Trent Reznor’s return to corporate America continues today with an announcement via his Facebook page of a new partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre. While nothing definitive was announced, Reznor did write:
I have indeed been involved with Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Luke Wood, and the rest of the team on a number of very interesting projects that will start to emerge next year. I have been wanting to experiment and focus my energy and creativity in some different directions, and Beats has afforded me that very opportunity. As much as I’d like to tell you about the things we’ve dreamed up… I just can’t. I can tell you it’s probably not what you’re expecting!
Reznor’s decision to work with Beats, which is affiliated with Interscope Records, is especially surprising considering his long, sorted history with said major label. A few years back, (label head) Iovine commissioned several hip-hop remixes of a Nine Inch Nails song, at which point Reznor effectively ended their relationship by saying, “You know what, Jimmy? Fuck you. Take that beat and shove it up Timbalands ass.”
And speaking of massive issues with labels, Reznor recently joined David Byrne (in support of his new book, How Music Works) for a conversation on major labels. Among the interesting tidbits, Reznor discussed his efforts in self-releasing music and how his experience with his new label Columbia Records has been “pleasantly pleasant.” Watch the full exchange below (via Pitchfork).
Rezor’s How to destroy angels_ will release their new An omen_ EP on November 13th via Columbia Records.