IN REEL TIME
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross juggle Nine Inch Nails tour dates and scoring projects
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.