The FADER Releases 2013 ICON Issue Featuring Trent Reznor

Today, The FADER is releasing its annual ICON issue, dedicated to the life and work of singer-songwriter, composer and record producer, Trent Reznor.

On the tail of Reznor's first Nine Inch Nails album release in five years, Hesitation Marks, and prior to the launch of the band's fall North American tour onSeptember 28, The FADER has compiled an encyclopedic issue of the NIN leader, retracing the path from his early years as a college freshman to the current music industry icon he is today. Within The FADER's 88th issue, on newsstands October 15th, we spoke with many of Reznor's friends and collaborators from over the years to document Reznor's life and works including Dir. David Lynch, Amanda Palmer, Lindsey Buckingham, and more.

Check out the complete interview here:

In addition, included is audio from the interview featuring Reznor's thoughts on Kanye West, Disclosure, and more:

"In my mind, I'm always looking to reinvent, not to ignore my catalog. I want to give people some taste of what they think they might get, but to also challenge them and push them into the next thing. But it's tough to judge as tastes shift and culture shifts. When we came out, we were the cool 'indie' band, if there was such a thing as indie at the time. Then, over time, things shift into, Hey you're in that category now. Confessional lyrics over aggressive music are out of fashion?you should have a beard and be playing f-king fake folk sh-t, whatever [the trend] might be. So I'm just trying to outlast everybody until being an old guy is in fashion." - Trent Reznor

The issue includes a centerpiece, in-depth interview with Reznor and writer Andrew "Noz" Nosnitsky, and what emerges is a look at an artist who crafts some of his era's rawest albums while maintaining a cool aura of inscrutability, a dogged musician with limitless stores of energy and an icon who has never stopped evolving.

Also included in the issue are a number of rare images of Reznor throughout his career, in addition to an interview with Director David Fincher of "The Social Network", for which Reznor received an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2010.

More from The FADER's Icon Issue:

"From my perspective, there are two different factors at work...Me working faster is me being less at war with myself. Part of that is being sober. Part of that is being mature enough to understand that what I work on might be sh-tty, and if it is I can throw it out. As simple as that statement is, it used to cripple me when I'd look at a blank sheet of paper like, This has to be the best f-king song? how did I write that one good song that I did? I was governed by that kind of madness." - Reznor

'Closer' is a menacing, genius song with a genius lyric, and I don't think it has anything to do with Trent's personal preferences. I think it had to do with communicating that idea. He's talking about anger and getting close to the flame. Trent's a serious voice. I mean that sonically and poetically, but it's way too dismissive to say he's the prince of darkness. There are all kinds of things in this guy...I'm hoping [to work together in the future]...If he'll have me." -Director David Fincher

"I think Trent is a musical genius, and his music inspires me." - Filmmaker David Lynch

Cover Image: The FADER 2013 ICON Issue, photo by Kwaku Alston.

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