Over the past several months, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been racking up some serious accolades: a Golden Globe for Best Original Score, an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and last night, an Oscar for Best Original Score for their work (with Late Show With Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste) on Pixar’s Soul and a nomination for their score for Mank. Immediately afterward in a press interview, Reznor and Ross spoke about their new focus: working on a new Nine Inch Nails album. Reznor has spoken of these plans over the past year, but now that three major film scores are off their plate, they’re ready to dive in.
When asked how Ross and Reznor separate their film scoring process from their NIN music, Reznor replied,
“Ten years ago, when we did The Social Network… it was such a great experience. We just came out of it inspired and re‑energized, and it was working on a medium we hadn’t done before and learned so much, that we felt like, hey, let’s do a Nine Inch Nails record; let’s go on tour…And what we’ve tried to do since then is break it up where we do some rock music, we come back and do some film work. We’ve just done three pretty big films in Watchmen, Mank, and Soul in a row. We should be on tour but COVID has prevented that. We are planning on working on Nine Inch Nails material as soon as, probably tomorrow.”
Watch Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste speak of their plans below.