Moby has become the latest artist to give away his new music for free — but to a select audience: He’s giving it to filmmakers.
The multifaceted dance music artist, known for his album “Play,” is offering tracks to indie, nonprofit and student filmmakers for their works via his website mobygratis.com. If the films receive distribution, he asks for a small fee that will be donated to charity.
Currently, Moby is offering 44 unreleased tracks; 11 instrumental tracks from “Hotel,” six from “Play: B Sides” and three from “18.”
“The biggest complaint I hear from my friends who are indie filmmakers is that they can’t get calls returned from record companies or that licensing quotes are outlandish,” said Moby, who minored in film at SUNY Purchase. “Whenever I tell anyone about this, people keep expecting a catch. There isn’t one.”
Moby has been alerting film schools and some independent film organizations about the availability of the tracks. He intends to add another 20 tracks to the site later this month.
“I structured it so that it’s impossible for me to make any money from it,” he said.
Moby most recently scored Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales,” which will be released Nov. 14. Signed worldwide to the Mute label, he recently completed his next album, which will be released in March. “It’s a fun dance record,” he said.