Discussing the launch of Beats Music streaming service and his duties as the company's chief creative officer, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor touched on the band's plans for a new album, hinting at a possible "Hesitation Marks" follow-up sometime this fall.
"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," Reznor told Rolling Stone. "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."
Asked if he could share more details about the "new project," the frontman added, "That's more than I should've."
During the rest of the chat, Trent mostly focused on Beats Music, elaborating why he thinks the company has a chance of beating the likes of Spotify. "Spotify - I met those guys before they launched in America and was wildly excited about the idea," he said. "'Wow, this is all the music in the world, for a flat fee.' They were bragging about the fact they were agnostic - 'We're not here to tell you what to listen to.'
"Interesting. I'm looking at a black screen, kind of like iTunes. Wonder if Nine Inch Nails is in there. Hey, it is. But as a music fan, I found myself trying to force myself to use it. I didn't reach for it when I got in the car to drive. It still felt the like I had to do the work to use it. It felt utilitarian."
In related news, full Beats Music commercial featuring Reznor's narration was posted, make sure to check out the company's vision below.