July 8, 2005
Nails fans offered ‘Only’ remix
By Chris Marlowe
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Nine Inch Nails frontman
Trent Reznor is inviting fans to download his band's new
single, "Only," and to remix or alter it any way they choose.
He did a similar experiment with NIN's previous single,
"The Hand That Feeds," limited to Apple's Garageband audio
format. "I've enjoyed and cringed at what you've done with my
song," Reznor said in a message on http://www.NIN.com. "Thank
you (I think)."
This time he has opened it up to both Mac and PC users by
posting the track in Ableton Live, Digidesign Pro Tools LE and
Sony Acid Xpress/Pro in addition to Garageband.
"This has been a great avenue for Nine Inch Nails to
connect with fans," said Courtney Holt, Interscope Records head
of new media and strategic marketing.
"After 'The Hand That Feeds' received such a tremendous
response, Trent and his fans wanted more. But he wanted it even
bigger and broader."
Participants had created their own sites for the original
remix experience, but this time Interscope partnered with
MySpace.com to create an online community site for people to
upload their remixes, vote for their favorites and comment
about their experiences in a blog.
"There is no agenda here other than for you to explore,
experiment and have fun with it," Reznor said.
Opening the download file requires agreeing to a license
that preserves all of the original rights.
Both remixable tracks are taken from NIN's "With Teeth"
(Nothing/Interscope), which has sold 580,000 copies after
recently debuting at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts.