Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor: ‘My songwriting voice needs to speak up’

Singer says he needs to push forward so he doesn't become stagnant

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has said that his songwriting voice “needs to speak up” for when he starts writing new material.

Reznor, who hinted last month that he could release a new full-length Nine Inch Nails album this year, told Billboard that he wanted to avoid becoming stagnant and was keen to start work on shaping his new identity to “who I am now”.

The singer said:

My voice as a songwriter feels like it needs to speak up or at least work out a little bit to not atrophy. I think I have something to say that feels unique to who I am right now, and that’s when it tells me it’s time to doing something.

He went on to add: “I enjoy the challenge of moving that kind of brand [Nine Inch Nails] forward, that identity, shaping it to who I am now instead of who I was a few years ago when I last left off.

“It’s all kind of hypothetical right now. When I sit down with a notebook and a little mini-recorder is when my bluff will be called, and then it might not happen at all.”

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed the soundtrack for David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which was released in cinemas on December 26. Last month (December 16), it was announced that he and Ross had been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for their work on the soundtrack.

Reznor also confirmed last month that he would finally release the debut album from his side project How To Destroy Angels this year (December 16).