Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor
Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As both a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Reznor has led the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988; he left Interscope Records in 2007 and is now an independent recording artist.
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Ken Burns, Trent Reznor teaming up for Vietnam doc
CBS News - about 1 month
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Dark Sounds: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Score Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’
NYTimes - about 1 month
The musicians are providing the music for the 10-part, 18-hour documentary that will begin in September on PBS.
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Stream Nine Inch Nails' 'Not The Actual Events' EP
NPR - 2 months
Trent Reznor promised new Nine Inch Nails material by the year's end, and boy is it heavy. (Image credit: Adam Kissick/NPR Music)
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Nine Inch Nails is back - again - with 'Not the Actual Events'
LATimes - 2 months
“Feels like I’ve been here before,” Trent Reznor sings on the new EP by Nine Inch Nails, and that’s probably because he has. Released late Thursday, just a week after Reznor revealed he had made it, “Not the Actual Events” represents the latest in a series of comebacks for this influential industrial-rock...
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GZA Drops New Song "The Spark" for NASA
Yahoo News - 8 months
GZA joins Trent Reznor, Weezer, and My Morning Jacket as artists contributing songs in honor of NASA's Juno Mission.
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Ben Weinman and the Business of Responsible Creativity
Huffington Post - 9 months
"Life has no meaning When it's not justified." -- "I Love Secret Agents" by the Dillinger Escape Plan Many people know that the Dillinger Escape Plan, with Ben Weinman as a founding member, is considered by many to be the best mathcore band in history. Mathcore is a genre of music that interpreted metalcore -- a brutal mix of hardcore punk and extreme metal -- using unusual time signatures to produce a chaotic and innovative sound. Their influence on the genre has been severe, with Pitchfork calling their 1999 debut Calculating Infinity a "game-changing album." While this achievement may be enough for Weinman to put his unique stamp on the world, he does not want to stop there. With his label, Party Smasher Inc., Weinman has been taking things to the next level. He wants to help foster a community that encourages the same independent, risk-taking spirit of the hardcore scene that ultimately made the Dillinger Escape Plan so influential. With the new partnership of P ...
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What Leaders Can Learn About Innovation from David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you spent any time reading his obituaries and tributes, watching his performances and television interviews or listening to his music the past two weeks, it's likely clear to you what a brilliant genius David Bowie was. If you need any additional proof of that statement, watch the videos for his single, Lazarus, or Blackstar, the title song of his last album that was released on his 69th birthday, two days before his death. The level of performance and artistry created by a man with terminal cancer less than a year before he died is astonishing. As an executive coach and leadership educator, I regularly work with clients who need or want to expand their thinking and approach. To fuel the innovation that is so critical to their long term success, they need to stretch their boundaries. Over the course of his nearly 50 year career, Bowie didn't just stretch boundaries, he moved them. His influence on not just music but film, fashion, theatre, gender and racial equality, and sexual id ...
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10 David Bowie Videos to Show How He Rocked the World!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Mural of David Bowie in Brixton, London, where he was born. Photo by: Louise McLaren Soon after David Bowie's departure from earth, the internet flooded with tributes. But it also left many millennials who had never seen his work wondering, 'who is David Bowie?' It left Twitter abuzz with speculations. It's cool though, because now a whole new generation gets to discover the work of this legendary rocker. David Bowie was famous for his theatrical concerts, costumes, and genre bending styles which had him surfing through five and a half decades of music, film, art, and theatre. Bowie was exceptional specifically because he challenged the status quo and even his own fame to constantly re-invent himself, re-invigorate his music, and create new trends. Along the way he was a key influencer through artist Andy Warhol's reign in the 60s, the emergence of glam rock and punk rock in NYC, through the early days of MTV, 90s post punk and grunge, all the way through the electronic mu ...
