Electronic music instrument producer Moog has announced it is discontinuing production of the MiniMoog Voyager, and the company turned to one of its biggest champions to mark the occasion: Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor.
In a new interview, Reznor details how he got into music, which was sparked by a Moog product. To get my story, you have to understand where I came from,” he says, “which is rural Pennsylvania in the middle of nowhere.” After taking up the piano, he dreamed of scoring a synthesizer. Eventually, his grandparents bought him one, but he toiled for a while before recording.
“I got a job in studio doing the jobs nobody else wanted to do, from toilet cleaning to… Let’s put it this way: stuff nobody wants to do,” he says with a grin. “But I was able to sit in a room and teach myself some degree of engineering and had the ability to work on my own music back then.”
“My entire musical career, from the first demos of Pretty Hate Machine to the present, really the only constant has been Moog in one form or another,” he adds.
Watch the 11-minute video above, and learn more of Reznor’s love of Moogs and how he composes music for films versus a NIN project.