Bei dieser Ausgabe handelt
es sich um die 20th anniversary Edition. Diese Ausgabe
ist mit verschiedenen Covern erschienen. Ich glaube
am hšufigsten ist das mit Nirvana. Ich habe mich aber
fŁr das Trent Cover entschieden.
Describe Trent Reznor
2005, in five words or less
Why do you pull these fucking zingers out on
me? [pauses] Let's see...Still alive and kicking.
Your current tour sold
out in a matter of minutes, and With Teeth is pretty solid. Were you shocked at
the response to things, since you've been out of the spotlight for five years?
Sure. The reason With Teeth took a long time is
because I had to get my shit together. Right after the last tour, it was time
to seriously look into the mirror and make a visit to the clinic. At that
point, the only thing I wanted to do was try to stay alive and turn my life
around. The record came from a pretty humble place. I didnít know if I could
write; I didnít know if I had damaged my brain. Then, several thoughts down the
line, I didnít think anybody cared, being as there was another five-year gap
between records. I can hypothesize that since music has gotten so shitty in
general, I look less bad. [laughter] It makes me feel good, and Iím allowing
myself to feel good about some things right now.
Despite the gaps
between releases, you've done a lot for electronic-based rock, and in the
process, you've surpassed many of your heroes. The scope of your influence has
touched not only electronic and industrial rock, but also a lot of subgenres in
punk and hardcore. Did you ever imagine having iconic status?
In this wave of press, Iíve been asked how it
feels to be citied as an influence. Does it feel good? Sure it does. I donít
spend a lot of time thinking about it. I'm proud of the work Iíve done. There
was a time when I was very concerned about what my icons thought about me. I
didn't want to get big, and when the records started selling, I didn't think I
was cool anymore because too many people liked my record. I was one of those
people who would hate my band because it got bigger than the niche I was
comfortable with. These days, what feels different is that in those days when I
swore I didnít care, I did define myself by what people thought of my art. What
feels different is that if it takes a shit tomorrow and nobody likes it, Iíll
be disappointed, but it's not going to change the way I feel about the record.
Looking over your
tenure on the various covers of ap, your career parallels the trajectory of
alt-rock. Is there anything that you find different-good, bad or hopeful-about
the current state of music?
It's tough to say. Two weeks ago, my new record
was leaked onto the internet. I typed the name of the album [into a search
engine], and in 40 minutes, I had the whole album in my computer, as good of
quality as it could be as if I downloaded it legally or bought the CD. And I
thought, what a ludicrous industry this is, to hope people donít do that. What
could be more convenient? There's no real incentive to buy a disc. Now, I like
to consider myself an optimist in terms of finding bands i think are exciting.
what overshadows it is, more often than not, Iíve been told to check out a band
that's "really cool-like this, like this," because it's been marketed
up the ass. It just feels desperate. I don't feel any genuine groundswell of
things cropping up.
Say something nice
I used to really love reading your magazine
before the Vans Warped Tour bought it. Sorry, man.
Quaint. Say something
evil about AP.
[laughs] I used to really love reading your
magazine before the Vans Warped Tour bought it.