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DD: Is that ever a fear – that you’ll turn into a lawnchair Nine Inch Nails?

Trent Reznor: When the joys of yachting start to tire, you mean?

DD: How is your golfing game?

Trent Reznor: I have never golfed. Actually, I golfed one time and was filled with resentment. Just the fucking people. I didn’t get past that. The outfits.

DD: It’s an older, preppier crowd, for sure. 

Trent Reznor: As you get older, it’s a weird puzzle – you try to look at yourself objectively and imagine what people think. When we play a show I look at the audience and it generally looks the same as it did in 1990. It’s not the same people, of course, but it doesn’t look like The Eagles when I look down there. It doesn’t look like people my own age. 

DD: That will be a trippy day, when you look out at the audience and see a sea of walkers.

Trent Reznor: I like that we’ve found new generations who like the music. The moment it feels like it has become nostalgia, then I don’t know if I would want to do it any more. Right now, it still feels vital to me. And when I’m writing music,I’m not playing a character. I’m not Alice Cooper or Gene Simmons or someone like that, who has acknowledged that they are writing music for a character.

DD: Is it hard to remain original within the confines of a brand like Nine INch nails?

Trent Reznor: I acknowledge that NIN is a brand – Dazed & Confused is a brand. But you can still be rooted in honesty and integrity. There can still be evolution.

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