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Moby to Guest DJ at Pete Tong’s Residency

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Pete Tong, Moby

Moby has always been a vocal supporter of animals (even naming his fourth album “Animal Rights”). Lately, he’s also become an adhoc spokesperson for Los Angeles, extolling what many have known for years about the city’s virtues as a destination for artists in a recent editorial. On March 7, he will combine both these passions in a guest appearance during Pete Tong’s new-L.A. residency at Sound Nightclub as part of the unofficial welcome wagon for former Londoner Tong.

"The last time I played with Pete Tong was a few years ago in London,” Moby tells Billboard. “I’m really excited to play with him 6,000 miles away in L.A. at this cool, intimate club.”

In a somewhat unusual move, a portion of the proceeds will go to the No Kill Los Angeles animal shelter and Moby says he will also donate his fee for the evening to NKLA.

“Moby and I have crossed paths many times during our careers but rarely have I gotten to DJ with him,” says Tong, adding that the charitable component is a “thrill” for him as well. “Even better as he lives just up the road!”

Tong’s relocation to Los Angeles in September was a bid to challenge himself professionally by leaving a well-established career in the UK for a new market in a new country. It was also a move intended to take advantage of the city’s fast-growing role as the EDM capital of America, where more and more DJs and producers are establishing a homebase, building their studios and influencing the local musical landscape. Tong, who now hosts a show on iHeartRadio’s Evolution channel in addition to his long-running BBC Radio 1 program, says he plans do more film projects (one with Lionsgate is reportedly in the works).

Since it began in January, the All Gone Pete Tong monthly residency at Sound - a 500 capacity venue on a Hollywood side street - has been an opportunity for the DJ to experiment musically while connecting to a new American audience.

“All Gone Pete Tong is turning into a riotous family affair,” Tong effuses. “[It’s] mixing L.A.'s discerning and passionate electronic fans with local DJs plus the film, art and fashion crews. I’ve been delighted by the response, and it has made settling in to my newly adopted city a lot more fun.”

The first two months of All Gone Pete Tong featured guest DJs Benoit & Sergio and Hot Natured’s Lee Foss, respectively. For the installment with Moby on March 7, Sound resident trio Droog will open.