Nine Inch Nails' founder is anything but fragile.
Q: What was the response to NIN to the rest of the world?
A: Really good. We wanted to catch the rest of the world up
with America because we've
never had the resources to tour outside the United States much
due to shitty record
labels. Walking onstage in Barcelona and having everyone know
the lyrics to "Somewhat
Damaged" was pretty weird.
Q: You said on an MTV.com Web chat that you would stay on tour
forever to promote
A: I was being dramatic. Here is what I'm faced with: The only
thing that has ever gotten
the word out on NIN was touring. So either I let the record
vanish or I do whatever it takes
to get the word out. That means touring. When we're done, we'll
go do some festivals in
Europe. And then I'll assess the situation. If people are still
interested here, I'll go out for
another round, if it's done in a different context.
Q: Any new Nothing Records plans?
A: The mysterious Tapeworm project and another thing from me
are my priorities at the
moment. Clint [Mansell, formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself] is
doing another record right now.
Q: Filter's Rich Patrick: wacky person or genuine loser?
A: I don't know what has short circuited with that guy lately.
I genuinely like Rich and I
know him enough to know that he's the kind of guy where you add
a little fame to the
situation and the personality-distortion machine kicks into
full gear and has to run its
Q: Did all the people who were genuine music fans 10 years ago
give up music for
marriage, mortgages, and kids? Are we like the last soldiers
stranded on a remote
island and no one has told us the war is over?
A: I think there's a truth to what you're saying, but I also
think that the love of music
didn't die off with our generation. I think that people
innanely want to be challenged. I
can't believe that people think that what's out there now is
great. I don't think everyone is
lined up at the candy machine waiting for the next 'N Sync
single to poop out. I'm going to
keep plugging away at what I think is good. You can sit back
and bitch about it, or you
can try to change it.
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