Moby is in full swing getting the word out about his new record, Last Night, which drops on April 1. The acclaimed musician and film geek, will be part of a “Conversation with Moby” at the SXSW Film Conference on Tuesday, March 11. He’ll sit down for a one-on-one with Doreen Ringer-Ross from BMI. Recently, he chatted with Spin about a variety of topics that will come up in greater detail at SXSW, including licensing and independent film (as well as haters and music theft):
Spin: Of all of the songs from [his 1999 masterpiece] Play that were licensed, what struck you as the weirdest placement?
Moby: For a while, Rush Limbaugh was using some of my music. Finally, I think someone called him up and said, “You know, Moby is kind of a hard-core lefty.”
Spin: What was more upsetting: when your childhood friend director Paul Yates auctioned your soul on eBay, or when it went for $41?
Moby: It was very disheartening to see someone I really trusted…become so hostile. I lent Paul money to do [the 2003 film Alien Sex Party], and I think he did everything in his power to use it to embarrass me. Like having my character wear a yellow raincoat with a dildo attached to my head playing Christmas songs? It’s not one of my prouder moments. Luckily, not too many people have seen the movie.