Watch Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails play “Happiness In Slavery” for the first time in over 20 years

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor recently shared in an interview that he once considered ending NIN.

Reznor recently spoke with Variety, where he spoke about the first time the band won an Oscar, which consequently led them to rethink their roles as musicians to look more into movie scoring.

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Back in 2011, the group won an Academy Award for the category of Best Original Score on for The Social Network. Speaking with the source, he explained that the movie win made the group think about their career, saying:

Your head spins a little bit when your first film goes on to win an Oscar. There’s nowhere to go but down from there, right? And you start to wonder — should it be “F— rock and roll! I’ve got a new lease on life that doesn’t have quite the age limit restrictions that playing in a rock band does? Should I put all my eggs in that basket? Should I take every film that comes around?

He continued:

Because now lots of films were coming by. It wasn’t that our egos were out of control. Because one thing about us is, as great as winning an Oscar is, the next day by lunchtime, we were back to being the same not-good-enough assholes that we were before we’d won one. It felt good for maybe 18 hours. It was a great experience and I have a lot of respect for the institution, but it didn’t fix everything that’s wrong with our brains, and our inadequacies remained. 

It caused us to kind of think about, if we do take on more roles of scoring, are we trying to be completists? Are we trying to tick every box, to want to be able to do everything from a complicated orchestral score to a rom-com? Do we want to be journeymen, or jacks of all styles and techniques?

Trent Reznor recently made similar headlines about award shows and the Oscars when he went on the record to say that he does not “give a shit” about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations.

In an interview with Stereogum, the frontman spoke out about his carelessness of the event.

“I saw somebody write something online or comment on Twitter like, “What could be less rock and roll than the fuckin’ Hall Of Fame.” And that is authentically how I feel about it,” Reznor says. “I’ll say this: It’s nice to be appreciated. It’s nicer when it feels like that’s coming from a place that you care about.”

Nine Inch Nails are currently on tour with the Jesus and Mary Chain and Daniel Avery. You can see a full list of dates below and secure your tickets here.


11/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
11/24 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
11/27 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion
11/28 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion
12/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
12/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
12/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
12/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
12/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium