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All Quotes by author - Trent Reznor
" After coming from a major label, I realized the entire business has been decimated, and you can't look to labels to try to figure it out because they don't even use the technology, and they're oblivious to how people consume music these days. "
" A lot of what I've done as Nine Inch Nails has been governed by fear. I was trying to keep the songs in a framework that was tough, and I learnt a lot from Jesus and Mary Chain about how to bury nice pop songs in unlistenable noise - the idea being if you can get behind that wall, you find there's a pearl inside. "
" And when the day arrives I'll become the sky and I'll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now. "
" Anyone who's an executive at a record label does not understand what the Internet is, how it works, how people use it, how fans and consumers interact - no idea. I'm surprised they know how to use e-mail. "
" Any time I sit down and write music, the first part of that is always centering myself and thinking about who I currently am. "
" Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. "
" As long as it feels valid to me and feels sincere, I'll do what I do under the moniker of Nine Inch Nails if it's appropriate. I would hate to think I would ever be in a position where I'm faking it to get a paycheck. "
" Balance is good, because one extreme or the other leads to misery, and I've spent a lot of my life at one of those extremes. "
" Being a rock & roll star has become as legitimate a career option as being an astronaut or a policeman or a fireman. "
" Being in a band with my wife, I'm very aware of the multitude of ways that can go wrong. We're best friends and are interested in the same things, so it's natural to make music together. "
" Books are better than movies because you design the set the way you want it to look. "
" Bow down before the one you serve, you're going to get what you deserve. "
" 'Downward Spiral' felt like I had an unending bottomless pit of rage and self-loathing inside me and I had to somehow challenge something or I'd explode. I thought I could get through by putting everything into my music, standing in front of an audience and screaming emotions at them from my guts. "
" Fear has governed my life, if I think about it. "
" For me, 'The Social Network' isn't about Facebook. It certainly isn't about how people use it. It's about a flawed character and his pursuit of that grand idea that defines him and validates his life and how far he'll go to get it, and the repercussions that come as a result of that - what he gives up in the process. "
" Frankly, I have always dreaded writing - there always seemed to be pain involved, unpleasant self-examination and a lot of fear. "
" I aspire to make a record that sounds better 10 listens in than it does after two, and still, at 50 listens, you're picking out things that add a depth and a thoughtfulness to it; there's enough in there that you can still be extracting pieces out of it. "
" I believe sometimes you have a choice in what inspiration you choose to follow and other times you really don't. "
" I can still make a living with touring. And maybe you buy a t-shirt. And I would rather 10 million people get my record and listen to it for free than 500,000 that I coerced to pay $15 for it, you know? "
" I did not grow up in a cosmopolitan environment. I grew up in a little town in the middle of nowhere, pre-Internet, pre-college radio. "
" I'd much rather be worrying about playing that note in tune, and picking out the best way to arrange the song, rather than thinking about pricing for the download. It's not art. "
" I'd never want to be Gene Simmons, an old man who puts on makeup to entertain kids, like a clown going to work. "
" I do actually believe in love. I can't say that I'm 100 percent successful in that department, but I think it's one of the few worthwhile human experiences. It's cooler than anything I can think of right now. "
" I don't even know why I'm saying this in an interview situation, but I always feel like I'm not good enough for some reason. I wish that wasn't the case, but left to my own devices, that voice starts speaking up. "
Not Good Enough
" I don't have a family. I'd like to have one. I just haven't somehow gotten around to it yet. "
" I don't have to save rock. I don't even like rock that much. "
" I do remember my first purchase: the Partridge Family's 'Greatest Hits.' I got it for $3.99 at a failed chain of pre-Wal-Mart-type stores called Jamesway. God, I'm old. "
" I doubt I'll ever pay someone to do a remix again, because there's some amazing stuff just coming out of bedrooms. "
" I'd rather not get into what I'm talking about lyrically. I think it's impossible not to demystify a song when saying what it's about. Music and art can be damaged severely by too much information; I say that as somebody that has participated in that. "
" I feel uncomfortable because I'm insecure about who I am. "
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