TEA AND TECHNO

The techno veteran likes to stay busy...

MOBY has been adding a few new strings to his bow while working on his new album.

The techno veteran has written over 200 songs for the follow-up to 2002’s ‘18’, and whittled them down to 20.

He told VH1: “I love to be busy. I’m envious of people who are able to take their spare time and relax. All I like to do is work. Perhaps it’s lingering Calvinist guilt? But I would really rather spend the afternoon at a bottling plant in New Jersey than go to St Bart and go sailing with Puffy.”

He added that all of the songs on the April-due album have been written using a guitar: “It’s ironic. Most people think of me as a sample-using thief. I’ve been called worse things, though.”

But the star – real name Richard Hall – has been expanding his empire based on his New York vegan-friendly tearoom, Teany. The café is known for its iced-tea blends and tea-and-juice fusions, and the most popular blends are now being distributed through New York.

“No-one is getting rich off the bottled-tea line. I’d love for it to be more profitable, but we use expensive ingredients and we don’t cut corners. This is about more than profit margins. I like being able to go in every day and eat and hang out with friends. And I don’t want to feel guilty about what I give my friends, or all sorts of terrible ingredients. I would be ashamed. So we use organic sweeteners, which means it’s actually 75 per cent less sugar than leading tea brands. So it tastes good and it’s fairly good for you.”

Furthermore, Moby and business partner Kelly Tisdale are writing a book based on Teany, which doubles as a fictional history of the Lower East Side and a cookbook. Moby