DP/30: Gone Girl, Trent Reznor

  • Published on Nov 20, 2014
  • After a long, illustrious (and continuing) career as the leader of Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor was ready for a new challenge... and fortune brought him to David Fincher. Three movies later, the rest is movie history.
    Shot in Los Angeles, November 2014
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    DP/30 Episode #1167
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Comments • 115

  • Yamin Thein
    Yamin Thein 3 months ago

    I'd love love love to hear how Trent would compose if he actually learned how to score organically, like in an orchestra. That'll be the another level.

  • Roy Rogers
    Roy Rogers 6 months ago

    Trent reznor, the most real musician out there, maybe the others can learn from this guy, nice to see such a warm gentleman, somebody without a big fake head, this is the type of person I would like to meet, brilliant guy, love you trent

  • Llednards
    Llednards 6 months ago


  • Aliester Crowley
    Aliester Crowley Year ago

    He's all grown up

  • Cyber Reconnaissance

    Love is you....... hmmmmm. One step closer to god

  • UnderdogTactics
    UnderdogTactics 2 years ago

    This is a really good interview. Both sides brought their "A" game.

  • Orr971
    Orr971 2 years ago +1

    I can't describe fully in words how much I admire Trent Reznor and Atricus Ross. They are some kind of the ideal form of film music for me (which is in the same time music that lives COMPLETELY outside of the movie as a perfect album to just listen to over and over and over and...). They are also a great inspiration for me when I'm creating music.
    I hope they won't change their style too much ( I know tht since that interview was posted they maybe did somethings that were a little different here and there on their newer scores - but it's all Reznor and Ross, the feeling, the synths, the dark piano, the drones). I expect a certain quality and feel from their scores and so far I've gotten it from each and every one of them. I'm sure that every album they'll put out next will be just as perfect - I buy them blindly without listening because I know they will all be perfect 10 for me.

  • Kaisersozze
    Kaisersozze 2 years ago

    Great interview.

  • Anthony Gonzalez
    Anthony Gonzalez 2 years ago +2

    Oliver Stone gave him carte blanche on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack/score and that was a huge hit.

  • felixucoff
    felixucoff 2 years ago +1

    "Between Two Ferns: Trent Reznor"

  • Ciao Carlo
    Ciao Carlo 2 years ago +7

    He's so talented and intelligent. Trent is so handsome even in his 50s... omg!

    • Laura Marie
      Laura Marie 6 months ago +2

      Agree he is a hot man and love his mind

  • Andy
    Andy 2 years ago +4

    Oh my fucking god he's so hot!

  • TheNightmare75II
    TheNightmare75II 2 years ago +3

    I honestly just clicked this link from the Still video of "The Becoming" because of Trent's wide grin in the thumbnail.

  • Sandy Grungerson
    Sandy Grungerson 2 years ago +9

    crazy how trent got so handsome with a little age and some weight gain...
    sounds like a smart disciplined dude

    • Eve Marie Post
      Eve Marie Post Year ago +2

      Sandy Grungerson he’s always been handsome from his goth think days to his now goth daddy days

  • Julieta Saavedra
    Julieta Saavedra 3 years ago +1

    ay tan guapo que es que me costaba ponerle atencion a lo que hablaba ´(._.)

  • L S
    L S 3 years ago +26

    Man, poor Trent has to answer these same old questions until the end of time.

  • Santiago Velarde
    Santiago Velarde 3 years ago +3

    I restarted the video like 4 times thinking there was a problem with my soundcard.... appart from that, great videos! I'd love to see one of Gustavo Santaolalla or John Williams

