Interview With Trent Reznor

Digg Dialog’s 4th installment was with Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor.  Judging by the name of the blog, it’s obvious that I would have an interest with what Reznor has to say about the current state of the music industry, distribution, and most importantly what lies ahead with NIN.  Some of the questions I felt were ho-hum, but that’s what you get with a system like Digg that requires votes and popularity to make it into the top 10.

Even if you’re not a fan of NIN, chances are you’ve heard what he’s been doing for music distribution.  This was talked about a little with Reznor during the interview, but seemed to be highly edited and cut short for time reasons.

It’s obvious that the man behind the songs that originally drew me to NIN has grown up, so to speak.  Closer, Reptile, Terrible Lie, and even some of the tracks from his Fragile album seem to be a distant past.  I would have preferred to hear what he has to say about the genre of music he’s currently releasing and if there will ever be a throw back to what originally excited me about a new NIN release.

Troublesome, would best describe my feelings at the end of the Digg interview with Reznor.  Nothing was said that we didn’t already know, except for the cute story about blaring unexpected music before a show.  Furthermore, Reznor indicated that NIN would be going away soon, but not saying for how long.  I suspect the latest tour schedule has finally started taking it’s toll on the now 43 year old influential rocker.

Oh well, as long as he never goes back down in it.

Nails and Ticket Sales

I’m sure by now anyone interested in Trent Reznor would have already seen his forum post on the state of concert ticket sales.  Specifically his hate of scalpers and the monopoly of such companies as Ticketmaster pandering to such low lifes, artificially inflating ticket prices.

So, I did some checking on my own, specifically for his concert coming up in May in Indianapolis.  The concert will be at the previously known as Deer Creek, which is an outdoor venue.  On StubHub most tickets are already averaging close to $100 each for freaking lawn tickets.  WTF, what are these people thinking?

Trent, thanks for speaking out and helping to make concert going an affordable outing for your fans.  I’ve signed up to the NIN Website and hope to get my hands on some presale tickets direct.  To hell with the low lifes that feel it’s ok to sell out a concert and make their own markup.  Fight the machine.

Why Nails Blog?

I’ve used the online alias nails in some manner since the first time I laid hands on a keyboard.  ‘Nails’ made reference to my favorite band, Nine Inch Nails.  Literally, I’ve been a fan since the early 90’s and was won over by Pretty Hate Machine and later truly devoted to the NIN following with Downward Spiral. Hence, my love affair with the nails name and now my persona ‘cldnails’ continues on.

This week maybe more than ever I’m proud to bear the nails moniker.

On Monday Nine Inch Nails released their 2nd album in the past 3 months, The Slip.  Trent Reznor has managed to completely shake up the record industry with his previous release of Ghosts, which he marketed versions of as cheap as $5.  Because of Ghosts success and Reznor’s love of his fans, he released The Slip completely free and bearing a Creative Commons License.  Free of a record label he’s been able to connect with fans at a closer level than any other artist in recent history.

No DRM, high quality downloads, options for quality of download, and extras like art was included in NIN’s past 2 releases online.  Everywhere you look people who were not even formally NIN fans are starting realize the value of such an endeavor and supporting the cause.

For those interested in downloading and supporting Nine Inch Nails, head over to to get your utterly free, DRM Free, and high quality copy of The Slip.

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