Moby, a noted Trump opponent, will only play the inaugural ball if he gets tax returns and the permission to play "Fight the Power."
With 11 days to go until he becomes the President of the United States, Donald Trump is still scrambling to find performers for his inauguration day events. The latest artist to admit to getting invited to perform at the inauguration is a surprising one: the famed veteran electronic musician/DJ known as Moby.
Thus far, the performers Trump has managed to enlist include country acts Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy. The most respectable artist to accept his invite is 16-year-old Jackie Evancho, a former contestant on "America's Got Talent," though perhaps she's having cold feet as Trump recently took credit for a spike in her album sales. It seems that Trump has been looking to all genres for potential artists who will sing a note or drop a beat for him on his big day. Moby surprisingly revealed that he'd been contacted to play at one of the inaugural balls yesterday on Instagram.
Hahahahaha, I was just asked by a booking agent if I would consider djing at one of the inaugural balls for #trump... Hahahahaha, wait, Hahahaha, really? I guess I'd DJ at an inaugural ball if as payment #trump released his tax returns. Also I would probably play public enemy and stockhausen remixes to entertain the republicans. I'm still laughing. Hahahaha. So #trump what do you think, I DJ for you and you release your tax returns?
He basically declined, not really taking the offer seriously, though he did say, "I guess I'd DJ at an inaugural ball if as payment Trump released his tax returns." Yeah, so not happening.
Moby also said that his ideal setlist at a party for Trump would include a mix of Public Enemy and the strange electronic sounds of Karlheinz Stockhausen, which would likely quickly clear a room full of Republicans. In following up with him about the strange invite, Billboard asked Moby to put together a hypothetical mix of what he would play at Trump's inauguration. There's no Stockhausen on Spotify, but the playlist does start off with Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." The rest of it is made up of classic protest songs like Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," Gil-Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," and Kendrick Lamar's "Alright."