“Get rid of any concept of shame because one of the things I learned in sobriety is whatever I was ashamed of, everyone else has done and is doing… Trust me, everybody’s doing the exact same thing.”
Moby is a musician, entrepreneur, activist, and philanthropist who is informally known as “the godfather of veganism.” His album Play sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. He’s released fourteen solo albums in total. A serial side hustler, Moby opened the vegan restaurant Teany in New York City in 2002 and is the original owner of Little Pine, a unique, contemporary vegan restaurant in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
In This Episode
In this episode of the Get Loved Up Podcast, Koya Webb welcomes Moby, musician, songwriter, singer, and producer who has sold more than 20 million records worldwide. Moby shares his journey towards veganism and the lasting realization that animals are to be cared for, not hurt and killed. Moby also gets vulnerable by talking about the pains of his past and how he is grateful for the person he is today, partly because of all the horrible things that happened in the past. This means he has accepted that it is through adversity that people learn the most. In his life experience, he tells the audience to get rid of the shame and simply communicate to others. You might be surprised to know that it doesn’t surprise anyone and that talking about it is the path to healing. Moby also shares the deep insight he has on music as a spiritual expression. He does not need to understand what spirit is, but what he knows is that music has the ability to move people even though all music is air moving a little differently. He shares much more, such as his thoughts on spirituality and how he has accepted that he doesn’t know what the divine really is, but that it doesn’t stop him from pursuing it honestly. He also touches on the dilution of spiritual expression by social media, the proliferation of hate due to algorithms, and the publishing of his cookbook.
“The terrible stuff, it’s given me this sort of appreciation because… I’ve learned more from struggle and from bad things than I have from good things. So I don’t like the struggle, I don’t like the bad things, but they’re so educational.” – Moby
Get Loved Up with Moby
In addition to making his own records, Moby has also produced and remixed artists as varied and disparate as David Bowie, Public Enemy, Britney Spears, Ozzy Osbourne, The Beastie Boys, and Daft Punk, to name a few. Moby also works with and supports a variety of non-profits, including The Humane Society, Emily’s List, The ACLU, and The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.
I hope you find an incredible amount of hope, inspiration, and value, as I did, in what Moby shares with us in this episode. If so, please tag @moby, and I, @koyawebb, on Instagram with a screenshot of the episode and your favorite takeaways. Hearing about what you’ve learned from us, and what your favorite moments were, inspires us to continue making a positive impact in this world.
Until next time, love yourself, love others, and love the world. One day at a time, one breath at a time.
- 02:41 The Disconnect with Loving Animals & Eating them
- 06:16 A Humble Pursuit of Spirit or Divinity
- 09:20 Moby’s Tattoos
- 11:00 Moby’s Restaurants
- 13:52 Music: Spiritual Expression
- 22:25 Social Media
- 26:31 Lessons from Life’s Challenges
- 34:39 Gratitude for Adversity
- 40:05 Be Your Honest Self
- 42:14 Honesty and Vulnerability
- 45:56 Publishing The Little Pine Cookbook: Modern Plant-Based Comfort
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Get Moby’s Cookbook
- Order Koya’s book Let Your Fears Make You Fierce
- Learn more about Koya’s Yoga Teacher Training Programs
- Join the Get Loved Up Membership