Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor
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Reznor in March 2008
Michael Trent Reznor

(1965-05-17) May 17, 1965 (age 54)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • film score composer
Years active1982–present
Musical career
OriginCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Associated acts

Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.

Reznor was associated with the bands Option 30, The Urge, The Innocent, and Exotic Birds in the mid-1980s. Outside of Nine Inch Nails, he has contributed to the albums of artists such as Marilyn Manson and Saul Williams. He and his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, are members of the post-industrial[6][7] group How to Destroy Angels, with Atticus Ross and long-time Nine Inch Nails graphic designer Rob Sheridan.[6][8]

Reznor and Ross scored the David Fincher films The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Gone Girl (2014), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They also scored the 2018 film Bird Box. In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time's list of the year's most influential people, and Spin magazine described him as "the most vital artist in music".[9]

Early life

Michael Trent Reznor was born on May 17, 1965,[10] in New Castle, Pennsylvania,[11] the son of Nancy Lou (née Clark) and Michael Reznor.[12] He has partial German and Irish ancestry[11] and is a descendant of businessman George Reznor, who founded the heating and air conditioning manufacturer The Reznor Company in 1888.[12] Reznor grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania. After his parents divorced, he lived with his maternal grandparents from the age of six, while his sister Tera lived with their mother.[13] He began playing the piano at the age of 12 and showed an early aptitude for music.[14] His grandfather, Bill Clark, told People magazine in February 1995 that Reznor was "a good kid ... a Boy Scout who loved to skateboard, build model planes, and play the piano".[14] He stated, "Music was his life, from the time he was a wee boy. He was so gifted."[14]

Reznor has acknowledged that his sheltered life left him feeling isolated from the outside world. In a September 1994 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he referred to his choices in the music industry:

However, in April 1995, Reznor told Details magazine that he did not "want to give the impression it was a miserable childhood".[16] At Mercer Area Junior/Senior High School, he learned to play the tenor saxophone and tuba, and was a member of both the jazz and marching band. The school's former band director remembered him as "very upbeat and friendly."[14] Reznor also became involved in theater while in high school, and was voted "Best in Drama" by classmates for his roles as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man. He graduated in 1983 and enrolled at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he studied computer engineering.[17]

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