Trent Reznor Hints At New Nine Inch Nails Music This Year
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.27.2014
Fans may not have to wait long...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor hinted at new music from the band coming this year. Here are highlights:
On Nine Inch Nails' plans for 2014: "We're leaving to go to tour mid-to-late February, in Australia with Queens [of the Stone Age]. We've got dates booked through the end of the summer. A lot of touring ahead. Just started on a new product. Can't tell you what it is yet. It will take place while touring. New music maybe this fall. Every spare second, and even seconds that aren't spare, are trying to wrangle this new creation into shape."
On when Beats Music hired him as a chief creative officer: "About two-and-a-half years ago or so. Might be a little longer than that. I've been friends with Jimmy [Iovine] since the early Nineties, when he signed Nine Inch Nails to Interscope – we maintained a friendship throughout our artist-label era. A few years ago, he brought me in to check out what he did with Beats Electronics and it was pretty mind-blowing. He asked me to solve a problem with the hardware he'd been having – an interesting riddle to me. I'd hear him speaking excitedly about his concept of a streaming service with curation at the forefront. My eyes lit up. I said, "Hey, in my own world, I agree that a product like that feels like the right move, from a consumer standpoint." We started executing that. I think I'm the longest employee here now at this point."
On how much he participates in song selection for Beats: "I'm not part of the editorial team or the content team. What I've done has been more architectural, in terms of "What is this thing? What is the spirit of this thing? How does it look? Let's really examine every situation in which we listen to music and the shortcomings of current versions, whether it be terrestrial radio or satellite radio or iTunes/iPods." We're trying to bring joy to the user and sort through the world's catalog of music into digestible parcels that considers context where it might be. It reimagines the home stereo as sitting in your pocket rather than on a shelf in your house. It's coming up with the idea that humans need to be involved in this process and the miracle of algorithms. What we've been promised – it seems great, but more often than not it feels like a computer."