Moby (a.k.a. Richard Melville Hall) — whose solo music spans the genres of ambient, techno, punk, house and electronic — recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times about DIAMONDSNAKE his new hard rock band which also features comedian/musician Dave Hill (VALLEY LODGE), Phil Costello (SATANICIDE, VALLEY LODGE) and Tomato (THE SOUND OF URCHIN).
"Starting this metal band, the few people who have noticed, they're confused," he said.
"Back in the bygone days, punk and metal didn't mix at all. Metal people had long hair and were more working class, punk kids were a little more erudite with shaved heads."
"I love making my own records, but the way I make my own records is sort of ascetic and monastic," Moby added. "I have a little studio, I go in there by myself, it's a very solipsistic process. It never gets loud. So I love going into a crummy rehearsal studio with a bunch of friends and being loud. That was the nascence of DIAMONDSNAKE."
DIAMONDSNAKE entered Headgear studios in Brooklyn in April with engineer Scott Norton and recorded a total of 15 songs, seven of which can be streamed on the band's Facebook and MySpace pages.
"The music I make is quite personal and earnest, but there's just something really nice about writing heavy metal songs. I leave myself out of it completely," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I think about what a heavy metal guy would write."
As for how DIAMONDSNAKE has been received by heavy metal fans, Moby says, "We've gotten some attention from the heavy-metal community, and they hate us more than I ever thought was possible."
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