Along with releasing their full-length debut “Welcome Oblivion” today, How To Destroy Angels also took part in this Reddit AMA. The Q&A saw the groups members—which include Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails—field a number of questions. One answer in particular saw Reznor rather colorfully shutdown a snarky commenter. The question in particular read as follows:
“Why did Trent announce a new NIN tour at the same time your new album is releasing if he is trying to not be a frontrunner of the band? Odd coincidence in my opinion.
As millionaires, why did you sign up with a record label to promote your new album? Especially when Trent has had a history of being screwed over by said labels and managers. If it’s really about the music and getting it out to as many people as possible, why not release it all for free? I understand if you want to make money. It makes sense to want money for your work. However, I don’t buy the “get it to as many people as possible” excuse for signing up with a label. Again, especially when Trent conveniently places a spotlight on his former cash cow a few days before your band releases this new album.
Good marketing, Gene Sim-, er, Trent Reznor.
When can I get my NIN toothpaste?
EDIT: Also, this one is for Trent. How did you manage to get back into the thought process of performing live when you had your farewell tour 3.5 years ago? Must have been hard to get back into the groove.”
Reznor replied directly to the question with the following:
“Sorry, the wifi on our yacht is having issues, we can’t get your full question to load. Try sending me an email at [email protected]”
When asked about the status of Nine Inch Nails‘ long M.I.A. 5.1 re-release of “The Fragile“, Reznor candidly replied:
“I see The Fragile 5.1 is the new Tapeworm… so the only appropriate answer I can give you is “soon.””
Another question saw Reznor share his thoughts on the increasingly prevalent usage of technology in music. That question in particular read as follows:
“In the Sound City documentary, Dave Grohl describes you as being a musician that uses technology as a tool or instrument, rather than a crutch. Which musicians currently creating music today would you point out as doing the same? Who out there impresses you with their use of technology to create music?”
To that Reznor offered:
“I’m not sure if this answers your question or not, but… 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. 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 – and as someone pointed out below, The Knife is a good example.”