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Interview with Trent Reznor

Never usually one for “interviews”, the front man from Nine Inch Nails recently sat down with Kevin Rose from Digg – as an episode of “Digg Dialogg”.

There were a bunch of questions that had been submitted from other Digg users – and ranked / voted.

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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…

Click here for more info :

Digg Dialogg: Trent Reznor

Here’s the video clip – watch online, or download in a variety of formats :

Episode 4 – Trent Reznor

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 !)

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One Response

  1. I loved this interview. I’m not a huge NIN fan (please don’t rip my arms out of their sockets wookie!) but I have huge respect for what Trent Reznor is doing with his music. Unlike most people in the biz, Reznor has a good grip on where the music industry really is today and seems to be well prepared to move with the rapidly changing world. Also some pretty good ideas about live streaming concerts and such. Can’t wait to see what the man does next.

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