Trent: We were finishing up the tour for the fragile, the fragility
last place we went to was the States, and Iíd remembered being on stage thinking
we really had it together now, and I thought it would be nice to somehow capture
that. I thought, in my mind, that this would be the last time that we would tour
in this format, with this band, playing songs from all the different albums. Iíd
like to move into some different things, although Iím not sure what they are
yet, but I feel like weíre at the point where itís time to change.
JJJ: Having said that, does that mean this is the end of NIN?
Trent: I hope itís not the end of NIN, Iím not looking at it that
way right now.
I just think that with the people I have around me in the band, when we decide
to do a tour, it always winds up following the same format. I think weíve done
that well, and Iíve enjoyed doing it, but Iíd also like to go out in a different
JJJ: The fragility tour that this was recorded from was voted
best tour by
Rolling Stone. What was the show actually like?
Trent: On this tour, I realised I had the resources to try some
production ideas. When I sat down to really work on the set-list and the way to
present the band, I spent a lot of time figuring the best way to frame the
music. When you see the show, it is not only an audio stimulation situation, but
its also presented in a way that keeps your attention. Itís just about the
experience of walking into a venue, and for two hours youíre taken on a trip.
JJJ: I think a lot of that in contemporary music is missing, these
days. A lot
of times you go there, you see the band, they run through, but itís not the
overwhelming experience that a NIN, Tool, or even a Pink Floyd show would be.
Trent: I would agree, but I also donít want to say that that is
the only way you
can do a good show. Iíve seen Iggy Pop shows where he has just a light-bulb
above his head, and it has an intensity and a fervor that is excellent. But for
us, Iíve chosen to go the other path, and tried to make something that would
take you out of your skin for a little while.
JJJ: There is a couple of different versions of the disc coming
out, and thereís
going to be a special companion disc as well, called Still. That is all studio
recordings, is that right?
Trent: Most of them were done in some degree of live fashion,
then they mutated.
Initially, when I decided to put out a CD, I wanted to put out a double CD, one
with the concert from the DVD, the live tour. But I had some leftover songs that
were kind of broken down things that the band had been working on, or that I was
working on by myself. Some of my favorite older songs that didnít fit the
set-list, like The Becoming, Something I Can Never Have, The Fragile, for
example. We had broken them down in rehearsal, and found different ways to play
them that werenít really acoustic, but kind of turned upside down.
It showed a real meloncholy, vulnerable , delicate side of the
band. I thought
it made a nice counterpoint to the main CD, which is the bombastic, live, loud,
violent rock show. I manipulated these around into an EP length record, that I
thought was a nice curiosity. But when I tried to put it out as a double CD, I
got bitched at by record labels. I tried to give it away for free, and got
bitched at for that, too. So, the bottom line is that this a deluxe CD, that has
both CDs in it. You can also buy the live record by itself, but the Still record
is not available for retail yet, only through our Website in the States.
JJJ: Are there some new tracks on that?
Trent: There are five new things that havenít been out before,
one vocal song
and four themes I was working on, like one is a follow-up to La Mer. Just some
things that compliment where I was at, but also music that didnít fit into the
new album Iím working on.
JJJ: So, you are working on a new record. Any idea when that might
see the light
Trent: Youíre asking the wrong person.
(Laughs all round)
I mean, Iím excited, Iíve got quite a bit of music done right now, and Iíd love
for it to be wrapped up by summertime. Weíll see how it goes.