Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor yet again discussed his issues with the hipster generation in a new Yahoo interview.
“Any time I sit down to write something, even today, I have to remind myself that it needs to be as honest as who I have become when I’m doing this stuff. And I can look back at my catalog and say with honesty that it’s the best I can do when I did it and it was the most true I could be to myself. The challenges are different today.”
“I’m not the same person I was then and I’m less afraid than I used to be. When I took so long between albums, I was afraid to open that book up and see what was inside my head. I was insecure. Now I think I’m more confident in my abilities, but doesn’t make it any less painful to write at times or do anything about the feeling of being naked when I release this stuff out to the world. But what has crept in is that everyone’s a commentator now. The Internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a s*** what they have to say and they have the right. I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music.
Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like. It’s a vicious cycle and I think it’s unhealthy. I don’t see any Princes emerging on the scene today. I see a lot of people making formulaic, made to please, vegan restaurant patron-type s***. And I think it creates an environment where people are too f***in’ worried about what other people have to say. And people who have never made anything think it’s OK to talk s*** about stuff they have no right to talk about. You got a Facebook account? Nobody gives a f***. You haven’t achieved anything.”
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor discussed the ‘boring’ state of rock during a recent interview with Zane Lowe. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
“Something we’ve always felt strongly about is that the role of what we call rock, has been one that should feel untethered and filled with expression and uncompromising, and at times, challenging. In general, it seems from my perspective, and I think Atticus [Ross, fellow Nine Inch Nails member] feels the same way, that most entertainment, film, particularly music, is pretty boring right now. Certainly rock is boring, I can’t think of anything that’s happened in the rock spectrum that’s felt, I’m sure there are that I’m just not thinking of right now, but just in general-”
Lowe interruped, “It’s had it confidence knocked a bit over time.”
“But it’s not saying much either. Again, this is a blanket statement, this is certainly not including everything, there’s sure good stuff out there, but in general, I’m not blown away by 5 records a month, like, ‘Man, that’s speaking to me.’ Everything feels a bit tame, it feels a lot like something else that’s happened, polite. I think that some of the tastemaker elements, certainly the hipster arena, has leaned towards the praising of gentle familiar R&B twee pop stuff. A lot of what’s blessed as ‘the cool thing’ feels pretty generic, and also feels, a lot of it, like a desperate plea for commercial airplay and success, as there are fewer and fewer avenues for any bands to break out of obscurity these days.”