According to The Pulse Of Radio, NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor went after rappers Kanye West and The Weeknd during an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, claiming the pair of hip-hop superstars "ripped off" NINE INCH NAILS' live show.
Reznor explained: "I remember us watching a string of bands on Coachella from the comfort of our couch. And every band has a video playing behind them. And every band is synced up with a convenient, polite lighting package, you know? And 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."
Both NINE INCH NAILS and West have worked with production designer Martin Phillips in the past, according to Pitchfork. And in a 2017 interview with Billboard, The Weeknd's lighting and production designers, Sooner Routhier and Robert Long, credited Reznor for inspiring their design work, saying: "We've always called [The Weeknd's] aesthetic the NINE INCH NAILS of R&B."
NINE INCH NAILS released its new EP, "Bad Witch", last Friday (June 22). It concludes a trilogy of EPs that started in 2016 with "Not The Actual Events" and continued in 2017 with "Add Violence".
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