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David Bowie Will Always Matter to Me as a Latino Artist
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Originally published in Latino Rebels David Bowie, a musician and pop culture visionary known for his appearances in movies such as The Hunger and Labyrinth, first appeared before me on MTV sometime in the early 1980s. I'm pretty sure it was the video for "Let's Dance" -- when my exposure to music happening outside the United States and Puerto Rico began to explode. I wasn't an instant fan, but my first impression of the gaunt and pale Englishman was that there was something very unusual about him. In a great way. What that was I didn't yet have the vocabulary for. I was too young and inexperienced, but knew there was something strange happening within me as well, and that I related to him. At age 17 I moved from The Bronx to Portland, Oregon, to live with my mother's family and threw myself into the small but active music and performance underground there. It was a different world than I was accustomed to, but there were many opportunities to meet other artists, with less fi ...
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David, Johnny, Joe, Brian and Bjork
Huffington Post - about 1 year
What inspires us? "Is there anybody going to listen to my story?" sang Joe Jackson when he visited Chicago this past month. An extraordinary composer and connoisseur of popular music, Mr. Jackson sat at the piano covering John Lennon's Girl, reminding us what every artist faces: will anyone hear them? Singing the song with a solo stride piano accompaniment, Mr. Jackson's rendition of that first line was a reminder that a great opening song lyric feels eternal. The melody can be song by anyone always. Bjork's melodies cannot easily be sung by anyone else, as I was reminded last spring when I saw her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. In the exhibition she offers her lyric notebooks, but nothing about these spare, handwritten words prepares one for Bjork's melodies. The words don't seem to have poetic potential until Bjork sets them aflame in Hyperballad: "I'm back at my cliff/still throwing things off/I listen to the sounds they make/on their way down/I follow with my e ...
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Electronica</em> and Grande Amore</em>: Chatting With Jean-Michel Jarre and Gianluca Ginoble, Plus Patrick Breen, the Battlefield and Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A Conversation with Jean-Michel Jarre Mike Ragogna: Bonjour, Jean-Michel! Doesn't it seem like yesterday when you created your classic electronic album Oxygène? Jean-Michel Jarre: Absolutely. It's true in a lifetime span, what it means when you are working and I think it's true for everybody, whatever you do in that path of your life and it's also true in the context of electronic music. I've been really privileged, being one of the guys in electronic music in the days when it was just considered a bunch of crazy guys working with crazy machines. I remember far before Oxygène when I started being involved in electronic music in Pierre Schaeffer's Music Research Center in Paris and with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany, that was really very far away from rock 'n' roll. But I've always been convinced that electronic music was more than just a genre of music like pop or rock or punk or hip-hop but actually a new way of writing, composing, producing even distributing music these d ...
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Trent Reznor lists Beverly Crest area home with studio for sale
LATimes - almost 2 years
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has listed his Beverly Crest area home for sale at $4.495 million.
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Trent Reznor contemplates the future, the road
Yahoo News - over 2 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics.
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'Gone Girl' Is About To Find Company In 'The Social Network' And 'Pulp Fiction'
Huffington Post - over 2 years
The New York Film Festival is one of many possible stops along the road to the Oscar stage, and with the announcement that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is this year's opening-night selection, it seems the thriller is readying a strong awards push. Over the past 20 years, 13 movies that opened the festival went on to bask in Oscar glory, while only seven garnered at least $50 million at the box office. We're not too worried about "Gone Girl" finding its place among those honors: In 2011, Fincher's "Social Network" went on to become a Best Picture frontrunner after grossing nearly $100 million on domestic shores. Whether "Gone Girl" will hold up when awards season rolls around is yet to be seen, but the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-seller is a guaranteed cash cow for 20th Century Fox. What stature will it find among the past two decades of New York Film Festival opening nights, which have become notable showcases for all-star directors' new projects? Let's review recent years' se ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Trent Reznor
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In a 2016 Rolling Stone article after Bowie's death, Reznor recalled how touring with Bowie in 1995-96 inspired Reznor to stay sober.
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  • 2014
    In a November 2014 interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Reznor revealed that he values Oscar trophies above Grammy awards: "When the Oscar nomination came up, it felt very different.
