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Trent Reznor explains why his songs aren’t catchy

on October 05, 2014, 11:24am

With Gone Girl hitting theaters this weekend, the film’s composer Trent Reznor sat down for an interview on CBS’ This Morning on Saturday. Reznor spoke extensively about his involvement in David Fincher’s latest cinematic effort and compared songwriting for a film vs. his work in Nine Inch Nails. He also revealed the reason why his songs “aren’t that catchy.”

“With Nine Inch Nails I realize that a lot of times my strategy of writing a pop song isn’t to start with a hook and mechanically try to make this product that’s catchy,” Reznor explained. “It’s more that I start with a feeling or sometimes a visual, and then I try to dress that visual with sound, and a song comes out the other end. That’s probably why my songs aren’t that catchy.”

“With film work, it’s really just replacing that vision that I come up with, with looking at the vision these guys have come up with. A lot of it is deploying the same strategy, so it’s not completely dissimilar. It’s interestingly challenging as well.”

Reznor also discussed his parternship with Atticus Ross and Fincher on film scores, touching upon their past work on The Social Network and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Watch the entire interview below. You can stream the Gone Girl soundtrack here, and read our review of the film here.