Trent Reznor says a lot of music in the press today is "more fashion than substance" and that computers has made it easy to produce.
He revealed his views on modern electronic music in a Reddit Q&A session, along with his bandmates in How To Destroy Angels.
When asked for his opinion on people using technology as a tool or a crutch in music creation, Reznor said:
"I don't really care if you can play an instrument or not. I don't think that's a mandatory skill required to make music that can connect with people. I do think computers have made it easy to make lazy music that sounds nice.
"I find a fair amount of what's championed today feels to me like it falls in that category - much more fashion than substance. There's also a lot of current music I think is great... The Knife is a good example."
Reznor was also asked about the return of Nine Inch Nails this summer, after announcing plans to reinvent what the band is about and introduce a new lineup including King Crimson singer and guitarist Adrian Belew.
"Regarding NIN, what's interesting to me about re-assembling it is trying some new things out with a different type of lineup. We're not deep into NIN rehearsals yet, but the idea is exciting," said Reznor.
How To Destroy Angels, which features his wife Mariqueen Maandig in its lineup, will release its debut album "Welcome Oblivion" this week.