There were a bunch of questions that had been submitted from other Digg users – and ranked / voted.
Some great questions – interesting to hear his responses :
- Your business model still primarily involves selling music either digitally or physically. Why haven’t you embraced advertising as a business model?
- What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
- What advice do you have for up and coming bands who chose the internet for distribution over traditional channels?
- What tech gadgets, hardware, software, can you not live without?
- Have the plans to release a Year Zero mini-series on HBO fallen through? Or can we still look forward to a video representation of the album?
- What is your favorite thing you have seen done with your music by a fan of NIN?
- What are some of your favorite video games?
- Will any of the records of your side project Tapeworm, with TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan, ever be released?
- Since you are a tech artist, are you planning an online concert?
- Is there tension between art director Rob Sheridan and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen over coverage of the Scientology protest?
The one about “an online concert” was the most interesting one for me – imagine going to a cinema to see a 3D concert – pay $10 – and see a live show from somewhere in the world ? The technology exists – just the $$ – and getting it together.
And – I can’t wait to see what happens in the “Year Zero” arena – as a TV show most likely – with Trent as a “producer” – not involved as an actor, or anything – that’s not the reason to do it (ie. become a TV star)
That last one about Scientology was a bit silly – oh well…
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Was interesting to hear Trent discuss video games – and the amazing dudes at “Id software” – John Carmack etc. The creators of Wolf 3D, Doom, Quake, etc – and that Trent said he would’ve been programmer if things with music hadn’t worked out ! (L337 FTW !)