7 Interesting Facts About Trent Reznor
The Downward Spiral was recorded in the Charles Manson Family murders mansion
At the age of 28, Trent Reznor moved into the mansion where Sharon Tate and four other guests were brutally murdered by members of the Charles Manson "family". While it may be viewed as a publicity stunt that fit his dark personna, the move was motivated by Trent's desire to build a large in-house studio. Trent also claims that it was his friend that discovered the Tate connection after he agreed to move into the mansion.
Trent is a huge David Bowie fan
During the recording of Nine Inch Nails' most successful album, The Downward Spiral, Trent constantly listened to David Bowie's Low as a source of inspiration. Reznor also co-headlined the Outside Tour with Bowie in 1995. He appeared in as the stalker in Bowie's video for I'm Afraid of Americans which he has since remixed several times. After "retiring" Nine Inch Nails and then forming How To Destroy Angels, Trent once again spoke out how he took a page out of David Bowie's book:
"He'd throw out an identity, confuse his audience and it's a great risk career-wise. But he had the balls and didn't milk it out to the last drop"
Trent Reznor and Maynard James Keenan were part of a supergroup.. for almost 10 years
Ever wonder what would happened if Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle merged? Trent Reznor, Danny Lohner, Josh Freeze, Maynard James Keenan and Atticus Ross have all been a part of the supergroup Tapeworm. The projected lasted nearly one decade but no tracks were ever released. Alan Moulder of Nine Inch Nails stated that the group had over an album's worth of demos. Only two songs have surfaced that are attributed to Tapeworm but both are remixes. The songs are Vacant (released as Passive in A Perfect Circle's eMOTIVe) and Potions (released in Puscifer's "C" is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference HERE)).
Trent Reznor created the music for the videogame Quake
If you're a gamer, move on, there's nothing new for you in this paragraph. For the rest of the population, it may surprise you to hear that Trent is actually an avid gamer and wrote the ambient audio and sound effects for id Software's 1996 classic, Quake. Ammunition boxes in the game also sported the NIN logo. The collaboration started after Trent became a huge fan of id Software's massive hit Doom. He was initially supposed to be the sound engineer for Doom 3 as well, but the deal fell apart.
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