Moby is still one of the most controversial artists in techno music, regaled for being the face of the formerly anonymous electronic scene for mainstream audiences, and at the same time ridiculed by techno artists and fans alike for diluting and trivializing the musical form. Moby is arguably one of the most important techno artists of the early '90s and helped bring the music to another, more commercial level, both in England and in America. Moby is famous for his devout, radical Christian beliefs, as well as his environmental and vegan activism, both reflected in the minimal lyrics of his works. Born Richard Melville Hall, Moby received his nickname as a child because Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, is his great-great grand uncle. In 1991, he set the theme from David Lynch's television series "Twin Peaks" to an insistent, house-derived rhythm and titled the result "Go." The single became a surprise British hit single, climbing into the Top Ten. Following its success, Moby was invited to remix a number of mainstream and underground acts, including Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Erasure, the B-52's, and Orbital, securing Moby a place in mainstream music fame. Releasing B-Sides and remixes of nearly all his work over and over, Moby is extremely prolific and there is never a dry spell for his fans.
Moby didn't hesitate in flooding the airwaves with his unique electronic sound or meshing his political and religious beliefs - for this, he should be praised. In addition, is there any techno artist who gets to have Gwen Stefani lick their head on camera? I think not. Moby may be hated, he may be loved, but the volumes of his work speak for themselves. He is a techno musical force whether the other techies like it or not.