Nine In . Nails were typically the most popular commercial group ever and had been largely in charge of getting the music to some mass audience. It is not actually accurate to contact NIN an organization; the only formal member is vocalist/maker/multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, who constantly remained solely in charge of NIN’s musical path (he was, nevertheless, backed in concert by way of a regular backing music group). Unlike almost all commercial artists, Reznor had written melodic, traditionally organized tracks where lyrics had been a center point. His pop intuition not only produced the harsh digital beats of commercial music simpler to digest, but additionally put a individual face on a method that usually attempted to audio as mechanical as you possibly can. While Ministry crossed to heavy metal viewers, NIN developed a large choice rock group of fans right around enough time of Nirvana’s mainstream discovery. Because of this, Reznor became an authentic superstar and his notoriously dark, brooding persona and provocateur intuition produced him a Jim Morrison-esque sex image for the ’90s. An extended amount of inactivity and writer’s stop followed, which offered virtually every alternate metal band from the past due ’90s an opportunity to rip off components of NIN’s audio. By enough time Reznor’s five-year hiatus finally finished, he was still a favorite number but his industrial momentum got slowed relatively. Michael Trent Reznor was created Might 17, 1965, in the tiny city of Mercer, Pa; he passed his middle name in order to avoid misunderstandings with his dad, Michael. At age group five, Reznor’s parents divorced and he finished up becoming raised mainly by his maternal grandparents; however, Reznor stated frequently that his years as a child was mostly content. He started playing the piano at age group five, studying traditional music, and afterwards discovered tenor sax and tuba in the institution music group; he also acted in musicals and became a devoted Kiss enthusiast. Reznor spent per year learning music and computer systems at Allegheny University, but fell out following a calendar year to pursue music full-time; he shortly loaded up and transferred to Cleveland with high-school friend Chris Vrenna. Around once, he was finding brand-new influx and assorted underground music; he was most captivated by early commercial, since it provided an edgy, intense way to make use of electronic equipment. At age group 19, he effectively auditioned to become listed on an AOR music group known as the Innocent, which released one record, Livin’ within the Roads (Reznor’s picture will show up on the coat). He stop the Innocent after simply 90 days and consequently gigged with regional rings; he also worked well in a key pad store so when a janitor in the neighborhood Right Track saving studio. Ultimately, he became a studio room engineer, teaching himself different pc applications and focusing on his personal materials during off hours. In 1987, Reznor made an appearance within the Michael J. Fox/Joan Jett film Light of Day time, where he performed keyboards having a trio dubbed the issues during a pub picture. As Nine In . Fingernails, Reznor began saving his personal Ministry- and Skinny Puppy-influenced compositions in 1988, performing all the tools himself. Initially, he just hoped release a a 12″ solitary on a little European label, however when he delivered demonstration tapes to about ten American brands, just about any one provided him a offer. He finished up putting your signature on with TVT, which released NIN’s debut recording, Pretty Hate Machine, in 1989 (after having declined an initial work called Industrial Country). Reznor quickly put together a backing music group and toured with Skinny Pup for a short while, but soon sick and tired of playing for firmly commercial artists. Using a tighter clothing offering Chris Vrenna on drums and Richard Patrick on electric guitar (plus many revolving-door keyboardists), he consciously thought we would open up for alt-rock works (including, in early stages, the Jesus and Mary String and Peter Murphy), partially for the task of earning over enthusiasts who might possibly not have enjoyed commercial music. The technique helped increase Nine In . Nails’ group of fans substantially; the sole “Down inside it” got some airplay in dance night clubs, achieving Billboard’s dance and contemporary rock graphs, and MTV later on picked up around the video for the even more rock-oriented “Mind Like a Opening.” In 1991, after buying keyboardist Wayne Woolley, Nine In . Nails became area of the inaugural Lollapalooza tour, which expanded their group of fans by leaps and bounds. Pretty Hate Machine’s momentum held building slowly, and even though it by no means climbed greater than amount 75, it spent over 2 yrs in the record charts and finally sold more than a million copies — among the initial indie-label rock and roll albums to take