Any time I sit down and write music, the first part of that is always centering myself and thinking about who I currently am.
Nine Inch Nails was born out of Cleveland, Ohio, with me and a friend in a studio working on demos at night. Got a record deal with a small, little label, went on tour in a van, and a couple years later found that somehow we touched a nerve, and that first record resonated with a bunch of people.
I think early on in my career, I was heavily inspired by bands like Throbbing Gristle and Test Dept, and films of David Lynch, for example, where the soundscape plays a very important role in the listening experience.
I'll be honest, watching the music industry collapse has been demoralizing and disheartening at times.
Pamela Hansford Johnson