    More Details Hide Details I can't tell if that's because I'm older or it felt like it's coming from a more sincere pedigree." During the five years following the release of The Downward Spiral, Reznor struggled with depression, social anxiety disorder, and the death of his grandmother (who raised him). During this period of intense grief, he began abusing alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs. He eventually became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. He reached his darkest moment with substance abuse while touring in London for The Fragile, when he mistakenly purchased china white heroin, which he believed to be cocaine; he consequently overdosed and was resuscitated at a local hospital. In 2001, Reznor successfully completed rehab, and eventually moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles. In a 2005 interview with Kerrang, he reflected on his self-destructive past: "There was a persona that had run its course. I needed to get my priorities straight, my head screwed on. Instead of always working, I took a couple of years off, just to figure out who I was and working out if I wanted to keep doing this or not. I had become a terrible addict; I needed to get my shit together, figure out what had happened." In contrast to his former suicidal tendencies, he admitted in another interview that he is "pretty happy". Nine Inch Nails' next full-length album, With Teeth (2005), reached number one on the Billboard 200.
    Ross and Reznor's Gone Girl score was nominated for Best Original Score in a Feature Film at the 5th Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA)—the award was eventually won by Antonio Sanchez for Birdman on November 4, 2014.
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    During Reznor and Ross' keynote session at the 2014 "Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference," held on November 5, Reznor said that he is open to working with other filmmakers besides Fincher, the only director he had worked with as a composer up until that point: "I'm open to any possibility...
    More Details Hide Details Scoring for film kind of came up unexpectedly. It was always something I'd been interested in and it was really a great experience and I've learned a lot." Reznor further explained that he cherishes his previous experiences with Fincher, as "There's a pursuit and dedication to uncompromised excellence." In 2004, Reznor's former manager John Malm Jr. filed suit in the United States district court of Ohio against Reznor for over $2 million in deferred commissions. The suit alleged that Reznor "reneged on every single contract he and Malm ever entered into", and that Reznor refused to pay Malm payments to which he was contractually entitled. Weeks later, Reznor filed a counter-suit in the U.S. District Court of New York, charging Malm with fraud and breach of fiduciary duties. Reznor's suit arose from a five-year management contract signed in the early days of Nine Inch Nails, between Reznor and Malm's management company J. Artist Management. This contract, according to the suit, was unlawful and immoral in that it secured Malm 20% of Reznor's gross earnings, rather than his net earnings, as is the standard practice between artists and their management. The suit also alleged that the contract secured this percentage even if Malm was no longer representing Reznor, and for all Reznor's album advances. The suit also described how Malm had misappropriated the ownership rights regarding Nine Inch Nails, including the trademark name "NIN".
    Reznor and Ross' second collaboration with Fincher was scored as the film was shot, based on the concept, "What if we give you music the minute you start to edit stuff together?" Reznor explained in 2014 that the composition process was "a lot more work," and that he "would be hesitant to go as far in that direction in the future."
    More Details Hide Details Reznor and Ross again collaborated, to score Fincher's film Gone Girl. Fincher was inspired by music he heard while at an appointment with a chiropractor and tasked Reznor with creating the musical equivalent of an insincere facade. Reznor explained Fincher's request in an interview: David Fincher was at the chiropractor and heard this music that was inauthentically trying to make him feel OK, and that became a perfect metaphor for this film... The challenge was, simply, what is the musical equivalent of the same sort of façade of comfort and a feeling of insincerity that that music represented? primary aim was to instill doubt and remind you that things aren't always what they seem to be. Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs sang a cover version of the song "She," which was used in the film's teaser trailer. The soundtrack album was released on the Columbia label on September 30, 2014.
  • 2012
    For their work on Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Reznor and Ross were nominated for the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, and won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
    More Details Hide Details Neither Reznor or Ross were present to accept the award, but Reznor published a thank you on his Twitter profile.
  • 2011
    In 2011, Reznor and Ross won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the Academy Award for Original Score for their work on The Social Network.
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  • 2010
    Reznor also states in the 2010 documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage that the band Rush had played a major part in his childhood influences.
