Nine Inch Nails frontman and Academy Award-winning film composer, Trent Reznor, has been an important staple in the music industry since the debut of his industrial, alternative heavy rock band came onto the scene in the late 1980s. After years of influential recordings, countless tours, some farewell and subsequent reunion tours, Reznor has maintained an opinionated authority when it comes to music, and he isn’t afraid to share his thoughts.
Recently, the NIN songwriter had plenty to say about social media and its effects on the current music climate. No matter if you agree with him or not, the music world is always listening to what Trent Reznor has to say.
Here, we’re sharing five fast facts you need to know about Trent Reznor, all of which add explanation behind why so many of us listen to every word he says.
1. Reznor Says the Internet has Created a ‘Toxic Environment’ in Music
Reznor’s almost three-decade career in the music industry has allowed him to give off a no-bullshit, “take me as I am” attitude when it comes to critical analysis and discussion regarding his medium of choice. As the main songwriter and frontman of Nine Inch Nails, there’s also that intimidation factor. He’s dark, brash and, frankly, quite intelligent. So when questioned recently about the impact of social media and the Internet on music, he did not hold back.
“The Internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a shit what they have to say and they have the right,” the 51-year-old rocker revealed to Yahoo! Music earlier this month.
He went on to explain that this devolves into a toxic cycle of sorts, Reznor said.
“Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like. It’s a vicious cycle and I think it’s unhealthy. I don’t see any Princes emerging on the scene today,” the NIN singer added.
So don’t expect too much interaction from Reznor on social media. He thinks it’s all worthless.
2. Reznor & Music Partner Atticus Ross are In-Demand Composers for Top Films
Reznor has an Academy Award that he shares with writing partner Atticus Ross, for their score they composed for director David Fincher‘s The Social Network. The duo have since garnered nothing but praise from cinephiles and musicians alike. When you hear these two are set to score a film, you want to see that film.
They’ve also worked on other films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Patriots Day, and Gone Girl. Both have taken on solo scoring projects as well, including some video game soundtracks for Reznor.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter a few years back, he revealed that his Oscar means more to him than his Grammys. He explained that it felt more special since he’s new to the field. We should also mention that Trent Reznor isn’t the biggest fan of the Grammys.
3. Nine Inch Nails’ New Music is Influenced by Donald Trump
Our new President is Donald Trump, and the music world can’t help but speculate that the former reality TV star’s term in the White House will bring on some strong music. Trent Reznor agrees – at least in regards to his own band, Nine Inch Nails.
When asked if Trump influenced the upcoming Nine Inch Nails music, he responded, “Certainly, yes.” Reznor also went on to say that it wasn’t a direct influence, because “most of this had been done before that had been officially confirmed. But the climate that had set the stage for such a thing to happen certainly was an inspiration for the sense of disconnected self that permeates the EP.”
As we said earlier, Reznor isn’t happy with today’s music, but say’s “we’ll see” regarding Trump having an effect on it.
4. He’s in Another Band with His Wife, Mariqueen Maandig
Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig Reznor, is a former member of the LA-based band West Indian Girl. After starting a relationship and eventually marrying the Nine Inch Nails frontman, Mariqueen and Trent started How to Destroy Angels. The members include the Reznors and Atticus Ross.
Mariqueen and Trent have two sons, a daughter, and another child whose gender and name have not been revealed to the public. Just another fact about Reznor that makes him so illusive.
5. David Bowie Helped Him Kick His Cocaine Addiction
Reznor was raised by his grandmother. So when she passed away during a time that the singer was dealing with depression and anxiety, things really got our of hand for him. According to reports, he overdosed and had to be resuscitated.
Around this time, Reznor was on tour with David Bowie, who had gone through the same addictions and kicked them. Reznor told the Guardian that Bowie was like a mentor to him during those times.
He checked himself into rehab for alcohol and cocaine addiction, completing his treatment in 2001. Nine Inch Nails’ following album, With Teeth, topped the Billboard 200 chart. It was even seen as a career resurgence for Reznor, according to rave reviews.