Self-examination with a close-up mirror in an antiseptic environment is what Nine Inch Nails is based on.
When I was growing up, the people who liked the Beatles, I didn't like, so I didn't pay attention to them.
I need boundaries. In the modern studio there are a bunch of instruments around me, and I can simulate anything I can't play, so sometimes the palette feels too big.
A lot of what I've done as Nine Inch Nails has been governed by fear. I was trying to keep the songs in a framework that was tough, and I learnt a lot from Jesus and Mary Chain about how to bury nice pop songs in unlistenable noise - the idea being if you can get behind that wall, you find there's a pearl inside.
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