Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and composer. Reznor serves as the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, 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 2016. 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. 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.Reznor and Ross scored David Fincher's films 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 the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The duo 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".
During the five years following the release of The Downward Spiral in 1994, Reznor suffered from depression, worsened by the death of the grandmother who had raised him. He began abusing alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs. He successfully completed rehab in 2001, and reflected on his self-destructive past in a 2005 Kerrang! interview: "There was a persona that had run its course. I needed to get my priorities straight, my head screwed on. Instead of always working, I took a couple of years off, just to figure out who I was and working out if I wanted to keep doing this or not. I had become a terrible addict; I needed to get my shit together, figure out what had happened." In contrast to his former suicidal tendencies, he admitted in another interview that he is "pretty happy".Reznor married Filipino-American singer Mariqueen Maandig in October 2009. They live in Los Angeles and have five children: sons Lazarus Echo Reznor (born October 10, 2010) and Balthazar Venn Reznor (born December 31, 2011), a third son whose name has not been revealed (born November 1, 2015), daughter Nova Lux Reznor (born December 2016), and a fifth child, a son, whose name has not been revealed (born January 2020).
Michael Trent Reznor was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on May 17, 1965, the son of Nancy Lou (née Clark) and Michael Reznor. He grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania, and is of German and Irish descent. His great-grandfather, George Reznor, founded the heating and air conditioning manufacturer The Reznor Company in 1888. After his parents divorced when he was six years old, Reznor's sister Tera lived with their mother while he went to live with his maternal grandparents. He began playing the piano at the age of 12 and showed an early aptitude for music. His grandfather, Bill Clark, told People in February 1995, "[Reznor] was a good kid [...] a Boy Scout who loved to skateboard, build model planes, and play the piano. Music was his life, from the time he was a wee boy. He was so gifted."Reznor has acknowledged that his sheltered life left him feeling isolated from the outside world. In a September 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, he said of his career choices, "I don't know why I want to do these things, other than my desire to escape from Small Town, U.S.A., to dismiss the boundaries, to explore. It isn't a bad place where I grew up, but there was nothing going on but the cornfields. My life experience came from watching movies, watching TV and reading books and looking at magazines. And when your culture comes from watching TV every day, 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." However, in April 1995, he told Details that he did not "want to give the impression it was a miserable childhood".At Mercer Area Junior/Senior High School, Reznor learned to play the tenor saxophone and tuba, and was a member of both the jazz band and marching band. The school's former band director remembered him as "very upbeat and friendly". He became involved in theater while in high school, being awarded the "Best in Drama" accolade by his 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.
Movies & TV shows
22 vs. Earth
A band of 5 new souls were created because 22 people refused to go to Earth. Unexpected results can be given by the activities of the entourage, and 22's plan can lead to a revelation about the signif...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Through the eyes of a social critic and alcoholic screenwriter, 1930s Hollywood was reexamined. Mankiewicz is trying to finish the script for Citizen Kane.
A teacher at a middle school has a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body, and is transported to the...
In a series based on the hit show, musicians reveal their intimate thoughts in a series about the creative process of writing music.
Nine Inch Nails: Live - Cold and Black and Infinite
Cold and Black and Infinite in North America.
1 Movie · 1 TV show
While attempting to break new ground, "Watchmen" embraces the nostalgia of the original graphic novel while setting in an alternate history where "superheroes" are treated as outlaws.
A father tries to make sure his two children succeed in high school after his son has a career-ending sports injury. Their family bonds are strained by an unexpected tragedy.
3 Movies · 1 TV show
A sweet 13-year-old named Stevie is about to explode. His mom is very attentive and loving, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a bully and taciturn. Stevie is loo...
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
The Fourth Estate
Explore the process and progress of The New York Times and its journalists in covering the Trump administration. Through extraordinary access, on-the-scene filmmaking, and exclusive sit-down interview...
Nine Inch Nails: Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City
The Corona Capital Festival is taking place in Mexico City, Mexico.
4 Movies · 2 TV shows
Nine Inch Nails: Panorama NYC Concert
I Can't Seem To Wake Up 2017 Festival Tour -- Live from Panorama NYC.
The Defiant Ones
The stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr are told in a documentary series. Dre, the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman and the other straight out of Compton, and their unlikely partnership and surprising leadin...
Score: A Film Music Documentary
Music is often invisible to the audience in films. Many of the art form's most influential practitioners were brought to light by Matt. Some of cinema's most famous soundtracks are explored in 'Score'...
The Black Ghiandola
A young man risked his life to save a young girl after his family was killed by zombies.
The Vietnam War
The story of the Vietnam War has never been told in film. Many Americans who fought in the war testified.
Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
The true story of punks, queers, & criminals on a ride with two men who accidentally changed music along the way.
Before the Flood
A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the extinction of native communities across the planet.
In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the Boston Mara...
And the Oscar Goes To...
The Oscar goes to the story of the gold- plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize. The Academy's history began in 1927 with the birth of Louis B. The head of MGM formed a pr...
Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013
Nine Inch Nails perform songs off their newest album "Hesitation Marks" along with classics such as "March Of The Pigs" and "Hurt" during an extravagant concert filmed at Staples Center, Los Angeles o...
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it is suspected that he may not be innocent.
Nine Inch Nails: Lollapalooza 2014
Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated and stylized as NIИ) is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist...
