silver Apples, OMD, Simple Minds and David Bowie.
"That's the music that made the most sense to me in hotel rooms at four in the morning -- late 70s/early 80s electronic music. I was listening to that, realizing I wanted the album to have that kind of warm, broken-down synthesizer/drum machine sound to it," said Moby.
The bald headed electronic wizard went on to reveal that he plans to tour overseas May 24th in support of his new album and isn't sure if US soil is in the cards at the moment. "The last tour I did here was really fun. I was playing shows to, like, 1,000 people. I can't complain about that; it's a nice number. But the tour we're doing in Europe this summer I'll be playing festivals to 50,000 or 100,000 a night," he said.
Moby's single 'The Day' and newest music video is currently being used as a campaign for MoveOn to show how proposed budget cuts can hurt Americans. "It's flattering and it's an honor," said Moby, "I love when music and images work well together, and in the case of this MoveOn (video), the images have a vulnerability and power to them that really conveys the message."