action. TVT got a massive strike on the hands, also to make sure that Reznor would make a different one, they attemptedto manage the follow-up’s innovative path. Enraged by the exterior meddling, Reznor attempted to protected a launch from his agreement, resulting in a vicious courtroom battle. His just documenting outlets were part tasks; in 1990, he co-wrote and sang on “Suck,” a monitor on Pigface’s debut recording, Gub, and in addition sang around the Al Jourgensen-led 1000 Homo DJs cover of Dark Sabbath’s “Supernaut.” (TVT purchased Reznor’s vocals taken off the monitor, but Jourgensen really just changed them somewhat and stated he’d re-recorded it.) Ultimately, he could indication with Interscope, which helped him create his very own label, the Cleveland-based Nothing at all imprint. Reznor have been documenting brand-new material in the sly, and in 1992 Nothing at all released the EP Broken and a concurrent remix disk entitled Fixed. Broken presented even more (and heavier) guitars than Fairly Hate Machine, partially in response to NIN’s live audio and partly like a sonic evocation of Reznor’s boiling disappointment within the wake from the legal wars; in addition, it featured two reward cuts, a edition of “Suck” as well as the Adam Ant cover “(You’re So) Physical,” a nod to Reznor’s brand-new wave root base. Despite many testimonials characterizing the EP being a harrowing, tough pay attention, Broken — backed by NIN’s at that time considerable group of fans — debuted in the very best Ten as well as the initial one/video, “Desire,” received a Grammy for Greatest Heavy Metal Overall performance. Reznor improved his reputation like a provocateur having a broadly prohibited clip for “Joy in Slavery,” which depicted S&M overall performance designer Bob Flanagan becoming torn apart by way of a machine; there is also a long-form clip for Broken which was by no means released commercially because of its visual articles (a torture sufferer is normally dismembered while observing NIN movies). Reznor transferred to LA to craft the next full-length NIN record, assembling a studio room inside your home where celebrity Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson’s affiliates. The UNPREDICTABLE MANNER was an extremely ambitious work, an idea record indebted to intensifying rock that presented the most comprehensive, split studiocraft of any NIN launch yet. Hugely expected, the recording debuted at number 2 and became among the bleakest multi-platinum albums ever. Richard Patrick got departed the touring music group to form Filtration system, and Reznor revamped the group with drummer Vrenna, keyboardist Woolley, guitarist Robin Finck, and bassist Danny Lohner. NIN triggered a feeling at that summer’s 25th wedding anniversary Woodstock concert, carrying out a ferocious arranged after horsing around and covering themselves in dirt just before striking the stage. In the meantime, MTV got place an edited edition from the video for “Nearer” in large rotation and NIN have scored among the year’s unlikeliest strikes: a melody whose chorus started “I wish to f*ck you prefer an pet,” which helped make Reznor among choice rock’s biggest sex icons. The subdued ballad “Harm” obtained some additional airplay, though it lacked the titillating surprise worth of “Nearer.” Later on in the entire year, Reznor constructed the soundtrack of Oliver Stone’s questionable Natural Blessed Killers, editing the music together to generate a forward thinking collage; he also guested on “At night Objective,” a monitor on Tori Amos’ second record, Under the Green. In 1995, with brand-new keyboardist Charlie Clouser, Nine Inches Nails hit the street with David Bowie, whose past due-’70s albums (alongside Green Floyd) have been a major impact on The UNPREDICTABLE MANNER. He also added a cover of Pleasure Division’s “Deceased Souls” towards the soundtrack from the Crow and released the remix recording Additional Down the Spiral, which almost reached the very best 20 (a testament to his recognition). Using cash from The UNPREDICTABLE MANNER, Reznor constructed a state-of-the-art studio room in New Orleans inside a building that got once been a funeral house. While pondering his following move around in the wake of his unexpected stardom, he created Nothing at all signee Marilyn Manson’s second record, Antichrist Superstar, which do certainly make him a superstar. In 1997, longtime friend Vrenna acquired a falling out in clumps with Reznor and was ultimately changed by Jerome Dillon; Reznor’s maternal grandmother also passed on that calendar year and his camaraderie with Manson shortly deteriorated. However, he created another film soundtrack, for David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and added the new solitary “AN IDEAL Medication,” which flitted unpredictably between a number of different tempo paths. Though “AN IDEAL Drug” held him in the general public eye for a while, Reznor was still uncertain the type of statement