On Moby’s recent trip down under we managed to get the incredible opportunity to take him record shopping at the amazing Mojo Record Bar in Sydney (seriously though, where else can you do a spot of record shopping and sip on a top shelf whiskey while doing so?!)
Moby could have talked about records all day had we let him and he turned out to be the most likeable, knowledgeable, humble and inspirational artist we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting which made us realise that Eminem guy is clearly full of shit.
Check out the video that follows for the full experience so you can see exactly what we’re carrying on about. Also, while we had him we also asked Moby to write us a little intro to the whole thing about the importance of record stores and the vinyl experience… Here’s what he had to say -
One of my first ever jobs was at Johnny’s Records, in Darien, CT. Johnny’s had started out as a head shop, and then moved on to selling vinyl and even a few 8-tracks… the salary was almost non-existent, but I was the happiest record store employee in the world because, simply, I was working in a record store. my entire childhood and adolescence and adulthood were spent (and are spent) in record stores.
I love the feel of record stores, the smell of record stores, the temperature of record stores, the sound of record stores, etc. and I still think that there’s some magical almost totemic transference that happens when you pick up a record, hold it, look at the back, read the liner notes, etc.
When I was growing up I bought records because of the music they contained, but also because of the cover art and the way the record felt in my hands in the record store. and although I mourn the deaths of so many record stores, it makes me really, really happy that so many great, independent record stores keep the hallowed record store tradition alive. - Moby
In case you weren’t aware Moby’s eleventh (!) studio album ‘Innocents’ is out now and it’s bloody lovely. Cop it on iTunes or better yet head down to your local independent record store and buy it on double vinyl to hear it, see it and feel it like it’s meant to be.