    • Filip Fox
      Filip Fox 3 years ago

      lol I restarted my computer xD

  • Jabberwocky
    Jabberwocky 3 years ago +7

    How could anyone dislike this? Great interview

  • Tristan Levy
    Tristan Levy 3 years ago +10

    It felt like the music that drown out the noise around Nick and Amy when they first met in Gone Girl added a depth of strangeness to both of them. It didn't sound romantic or inviting, or hit close to home with what you'd imagine for your stereotypical 'love at first sight' scene. It was more like 'two unusual, somewhat unorthodox, people trying to escape a cliche' and that's exactly what their relationship comprised of. The music translated that really well. There weren't any misunderstandings between Nick and Amy at all, and Trent grabbed the heart of that connection and revealed it in the very beginning. Another thing about the style that Trent used to portray their relationship; it sounded dreamy and (for lack of a better term) artificial, in a way. Here are these two people who want to be different and honestly want to feel that there is love, and yet they realize they were just ordinary people trying to be people they are not. What better way to grasp that feeling than to use some kind of Xylophone?
    I'd like to see Trent work on a score for a psychological thriller/horror. After listening to NIN album "The Downward Spiral" I can't help but notice how much it reminded me of Akira Yamaoka's work in Silent Hill. I think Trent would really capture the spectrum of anxiety. Something buggy and repetitive that feels uncoordinated, fades in or out, or gets louder. A mixture between noise and piano, all of which Trent incorporates into his material. It would truly be masterful. Perhaps when or if Jeff Buhler finally pushes a remake for Jacob's Ladder, they should definitely consider Trent work on a score for it. (My wishes)

  • shatterwood
    shatterwood 3 years ago

    5:39 - DAT ZOOM .... "creeping fear"

  • walter bishop
    walter bishop 3 years ago +67

    He has different quality comparing to other rock stars .

    • Eve Marie Post
      Eve Marie Post Year ago

      What a legend

    • Rubaida Allen
      Rubaida Allen Year ago +7

      walter bishop
      He's smart, articulate, well read and talented. He gives a shit. That doesn't exist anymore in music.

    • hkistreet
      hkistreet Year ago +3

      It's because in his world art & expression > fame & money

    • Luke Wells
      Luke Wells Year ago +10

      Honest, humble, and reflective. He’s a true role model; not only to recovering addicts but the rest of us as well.

  • redplague
    redplague 4 years ago

    Trent is really boring in interviews. His music has become largely boring as well. It seems less instinctive as he seems to treat it more like a job now. Maybe that comes with being a former addict in that he has to set rules for himself about the way he works in order to get through the day.

  • David Kirinic
    David Kirinic 4 years ago +17

    Absolutely amazing interview bro. One of the best I've seen Trent Reznor ever gave.

  • Aaron Thompson
    Aaron Thompson 4 years ago

    green screen

  • NaturalSouthernSarah
    NaturalSouthernSarah 4 years ago +1

    you are so beautiful!!!! In all your darkness and light!!~~~~

  • Kenneth Lundgren
    Kenneth Lundgren 4 years ago +25

    Art versus commerce? How do you find things that are true to you, interesting to you, challenging to you -- with the baggage of success. Art versus comfort. For a guy who cleaned toilets so he could get night access to an empty studio to record PHM, to becoming a millionaire at a young age, Reznor certainly has not lost that artistic focus. No complacency, no nostalgia, no comfort, I feel Reznor has negotiated these waters in excellent fashion with both NIN and his career recording music for film. "Wildly exciting," Reznor says at 49 -- how many people have that inner drive to continue to relentlessly push this edge? How many friends of yours who started a professional career at 22 or 23 would call their jobs "wildly exciting?" Reznor makes that happen for himself. I started listening to NIN in 1992 when I was 13 (probably not healthiest musical choice) but now at 36, just being a fan, life is good when Reznor puts out new sounds and music -- much respect to this guy.

    • Realm23 X7
      Realm23 X7 3 months ago

      Damn,...was this your submission to a music or lifestyle magazine of some kind
      .perhaps your secretly testing it up publicly, albeit anonymously here...I'd like to read his reapone to this...I could write like this..with the right amount of time, effort and focus,..why not?

  • Kenneth Lundgren
    Kenneth Lundgren 4 years ago +9

    The most interesting part to me (as a long-time fan of NIN) is hearing Reznor talk about his musical tastes, pressure, having an allegiance to previous sounds, etc.. Does he just make what he wants, does he try and also please his audience who knows him sonically from NIN? These artists with rabid audiences must constantly feel subtle pressure about the current road they are walking on...
    In this regard, I find Reznor to be a fascinating talent. I mean, sonically, he is our genius of today.

