Bowie’s 74th birthday is about to be marked tomorrow (January 8) with a special livestream event that Reznor will take part in, whereas Sunday (January 10) marks 5 years since Bowie’s demise in 2016.
Talking to Consequence of Sound, Reznor mirrored on his recollections of listening to and dealing with Bowie as he gave his newest tribute to the late musician.
The Nine Inch Nails frontman recalled how he would hearken to Bowie’s data when he was rising up, cementing Bowie in Reznor’s thoughts because the “finest archetype for somebody who has a implausible voice and was type of an actor pretending to be a rock star, in a method”.
“[It] appeared to offer him the flexibility to reinvent himself in ways in which simply felt like it could take numerous braveness to have had success at one thing after which throw it away and take a look at one thing new,” Reznor mentioned.
Recalling how 9 Inch Nails later opened for Bowie on his ‘Outdoors Tour’ in 1995, Reznor remembered how he bought to noticed Bowie in particular person “and be terrified and intimidated” earlier than then discovering “an precise human being behind it that did impossibly dwell as much as no matter you projected on him”.
“What actually left the most important impression on me was there I used to be in a nasty state of dependancy and type of happening the bathroom. And [Bowie] was on the opposite finish to have come out of it,” Reznor continued.
“There have been the few type of massive brother / fatherly occasions the place he’d name me apart and type of get on my shit: ‘That you must get your shit collectively.’ It doesn’t have to finish up down there. He didn’t say this, however take a look at the place he was. He was blissful. He was nonetheless taking probabilities.”
Reznor concluded by saying that he “nonetheless thinks about that dude on a regular basis, and I nonetheless hearken to him continually”.
“I’m grateful that our lives intersected, and I’m grateful for, whether or not he knew it or not, how a lot he helped me in these darkish occasions earlier than I selected to get my shit collectively,” Reznor added about Bowie.
“And I can hear his voice. He penetrated via the layers of bullshit that I’d constructed round myself. I’m grateful for that.”
Bowie’s widow Imam paid tribute to the late musician in a recent interview, saying that he “is in our hearts and minds each day”.