Like no other music of its era, Moby’s oceanic, bluesy electronica has summed up the millennial turn’s rootless melancholia, in massive worldwide hits like “Porcelain,” “Natural Blues” and “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” His 1999 album Play sold over ten million copies and converted a whole generation to electronic dance music. With Destroyed, Moby has created a visual analogue to his gorgeous soundworld. The photographs in this volume record (taken by Moby himself, a keen amateur photographer since the age of 10) the sizeable portion of his life that is spent shuttling from plane to bus to venue to stage to party to hotel room to oblivion.
“I hope that somehow in these pictures, I’m able to convey the mundanity of touring, juxtaposed with those moments of the strange and/or sublime. One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soulless airport, the next minute you’re flying over the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soulless backstage area, the next minute you’re on stage pouring your heart out to 75,000 people. Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that’s what I’m trying to convey in these pictures.”
The 60 photographs in Moby: Destroyed accordingly veer from crowdedness to isolation, capturing the extremes of a life lived on the road. Also included is Moby’s new album of the same name.