will be a proper follow-up towards the UNPREDICTABLE MANNER; that uncertainty led to a serious case of writer’s stop. For the time being, NIN were showing vastly important on a fresh crop of rings; major labels registered commercial metal clothes like Filtration system and Stabbing Westward, and a variety of choice metal bands began grafting commercial creation flourishes onto their music; Weapons N’ Roses business lead vocalist Axl Rose also fired the others of his music group and holed up in a studio room to pursue a far more NIN-influenced path. Nine Inches Fingernails finally returned in 1999 using the double-CD opus The Fragile. It debuted at number 1 with substantial first-week product sales, but slipped down the graphs in short order afterward, perhaps as the musical weather experienced changed a good deal within the last five years. The remix recording Things Falling Aside followed a 12 months later, as do an extensive globe tour. An recording of live shows culled from your tour, AND EVERYTHING That Could HAPPEN TO BE, premiered in early 2002. Reznor was mainly quiet through the next 3 years, finally re-emerging in 2005 with another chart-topper, With Tooth. Touring continuing into 2006, where NIN spent the springtime and summer on the highway with several support serves including Saul Williams, Bauhaus, Television on the air, and Peaches. The EP EACH DAY Is Exactly exactly the same appeared in Apr 2006; it included the title monitor and five several remixes (all originally from With Teeth). Touring America implemented, and then past due in the entire year Reznor was back the studio focusing on the next record. In early 2007 the music group resumed touring, this time around in European countries. A viral advertising campaign started when USB essential chains that included fresh songs were within the restrooms during NIN displays. These key stores also included a loud audio document that, when tell you a range analyzer, drew an audio influx in the form of a telephone number. The phone figures were answering devices filled up with conspiracy ideas, there were artificial websites strewn over the world wide web, and active Internet community forums and Wikis seemed to theorize about and record it all. The best payoff made an appearance in April once the dystopian concept record Year Zero appeared. A calendar year later Reznor started tinkering with different ways of distribution when he produced the Saul Williams recording The Unavoidable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust obtainable as an electronic download. Reznor experienced helped make the recording and decided release a it on his Nothing at all imprint, but as his distaste for the major-label program increased, so do the options of digital distribution. He totally broke clear of the machine when he still left Interscope and released the completely instrumental record Ghosts I-IV by himself in 2008, rendering it obtainable in both digital download and Compact disc types. The album’s launch also marked the finish of his Interscope-distributed Nothing at all label and the start of a fresh imprint, Null Company. Two months later on, Reznor released (as NIN) The Wear Null. On Spirits I-IV as well as the Slide, Reznor collaborated with manufacturer, composer, arranger, and engineer Atticus Ross. Both did wonders together they recognized an invitation from movie director David Fincher to create an original rating for his film The SOCIAL NETWORKING. The soundtrack premiered this year 2010, as well as the set earned an Oscar for his or her score. Once again teaming with Fincher, Reznor and Ross also had written an original rating for the American cinematic edition of THE LADY using the Dragon Tattoo; the 39-monitor recording was released by the end of 2011. After acquiring some time to utilize How exactly to Destroy Angels and Nine Inches Fingernails — who issued Hesitation Marks in 2013 — Reznor reunited with Ross in 2014 for the rating to Fincher’s version of Gillian Flynn’s book Gone Gal. In 2015 Reznor, today the chief innovative movie director for Apple Music, released brand-new instrumental variations of NIN albums The Fragile with Tooth as exclusive channels for the assistance. Reznor and Ross came back in 2016, this time around composing the ratings for the Boston Marathon bombing film Patriots Day time as well as the Country wide Geographic film Prior to the Overflow, which highlighted collaborations with Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai. Both Reznor and Ross shipped even more goodies for NIN supporters in 2016; teasing brand-new material, they ultimately announced a fresh EP, Not the exact Events, to become released through the operate up to Xmas, alongside the announcement of vinyl fabric reissues from the band’s entire catalog, having a unique limited edition from the Fragile entitled The Fragile: Deviations 1, including 37 instrumental and unreleased songs, a lot of which was not heard beforehand.
