Trent Reznor

Active - 1987 - 2020  |   Born - May 17, 1965 in Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Music

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  • Raised by his maternal grandparents after his parents divorced.
  • Started playing piano at 5 years old.
  • His hero as a child was Steve Austin, the main character in The Six Million Dollar Man. He later used Steve Austin as an alias for hotels while on tour.
  • Played tenor sax in his high school's jazz and marching bands.
  • Appeared in high-school productions of Jesus Christ Superstar (as Judas) and The Music Man (as Professor Harold Hill).
  • Left college after a year and relocated to Cleveland in order to pursue music full-time.
  • Appeared in the movie Light of Day with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett  in a bar scene with a fictional band called the Problems.
  • Worked as a janitor and assistant engineer at Right Track, a Cleveland recording studio. The owner allowed him to record during off-hours.
  • Participated in the first Lollapalooza tour.
  • Fought for his release from the TVT record label after it attempted to exert control over his follow-up to the million-selling debut Nine Inch Nails album Pretty Hate Machine. He eventually signed with Interscope.
  • Signed Marilyn Manson to his nascent label, Nothing Records, in 1993 and produced Manson's breakthrough 1996 album Antichrist Superstar.
  • Assembled the soundtrack for the movie Natural Born Killers.
  • Wrote the song "Hurt," a minor hit in 1995 that was later covered by Johnny Cash.