  • Aaron Goff
    Aaron Goff 4 years ago +8

    My hat goes off to Reznor and Ross! It's one thing to have success as a band in the music world, but also to make transition to film scoring and continue to be muscially relevant and intersting. I love the soundscapes in Gone Girl.

    • Orr971
      Orr971 2 years ago

      "I wonder if we could score flms" --- BAM become the best film composers in the world.

  • Erin Walsh
    Erin Walsh 4 years ago

    Trent is amazing

  • Herbert King
    Herbert King 4 years ago +5

    if sellout means get paid to make really great art? ill take it. the trick is to be outrageously talented and have integrity. very happy trents doing so well. the downward spiral was my first cd purchase and i believe i was 14,15. it took me a while to learn how to hear it but it opened up so many possibilities once i did. i love a wide range of music just because of what this man introduced me to.thank you mr reznor,friend of mine for 22 years.thank you

  • David Moreno
    David Moreno 4 years ago +84

    Good to see he's a happy man now.

    • Hammer Of Justice
      Hammer Of Justice Year ago +3

      yep. very glad for him. good to see that he is still doing what he loves, which is music.

  • Logan Webb
    Logan Webb 4 years ago

    Wow, incredible story.

  • Martin Del Carpio
    Martin Del Carpio 4 years ago


  • Secret Guy
    Secret Guy 4 years ago +4

    It's great that the best film directors are working with great musicians to score their films. Fincher + Reznor, Paul Thomas Anderson + Johnny Greenwood.

  • Eamon Kerrigan
    Eamon Kerrigan 4 years ago +3

    Amazing talent, I hope he keeps writing scores.

  • Baby Irene
    Baby Irene 5 years ago

    First off, the movie is unwatchable. Most episodes of Dallas were better written and acted than this 'film'. Besides that, absolutely love TR's sdtk. work. And this one's the least interesting. A coincidence? I have no idea. Love TR.

  • Marie
    Marie 5 years ago

  • Stefano Pellegrini
    Stefano Pellegrini 5 years ago

    great interview!!!

  • Walter Hunt
    Walter Hunt 5 years ago +3

    Great interview
    That last question, at the end, made me spit juice on my keyboard. Unexpected hilarity can be dangerous.

  • Hawk Nolan
    Hawk Nolan 5 years ago +11

    This isn't even my final form.

  • Lilac Wine
    Lilac Wine 5 years ago

    Down to earth..

  • Lilac Wine
    Lilac Wine 5 years ago +5

    Down to learn, modest and ethical. Nice guy to his fans. Genius. Animal Advocate. I learn a lot about art from your interviews. Thank you for posting this..and thank you Trent.

  • Clint Webb
    Clint Webb 5 years ago

    tl;dr Trent recycles Ghosts and adds some more ambient sound for a third time, gets another grammy/golden globe nomination.

  • René Moncayo
    René Moncayo 5 years ago +2

    Se7en used a Coil remix for the opening

  • Daisy Rothschild
    Daisy Rothschild 5 years ago +2

    Art vs. Commerce... and "I'd rather not clean the toilet if I don't have to." Around 27:00

    VTK XTO 5 years ago +45

    Figures Trent would end up with the coolest/most aesthetically pleasing forehead wrinkles I've ever seen. What a legend. Great interview.

  • Adam Blister
    Adam Blister 5 years ago +3

    Don't get me wrong. I fucking love DP/30. They interview people for more than 2 minutes, which is really awesome considering most of these online outlets cater to ADD-riddled retards.

  • Machismo549
    Machismo549 5 years ago +2

    Biggest sellout ever. Also NIN sucks.

    • Sachin Devaraj
      Sachin Devaraj 8 months ago

      The biggest sellout was and is Linkin Park...
      close second is coldplay.

    • zach hill
      zach hill 4 years ago

      well as that is your opinion I must accept it. good for you. have a nice day.

