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764: Kaiser Chiefs
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565: Rachel Yamagata
564: The Shins
563: The Music
561-562: Metropolis music survey 2004
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545: The Roots
544: True People's Celebration
543: Trans Europe Fes
542: Matthew Sweet
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539: Rabble rouser
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535: Janet Kay with Omar and Thriller U
533: Critters Buggin’
532: Cyndi Lauper
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526: Organic Groove
525: Questions of the day
523: Tough Cookie
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514: Pretenders
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506: Robert Randolph and the Family Band
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496: Slacker rock rules!
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489: Maxi Priest & Shaggy
488: Chuck Berry
487: Summer Sonic
486: The redheaded stepchild makes good
485: Positive punk mom
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480: Folk Implosion
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475: Jackson Browne
474: N.E.R.D.
473: Shred a tabloid, make music
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471: Bringing the jams east
470: Asian Dub Foundation
469: Badly Drawn Boy
468: Massive Attack
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466: The All Wave Grrls
465: J. Mascis + the Fog
464: Catching up with Sonic Youth
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460: Snuff
459: Queens of the Stone Age
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453: Contrasts in young UK rock
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313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana

by Dan Grunebaum

On the phone: Moby

Artist as astronaut

Whether wearing a spacesuit for his new album, 18, or bouncing around the US with David Bowie at the head of his just finished Area concert tour, Moby is omnipresent. Metropolis tracked him down to discuss life as pop music's most famous vegan.

This is the second year of Area. How did it go?
It was wonderful. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to do something like this, and the fact that I had the opportunity, and it went so well, I am thrilled.

Is there a good audience for festival-type events like Area?
Yeah, it's gone surprisingly well. Most people in the music business were of the opinion that I could never do something like this-that to put on a successful festival you had to have only one type of music. But I'd played festivals throughout Europe and Asia, especially something like Fuji Rock, which has lots of different types of music together, and I thought it was time to do something like that in the United States.

Any thoughts as to where you want to take it next year?
We just finished this year's; I would love to do a third year and a fourth year and a 20th year, and what have you, but it's still premature.

Recently on CNN, you said you'd planned the lineup by writing down a bunch of names of your favorite bands on a napkin. Will you be planning your set list for Japan the same way?
Kind of. We think about the set list beforehand, but a lot of it is about tailoring it to the night itself. If we're playing a show, and people seem like they're receptive to some of our newer, more experimental songs, then we'll play newer and more experimental songs, but if it seems like people want to hear the older songs and the hits, then those are the songs that I'll play.

On the cover of 18 and in the video for "We Are All Made of Stars," you're wearing a spacesuit. What appealed to you about that image?
The video is directed by Joseph Kahn, and to be honest with you I had nothing to do with it. I guess in his wanting me to wear a spacesuit, it was an attempt to convey the idea that, although I am involved in Hollywood and the world of entertainment, I am still very much an outsider and observer.

Do you still work out of your home studio in Manhattan?
Yes. I have a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan and my second bedroom is a recording studio. Pretty much every record I've ever made has been recorded in my second bedroom. I like working at home, and I find that I can have a lot more freedom and flexibility if I do everything at home. But there's a big difference between how I write songs and record them at home, and how I perform them live. When I'm at home it's just me alone in my studio, but when I tour there are usually about ten people on stage, although for Japan we're bringing a slightly stripped down contingent. I think there will be about five or six people on stage, because the venues are a lot smaller than the venues we normally play.

You are known as a Christian and a vegan. What does that mean in terms of your daily life on the road?
I've been a vegan now for 16 years, and basically I'm a very nonjudgmental vegan. I don't force my views on any one. And it's pretty easy being a vegan on the road. As far as being a Christian is concerned, I am the strangest Christian in the world. I'm nondenominational-I'll never argue with anyone about religion. Just because I have my own beliefs doesn't mean I'm going to force them on anyone. Whatever Christianity I have is on the most basic level; I love the teachings of Christ, and I love that he talked about compassion and forgiveness and humility.

Your birthday is September 11. How will that affect your plans this year?
As much as I'm looking forward to coming to Japan, there is a part of me that wants to be in New York on September 11. But maybe being in Japan will be good because it will give me a bit of distance and a different perspective on things.

You've made the transition from the dance world to the pop world…

If that's your perspective, then fine, but I couldn't disagree with you more. Over the course of my life I've made a lot of different kinds of music. I've written classical music for movies, I've played bass in a reggae band… A lot of people first heard about me in the States because I was writing classical music for film. There are some people who might know of me best because I played in a punk rock band. Everyone has their own perspective and that's fine.

Do you see yourself transitioning into something yet different?
I just want to make good music. I've never felt any allegiance to one genre. My allegiance is to the emotional power of music.

In becoming famous, did you find it difficult?
I've been making records now for about 12 years. In the early '90s, the first single I ever put out was "Go," which was a big hit throughout Europe. So throughout these 12 years I've had some records that were successful, others that were unsuccessful; I've had periods of intense media attention; I've had periods of less intense attention. The last few years it's been pretty extreme, but I always keep in the back of my mind that it might not last for too much longer.

If your career as a musician were to end tomorrow, what would you pursue?
My second love after music is architecture. I'd like to build interesting buildings. I get so depressed when I see a conventional building going up. I would like to make a building that would inspire people to live in it, inspire people to look at it, inspire people to work in it. Any building that is not inspirational is a waste of space.

Moby plays Akasaka Blitz on September 9-10. See listings for details.

Photo courtesy of Beatink