Saul Williams Agrees That It's Way Too Early To Be Disheartened
from the it's-an-emo-thing dept
What's much more interesting, however, is that News.com has now interviewed Saul Williams, and he appears to be much more pleased with the results, and seems to agree with our view that it's way too early to be disappointed:
"I'm actually extremely optimistic. The only thing that I really have kept in mind is that, one, we're two months into a project.... I think it's early in the game. I'm not disappointed at all."He also notes that, since the music business is all about touring these days, anyway, the direct money from sales is less important:
"the lifespan from my last album, from touring, which is really how I made my income and everything, lasted for two years."As for Reznor's disheartened response, Williams chalks it up to two factors. First, it's just Reznor's nature:
"I don't think Trent is as truly disappointed as he sounds in that blog. You got to think of him this way...listen to his music (he laughs). In my opinion, oh, he might not like this, but I think he's the king of emo."Secondly, given the amount of time he's spent in the traditional recording industry, it's hardwired into his brain:
"I think Trent's disappointment probably stems from being in the music business for over 20 years and remembering a time that was very different, when sales reflected something different, when there was no such thing as downloads.... Trent comes from that world. So I think his disappointed stems from being heavily invested in the past. For modern times, for modern numbers we're looking great, especially for being just two months into a project."It's nice to see Williams recognize that this is a long-term experiment and the early results are more encouraging than disheartening.