Hammer head – how Trent Reznor nailed the new Nine Inch Nails album
As they get ready for their Belsonic headliner in Belfast, Nine Inch Nails frontman and former hellraiser Trent Reznor tells the story of how a greatest hits project spawned NIN's new album, ‘Hesitation Marks’
Reznor sounds weary just talking about it; maybe it’s the time difference, the jetlag or the sheer exhaustion of trying to keep a foothold in an area of the music industry that appears to be rapidly dwindling.
“I’m just trying to figure out the best way to be a musician right now,” he offers. “What is right in the summer of 2013 isn’t what was right six months ago and it won’t be what’s right in six months time.”
Is the former hellraiser settling down? “Whoa, there. Even a hint of the word ‘settled’ would have been terrifying to me a few years ago – it would have felt like a death knell, but I feel like I’m okay with who I am right now: positive, able to tap into a truthfulness, an honesty in an accurate way, with integrity and authenticity.”
When he was 20, says Reznor, he thought being settled would be far too normal a state to attain. Now, it feels like it’s something he’s proud to have achieved. “I’m making a living, people are interested in what I’m doing, and I’m glad to be in that position. I’m not doing this because I need to make a down payment on something. I’m doing it because it still feels real to me.”
Nine Inch Nails play Belsonic, Belfast, on Wednesday August 21st. Hesitation Marks will be released through Polydor/Universal later this month
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