|Nine Inch Nails
mainman Trent Reznor
was recently asked to comment on the state of modern music, noting that although quality tunes are definitely out there, so is the garbage.
"I've touched down on what we're being told we should be listening to from the cool kid indie crowd,"
he kicked off during a chat with the Fader
. "Some of it I think is pretty great; a lot of it I think is just bulls--t."
Trent then went straight to the point, listing some of the artists whose work he appreciates. "I think the production on A$AP Rocky's record is excellent. I like the Disclosure debut - it's super obvious and also great. Something about it feels honest and just f--king fun to listen to. I've always loved Grizzly Bear. Um ... run something by me and I'll give you a thumbs up or thumbs down."
Apart from once again praising Kanye West's latest effort "Yeezus" as a "pretty f--king good" record, Trent discussed his brief social media stint, calling it somewhat of an experiment he wasn't too thrilled with. In Reznor's words, he was looking to find a way to reach the younger audience, but ended up just wanting to get away from what he described as a "vulgar kind of mindset."
"I needed to figure out how people really consume music," he explained. "Not me, but how does a 16-year-old kid do it? I spent a lot of time thinking about that, and that was when Twitter was kicking in. At first, I found it interesting. I was toying around with the idea of deconstructing whatever mythology I had created around myself, and I think people realized I wasn't who they projected me to be. Maybe I've got a sense of humor, or maybe I’m awake during daylight hours."
He continued, "I liked confusing people or throwing them for a loop, but I also realized that it was kind of vulgar. Maybe that's just me being old now, but the culture that we've descended into, of reality TV and social oversharing, in general it's just a vulgar kind of mindset. That's one side of it - just as a human I sense that, and I don't want to get too deep."
Reznor also named the fading musician mystique as one of bad side effects of social media. "When I grew up, I didn't know what Pink Floyd looked like," he said. "I certainly didn't see them live, and I wasn't bombarded with videos because there wasn't MTV. I didn't know what their salads looked like. Or if they had salads. Because I didn't know that stuff, I was allowed to read into the music [and imagine] what I wanted it to be. It's kind of like reading the book versus seeing the movie."I've had it happen, and I won't name names, but current bands where I'm interested in their music and I stumble onto a Twitter account and it's, 'Oh, this guy's kind of a douchebag.' Just what he’s talking about bums me out enough that the music sounds different when I listen to it. I know that's not fair, but I'd like to keep my personality out of the way of what publicly is more important to me, which is the music," he concluded.
NIN released their latest studio effort, "Hesitation Marks," on August 30 through Columbia Records.