Moby Vows To Prevent Takedowns For Artists Remixing His Records

Image via Philamonjaro Studio on Facebook
Image via Philamonjaro Studio on Facebook

You simply cannot deny the impact that Moby has had on dance music in the last 15 years. He was the first one that I can remember in the United States to create a multi-city festival that focused on dance music, he took an album that did 6000 first week sales, licensed the entire project for use in film, television, and commercials, and turned a release that was on track to flop into an industry standard that sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. He’s a legendary musician and DJ, and his business sense is remarkable, to say the least.

Moby was also one of very few electronic producers that popped before digital downloads became standard, but he continues to side with the natural progression of our culture. He’s spoken out publicly against the RIAA, said they need to be “disbanded,” and is one of very few artists that seems to find continued success in the industry while consistently taking a stance against the foul practices that mainstream media continues to profit from. He used his Facebook fan page to post a downloadable remix of “In This World” from Belgian producer Lost Frequencies with the following note:

Moby’s words certainly aren’t representative of everyone in the industry, but this is of no surprise.  Widespread acceptance of his opinion has the potential to threaten the jobs of labels, publishers, and several other corners of the market that depend on exclusivity, and unless released as official and distributed, there is no income whatsoever from a downloadable bootleg.

While we’re seeing a whirlwind of SoundCloud removals at the hands of labels and managers, we’re curious how many artists are privy to this, and how they actually feel about it.  We’re also not sure how many more mainstream artists will get fed up with industry meddling before they decide to create their own collective and a new rule book, but we imagine Moby will sit on the board of directors if this ever goes down.

  • FUCK EDM

    This is why I hate this pathetic site. What Moby has done in 15 years? Do Androids Dance writers are clearly a bunch of young 20 something year olds that were not around when Moby dropped “Go”, “Drop A Beat”, or “Next Is The E” – This site caters to KIDS. Where the FUCK is the history behind these artists? Nobody gives a FUCK about the Moby “Play” era, they care about the groundbreaking 90′s MOBY that brought forth some of the best Techno ever. EDM is just POP MUSIC BULLSHIT that ignores the 80′s and 90′s as if they never happened.

    Half of the SHIT in EDM wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the artists that are IGNORED today in favor of Tiger Beat looking kids and GQ looking DJ’s.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      “This is why I hate this pathetic site. What Moby has done in 15 years?”

      He’s put out a number of artist albums and live releases since 2000. Including “Innocents,” which dropped last fall.

      ” Do Androids Dance writers are clearly a bunch of young 20 something year olds that were not around when Moby dropped “Go”, “Drop A Beat”, or”Next Is The E” – This site caters to KIDS.”

      1) We’re not all 20-somethings. 2) Try again; we cater to fans of electronic music in many varities.

      “Where the FUCK is the history behind these artists? Nobody gives a FUCK about the Moby “Play” era, they care about the groundbreaking 90′s MOBY that brought forth some of the best Techno ever.”

      FWIW, that “groundbreaking ’90s Moby” would have to include “Play.”

      “Half of the SHIT in EDM wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the
      artists that are IGNORED today in favor of Tiger Beat looking kids and GQ looking DJ’s.”

      Which is why we care about Moby in the first place…

  • electronic guy

    Great to see an artist allowing and wanting other artists to create with his work. seems like a cool guy.