Trent Reznor started his music career in in the late 80’s when he dropped out of school to form the (now infamous) band Nine Inch Nails. By transforming the industry and bringing a new genre of music to the mainstream, Nine Inch Nails has been dubbed the most popular industrial rock band of all time.
It was after the release of Broken (1992), that the band became established in the music industry. The album has never had an official release, and instead was leaked by Reznor. He distributed physical copies of it around the underground music scene, and made sure that it would end up getting posted online. This helped garner Nine Inch Nails some popularity in the alternative music scene. The first single from the album, “Wish”, won the band a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Listen to the album below
In 1994 the band released the track “Closer”, which was released on their second studio album The Downward Spiral. The music video was highly controversial and the imagery includes themes of religion, sexuality, and animal cruelty. In 2006, VH1 Classic rated it #1 in a poll of the “Greatest Music Videos of All Time.
In 1999, Nine Inch Nails released their most popular song to date. “The Day The World Went Away”, was released in 1999, and it was the first Nine Inch Nails single that managed to break into the Billboard Top 40. The song includes no drums, and an official music video was never released.
After the success of Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor focused his energy on film composition. Working with David Fincher, he cowrote the entire score for the box office hit, The Social Network (2010). The movie was a success, and Reznor went on to score even more films, collaborating with Fincher on films such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Gone Girl (2014).
Trent Reznor is an extremely talented artist. From his massive success as an alternative rock star to his composition work on award winning movies, he is constantly changing the game. Reznor is credited with bringing the entire genre of Industrial Rock to the mainstream and, with the exception of covers, he wrote every song that he released. Check out more of his work below.