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Moby discusses musical lexicon

Here, the interview with Moby, at the opening of his photography exhibit "Innocents" at Project Gallery in Hollywood, continues from part one. Moby discusses his open, ubiquitous musical lexicon:

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Musician Moby performs at Global Green USA's 11th Annual Pre-Oscar party at Avalon on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for GLOBAL GREEN USA)
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Global Green
Moby at Project Gallery
Will Engel

W.E. Your songs tend to have multiple layers to them. How do you approach creating in such a way that these different elements all come together in your music?

Moby: I think it's just the fact that I've been making music now for 38 years. And I've played so many weird different types of music during that time. I grew up playing classical music. Then, I played in punk rock bands. Then, I was a hip-hop DJ. Then, I was into house music and electronic music, and I love weird experimental music, but I also love pop music.

It's just spending a lifetime playing around with all these different types of music and really feeling no allegiance to musical form but just allegiance to the ability that music has to affect me emotionally.

Like, if you're a jazz musician, a jazz pianist, and I love jazz piano, you have an allegiance to the form of jazz. So, when you think of music, you'll think of stand up bass, a vocalist, a saxophonist, a drummer, a pianist… you know, that's your lexicon.

Whereas, for me, my musical lexicon can be anything. In the hope that combining all these weird different elements, I'll end up with something that emotionally will really feel good.

W.E. Something that resonates.

Moby: Yeah.

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