Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross recently stopped by BBC Radio 6 Music for an interview, during which the duo discussed their new album Bad Witch, gushed about Childish Gambino's "This Is America," talked politics and more.
In the first filmed segment, the band discusses the lead up to Bad Witch, as well as its connection to Nine Inch Nails' trilogy of EP-length releases (which kicked off with 2016's Not the Actual Events and continued with last year's Add Violence.) It also features Reznor accusing Kanye West and The Weeknd of "ripping off" their jarring live setup, as previewed in a snippet earlier this week: "I saw Kanye West blatantly rip off, and the Weeknd rip off, our tours production-wise, which I'll say without any hesitation — and they know," he said.
In part two, Reznor elaborates on his recent Twitter endorsement of Childish Gambino's poignant "This Is America" video. "Just seeing something that was done on a multitude of levels was pretty humbling as an artist," he said. "I'm glad to see that there's people out there who are still trying things". He also addresses the question of whether or not artists like himself have a moral obligation to stand up to Donald Trump: "I feel that you have a responsibility to speak out to some degree, because it does impact some people," argued Reznor.
The final segment tackles Reznor and Ross' collaborations on movie scores, and what scores (if any) are next up on the docket. ("Not any that we can get into," the former responded mysteriously.)
Check out the first part of the interview above, and watch the other two segments below.