by Landon Johnson 26 May, 2021
Biopics about musicians are always a treat for audiences, but they are all pretty much the same.
Leave it to Moby to do things his way. Almost 30 years after his first electronic single, “Go,” Moby opens himself up in the most vulnerable of ways by discussing his childhood traumas, ascension to stardom, and his struggles with addiction and depression in Moby Doc.
The film follows the rising star from “being the poorest people in a wealthy town” to peak success, and then looks back at his life through a surrealist, introspective, and wildly entertaining lens.
This unconventional narrative also creatively takes us on a deep dive into some of the most profound questions about the human condition. Moby analyzes why he was so unhappy in what was, seemingly, the best and most successful time of his life.
The award-winning artist offers his experience in order to help society understand that if they think fame and fortune will fulfill, then they’re wrong. Through his own experience with stardom and his journey to sobriety, Moby recalls anecdotes that directly relate to the human experience re-enacted in the most innovative ways with the help of co-director Rob Gordon Bralver.
Moby divides his life into two parts: “Not Sober” -TS- and “Post Sobriety,” or PS. In the film, he recounts certain milestones in his life. Meeting his idol David Bowie and becoming friends with him, for example. “The first time I met Bowie, in 1995, I couldn’t believe that he even knew my name. And then we became friends when we lived near each other on New York’s Lower East Side and later toured together,” Moby recalls.
“The weirdness of my being a public figure, for me, was I got to become close to or work with people I revered, and still revere, like David Bowie and David Lynch,” Moby admits.
Moby also talks about his later life and shift from artist to animal rights activist. “I learned early on that human beings do not make me feel safe or give me pleasure, whereas animals and music do,” Moby asserts.
He explains that he unknowingly dedicated his life to “making music and trying to be around animals, because those things gave me a sense of comfort and safety. It’s simple and self-evident, and I guess there may even be sort of a hereditary neurochemical aspect to it, but when we’re growing up, we learn pretty quickly to move towards things that feel safe and give us pleasure, and to move away from the things that don’t feel safe.”
Moby Doc is out May 28th, and one thing’s for sure -- it’s truly one of a kind just like he is.