    More Details Hide Details He also stated that he considered Rush to be "one of the best bands ever" and had gained a perspective on how keyboards could be introduced into hard rock after listening to their 1982 album Signals. Reznor also stated "Freddie Mercury's death meant more to me than John Lennon's" and covered Queen's "Get Down Make Love", which was produced by Paul Barker and Al Jourgensen of Ministry and released on the single for "Sin". He also expressed the significant influence that Coil had on his work, saying that Horse Rotorvator was "deeply influential". In many interviews with Musician, Spin, and Alternative Press, Reznor mentioned Devo, The Cars, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Pere Ubu, Soft Cell, Prince, Ministry, Gary Numan, and The Cure's 1985 album, The Head on the Door, as important influences. According to Todd Rundgren, Reznor told him that he listened to Rundgren's 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star with "great regularity". In a radio interview, Reznor stated the first song he ever wrote "Down in It" was a "total rip-off" of the Skinny Puppy song "Dig It."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Reznor married Filipino American singer-songwriter Mariqueen Maandig in October 2009.
    More Details Hide Details They have 3 children: sons Lazarus Echo (born October 10, 2010), Balthazar Venn (born December 31, 2011), a third child whose name has not been revealed (born November 1, 2015).
    While on tour in Prague in 2009, Reznor realized the importance of the marketing aspect of a major label when he saw a lot of promotion for Radiohead's then-upcoming tour, but little promotion for his current Nine Inch Nails tour or any of its recently released albums.
    More Details Hide Details Reznor said the marketing from a major label outweighed the aspects of being independent that he liked, namely the ability to release albums whenever he wanted to avoid leaking, and to take a larger cut of the profits from record sales. Reznor's first album released through a major label after his return was How to Destroy Angels' An Omen EP released in November 2012 through Columbia Records. On working with Columbia for the release of the EP, Reznor said that "so far it's been pleasantly pleasant". In 2013, Reznor returned to Columbia Records for Hesitation Marks, the eighth Nine Inch Nails studio album. Reznor possesses a baritone vocal range. He is a fan of David Bowie, and has cited Bowie's 1977 album Low as one of his favorite albums. Reznor has stated that he played the album constantly during the recording of The Downward Spiral for inspiration. In 1995, Nine Inch Nails toured as a co-headlining act on the North American leg of David Bowie's Outside Tour. Reznor also appeared in Bowie's video for "I'm Afraid of Americans", cast as Bowie's stalker. Reznor also made several remixes for the single release of the same song, as well as a remix of "The Hearts Filthy Lesson".
    In 2009, Trent Reznor composed "Theme for Tetsuo" for the Japanese cyberpunk film Tetsuo: The Bullet Man from Shinya Tsukamoto.
    More Details Hide Details Reznor collaborated with Ross to compose the score for David Fincher's The Social Network, a 2010 drama film about the founding of Facebook. Says Reznor, "When I actually read the script and realized what he was up to, I said goodbye to that free time I had planned." The score was noted for portraying "Mark Zuckerberg the genius, developing a brilliant idea over ominous undertones," and received nearly unanimous praise across the board. The film's score was released in October 2010 in multiple formats, including digital download, compact disc, 5.1 surround on Blu-ray disc, and vinyl record. A 5-song sampler EP was released for free via digital download. On January 7, 2011, Reznor announced that he would again be working with Fincher, this time to provide the score for the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A cover of "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin, produced by Reznor and Ross, with Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) as the featured singer, accompanied a trailer for the film.
    In February 2009, Reznor posted his thoughts about the future of Nine Inch Nails on NIN.com, stating that "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while."
