Moby and David Lynch Talk God, Maggots and Music at IMS Engage Conference

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On April 16, Moby was given the task of interviewing director David Lynch at the International Music Summit, a gathering of the electronic music industry that started in Ibiza and has branched out to Los Angeles.

He chose to not ask any questions about music, entertainment or electronics, though after covering God, death, maggots, painting and transcendental meditation, Moby did inquire as to which records were Lynch's "favorite sounding." Performances at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival hold a particularly special place for the director of Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire and Blue Velvet.

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"Big Brother and the Holding Co.'s 'Ball and Chain,' " he told the audience assembled at the W Hotel in Hollywood. "Janis [Joplin's] voice just cuts through; there's so much pain. Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long.' I burst into tears -- I can't believe what he rings out. Jimi Hendrix. It's unreal what he was doing. He and his guitar are working as one."

Most of Lynch's taste rests in the early days of rock 'n' roll, evidenced by his plaudits for The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly, The Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me," The Ronettes and Shangri-Las. Plus Mazzy Star -- "I like the feel of that," he said -- and one song by Neil Young.

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"Neil Young's record with Daniel Lanois [Le Noise] where they filmed each track. The one track I love so much is 'Love and War.' The guitar sound -- I think it is beyond the beyond. It's great."

As for his own music, Lynch is just beginning to think about doing a follow-up to his 2013 album, The Big Dream. He again will work with Dean Hurley.

"We like the blues, so in a general way that's what's inspiring to us," he said, noting that he has begun to learn how to play a slide guitar that Moby gave him. "We jam and try to find a speck of gold and build on that. It will start with a jam very soon."

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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