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Cover photo of Moby's 'Then It Fell Apart.'
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Moby in Seattle: 'Famous people are not that interesting'

If you were casting an unlikely superstar, Richard Melville Hall might be the guy.

But that scruffy, nerdy-looking bald man touched a nerve in the 90s and played a pivotal role in the evolution of electronic music.

The young man who became the musician Moby struggled with feelings of shame and inadequacy on the road to success. He wrote about that journey first in “Porcelain: A Memoir.”

The follow up, “Then It Fell Apart,” was recently released. Here, Moby talks about his troubled upbringing, his rise, fall and redemption, his commitment to veganism and his experience of the hollowness of fame.

“Famous people are not that interesting," he said. "Everybody here is probably as smart and interesting as most well-known public figures, without the sense of entitlement.”

Town Hall Seattle presented Moby in conversation with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on May 10 at the Seattle First Baptist Church. He ended the evening by playing a few songs. KUOW’s Sonya Harris recorded the event.

Please note: This recording contains unedited language of an adult nature.