After serving on the acclaimed creative team behind Oscar-winner The Social Network, Trent Reznor is exploring a new found taste for collaboration with his latest band How to Destroy Angels.
The Nine Inch Nails founder has long been known for his solitary musical endeavours, but after being wooed by filmmaker David Fincher to create the score for The Social Network, Reznor says he's had somewhat of a shift in perspective.
"It ended up being a really great thing to do, not just because of what happened — the accolades and everything — but the process was fun. It was the first time I can remember that I really worked in service to something else, to someone else. It was a really respectful environment. It was challenging. It was tough," he told Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC's cultural affairs show Q.
"It was fun to work, not necessarily as the boss, but in service to something else, collaboratively and collectively. I think that experience made me a bit more open to the idea of really knowing the true value of collaboration," he continued.
"With How to Destroy Angels, it was really more about relaxing a bit and trying to relinquish a bit of control and see what comes out of it, with a different set of stakes."
In a wide-ranging conversation, Reznor talked to Q about getting outside of himself and his distinctive voice in his new projects, the influence David Bowie had on him as a teenager and dealing with the success of Nine Inch Nails.