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11, 1965
New York City, NY
Birth Sign
New York City, NY


Singer/songwriter and electronic musician best known for his albums Play and 18. He is a descendant of Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, which provided his stage name. In 2017 he released his fourteenth studio album, More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse. 

Before Fame

He played with hardcore punk band Vatican Commandos from 1982 until 1985.


He co-wrote, produced, and remixed music for The Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, and many other legendary music acts.

Family Life

His mother was a medical secretary and his father was a chemistry professor. He co-owned and co-founded a vegan restaurant in New York City called TeaNY with his ex-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale.

Associated With

He appeared in the 2006 film Pittsburgh, featuring Jeff Goldblum.