I didn't think that rock music needed to be something where the archetype was Led Zeppelin and you had to adhere to that.
Much like where I grew up, there wasn't a lot of stuff going on in Cleveland. It still felt like a small town. Certainly there were more resources and opportunities, but it felt like the city could grind you down. In a lot of ways that motivated me to try to get better at something, to find a way out and break through.I fucked around for a couple of years playing with a couple bands and reached a point where I realized that I needed to face what I'd been putting off. I took a long hard look in the mirror and asked myself: Can I write anything? And that was kind of the birth of Nine Inch Nails.
In Cleveland, nobody gave a shit about the kind of music I liked.