You may know Trent Reznor as the guy who teamed up with Atticus Ross once again to score the Hollywood film, Patriot’s Day. “Once again” because they have worked together before on the scores of The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl.
You may also know him as someone who (together with Ross) has won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and a Grammy for his scoring works.
So when he has something to say, people listen.
He recently did an interview with Yahoo when he decided to address the effect on social media on music.
He blasted it as a “toxic environment” that stifles creativity instead of motivating artists. He also talked about “tastemakers” who he claims “tell the sheep what to like.” And thus musicians are stuck in a vicious cycle.
“The internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a shit what they have to say and they have the right. I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music.
“Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like. It’s a vicious cycle and I think it’s unhealthy. I don’t see any Princes emerging on the scene today. I see a lot of people making formulaic, made to please, vegan restaurant patron-type s***. And I think it creates an environment where people are too f***in’ worried about what other people have to say. And people who have never made anything think it’s OK to talk s*** about stuff they have no right to talk about. You got a Facebook account? Nobody gives a f***. You haven’t achieved anything.” Read more…
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