    More Details Hide Details Reznor noted in an interview on the official website that while he has not stopped creating music as Nine Inch Nails, the group will not be touring in the foreseeable future. The original music from id Software's 1996 video game Quake is credited to "Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails"; Reznor helped record sound effects and ambient audio, and the NIN logo appears on the nailgun ammunition boxes in the game. Reznor's association with id Software began with Reznor being a fan of the original Doom. He reunited with id Software in 2003 as the sound engineer for Doom 3, though due to "time, money and bad management", he had to abandon the project, and his audio work did not make it into the game's final release. Nine Inch Nails' 2007 major studio recording, Year Zero, was released alongside an accompanying alternate reality game. With its lyrics written from the perspective of multiple fictitious characters, Reznor described Year Zero as a concept album criticizing the United States government's current policies and how they will affect the world 15 years in the future. In July 2012, it was announced that Reznor had composed and performed the theme music for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
  • 2008
    Following the release of Year Zero, Reznor announced later that Nine Inch Nails had split from its contractual obligations with Interscope Records, and would distribute its next major albums independently. In May 2008 Reznor founded The Null Corporation and Nine Inch Nails released the studio album The Slip as a free digital download.
    More Details Hide Details In his appreciation for his following and fan base, and having no contractual obligation, he made "The Slip" available for free on his website, stating "This one's on me." A month and a half after its online release, The Slip had been downloaded 1.4 million times from the official Nine Inch Nails website.
  • 2007
    In September 2007, Reznor continued his attack on Universal Music Group at a concert in Australia, urging fans there to "steal" his music online instead of purchasing it legally.
    More Details Hide Details Reznor went on to encourage the crowd to "steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin'."
    He had worked with the band once before, providing backing vocals on the title track of the 2007 album Era Vulgaris.
    More Details Hide Details Josh Homme has since revealed that Reznor was originally meant to produce the album. In January 2013, Reznor was seen in a documentary entitled Sound City, directed by former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Sound City is based on real-life recording studio Sound City Studios, originating in Van Nuys, California. It has housed the works of some of the most famed names in music history since its founding in 1969. The film has been chosen as an official selection for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be available to download from its official website on February 1, 2013. Reznor also contributed to the soundtrack for the film, on the track "Mantra", along with Dave Grohl and Josh Homme. Reznor appeared in a live performance with Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, Dave Grohl, and Queens of the Stone Age at the January Grammy Award ceremony. In an interview with a New Zealand media outlet, Reznor explained his thought process at the time that he was considering his participation in the performance:
    Reznor co-produced Saul Williams' 2007 album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! after Williams toured with Nine Inch Nails in 2005 and 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Reznor convinced Williams to release the album as a free download, while giving fans the option of paying $5 for higher quality files, or downloading all of the songs at a lower quality for free. Reznor was also credited as "Musical Consultant" on the 2004 film Man on Fire. The movie features six Nine Inch Nails songs. He has produced a number of songs for Jane's Addiction in his home studio in Beverly Hills. The first recordings, new versions of the early tracks "Chip Away" and "Whores", were released simultaneously on Jane's Addiction's website and the NINJA 2009 Tour Sampler digital EP. In November 2012, Reznor revealed on Reddit that he would be working with Queens of the Stone Age on a song for their sixth studio album, Like Clockwork.
    Reznor featured on El-P's 2007 album I'll Sleep When You're Dead, providing guest vocals on the track "Flyentology".
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  • 2006
    In 2006, Reznor played his first "solo" shows at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit.
    More Details Hide Details Backed by a four piece string section, he performed stripped-down versions of many Nine Inch Nails songs.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Reznor produced a remix of the Notorious B.I.G.'s song "Victory", featuring Busta Rhymes, in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Under the stage name Tapeworm, Reznor collaborated for nearly 10 years with Danny Lohner, Maynard James Keenan, and Atticus Ross, but the project was eventually terminated before any official material was released. The only known released Tapeworm material is a reworked version of a track called "Vacant" (retitled "Passive") on A Perfect Circle's 2004 album eMOTIVe, as well as a track called "Potions" on Puscifer's 2009 album "C" Is for.
  • 1994
    Reznor produced the soundtracks for Oliver Stone's 1994 film Natural Born Killers and David Lynch's 1997 film Lost Highway.
    More Details Hide Details He is credited for "Driver Down" and "Videodrones; Questions" on the Lost Highway soundtrack; another song, "The Perfect Drug", is credited to Nine Inch Nails.
