Trent Reznor

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Trent Reznor
A picture of the artist
Origins Omaha
Genre Industrial rock, industrial metal, alternative rock
Years active 1988-
Label(s) independent
Official website NIN
Important fansites NIN

Michael Trent Reznor was born May 17, 1965 and is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He records and performs under the studio name Nine Inch Nails, and was previously associated with the bands Option 30, Exotic Birds, and Tapeworm, among others. Previously with the label Interscope Records, he split his association with them in 2007 and began recording independent of any record label. He is regarded as a highly influential figure in the industrial and alternative music field. In May 2009 he became engaged to Mariqueen Maandig, a member of the band West Indian Girl.

The Artist

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails (NIN) was founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor, who is also the band's only official member. Trent assembles a live band for tours. The live band has, at one time or another, included the following musicians: Ron Musarra, Chris Vrenna, Jeff Ward, David Haymes, Richard Patrick, Lee Mars, Nick Rushe, James Woolley, Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Charlie Clouser, Sean Beavan, Jerome Dillon, Alex Carapetis, Aaron North, Jeordie White, Alessandro Cortini, and Josh Freese.

Nine Inch Nails originally signed with TVT records and released Pretty Hate Machine through them in 1989. TVT, however, tried to take too much control over Trent's music, so he took them to court to secure a release from the contract. Music he recorded on the sly was released on the 1999 EP Broken, his first release through his own imprint, Nothing Records, set up on the Interscope label. On May 5, 2007, he announced that his involvement with Nothing Records was over, but the Nothing logo continued to appear on releases. Reznor ended his contract with Interscope in October 2007 after turning in the remix follow-up to Year Zero. He is not currently seeking a new label to represent Nine Inch Nails, but he is working on new material and alternate methods of releasing it to the public.

Solo career

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The Fandom

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Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

  • Meathead's first Flash cartoon, "Trent Turns 35," was posted on The Meathead Perspective on May 17, 2000 and was nothing more than a photo of Trent, a drawing of a birthday cake, and an electronic-sounding "Happy Birthday" playing. At the end, a puff of air comes out of Trent's mouth and the candles go out.
  • In 2005, shortly after Trent Reznor released the multitrack files for "The Hand That Feeds," Christopher Kunferman set up, originally as an unofficial remix contest that received more than 500 submissions of remixes of "The Hand That Feeds". Kunferman then teamed up with Eric Newport to turn the site into a database that could house these remixes and remixes of the song "Only," which Trent also released multitrack files for[1]. Remixes of these songs are considered "official remixes," because Trent released the multitrack sources for them. Remixes of NIN songs that haven't had multitrack files released for them are considered "unofficial remixes"[2].
  • On October 16, 2005, dkshortmovies posted the first ClayNIN video, "Trent really really hates Aaron North directors cut," on ClayNIN videos feature the 2005/2006 live band made out of clay and moved around by a hand. Dialogue is shown on screen (as with silent movies) rather than spoken. The soundtracks contain a mix of NIN and nonNIN music.
  • On February 12, 2007, fans who purchased t-shirts at the Lisbon, Portugal, show noticed that several letters from the tour itinerary on the rear of the shirt were highlighted. The highlighted letters, in order, spelled out "iamtryingtobelieve," which, when adding “.com” to the end, was discovered to be an active website URL. This was the beginning of the Year Zero ARG. Fans who sent an email to the address listed on the website received an auto-response back[3]. This was the first interaction between fans and the game/experience. The Year Zero ARG ran through late April 2007, until the discovery of the Exhibit 24 site[4] (through spectrum analysis of the "Capital G" Garageband release that revealed several user avatars from the echoingthesound message board. The first initials of the usernames for those avatars spelled out "Exhibit24"]). This site contains a list of all known Year Zero ARG-related sites and hidden sub-pages up to that point in the game/experience, leading to speculation that the ARG, or at least the first phase of it, was over. As of December 22, 2007, no new ARG clues or sites have been discovered. Fans hope that the ARG will be resurrected when Trent begins work on Year Zero part two.
  • Trent Reznor has released mutlitrack files of Nine Inch Nails for fans to play with since the Fragile era[5], but the Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D CD released on November 20, 2007 was the first time fans had access to all of the multitrack files for every track on a CD (Year Zero).
  • On November 27, 2007, Nine Inch Nails'[6], an official site that allows to fans share their custom remixes of NIN material online, went live, despite legal concerns from Interscope.[7]
  • On March 1, 2008, Trent Reznor released a new Nine Inch Nails album, an instrumental album called Ghosts I-IV, under a Creative Commons license.
  • On March 13, 2008, Nine Inch Nails announced a partnership with YouTube to create an online festival showcasing fan-made short films created to accompany the music of Ghosts I-IV. Submissions are accepted at the NIN YouTube Channel at until May 1, 2008 and will be reviewed by Trent Reznor. The festival date is TBA. [8]
  • On April 22, 2008, the new track "Discipline" was made available as a free download from the official Nine Inch Nails website. The comments field in the track info said "Go to on May 5."
  • On August 18, 2008, Trent Reznor announced an anime style cartoon series to be made based on his “Year Zero” album.


Trent Reznor vs. Twitter

Trent Reznor posting at on June 6, 2009, complaining about Twitter.

On June 6, 2009, Trent Reznor posted a long rant at slamming first the music industry for not understanding the internet age, and then Twitter and certain individuals who had been "following" him there. He claimed to have been receiving threats and harassing comments from them through the service, picking out the members of the Metal Sludge community as the prime individuals responsible. About them, he said:

Looks like the Metal Sludge contingency has discover Twitter! Finally! For those of you that don't know what this is, please let me explain. Metal Sludge is the home of the absolutely worst people I've ever come across. It's populated mainly by unattractive plump females who publicly fantasize about having sex with guys in bands. Kind of like a role-playing game where people NOBODY will fuck make up stories about their incredible sexual encounters with people they WISH they could fuck. It would be kind of funny in a sad and pathetic way except the fun doesn't stop there - hate and good old-fashioned outright blatant racism are also encouraged to spice things up and remind you how truly ugly these scourges are. TRULY ugly on the inside (the outside is obvious).
Cutter's tip for my friends there: remember to cut along the length of vein, not across. Bigger payoff.
So when you see the new accounts that pop up daily on Twitter spewing exactly the kind of thing I just discussed, usually from picture-less creatively named profiles, spewing hate at Mariqueen and I, take a moment to visualize the sad couple people behind them.
A few years ago some people tuned me in to that world and when I figured out who these people were, I was amazed that I'd been seeing them in the front rows of the shows for months. I really don't understand what kind of "fan" spends that kind of time and money to travel across the country seeing a band, to then dedicate an incredible amount of time and energy into non-stop hate diatribes online. That one puzzles me a little.[9]

As a result of this, he turned his Twitter account into a "one-way" stream of NIN-only material, no longer using the service to interact at all with his fandom or post any personal details about his life.[10]

On or by July 21, 2009, he completely quit Twitter and deleted his account there.[11],[12],[13]

Influential fanworks


Trent Reznor is featured in a small amount of fan-fiction, predominantly found on RockFic[14] and LiveJournal communities such as wretchedfiction.[15]

Fandom members

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