Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor
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Reznor in February 2008
Born
Michael Trent Reznor

(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 55)
Occupation
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • composer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2009)
Children5
Musical career
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesizer
Labels
Associated acts
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Websitenin.com
Signature
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Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and composer. He serves as the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails,[1][2][3] which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until 2016.[a] The first Nine Inch Nails album, Pretty Hate Machine (1989), was a commercial and critical success. Reznor has since released 11 more Nine Inch Nails studio albums.

Reznor began his career in the mid-1980s as a member of synth-pop bands such as Option 30, The Innocent, and Exotic Birds.[4] He has contributed to the albums of artists such as Marilyn Manson, whom he mentored, and rapper Saul Williams. Alongside his wife Mariqueen Maandig and long-time Nine Inch Nails collaborators Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, he formed the post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels in 2009.[5][6][7][8]

Beginning in 2010, Reznor, alongside Atticus Ross, began to work on film and television scores. The duo have scored many of David Fincher's films, including The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Gone Girl (2014), and Mank (2020). They won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network and Soul, and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The duo has also scored the films Patriots Day (2016), mid90s, Bird Box (both 2018), Waves (2019) and Soul (2020), the documentaries Before the Flood (2016) and The Vietnam War (2017), and the TV series Watchmen (2019), winning a Primetime Emmy Award for the lattermost. In 1997, Reznor appeared on Time's list of the year's most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as "the most vital artist in music".[9]

  1. ^ Marchese, David (August 25, 2013). "Trent Reznor's Upward Spiral". Spin. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Beaumont, Mark (August 8, 2013). "The nine lives of Trent Reznor". The Guardian. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Levy, Steven (November 21, 2011). "Steven Levy on Facebook, Spotify and the Future of Music". Wired. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (May 3, 2005). "Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth". Slant Magazine. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Trent Reznor Score Wins Golden Globe". The Quietus. January 17, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  6. ^ HitFix Staff (December 8, 2011). "Trent Reznor pegs early 2012 release date for How to Destroy Angels full-length". HitFix. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  7. ^ Helbig R (June 3, 2010). "How to Destroy Angels". Nothing But Hope and Passion. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Martinelli M (June 8, 2010). "How to Destroy Angels". Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine The New Montreal. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Time's 25 most influential Americans". Time. 149 (16): 66. April 21, 1997. Retrieved December 29, 2011.


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