Trent Reznor grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania. This is a sleepy little place near the Ohio/PA border that not many people have ever heard of. It’s close to Youngstown, Ohio, where growing up I would always hear of Trent sightings. Reznor moved to “the big city” in the mid 80s…that big city being the hub of tortured artists, Cleveland. He worked in a studio, played with Lucky Pierre and Exotic Birds, and did some work on underground gay dance artist Vincent Capretta’s Who’s Looking Back where he was credited as Trent Reznar. While working at Right Track Studio, he recorded as Nine Inch Nails at night, sent the demo off to major labels, go signed, and the rest is history. Here is Jeff Reding’s 1990 interview with Mr. Reznor.
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