Full Name Trent Reznor
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Music Producer, Songwriter, Audio engineer, Screenwriter, Singer-songwriter, Bassist, Music artist, Keyboard Player, Multi-instrumentalist, Film Score Composer, Social activist
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score, Kerrang! Classic Songwriter Award
Music Groups Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels, Tapeworm, Pigface, Option 30, Exotic Birds, Revolting Cocks, 1000 Homo DJs, The Innocent, Lucky Pierre
Music Songs Closer, Hurt, Head Like a Hole, The Hand That Feeds, March of the Pigs, The Perfect Drug, We're in This Together, Something I Can Never Have, Down in It, Wish, Every Day Is Exactly the Same, The Day the World Went Away, Came Back Haunted, Capital G, Happiness in Slavery, Only, Immigrant Song, Terrible Lie, Starfuckers, Inc., Piggy, Copy of A, Mr Self Destruct, All the Love in the World, Gave Up, Survivalism, Just Like You Imagined, Deep, Discipline, Somewhat Damaged, Right Where It Belongs, Lights in the Sky, Mantra
Albums Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hesitation Marks, Gone Girl, Before the Flood, Not the Actual Events, Sex-O MiXXX-O, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Patriots Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, Satellite Award for Best Original Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video, NME Award for Best Quote
Movies Broken, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, Before the Flood, Patriots Day, A Fall from Grace, How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook?, Score
TV Shows The Defiant Ones
Served as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music and subsequently became an employee of Apple Inc. after they acquired Beats Electronics.
Overcame an addiction to Alcohol and Cocaine, which he developed after the death of his grandmother who raised him.
Is a huge fan of Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters.
Studied Computer science in college.
Although his performance at Woodstock 1994 is considered one of his best and the highlight of the show, Trent has said he isn't very fond of it.
Has struggled with Depression and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Putting the finishing touches on the new NIN album, "With Teeth", which will be out in stores in March 2005. [December 2004]
New album "The Slip" released world wide on nin.com [May 2008]
Confirmed that the new Nine Inch Nails album will be called "Year Zero". [January 2007]
This November, Nine Inch Nails will release a remastered deluxe edition of "The Downward Spiral." The package will include a bonus disc containing b-sides, demos, remixes and previously unreleased material. [October 2004]
The end of Nine Inch Nails as a touring act. [September 2009]
On Overseas Tour for Year Zero no Anouncement for US Tour. [September 2007]
On tour with with Nine Inch Nails and writing their follow-up to 2005's highly acclaimed "With Teeth", which should be released sometime this year or 2007. [April 2006]
"Ghosts I-IV", a 36 track all instrumental album is released. [March 2008]
Nine Inch Nails embarks on the "Lights in the Sky over North America/South America" tour. [July 2008]
Working on the new Nine Inch Nails Album "Bleedthrough," which should be in stores by early 2005. [April 2004]
Released the live DVD/CD/VHS "And All That Could Have Been" documenting the bands 1999-2000 tour. [January 2002]
Confirms that the new Nine Inch Nails album will be called "Year Zero" and it is supposedly coming out sometime in April. [January 2007]
The Nine Inch Nails concert DVD "Closure," will probably not be released until early 2005 due to legal problems. [October 2004]
This fall, He is planning to rerelease the Nine Inch Nails' concert video "Closure" on DVD. Updated with 90 minutes of new footage. [August 2004]
Reznor and Atticus Ross release free samplers of their film scores before the official release. A 5-track sampler was posted for The Social Network (2010) eleven days prior to the full release and a 6-track sampler was posted for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) seven days prior to the full release.
In April 2008, Reznor unexpectedly released the Nine Inch Nails album, The Slip, under a Creative Commons license allowing fans to download it through the band's website for free. He released a statement with the album's release stating, "this one's on me." The album was downloaded over 2 million times and peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Reznor officially broke apart from his longtime record affiliation, Interscope Records, in 2007 and has since been an independent musician. Since leaving Interscope he created his own label, The Null Corporation, in which all future Nine Inch Nails releases are to be released under. The film scores for The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and his side-project, How to Destroy Angels, are also under The Null Corporation.
