Moby is really, really nice. I can say this from personal experience: a few months ago, I interviewed the vegan musician (and tea shop owner) about his favorite song of all-time, David Bowie’s “Heroes,” and when the interview was over he gave me his personal business card and told me to keep in touch. He later sent me a polite email telling me what a great interview it was. Who does that? I thought internationally renowned musicians were supposed to destroy hotel rooms and smash beer bottles over reporters’ heads or something.
It turns out that Moby is even nicer than I first realized: he gives away his music for free. On his website, mobygratis.com, he has offered up some of his music for students and independent filmmakers to use in their projects. “To use the site you log in(or on?) and are then given a password,” he instructs. “You can then listen to the available music and download whatever you want to use in your film or video or short. The music is free as long as it’s being used in a non-commercial or non-profit film, video, or short.”
If you want to use Moby’s music for commercial purposes, you still can—but you have to donate money to the humane society.
Hurray for free music! Guess it’s time to dress up like a mime and make that art house film set to “Porcelain” I’ve always been meaning to make.