Nine Inch Nails - Austin City Limits
1 All Time Low 2. Sanctified 3. Came back with a bad feeling. There is a copy of A 5. The Frail 6 is a rail. The Wretched 7 The big come down This is the twilight While I'm Here 10 It was Hurt.
I Dream of Wires
An independent documentary film about the resurgence of the modular synthesizer explores the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this machine. For many ...
Nine Inch Nails: After All Is Said And Done
A group of Nine Inch Nails fans who call themselves a tiny little dot have spent the last three years sifting through fan-shot footage from the final show of Nine Inch Nail’s “Wave Goodbye Tour” at Lo...
Nine Inch Nails:  Reading Festival
The Beginning of the End Terrible Lie March of the Pigs Survivalism Burn Gave Up Wish was written by Nine Inch Nails at Little John's Farm.
Nine Inch Nails: Lollapalooza 2013
Setlist Copy of A Sanctified Came Back Haunted 1,000,000 March of the Pigs Piggy The Frail The Wretched Terrible Lie Closer Gave Up Help Me I am In Hell Me, I'm Not Find My Way What If ...
Nine Inch Nails - Live at Fuji Rock
1 Copy Of A 2 Sanctified 3 Came Back Haunted 4 1.000.000 5 March Of The Pigs 6 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) 7 Reptile 8 Terrible Lie 9 Closer 10 Gave Up 11 Help Me I Am In Hell 12 Me, I'...
Nine Inch Nails:  Rock 'n' Heim
Nine Inch Nails at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany Copy of A Disappointed Came Back Haunted 1,000,000 March of the Pigs Piggy Reptile Terrible Lie Burn Closer Gave Up Help Me I Am in H...
Nine Inch Nails : Budweiser Made In America Festival
During the American Festival, 90 million people watched the NIN performance.
Digital change has allowed people that have no place in music to become stars, exploring the history of Sound City and their huge recording device. David Grohl is trying to get the studio back to its ...
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel is about a disgraced journalist who is hired to investigate the disappearance of a weary matriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He has the help of a ...
Fix: The Ministry Movie
Provides an insider's view of the groundbreaking, outrageous, creative juggernaut that was the band Ministry - during their world tour - as front man Al Jourgensen slips into drug addiction. Ministry ...
The Social Network
On a fall night in 2003 Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and works on a new idea. In a fury ofBlogging and Programming, what begins in his do...
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage
An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, which chronicles the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.
Nine Inch Nails: Another Version of the Truth - The Gift
The Gift is a stunning work in high definition video with 5.1 surround sound, multi-language subtitles, and artistically-driven ethics.
Nine Inch Nails: Live at the Wiltern Theatre
The first part of the amazing last show was recorded by fans. With guests Mike Garson, Gary Numan, Atticus Ross and Dave Navarro, Greg Puciato and Ben Weinman, and Dillinger Escape Plan.
Nine Inch Nails: Australia
Nine Inch Nails plays in Australia.
Nine Inch Nails and the Industrial Uprising
The influence of Lou Reed's fifth album 'Metal Machine Music', released in 1975 and widely considered to mark the beginning of industrial rock music, is the subject of a documentary.
Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral Live
Nine Inch Nails performed their 1994 album, The Downward Spiral, in its entirety on the 23rd of August 2009. Fans of the band filmed a concert film that was loud and in the thick of the action. The "W...
Nine Inch Nails- Lights In The Sky Tour
In support of Ghosts I-IV and The Slip, the Lights In The Sky Tour took place in North America and South America. The tour supported Year Zero for the audiences it reached, as the Performance 2007 tou...
Nine Inch Nails: The Slip - Rehearsals
"Letting You" (live) "Discipline" (live) "Echoplex" (live) "Head Down"
Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time
The concert film captures the intensity and artistry of Nine Inch Nails' live performances during the 2005-2006 "Live: With Teeth" Tour. A visually stunning experience with an array of inventive and i...
Nine Inch Nails - Toothful Voodooland
On October 29th, 2005, it was recorded in New Orleans. Trent Rezner and his Nine Inch Nails display the sheer brilliance that their live performances have become known for on this historic night in th...
Nine Inch Nails: Closure
The 12th Nine Inch Nails release is called Closure. It consists of music videos with snippets from educational films, as well as exclusive footage shot by Peter Christopherson including antics by Nine...
Natural Born Killers
The media glamorizes traumas.
Nine Inch Nails Live in San Jose
Nine Inch Nails performed in San Jose.
Nine Inch Nails: Woodstock 94
"Terrible Lie" "Sin" "March Of The Pigs" "Something I Can Never Have" "Closer" "Reptile" "Wish" "Suck" "Burn" "The Only Time" "Down In It" "Dead Souls" "Help Me I Am In Hell" "Happiness I...
Nine Inch Nails: Broken
In 1992, Nine Inch Nails released the "Broken" EP. It was followed in 1993 by a short film, roughly 20 minutes in length, known as the "Broken Movie". The movie wove Broken's four music videos togethe...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
Laura Palmer's body was washed up on a beach in Washington state. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her death only to uncover a web of mystery that leads him deep into the hear...
Nine Inch Nails:  Live at The Video Bar
Something I can't have, Sanctified, That's What I Get, Suck, The Only Time, Get Down, Make Love, Down in It, Head Like a Hole are some of the things I can't have.
Light of Day
Fox and Jett play in a rock band. The sister has a difficult relationship with her mother. Estranged from her parents and struggling to make ends meet, Patti decides to dive headlong into a rock music...
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