Trent Reznor Interview
Trent: I've gone through phases, excess, where I've learned a lot
regretted a lot and I guess I wouldn't do the things differently and I
suppose I've gained wisdom from that.
NRK: Your mantra, it's been told to be: I focus on the pain, the only
thing that's real. Is that you opinion?
Trent: Not not a hundred percent. That was a lyric in a song that was
kind of how I felt at that time. And I think I have moved out of that
phase a bit. And one of the things which took a long time to do for the
last record, The Fragile, was really, get my head in the right space and
I tried to really re-invent myself and try to find out why I was feeling
the way I was. Every record I'd made pretty much represents accurately
where my head has been at that time. And, with the last record I think
it's been more about trying to repair things, rather than smash apart,
which is what it had been about up until that point. Not that it's
overly optimistic, but I think it's approaching things from a little
NRK: So would you say, that music has been kind of therapy?
Trent: Absolutely. It's got me out of tough times, its been the friend
that I needed, when I didn't have a friend there. It's been something
that I always thought I was good at and I could always usually take, if
I was feeling upset or angry, or bad about something and channel it into
making something that has some sense of beauty to it. That that always
made me feel better. And later when the band started taking off, and I'd
play songs in front of people I had never seen before, in a country I
had never been to, and I'd see them yelling the words back at me, and It
seems like they relate to the song and all it makes you feel pretty
cool. It makes you feel it makes you feel good, like maybe there's a
point to your existence or maybe not!
NRK: What is you connection with Courtney Love?
Trent: hopefully none whatsoever! I can't stand her, that's about it. We
toured, she opened for us a few years ago and I had the displeasure of
really getting to know somebody that was not a very nice person!
NRK: Who inspires you?
Trent: A bunch of different people for a bunch of different reasons and
if I had to name a couple, like I admire the song writing of David
Bowie, I admire that fact that he has the guts to re-invent himself and
risk failure, and fail often. And I guess, just globally I worked with
him a few years ago, we toured together, and it was really inspirational
seeing him come from a pretty low rest period to emerge as a light at
the end of the tunnel, to come out of it happy.
NRK: Is that you?
Trent: Umm, I'm still in the tunnel, I'm trying to come out. Someone
else did it, so maybe I can too.
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