Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration – New York Magazine
Trent: I think it’s just an awkward time right now to be a musician. The reality is that people think it’s okay to steal music. There’s a whole generation of people, that’s all they’ve known. I used to buy vinyl. Today, if you do put out a record on a label, traditionally, most people are going to hear it via a leak that happens two weeks — if not two months — before it comes out. There’s no real way around that. I’m truly saddened because I think music has been devalued, so that it’s just a file on your computer, and it’s usually free.
I’d rather it not be a ringtone that you have to get with a free cell phone or any of that bullshit.
Here is another bit… it’s a great interview and you should read the whole thing.
I remember a time when it felt like, being on a major label, our interests were aligned. At times, it’s a pretty well-oiled machine and the luxury is that I feel like I’ve got a team of people who are taking care of the shit I don’t want to think about. I don’t care about the radio guy, I just want to make music. But those days are gone.
Raznor is right. For me that just let me create music and you take care of biz period was from the time I started work on my first album for Epic, “Solo Para Ti”, until about 1999.
OK, one more quote from Raznor and then you should head over and read the whole article.
iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don’t feel cool when I go there. I’m tired of seeing John Mayer’s face pop up.