Trent Reznor Talks Apple Music and Comments on Marilyn Manson ‘Dopey Clown’ Jab
The new streaming service Apple Music has launched along with its streaming service, Beats 1 Radio, with its many contributors within the music industry. One of those who threw his hat into the ring is Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, who tells Rolling Stone that he was left feeling unsatisfied with the alternatives already available.
"My own travels led me to think that subscription [streaming], if it was done right, really would be the best experience for music fans," says Reznor. "But my experience with existing services left me feeling a little lacking … I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It's exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn't have dreamed you wanted and you're excited to listen and share it and experience it."
Reznor has even offered up some never-before-heard material for the Apple Music launch. You can now hear instrumental versions of Nine Inch Nails' 1999 The Fragile double album along with 2005's With Teeth. "There's different arrangements to certain songs and oddly that makes for a different, complementary music experience," Reznor says of The Fragile release. "So that'll be there as soon as you download the app, you'll see that in, on my Connect page."
The Nine Inch Nails mastermind also said he's been working on new music, saying, "I've been messing around with a few things."
At the end of Reznor's Rolling Stone interview, the industrial pioneer was asked about calling Marilyn Manson "a dopey clown" in 2009, which Manson recently brought up in a Reddit AMA session. So does Trent still feel the same way about Manson? The answer is pretty interesting. "I mean, I really haven't thought much about that guy," Reznor responds. "I wish him the best and we were good friends at one point in the past, and we became not such good friends. People change, and I don't go around carrying it on my shoulders at all. So I have said many, many stupid things in my career. That wasn't as bad as some, so I'm glad that you focused on that one. Notice, I didn't deny saying that or my feeling didn't change."
So it looks like Reznor's feelings toward Manson haven't changed much in six years. To hear the instrumental versions of The Fragile and With Teeth, you'll have to sign up for Apple Music, which is offering a free three-month trial now.
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