Moby’s first live solo performance was witnessed by future longtime manager Eric Härle, who later described the occasion to HitQuarters by saying: “The music was amazing, but the show was riddled with technical mishaps. It left me very intrigued and impressed in a strange way.”
Moby released his first singles for Instinct under several different names, such as Barracuda, Brainstorm, and UHF. His first single was a commercial failure—a rap record with vocalist Jimmy Mack, titled Time’s Up, featuring several remixes and stems for remixing. Very few copies were ever sold.
His first single under the pseudonym ‘Moby’ was “Mobility”, but it was his remix of Mobility’s b-side, “Go”, that proved to be his first breakthrough. Go (Woodtick Mix), a progressive house track using the string line from “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from the TV drama Twin Peaks, reached the UK top ten in October 1991 and earned him his first appearance on Top of the Pops. Some of his other singles in 1992 and 1993 were “Next Is the E”, “Thousand” (with its 1,000 Beats Per Minute tempo), and “Voodoo Child”.
In 1991 and 1992 he remixed The B-52s, The Prodigy, Orbital, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Michael Jackson, Recoil and Ten City.