Reznor is part of the band How to Destroy Angels alongside Atticus Ross and his wife, Mariqueen Maandig. The band released a 6-track EP in early 2010 and were featured on the soundtrack for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the same soundtrack in which Reznor and Ross composed.
Played at a benefit concert for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Reznor lived in New Orleans for many years before relocating to Los Angeles in 2004. His longtime recording studio, Nothing Records, was located at 4500 Magazine Street in New Orleans.
In May of 2009 publicly announced his wedding engagement to Mariqueen Maandig, a one-time Playboy model and lead singer for underground rock band "West Indian Girl". In October 2010 the couple welcomed their first child, Lazarus Echo Reznor.
On July 4, 1992, initially unaware of its past, he rented the infamous Benedict Canyon house located at 10050 Cielo Drive as a recording space for work on his "The Downward Spiral" album. This was the house in which members of Charles Manson's "Family" murdered Sharon Tate and four others in 1969. He moved out not long after, stating, "there was too much history in that house for me to handle.".
His musical work heavily inspired Maquinista, El (2004) (The Machinist). Christian Bale's character is named Trevor Reznik, a clear play on Reznor's own name; the N in Machinist was often seen in promotional posters printed backwards akin to the infamous Nine Inch Nails logo; and originally the soundtrack was meant to include a lot of NIN's material but was deemed too 'cheesy' due to the overall industrial feel and setting of the film as it was.
Prior to the release of the 2007 NIN album Year Zero, several tracks were leaked through various music download websites. Reznor later admitted that he intentionally leaked the tracks himself as part of a "conspiracy" ad campaign to go along with the subject matter of the album.
He is a direct descendant of George Reznor, founder of Reznor Company in 1888 (a major manufacturer of Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning equipment). The Reznor Company was sold in the 1960s, but the equipment is still manufactured in Mercer, Pennsylvania (Trent Reznor's home town).
Brought in bassist/long time friend Jordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez) to tour in support of the album 'With Teeth.'
Nine Inch Nails were voted the 44th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
Is a huge fan of The Cure.
He enjoys listening to Tori Amos, Aphex Twin, Dead Can Dance, The Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction, Ministry, Portishead, Radiohead, Rammstein, Skinny Puppy, The Smashing Pumpkins and Tool
His musical influences are David Bowie, The Cure, Nick Drake, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Talking Heads, Throbbing Gristle and Tom Waits.
He produced Marilyn Manson's first few albums. He later had a falling-out with Manson.
He renovated an old funeral home in New Orleans, Louisiana into his home / recording studio.
Is good friends with fellow recording artist, Tori Amos. He sang background vocals on her hit song, "Past The Mission"
Played prominent roles in his high school's productions of Jesus Christ SuperStar and The Music Man, as Judas and Professor Harold Hill respectively. He was voted "best in Drama" by his classmates.
Trent played tenor sax in The Mercer Junior and Senior high marching bands.
Dropped out of College to spend his time with local bands, not doing much more than playing keyboards and occasionally doing background vocals.
Spent a year at Alleghheny College majoring in Computer Engineering and Music.
At his high school he played the role of Judas in a school performance of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Had a side-project called Tapeworm from 1995-2004. In 1995 Reznor started the project with Nine Inch Nails live-band members Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser. Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and Atticus Ross later joined the project. Tapeworm ended in 2004 due to label issues and other project obligations by Reznor and Keenan. No Tapeworm song was ever released to the public, but "Vacant", which was performed live by A Perfect Circle (a band fronted by Maynard James Keenan) on several occasions and eventually became "Passive" on their last full length release eMOTIVE. Additionally, another band fronted by Keenan, Puscifer, released "C" Is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference HERE), which contained "Potions", with writing credits to Reznor. Keenan explained that it was a Tapeworm song, recorded by Puscifer as a "wedding gift" to Reznor.
Played in bands such as Option 30, Prick and Exotic Birds (which did music for the Michael J. Fox movie, "Light Of Day".
