Trent Reznor and At­ti­cus Ross jug­gle Nine Inch Nails tour dates and scor­ing projects

Variety - - Focus - By CHRIS WILL­MAN

Trent Reznor and At­ti­cus Ross just got off tour. They also just got out of the record­ing stu­dio. These are not con­tra­dic­tory state­ments. In re­cent months, it’s been Nine Inch Nails by night, film scor­ing by day — some­times right up to the mo­ment they walk on stage. They wrapped up work on Jonah Hill’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, “Mid90s,” in ho­tel rooms and back­stages in Eng­land, and fin­ished the mu­sic for the A24 apoc­a­lyp­tic thriller “Bird Box” here on the first leg of NIN’S U.S. tour. It sounds like a recipe for nerves as frayed as the anx­ious sounds of Nine Inch Nails would in­di­cate, yet they seem tighter as friends and col­lab­o­ra­tors than ever — no down­ward spi­rals here.

Reznor and Ross will soon take up the sec­ond leg of the NIN tour, with some two dozen dates booked through the end of the year. Have they learned any lessons about not multi-task­ing? No — as they ready to hit the road again, they’re dig­ging into work on Da­mon Lin­de­lof’s HBO lim­ited se­ries “Watch­men” and di­rec­tor Joe Wright’s “Woman in the Win­dow,” both set for 2019.

Reznor and Ross will dis­cuss their bor­der­line worka­holic ten­den­cies in a key­note in­ter­view con­ducted by “The Treat­ment” host Elvis Mitchell at Va­ri­ety’s in­au­gu­ral Mu­sic for Screens Sum­mit, tak­ing place Oct. 30 at L.A.’S Neue­house. As in this pre- event in­ter­view, ex­pect Reznor to do most of the talk­ing, much like he does most of the com­pos­ing, with U.K. na­tive Ross, who plays more of an edi­tor/ar­ranger role in their col­lab­o­ra­tion, pop­ping in with clar­i­fy­ing thoughts.

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