Michael Trent Reznor , born on May 17, 1965 , is a record producer , composer , pianist , musician , singer-songwriter , guitarist , singer , and vocalist . Reznor was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania and is a citizen of the United States . His education includes attending Mercer Area Middle-High School and Allegheny College .
Trent Reznor's work spans various genres including rock music , ambient music , industrial rock , synth-pop , alternative rock , alternative metal , and electronic rock . He is involved in the music industry and is a songwriter .
Reznor received awards for his work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , as well as a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media . He is also the founder of Nothing Records .