Moby has long been a progressive figure in the dance music universe, standing up for causes like veganism, animal rights and net neutrality. Now he’s championing BitTorrent as a means to release music into an ever-evolving digital world, making the stems for his latest album Innocents available for fans to remix without legal restraint as a BitTorrent Bundle.
In a recent interview with Mashable, the Grammy-nominated artist adopted a less-than-popular industry stance in saying he believed producers who made the effort to make a remix using his stems deserved to profit from it.
“When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me,” Moby said. “The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.”
Moby’s career has been long and legendary both as a producer and DJ, staying relevant for decades of electronic music fads. His most recent full length album Innocents was released yesterday on his own Little Idiot and many of the twelve original tracks on the EP feature collaboration with someone from every corner of the world of music. His work features contributions from Cold Specks, Damien Jurado, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Skylar Grey, Inyan Bassey, and Mark Lanegan. Don’t expect all of Innocence to translate to the dancefloor, but in no way does that mean it’s any less moving.
Remember when electronic albums were few and far between? Not anymore. This year’s new buzzword is album. “Working on my new album” could be the most persistent expression dance artists share across social channels and in due course. DJ/producers and labels now have the widespread audience to follow suit with more commercially-driven music marketing. Step one? Cryptic announcement. Step two – single. Step three – album bulletin with tracklist and pre-order intel. The formula is tried and true. Fans flocking from album-centric genres expect to be indulged with packaged and organized content. That’s what we want to pay for.
As many as 14 full-length albums will hit the digital shelves over the next two months, running the gamut from veterans Kaskade, The Bloody Beetroots and Claude VonStroke to newcomers Krewella and Angger Dimas. This fall’s unprecedented streak of electronic album releases coalesced with EDM’s advancing digital sales should kindle mainstream headway, the right way. Just ask Disclosure what happens when a fire starts to burn… Here are the most anticipated albums of the fall.
As the dance world eagerly awaits the October 1st release of Moby’sInnocents album, the Little Idiot labelhead has given a little something to tide the hordes over. After unveiling the album’s first single, “A Case For Shame,” last month, a new remix package of the tune has been released featuring reworks from Spartaque and Sharam Jey. Where the original is orchestral, emotional, and barely electronic, the remixes steer things back to the dance floor with a light teched out version and jangly indie-flavored take, respectively. With standard and dub versions of each mix, a spin through the remix package opens the mind to the endless possibilities of sound – and gets you exactly half an hour closer to October.
Moby hasn’t performed live since winning over Coachella attendees this past April, but that is about to change once Labor Day Weekend rolls around. Set to make his return to the booth, the veteran will headline Hakkasan, Las Vegas on September 1st, helping to bring the club’s first summer season to a close. Moby’s Labor Day Weekend affair will also mark his return to Sin City after a seven year hiatus and his last Vegas outing dating back to 2006.
Moby has followed up his MobyGratis announcement with the even more exciting news that, now, after 18 months producing in his home studio he’s finished his new album dubbed Innocents — his first album since Destroyed was released over two years ago. In a blog post written at 3AM he reveals numerous details about the album including its October release date, the first “official” single off the album (“A Case for Shame”), its tracklist, and much more. The album will be available for preorder in the United States beginning tomorrow.
In addition to the album announcement he’s shared information about the accompanying Innocents tour, which will likely leave those living outside Los Angeles with feelings of disappointment; the three stop tour will only take place in LA. “Maybe at some point in my adult life I’ll do more elaborate touring, but for now I just want to play three shows near my house,” explains Moby. To see the announcement in full click below the jump.
Music has always been an integral part of the film making and watching process but for those without big bucks and/or big connections, securing the rights to tracks is sometimes impossible due to the process’s often time-consuming and expensive nature. In 2008, Moby set out to make this process easier and more accessible with his aptly titled project MobyGratis. The website offers over 150 tracks from Moby’s catalog to independent and non-profit filmmakers and film students for free.
Although fans aren’t able to simply download his entire catalog for their personal use, those with legitimate non-profit film making purposes shouldn’t encounter any red tape. The process is intentionally simple: create an account, browse the catalog, fill out an application, and within 24 hours applicants will have a response. Filmmaking hopefuls shouldn’t be too concerned about the approval process as Moby can’t recall an instance where they’ve denied a request.
Moby’s tracks have been unforgettably featured in numerous feature films including The Beach and Heat, but in another admirable move he hasn’t made a penny off their use, opting instead to donate to the Humane Society.
Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival touched down on Soldier Field this Friday, kicking off the summer’s in-city festivals. We joined the neon hordes thronging Museum Campus Drive, ready to party on the 50 yard line. With two days and dozens of acts left to go, here’s what we learned from Spring Awakening Day One.
After admiring each other’s work from afar for years, Moby and Mark Lanegan finally put their heads together on “The Lonely Night,” originally released as a limited edition 7″ for Record Store Day last weekend. The entire remix package was released digitally this week, including contributions from Photek and an edit by Moby himself, but the remix by veteran Gregor Tresher is the one really getting a full rinse on the speakers since its release.
You may be slowly trying to sooth post-Coachella depression, or you may be scouring to catch up on everything you missed from last weekend’s event in Indio. Either way, this morning we invite you to indulge in full on rave with Moby and his 75 minute Coachella set from this year. The set is hard-hitting, the set is euphoric, this set is nothing but a full on party for your ears. Moby performed at the first Coachella in 1999 and this year, he proved he’s still got it.