    Reznor sang backing vocals on "Past the Mission", on Tori Amos' 1994 album, Under the Pink.
    More Details Hide Details He produced Marilyn Manson's first album, Portrait of an American Family (1994), and several tracks on Manson's albums Smells Like Children (1995) and Antichrist Superstar (1996). Relations between Reznor and Manson subsequently soured, and Manson later said: "I had to make a choice between being friends and having a mediocre career, or breaking things off and continuing to succeed. It got too competitive. And he can't expect me not to want to be more successful than him."
  • 1991
    Reznor then sang the vocals on the 1991 Pigface track "Suck" from their first album Gub, which also featured Steve Albini.
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    Nine Inch Nails was included in the Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991, and won a Grammy Award in 1993 under "Best Heavy Metal Performance" for the song "Wish".
    More Details Hide Details Nine Inch Nails' second full-length album, The Downward Spiral, entered the Billboard 200 chart in 1994 at number two, and remains the highest-selling Nine Inch Nails release in America. To record the album, Reznor rented and moved into the 10050 Cielo Drive mansion, where the 1969 Manson Family murders took place. He built a studio space in the house, which he renamed Le Pig, after the word that was scrawled on the front door in Sharon Tate's blood by her murderers. Reznor told Entertainment Weekly that, despite the notoriety attached to the house, he chose to record there because he "looked at a lot of places, and this just happened to be the one I liked most". He has also explained that he was fascinated by the house due to his interest in "American folklore," but has stated that he does not "want to support serial-killer bullshit."
  • 1990
    He also performed with another of Jourgensen's side projects, Revolting Cocks, in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He said: "I saw a whole side of humanity that I didn't know existed. It was decadence on a new level, but with a sense of humor." Reznor was in the David Bowie video for the song "I'm Afraid of Americans" in 1997. In the video, Reznor is a stalker who shows up wherever David Bowie goes.
    One of Reznor's earliest collaborations was a Ministry side project in 1990 under the name of 1000 Homo DJs.
    More Details Hide Details Reznor sang vocals on a cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut". Due to legal issues with his label, Reznor's vocals had to be distorted to make his voice unrecognizable. The band also recorded additional versions with Al Jourgensen doing vocals. While there is still debate as to which version is Reznor and which is Jourgensen, it has been definitively stated that Reznor's vocals were used in the TVT Records' Black Box box set.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    In 1986, he joined local band Exotic Birds and appeared with them as a fictional band called The Problems in the 1987 film Light of Day.
    More Details Hide Details Reznor also contributed on keyboards to the band Slam Bamboo during this time. Reznor got a job at Cleveland's Right Track Studio as an assistant engineer and janitor. Studio owner Bart Koster later commented: "He was so focused in everything he did. When that guy waxed the floor, it looked great." Reznor asked Koster for permission to record demos of his own songs for free during unused studio time. Koster agreed, remarking that it cost him "just a little wear on his tape heads". While assembling the earliest Nine Inch Nails recordings, Reznor was unable to find a band that could articulate his songs as he wanted. Instead, inspired by Prince, he played all the instruments except drums himself. Reznor has continued in this role on most of the band's studio recordings, though he has occasionally involved other musicians, assistants, drummers and rhythm experts. Several labels responded favorably to the demo material and Reznor signed with TVT Records. Nine selections from the Right Track demos were unofficially released in 1988 as Purest Feeling and many of these songs appeared in revised form on Pretty Hate Machine, Reznor's first official release under the Nine Inch Nails name.
  • 1985
    In 1985, he joined The Innocent as a keyboardist; they released one album, Livin' in the Street, but Reznor left the band after three months.
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  • 1983
    Reznor graduated in 1983 and enrolled at Allegheny College, where he studied computer engineering.
    More Details Hide Details While he was a student at Mercer Area Junior/Senior High School, Reznor joined local band Option 30 and played three shows a week with them. After a year of college, Reznor dropped out and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue a career in music. His first band in Cleveland was the Urge, a cover band.
  • OTHER
  • 1965
    Born on May 17, 1965.
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