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Alternative Press Mag June 2000
Nine Inch Nails' founder is anything but fragile.

Q: What was the response to NIN to the rest of the world?

A: Really good. We wanted to catch the rest of the world up with America because we've never had the resources to tour outside the United States much due to shitty record labels. Walking onstage in Barcelona and having everyone know the lyrics to "Somewhat Damaged" was pretty weird.

Q: You said on an Web chat that you would stay on tour forever to promote The Fragile.

A: I was being dramatic. Here is what I'm faced with: The only thing that has ever gotten the word out on NIN was touring. So either I let the record vanish or I do whatever it takes to get the word out. That means touring. When we're done, we'll go do some festivals in Europe. And then I'll assess the situation. If people are still interested here, I'll go out for another round, if it's done in a different context.

Q: Any new Nothing Records plans?

A: The mysterious Tapeworm project and another thing from me are my priorities at the moment. Clint [Mansell, formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself] is doing another record right now.

Q: Filter's Rich Patrick: wacky person or genuine loser?

A: I don't know what has short circuited with that guy lately. I genuinely like Rich and I know him enough to know that he's the kind of guy where you add a little fame to the situation and the personality-distortion machine kicks into full gear and has to run its course.

Q: Did all the people who were genuine music fans 10 years ago give up music for marriage, mortgages, and kids? Are we like the last soldiers stranded on a remote island and no one has told us the war is over?

A: I think there's a truth to what you're saying, but I also think that the love of music didn't die off with our generation. I think that people innanely want to be challenged. I can't believe that people think that what's out there now is great. I don't think everyone is lined up at the candy machine waiting for the next 'N Sync single to poop out. I'm going to keep plugging away at what I think is good. You can sit back and bitch about it, or you can try to change it.