“To me, rock music was never meant to be safe. I think there needs to be an element of intrigue, mystery, subversiveness. Your parents should hate it.”Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor, the brainchild, founder and driving force of Nine Inch Nails, is much revered as a producer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and creative visionary.
Beginning with their seminal debut release Pretty Hate Machine in 1989, NIN, are largely responsible for bringing a hybrid industrial/electronic/rock genre to a mass audience. Pretty Hate Machine spawned three highly influential singles, “Head Like A Hole”, “Down In It” and “Sin”. Reznor followed up on the initial success with NIN’s controversial yet massive hit “Closer”, which appeared on NIN’s equally massive sophomore multi-Platinum game-changing full-length release The Downward Spiral in 1994. The album also included the song “Hurt”, which was Grammy nominated for Best Rock Song in 1996 and has since been immortalized by Johnny Cash’s critically and commercially acclaimed cover version in 2002 that brought the song’s popularity to an even broader audience.
Time magazine listed Reznor on the year’s most influential people in 1997, Spin magazine described him as “the most vital artist in music” and Rolling Stone named Nine Inch Nails on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. NIN has been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards, winning twice for the songs “Wish” in 1992 and “Happiness in Slavery” in 1995. With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Trent Reznor and NIN continue to redefine and establish innovative standards in contemporary music.