"I applaud musicians who imbue their work with a political view, but most of their politics are simplistic and naive." Moby first made his mark in the early-'90s techno music scene, supplying rhythms for ravers and dance-clubbers across the United States and Europe. But the artist soon expanded his ambitions, injecting elements of punk, classical, gospel, and pop into his electronically sampled, hodgepodge compositions. His latest album, Play, goes even further, drawing some of its source material from the African American songs preserved by legendary archivist Alan Lomax in his famous Southern field recordings. Moby, 34, was born Richard Melville Hall and adopted his pseudonym from the masterwork novel of his great-great granduncle, Herman Melville. Raised in Connecticut, he now lives in Manhattan, where he creates all his music alone in his Soho loft. Mellow in demeanor but outspoken in his opinions, Moby proudly professes his veganism, his disdain for drugs and alcohol, and his love for Jesus Christ. He was on tour when he spoke to music writer Keith Goetzman from Madison, Wisconsin.