With a career spanning a quarter of a century, several Grammys, an Academy Award, and a well-documented place in rock’n’roll history, it’s not surprising that the media erupts into a frenzy when Trent Reznor releases new music. Such was certainly the case last week when the Nine Inch Nails frontman put his project’s latest LP, Hesitation Marks, up for free streaming on iTunes one week ahead of its official release date. The man received glowing profiles in all the major music publications - Rolling Stone, SPIN, Pitchfork and a slew of others - and for a good reason: the new album is just mind-blowingly good.
If our interview with Cosmic Gate and raw footage of their show wasn't enough, we also managed to speak with the powerhouse herself, Emma Hewitt. Both Emma and her brother/manager, Anthony, were absolutely the most pleasant people we've met. This was the first time Joonbug has spoken with Emma, so we asked a few questions about how she got her career started, and what brought her to trance. Of course, we couldn't help but to also ask what it's like touring with Cosmic Gate themselves. It was an honor that she took some time to answer our questions 20 minutes before going on stage, so let us know what you think!
Eric Dill is the former lead singer for the popular band Click Five. He has since ventured out into a solo career and we got a chance to snag him for an interview about his upcoming album. Get the scoop below!
Joonbug: How has it been transitioning from a member of a band to a solo career? What do you like and dislike about it?
Eric Dill: My artistic endeavors, when considered, have always been born of my own volition. I have found players my whole life to perform with but never felt artistically connected or bound to them. My best collaborative efforts are in live performance, songwriting and production and this I enjoy doing a la carte. As an artist, nothing is more deadening than being controlled. To become a music entity beyond myself would be tying my hands and diluting vision.
The Social Network was one of the biggest movies of 2010. It was highly praised by critics, and was nominated for quite a few awards at last nights Academy Awards ceremony.
In particular, Trent Reznor and his collaborator, Atticus Ross, were nominated—and won for Best Original Score for their work in The Social Network. They were up against some pretty impressive competition, including: Hans Zimmer’s work on “Inception,” and Alexandre Desplat’s work on “The King’s Speech.”
It is the first Academy Award won by Reznor. He won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes for his work in the movie, as well.
Reznor and Ross will also be working on another David Fincher movie, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
On the heels of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and rumors of a new Batman musical, comes news of another head-scratcher of a project—Fight Club: The Musical.
A year ago, David Fincher discussed the idea of making a Fight Club musical for the film’s tenth anniversary. Rumor has it that in a recent screening of The Social Network, his latest directorial debut, for members of the Screen Actors Guild, Fincher broached the topic of the musical once more during the film’s Q&A session, revealing that he may be collaborating with Trent Reznor to work on the music for the production.
Hello, hello, hello! How was everyone’s weekend? Are we ready to dive, ears first, into a week laced with amazing songs courtesy of yours truly? I’m thinking that after accidentally taking last week off (::blows sorry, shameful kisses towards her wonderful editors Chet and Ian::), I’m more than ready to love you all up with some tunes that, hopefully, you’ll end up loving for the rest. of. your. lives. Commitmentphobics beware! THIS IS FOREVER.
Okay, but hold the phone. Before I get into anything serious, I feel it’s only necessary to plug the music of my husband-who’s-married-and-has-a-baby-by-another-woman. Don’t play dumb and scratch your heads. You all know I’m talking about Trent. I know I talk about him too much, but my diary is getting pretty full and I haven’t had a chance to run to Barnes & Noble to replenish my stock, so just bear with me, okay? YOU’RE ALL I HAVE.
Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the middle of August and the time where I seriously start to slump because I know that these upcoming weeks are the last licks of summer. Back-to-school will be here in less than ten days! Gone will be my lazy, nap-filled days, and instead replaced with classes, homework and jobs. But luckily for me, music has that ability to just completely take you out of present time and throw you around a bit, make you forget what’s been going on. So let's indulge, shall we? Just let the music lull you out of whatever slump you may be in, and get you back on track.
Okay folks. I have let the hatred and initial disgust subside, and now I've very calmly and xanax-ridden-ly hovered over to "eh" land where I'll probably remain until something changes. What am I talking about? Oh, you know, just Trent Reznor's new project with his wife - and former West Indian Girl singer - Mariqueen Maandig, and last-four-Nine-Inch-Nails-releases producer, Atticus Ross.
Stepping back a second before I really rage out, I must tell you all that I love Nine Inch Nails. Like, a lot. An enormous, uncountable, immeasurable amount. I was introduced Pretty Hate Machine the summer before my junior year of high school and the music and lyrics and overall presentation completely redirected and expanded my musical landscapes. The pounding drums and computerized instrumental beats thumped their way through my ears and to my heart where they have nestled warmly ever since. Over the following months, I tore through anything NIN-related (as I was clearly sixteen years late in the game). The Downward Spiral brought me back to the years when I watched MTV obliviously as a kid, not realizing or understanding the brilliant and revolutionary way Reznor blew up the rock scene with dangerously seductive lyrics like the notorious, "I wanna fuck you like an animal" from "Closer," or the deep-seeded wrestling pain and love in "Hurt" with "You could have it all, my empire of dirt. I will let you down, I will make you hurt."
Although we were sad to see Charles Hamilton leave the music scene, his return and release of his latest creation Normalcy more then made up for it. And now, alongside with Josh Madden spinning the records, the tag team will tear up the opening night at our Fashion Week Gala event at Capitale. Renowned DJ Josh Madden is the perfect complimentary sidekick to match the energy of Sonic The Hamilton. Not only is DJ Josh Madden touring the U.S., he is also a stylist and co-founder of the clothing label DCMA Collective. Talk about the interwining of music and fashion! We were able to get some answers as to what make these two tick.