He has a younger sister, Tera
Converted an old funeral parlor in New Orleans into a recording studio. The door to the studio was salvaged from the former rented "love house" of Sharon Tate (one of seven of the victims of Charles Manson and his "family").
Has an ongoing artistic feud with Limp Bizkit frontman and Interscope VP Fred Durst.
Headed up 'nothing records', a division of 'Interscope Records', from 1992 to 2007. After legal issues with Interscope, resulting in Reznor leaving the label, 'nothing records' was shut down and declared extinct. The 2007 Nine Inch Nails album, Year Zero, was the first release since 1992 to not carry the 'nothing' logo.
TV Special producer: "Copy of a" / writer: "Copy of a"
Comix from the Underground
TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Person of Interest
TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Night Stand
TV Series short 5 episodes, 2010 - 2013 performer - 5 episodes, 2010 - 2013
The Hangover Part III
Documentary performer: "Mantra" / writer: "With Teeth", "Every Day Is Exactly the Same", "Mantra"
The Ghosts of Faust
Video writer: "36 Ghosts IV Epilogue", "12 Ghosts II Where Did All the Color Go?", "23 Ghosts III Domino", "28 Ghosts IV Opalescent Haze", "26 Ghosts III The Big Come Up", "38 Ghosts Void: The Summit", "27 Ghosts III And This Is How Things Fall Apart", "25 Ghosts III Burn Out", "33 Ghosts IV, Pt. 2 Hellbound", "30 Ghosts IV Mephisto: The Pit", "34 Ghosts IV, Pt. 1 Further Down the Spiral", "20 Ghosts III The Dominoes Topple", "8 Ghosts I Bipolar", "22 Ghosts III Antidote O", "32 Ghosts IV Prepar
Short writer: "Ghosts I-IV"
The Cabin in the Woods
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
"Immigrant Song" / producer: "Immigrant Song"
TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Short writer: "2 Ghost I", "13 Ghost II"
Shades of Grey
Short performer: "A Familiar Taste" / writer: "A Familiar Taste"
Short performer: "Right Where It Belongs" - as Nine Inch Nails / writer: "Right Where It Belongs" - as Nine Inch Nails
arranger: "In the Hall of the Mountain King Op. 23" / performer: "In the Hall of the Mountain King Op. 23" / producer: "In the Hall of the Mountain King Op. 23"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man
writer: "The Theme for Tetsuo the Bullet Man"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Metal Machine Music: Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Uprising
Video documentary writer: "Just Like You Imagined", "Down in It", "Head Like a Hole", "Suck", "Now I'm Nothing", "Wish", "Happiness in Slavery", "March of the Pigs", "Closer", "Hurt", "The Day the World Went Away", "Starfuckers Inc.", "The Hand That Feeds", "Beside You in Time", "Capital G", "22 Ghosts III", "Discipline", "Last" uncredited
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub
Documentary writer: "Down In It"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dr. Psycho - Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nine Inch Nails Live: Beside You in Time
Video writer: "Love Is Not Enough", "You Know What You Are?", "Terrible Lie", "The Line Begins to Blur", "March of the Pigs", "Something I Can Never Have", "Closer", "Burn", "Gave Up", "Eraser", "Right Where It Belongs", "Beside You in Time", "With Teeth", "Wish", "Only", "The Big Come Down", "Hurt", "The Hand That Feeds", "Head Like a Hole"
Video Game writer: "The Hand That Feeds"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
writer: "You Know What You Are?" Clint Mansell Remix
Why We Fight
Documentary writer: "Hurt" - uncredited
TV Short arranger: "Driver Down" / performer: "Driver Down" / producer: "Driver Down" / writer: "Driver Down"
Rory O'Shea Was Here
Degrassi: The Next Generation
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Man on Fire
writer: "The Mark Has Been Made", "The Wretched Version", "The Art of Self Destruction, Part One", "The Downward Spiral The Bottom", "Self Destruction, Part Two", "The Great Below"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
TV Series writer - 1 episode
writer: "Fist Fuck"
Nine Inch Nails Live: And All That Could Have Been
Video documentary writer: "Terrible Lie", "Sin", "March of the Pigs", "Piggy", "The Frail", "The Wretched", "Gave Up", "La mer", "The Great Below", "The Mark Has Been Made", "Wish", "Complication", "Suck", "Closer", "Head Like a Hole", "Just Like You Imagined", "Starfuckers, Inc.", "Hurt", "Starfuckers, Inc." alternate version, "Reptile", "The Day the World Went Away"
