When he hit the road in 2010, Moby assigned himself two projects -- "One to write music while on tour," he tells Billboard.com, "and project two was to bring my camera along and document the strangeness of touring." The result of both efforts come to light on May 17 when Moby releases a new album and photography book, both titled "Destroyed."
"They're related in that they're made by the same person and made at the same time in the same environment," Moby says. "I don't know if they necessarily have a specific narrative relationship... but in a very general sense, they're both looking at these anonymous, sort of empty spaces, whether it's an empty airport or an anonymous backstage area, invariably lit by fluorescent lights, sort of alien and anonymous. On the one hand it's off-putting, but there's something comforting about them as well."
Moby wrote initial song ideas for "Destroyed" using both digital plug-ins and vintage synthesizers he had on the road, drawing inspiration from "other people's music" including Kraftwerk, Suicide, Silver Apples, OMD, early Simple Minds and David Bowie's collaborations with Brian Eno.