    • Knight Wing
      Knight Wing 4 years ago +1

      @Machismo549 Hey everybody in this comment thread! This guy has left several negative, trolling comments on several Ween videos. Looks like he is trying to mix it up a bit by leaving them on Nine Inch Nails videos too. This guy is an asshole who loves to piss people off. So what I recommend to you fellow commenters is that you keep challenging this guy in comments sections. And Machismo549, shut the fuck up.

    • Sean Johnson
      Sean Johnson 4 years ago

      @Machismo549 Oh, someones cranky.

    • Machismo549
      Machismo549 4 years ago

      @Sean Johnson Go fuck yourself!

  • Messofanego
    Messofanego 5 years ago +3

    It's interesting hearing Nine Inch Nails' Ghost material be the closer tracks to the credits in Raid 2 and CITIZENFOUR, and worked perfectly in those movies.

    • Walter Hunt
      Walter Hunt 5 years ago +1

      @travz21 I've heard some of it pop up here and there in TV and even a couple films

    • travz21
      travz21 5 years ago +4

      His Ghosts material could be used effectively in every movie. I think it's probably better than any of his amazing scores he's done for Fincher. There's such a wide variety of songs on that album that are extremely well made. It has the same curse as his Dragon Tattoo score of having too many songs though. It's so hard to listen to all at once that its genius gets overlooked.

  • Katty Solórzano
    Katty Solórzano 5 years ago

    Caves hide treasures...

  • RickyCucciMusic
    RickyCucciMusic 5 years ago +14

    Great Interview. I cant say that NIN music really speaks to me, But hearing Trent discuss his thoughts about his composing process in the three movies is absolutely fascinating. I like when musicians/artists can explain their thinking on a project, it gives an added dimension to the art.

    • Walter Hunt
      Walter Hunt 5 years ago

      He was originally going to do the score to the Robin Williams/Mark Romanek film 'One Hour Photo'. The unused music from that fermented and ended up on the Still EP

    • Daisy Rothschild
      Daisy Rothschild 5 years ago +3

      Especially liked how his concept for Ghosts was an Impressionistic set of sketches using music as a medium.

  • doja
    doja 5 years ago +4

    great interview, as always. Keep doing your thing, DP

  • JP
    JP 5 years ago +21

    You got Trent? Holy shit!

  • spatzhawk
    spatzhawk 5 years ago +10

    love the backdrop in this. nice alley

  • Silrian777
    Silrian777 5 years ago +42

    What he said at 33:30 is exactly what I have too, almost all my favorite records were albums I did not like at first, but was too intrigued by too quit listening.

    • blidrob
      blidrob 8 months ago

      Strange, isn't it? David Bowie's 'Outside' album comes to mind, for me.

    • Annie Samuel
      Annie Samuel 5 years ago +10

      It's exactly how I feel about Nine Inch Nails records. I have to listen to them 10 times before I don't hate them. And after that I want to listen to them on repeat for the rest of my life (been doing that now for over 20 years so on the right path...) and even after the 1000th listen I still hear new things in each song.

  • Genco
    Genco 5 years ago +2

    A mostly thoughtful, in-depth discussion of process with a thoughtful, serious artist through which glimpses of the man appear.

  • Adam Blister
    Adam Blister 5 years ago +30

    Can't wait for the next NIN tour! Coming summer 2067!

    • TheNightmare75II
      TheNightmare75II 2 years ago +4

      ...And then it turns out NIN comes out with an EP in December 2016, and Tool are still "taking time, but we promise it'll be good. We're not like other bands. This is a very meticulous process. We could put out mediocre music, but we want it to really sound good." Hahahahaha

    • Adam Blister
      Adam Blister 4 years ago +4

      @***** The tool album comes out 3098 -- a year before the new NIN album.

  • roggeray
    roggeray 5 years ago +7

    He's smiling! That's rare!

    • TyroneCLove
      TyroneCLove Year ago

      I don't understand why I keep reading this. He smiles relatively often.

  • Adam Blister
    Adam Blister 5 years ago +15

    Give him the Oscar again already!!!!!!!!!

  • Frank Janssens
    Frank Janssens 5 years ago +5

    So great that Fincher keeps on working with Trent Reznor, also this soundtrack fitted perfect..