A Look Into Nothing Records

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” That, my dear friends, is from Victor Hugo. (You didn’t think I was into poetry, did you?) Incidentally, that is exactly how I feel about rock music. You see, rock for me, gives tranquility. Ironic, I know. But that’s how it is. I feel that rock offers more creativity. The lyrics, the headbanging sounds, the outrageous costumes (like the ones KISS members are donning) never fail to make my day. I like how the guitar riffs and drum beats send me to nirvana.

Of course, everyone has some favourite music to listen to. As for me, music from Nothing Records, the now defunct music label, tops my list. I also love jamming to Oasis, Rammstein, Duran Duran, and The Beatles. But for now, let me talk about my love for Nothing Records.

You see, Nothing Records was founded in 1992. Trent Reznor, lead of Nine Inch Nails (an industrial rock band), and John Malm Jr. founded the record label. They signed with Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, obviously. They also reached out to us, their fans, through Radio Nothing. I am not sure if you got to listen to it, but they featured exclusive music from Nothing Records artists. I tell you, it was a great way to get sneak peeks at upcoming projects from them. It was always awesome to get free mp3s from my favourite bands. All thanks to Radio Nothing.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. That is what happened to Nothing Records sometime in 2004. Trent Reznor had a falling out with co founder John Malm. It reached a point where Reznor sued Malm for breach of fiduciary duties and fraud. Eventually, a trial was held in 2005. Reznor won the lawsuit and was awarded complete control over the trademarks.

The conflict between Reznor and Malm didn’t stop Trent from pursuing his career. He, together with Atticus Ross, even scored the soundtrack used for “The Social Network”, that film about Facebook’s Mark Zuckerber. Said film was released in October 2010. On the other hand, the OST was released a couple of days earlier.

Anyway, enough for now. I’ll try to talk more about Trent Reznor and The Social Network soundtrack next time.

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