MTV Latin America Interview
The singer, the creator of the sound of nine inch nails, Trent Reznor,
is a mythic figure of industrial music: he composes,
arranges, produces, and writes, and does all the rest of it for Nine
Making an analogy that perhaps does not come to the case, Trent Reznor
could be a Salvador Dalí of the music of a new era...
His songs, especially those of his begining, like for exaple the songs
of his legendary Pretty Hate Machine or those of the
controversial EP called Broken, are a canvas plastered with rage,
confusion, rebellion, hate and love, sick passion,
sadomasochism, etc. At the same time listening to the work at full
volume is a gentle symphonic noise for the ears that alienates
his extravagant followers. Trent encounters in the macabre and grotesque
nature of the sound the beauty for a song.
His last double album titled The Fragile is a masterful work that had
great acceptance among critics and fans.
Trent Reznor spoke with MTVla.com about the Starsuckers, Inc. video and
his renewed friendship with the black widow
Marilyn Manson and his plans for Latin America. Furthermore he exposed
his point of view about the Internet and the problem
that Napster and the MP3 format represent. If you want to find out if
Metallica or Limp Bizkit has an ally on this subject, do
not forsake reading, listening and seeing this interview.
MTV: We spoke a little about the concept of the video of Starsuckers,
TR: Good, to start this subject I almost did not include it on the album
because it was very (quejumbroso). But anyway, I
included it on the CD and after I consulted with (el sello) about which
was able to be the next single and this subject continued
to shine. The radio also asked for it: "edit a version or change a word
here and there..." And I never planned on doing a video
until out of the blue, my long-term kind of arch-enemy Marilyn Manson,
who had gone from being the closest I've had to a
brother to opposite planets at war, for a variety of reasons. And I
think he was feeling, not to speak for him, but I know I was
feeling that just enough time had passed. I did write the song with him
in mind, it was not solely about him, but I had an extra
thirty verses of the stuff to vent if I needed to. He told me: "I would
like to put everything in the past and I am tired that all of the
world is asking me if this subject is about me. I have a good idea for a
video and I would like to be in it." This led to open up a
dialogue between us. He proceded to make the video which was his
concept, which was a pleasure. The other time he played
with us in Madison Square Garden and it was one of those moments that
(te pone la carne de gallina). It does not happen very
often, and thus I feel very positive about it.
MTV: Are you very involved with your page on the Internet?
TF: With the page... everything began because I do not know HTML, thus
we went to a big company that wanted to make a
traditional page, but we threw that idea out. We went and hired a fan
that had a very good page of ours, we told him to come
with us and to make something with a more organic feeling and that would
evolve all of the time. The concept of our page was
to make something confused in a certain feeling, but not irritating, but
that was always changing. I believe that it is very
interesting to be able to communicate with the fans and to leave them to
have access to you and vice versa and have an
immediate response. I pay a lot of attention to what the people say and
put in the forums.
MTV: Do you believe that the Internet is able to harm direct relations
TR: Between human beings, I think it can because I find myself a lot of
times preferring to communicate vía e-mail because I do
not have to speak directly to anyone, I can say what I want when I want.
I think the real repurcussions of the Internet have yet
to be seen, but it's a substantial thing. In my mind, it's as important
as automobiles being invented, and planes, as far as the
world being closer. The internet is definitely going to have an impact
on the distribution of music, movies, etc.
MTV: What opinions do you have about Napster and the MP3 format?
TR: My sentiment is this: I understand that as a fan, it is intriguing
to go to one of these sites and find a song immediately and the
technology is good, I am not against this in any manner. But I am
against robbery, and this is robbery. It is very challenging for
someone like Metallica or I to say this without sounding like: "Hey,
we're rich and want to be richer." I am not rich, but I
believe that not many people understand how the musicians obtain their
payment for what they do. They pay musicians
principally by means of publishing if they write their own songs and
just because the technology exists and permits one to copy
things, this does not change things in order to allow someone to be able
to do this. I support the artists that are aligning against
that, because it is basically theft.. it's not basically, it is theft.
And on the other hand it is very irritating that demos and other
recordings that one does not want to release to the market are
distributed by someone that obtained some session and the
material without it being finished or meant to be released that way,
this is also disgusting. I remember that this happened to U2
two years ago, thankfully it has not happened to me yet.
MTV: When are you going to come to Latin America?
TR: We are trying to get down there, that's what I've wanted to do. The
main difference... one thing to be aware of is that we...
up until this record, we have been fairly crippled as far as label
support to get there. And what has made Nine Inch Nails
successful in North America has been that we tour a lot here. And we
have never really had a lot of radio support, consistently,
the same with video. Occasionally we find ourselves in fashion and
afterwards the fever passes for a long time. Going on tour is
something that I am able to control, if we play in a place and three
months after return to the same place, we encounter these
people and their friends... I believe that this has been the best
promotional aspect of the band. It also has to do with our
finances, this is the first time that we have done an extensive tour in
Australia and Europe, and afterward, I hope that before this
finishes we will be able to go there.
MTV: Nine Inch Nails is touring and for opening act they have the group
A Perfect Circle, the new project of Maynard James
Keenan the singer of the band Tool and the guitarist Billy Howerdel.
MTVla.com will have an interview with A Perfect Circle
Mondey, the 29th of May.
Furthermore, the dates of the interview that Ruth had with Trent Reznor
are pending from Connection MTV, the interview
where Trent spoke more of the background of his new disc, among other
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