Evil on Queen Street
Video writer: "Just Like You Imagined"
New Port South
writer: "EVEN DEEPER" Telefon Tel-Aviv Remix
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Chaos Rising: The Storm Around 'Natural Born Killers'
Video documentary short writer: "Burn"
TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2000 performer - 1 episode, 1998
writer: "Into the Void"
Video documentary writer: "Eraser", "Terrible Lie", "Piggy", "Down in It", "A Violet Fluid", "March of the Pigs", "Eraser Polite" uncredited, "Eraser Denial; Realization" uncredited, "The Only Time", "I Do Not Want This", "Sanctified", "Wish", "Hurt", "Something I Can Never Have", "A Warm Place", "The Art Of Self Destruction" uncredited, "Head Like a Hole", "Sin", "Pinion", "Help Me I Am in Hell", "Happiness in Slavery", "Gave Up", "Closer", "The Perfect Drug"
performer: "Fist Fuck" / writer: "Fist Fuck", "March of the Pigs"
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[accepting an Academy Award for Best Original Score] Wow, is this really happening? When we finished work on The Social Network (2010) we were very proud of our work and happy to just be involved in this film. And to be standing up here in this company is humbling and flattering beyond words. I'd like to especially thank the Academy for recognizing our work here and David Fincher. David Fincher, thank you so much for the opportunity. I'd also like to thank my wonderful wife, Mariqueen, I love you so much.
[on winning an Academy Award] You think, "I'm probably not going to win, but if I do win, I'd better not sound like an idiot." The anxiety builds. Then you realize you haven't eaten in 12 hours. And the camera's on you, maybe, at all times. "I need to pick my nose, but I can't risk it." Then you hear your name in slow motion. "OK, hug my wife. Don't trip over the cord. Why am I taking steps two at a time? I'm going to slip, but I can't stop. Oh my God there's Nicole Kidman, she's nine feet tall. Is the mic on?" It's over in a millisecond and you're backstage with an Oscar in your hand.
[on being nominated for Best Original Score a second time] With The Social Network (2010), everything was quite a surprise because nobody -- well, Atticus (Ross) and myself -- when we were asked to work on the film it never crossed our minds that there would be an awards season, that we'd ever be up for anything. That's not because we didn't think we did good work. Not coming from the film world we never thought of it. So that whole unraveling, the revealing of the momentum of the film of lots of people liking it, leading up to the nominations was quite flattering. To be quite honest with you, to work in a new discipline to have your peers say "Hey, that didn't suck."
[on covering Led Zeppelin for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)] That took a hell of a lot of time to do that. And also from the position of, "Hey, do you want to cover a classic rock song?" You're kind of setting yourself up to fail. A lot of time spent revising that and trying to get the tone just right. Again, when he [David Fincher] brought up the idea of doing it, he fully didn't explain the context of what it would be used for, so there was a bit of head scratching on our part. Immigrant Song? With Karen O.? We'll try it, we'll see. We know we could sabotage it; it could end up sucking. But we ended up with something, surprisingly, I'm quite proud of.
[on living in the house at 10050 Cielo Drive, where 5 people were murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson's "Family"]: While I was working on Downward Spiral, I was living in the house where Sharon Tate was killed. Then one day I met her sister. It was a random thing, just a brief encounter. And she said: 'Are you exploiting my sister's death by living in her house?' For the first time, the whole thing kind of slapped me in the face. I said, 'No, it's just sort of my own interest in American folklore. I'm in this place where a weird part of history occurred.' I guess it never really struck me before, but it did then. She lost her sister from a senseless, ignorant situation that I don't want to support. When she was talking to me, I realized for the first time, 'What if it was my sister?' I thought, 'Fuck Charlie Manson.' I went home and cried that night. It made me see there's another side to things, you know?
