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Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor

Arguably no artist has done more to popularize industrial music than Trent Reznor — primarily through his main creative vehicle, Nine Inch Nails, but also as a producer for numerous acts, not least of which was shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Born Michael Trent Reznor on May 17, 1965, in the town of Mercer, Pennsylvania he began taking piano lessons at age five and played tenor saxophone and tuba in his high school band, proving his natural aptitude for music. Reznor later played with several bands while training as an engineer at Cleveland’s Right Track Studios, where he recorded his first demos during off hours and then used them to land a deal with TVT Records, under the Nine Inch Nails moniker. The project’s very first album, 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, was both a critical and commercial success, immediately establishing Reznor’s songwriting credentials in the industrial rock genre, and leading to a career-building slot on the 1991 Lollapalooza Festival. The next year’s Broken EP only added to Nine Inch Nails’ popularity but it was 1994’s massively influential The Downward Spiral that rocketed Reznor to global stardom — even as he somehow found time on his busy schedule to produce the first of three platinum albums for the aforementioned Marilyn Manson. Reznor continued to diversify his exploits for the duration of the ‘90s, producing soundtracks for Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers in ’94 and David Lynch’s Lost Highway in ’97, while simultaneously engaging in several side projects (he had already participated in 1000 Homo DJs, earlier in the decade), and completing work on Nine Inch Nails’ hotly anticipated third album, The Fragile, in ’99. The next half-decade was not as kind to Reznor, who battled substance addictions and engaged in very public feuds with both his former protégé, Manson, and longtime label Interscope. Nine Inch Nails would only reemerge in 2005 via their fourth studio album, With Teeth, but this at least signaled the beginning of a new period of creativity and relative stability for Reznor, marked by frequent and extensive touring behind quickly recorded follow-ups like Year Zero (2007), Ghosts I-IV, and The Slip (both 2008). Nine Inch Nails’ eighth studio album, Hesitation Marks, followed in 2013, by which time Reznor and fellow composer Atticus Ross had scored major motion pictures like The Social Network (for which they won an Academy Award) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). In recent years, Reznor has also joined Dr. Dre’s Beats Music service in an executive and consulting role, but his creative exploits are bound to resume at some point, most likely under the Nine Inch Nails brand.

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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Turns 50: Musicians Honor Industrial Legend

In this video, Full Metal Jackie sits down with a number of musicians to celebrate the life and work of Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor.

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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Lists Los Angeles Home for $4.495 Million

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor is putting his Los Angeles home on the block for $4.495 million.

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6 Years Ago: Nine Inch Nails Prank Fans With Fake Full-Length Album Download

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor gets in on the April Fool's Day fun with an elaborate album download prank.

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You Think You Know Nine Inch Nails?

How well do you know Nine Inch Nails and the band's mastermind Trent Reznor? Dig a little deeper with this video.

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Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross Land Golden Globe Nomination for ‘Gone Girl’ Score

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross received a Golden Globe nomination Thursday for their scoring work on the David Fincher film, 'Gone Girl.'

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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Values Oscar Win Over Grammy Awards

Trent Reznor reveals that among the awards he's received, the Oscar means more to him than his Grammys.

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Trent Reznor Discusses Similarities Between Scoring Films and Making Nine Inch Nails Albums

Trent Reznor has been hugely successful working with Atticus Ross on the film scores for director David Fincher’s last three films.

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Trent Reznor Talks David Fincher, ‘Gone Girl’ Score + Taking a Break From Touring

Trent Reznor has opened up about working with director David Fincher, his approach to film scores and his plans to take a break from touring.

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Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross ‘Gone Girl’ Songs Surface Online

Check out four songs ahead of the 'Gone Girl' premiere.

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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Calls Out ‘Conservative Nature’ of Today’s Rock Acts

"Bow down before the one you serve / You're going to get what you deserve." That line became famous thanks to an angst-ridden youngster named Trent Reznor and his band Nine Inch Nails. But a lot has changed for Reznor over the years and he reflected on how his music and perspective has shifted with age in a new interview with The Daily Record.

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