Pop Quiz: Moby

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Aidin Vaziri | Moby, the man who took electronic music to the masses with his multiplatinum 1999 album, “Play,” will be at the fifth annual Streets of San Francisco New Year’s Eve party at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, performing a DJ set. The 48-year-old New York native recently released his 11th studio album, “Innocents,” which features guest vocalists such as the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Mark Lanegan and Cold Specks. Moby (born Richard Melville Hall) spoke to us from his home in Los Angeles.

Q: The video for your new single, “A Perfect Life,” features you and Wayne Coyne wandering the streets of Los Angeles in mariachi suits, accompanied by people in various stages of undress. What was that about?

A: The idea for that was to just be stupid. We live in a culture of public figures who have their priorities somewhat skewed. Rather than take the art seriously, they take themselves seriously. Musicians are buffoons. It’s a mistake trying to present yourself as something you’re not.

Q: And still, it’s not quite as ridiculous as Kanye West’s video for “Bound 2.”

A: I have a feeling Kanye is like the patron saint of our zeitgeist. You know how quantum physics says nothing is truly random? I feel like he’s the exception to that rule. There’s equal evidence behind him being a genius and a feral raccoon growing up in a Dumpster behind Denny’s.

Q: The last thing you need is another feud with a pop star.

A: I don’t think I have a feud with Kanye, because he’s amazing. I just don’t think he’s enjoying his craziness as much as he could.

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