'It wound up creating chaos and destroying things'
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has spoken out about the âdestructiveâ impact that drink and drugs had on his life.
Reznor, who is now sober and a father to two young boys, has previously admitted that he went through one of his darkest periods of addiction and self-destruction when he toured the 1994 album âThe Downward Spiralâ. Now in a new interview, heâs discussed how giving up alcohol and drugs have improved his creative outlook.
âI had romanticised the idea of what drugs and alcoholâs role in my life was,â Reznor told Kerrang. âIâm not saying it didnât provide great moments of great escape and relief, and easing of pain, but it wound up creating chaos and destroying things â destroying creativity in my case.
âThere was an awkward adjustment of learning how to live without that, without those things, those people, those crutches and habits. Once I got on stable ground and started to understand how my brain worked without all that, musically at least, I can do more because I can remember what I did. I can think deeper about things.â
However, Reznor also admitted that sobriety did not necessarily impact on the darkness of his output.
âIâm inspired by how I feel, and I attempt to be as honest as I can be about those feelings,â he continued. ââNot The Actual Eventsâ, for example, was I think one of the ugliest records Iâve written in a long time, certainly sober. Iâm allowed to go down some dark holes that I realised, in sobriety I hadnât allowed myself to.
âI donât mean Iâm using drugs, but I was allowing myself to think deeply about things Iâve felt, and things part of me still feel.â
Reznor had previously revealed that David Bowie helped him overcome addiction when the pair toured together in the â90s.
âIt reminds me, when I was in the throes of that [addiction] was when we toured with Bowie, and this was the Bowie that had come out the other side and was happily married. I was nearing the peak of my addiction, and his role to me was kind of mentor, big brother, friend, and also heâd give me kind of shamanish advice.â
Nine Inch Nails recently released the âAdd Violenceâ â the second in a trilogy following âNot The Actual Eventsâ
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