RS: A few more random questions sent in by your fans. Have you even talked to Angelo Badalamenti about "Go?"
Moby: Yes, I did actually. In 1992, I was with a friend of mine who knew Angelo, and we were in the lower east side and Angelo was driving home to New Jersey. Angelo drove by, met us and told me that he really loved what I had done with Go.
RS: Very cool. Do you enjoy hearing your music in films?
Moby: Yes, I do. I like hearing my music in films because when they're mixing it to the film, they usually do a good job. I'm always very flattered that someone would choose to use my music in a movie. There's so much music that could be used, the fact that they've chosen mine, its very exciting and flattering.
RS: There was a scene in the movie Heat when there's that change at the end of God Moving Over the Face of the Waters
That was just
a magical moment for the person who wrote the question. Do you remember seeing that on screen for the first time?
Moby: Yes, I saw Heat in a movie theatre on 19th and Broadway with my friend Damien. It was interesting because Heat was an example of a movie that, when it was released, the critics just didn't get it. When Heat was released it got really bad reviews and it didn't do very well, but in the ten years that it's been out it's come to be this almost revered iconic movie. So it once again proves to me that I shouldn't always take critics' reviews too seriously. But I do remember seeing it at 19th and Broadway with my friend Damien and just thinking that Michael Mann had done a really wonderful job putting the music in there.
RS: So do you think that the world will become a better place or it will only get worse?
Moby: I think that the world overall is becoming a better place. Obviously I worked very hard on the John Kerry campaign and I support all the progressive left-wing organizations, but one thing I found really interesting was that in the last election, that both President Bush and Vice President Cheney said that they supported the civil unions for gay couples. I thought that was kind of remarkable that you'd have right-wing Republicans basically saying that they support civil unions for gay couples. I mean obviously it's not where we want to be, but could you imagine Richard Nixon in 1971 saying that he supported civil unions for gay couples?
RS: I couldn't imagine him even acknowledging that gay couples exist.
Moby: For Dick Cheney sort of like acknowledging that is daughter is gay and that he's proud of her and she works on his campaign. So it's sometimes easy to get focused on the bad, negative aspects of the United States under the Bush administration, and I'm certainly no fan of the Bush administration, but I think that sometimes we need to sort of pat ourselves on the back and say that we've actually come quite far.
RS: What would you encourage people out there to do to get involved politically?
Moby: It really depends where someone lives, what their socioeconomic status is, how much free time they have, and what their background is. I think each person should ask themselves what do they think they can offer. Can they offer money or grassroots organizing? Should they run for office or volunteer for different political action committees? I mean everyone should probably do something different and figure out what they can do best.