I pop the video in, and wow. Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps...Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore...It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. That winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning. Different, but every bit as pure. - on his emotions upon watching the video of Johnny Cash's cover of his song "Hurt"
When Nine Inch Nails first got signed, I didn't know how to do interviews. I really still don't. I talk too much and say stupid things.
I think, fundamentally, music is something people love and need and can relate to. A lot of what's out right now feels like McDonalds. It's quick-fix. You kind of have a stomach ache afterwards.
I cut my hair now and nobody recognizes me. It's that whole thing I was bitching about earlier - 'I can't go anywhere without someone pointing' - And now it's like, 'Hey, it's me man!' I'm standing in the N section with my laminate on and covered in mud. I just can't get a response anymore.
I was raised by my grandparents, the greatest people in the world. I try to tell them, 'You're not going to hear my music on the radio. I'm not going to be on soap operas singing this.' I can imagine what my grandfather tells people: 'It's called Nine Inch Nails -- here's the video. And here he is lying dead at the end of it.' I warned my grandfather that the church might be after him.
I become irritated when I am being written off as aloof or stand-offish when I'm shy and don't know what to say.
I would much rather sit in a room by myself than entertain a bunch of people. That's not my style.
I don't know if you have ever tried to think of band names, but usually you think you have a great one and you look at it the next day and it's stupid. I had about two hundred of those. Nine Inch Nails stood the two week test, looked great in print and could be abbreviated easily. It really does not have a literal meaning. It seemed kinda frightening. It's a curse trying to come up with band names.
An integral part of any relationship is knowing that you could be killed in your sleep at any time.
There are just some things that don't seem very fair in the world, like the hypocrisy of organized religion. I just don't understand how people can blindly believe a bunch of the lies they're fed, to believe it so that they don't think too hard about other issues. 'Be a good boy and you'll go to Heaven.' If it works for you, fine, but it doesn't work for me.
My music has been a sort of personal therapy. It's got me out of tough times, it has been the friend that I needed, when I didn't have a friend there.
The idea of politics is just so uninteresting to me - I've never paid much attention to it. I don't believe things can really change. It doesn't matter who's president. Nothing really gets resolved. I don't know. I guess that's not the right attitude to take.
When I was five, I got forced into taking piano lessons. And it came really naturally to me. Knowing that I was good at something played an important role in my confidence. I was always shy, uncomfortable around people. I slipped by. But with the music, I didn't. I got into bands. I studied trumpet and saxaphone a little bit. It got to the point where my teacher was like, you can be a concert pianist. But the last thing I wanted to hear at 15 is, well, you're not fitting in now, how about dropping out of school, studying all the time and becoming a concert pianist? It sounds like "penis." Even earlier, Kiss had changed my world. It seemed evil and scary-the embodiment of rebelliousness when you're age 12 and starting to get hair on your balls. Also, my dad, who I'd not lived with since I was 5, got me an electric piano. He had a little music store that sold acoustic instruments in the back room, where me and a couple other guys started jamming in terrible garage bands. I realized that music wasn't all about learning a piece on the piano.
If you look at the most talented filmmakers around right now, David Cronenberg and David Lynch, they had relatively normal upbringings. It doesn't always take exotic, bizarre lifestyles, early-age molestations and prison sentences.
I foolishly thought that if I just 'made it' then everything would be okay. And everything wasn't okay.
My dad and I are best friends. He's pretty much responsible for the way I turned out. He would provide a little artistic inspiration here and there in the form of a guitar, stuff like that.
I wanted to escape Small Town USA. To dismiss the boundaries, to explore. My life experience came from watching movies, TV, and reading books and magazines. When your culture comes from watching TV everyday, you're bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities. None of that happened where I was. You're almost taught to realize it's not for you.
I thought my goal in life was to be in a successful band, and I had got that, but I was as miserable as I had ever been, and I couldn't understand why that would be.
I write most of my songs when I'm in a bad mood.
It's like beating your head open and unzipping your chest cavity saying 'here are my guts - everything I've felt, including a lot of stuff I'm not proud of'. It's hard. It uses you up. I walk off stage sometimes and feel like I've just slept with everybody in the audience. - on performing