Trent Reznor: ‘Computers have made it easy to make lazy music’

The Nine Inch Nails frontman says a lot of modern music is 'more fashion than substance'

Trent Reznor has aired his thoughts on modern electronic music in a Q&A session for Reddit.

The Nine Inch Nails frontman said he believes that lots of contemporary music is “more fashion than substance”. He wrote:

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.

He added: “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.”

In terms of Nine Inch Nails, who are set to return for live shows this summer, Reznor commented: “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.”

Playing alongside Reznor in the new version of the band will be Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction, King Crimson’s Adrian Belew and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv alongside long-term collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin.

Reznor also spoke about his collaborative projects, including working with director David Fincher on the soundtrack to Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and his current How To Destroy Angels project, saying: “Working with David Fincher taught me a lot about collaboration, and HTDA allowed me to work in a band environment that I found very rewarding. I don’t know that I was ever comfortable enough with myself earlier in my life to be able to open up and collaborate.”

How To Destroy Angels released their debut album ‘Welcome Oblivion’ this week. Nine Inch Nails currently have no live dates confirmed but an announcement is expected shortly.