Chris Vrenna is best known as the former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, from the eras of Pretty Hate Machine through Downward Spiral. He is the current keyboardist for Marilyn Manson. Vrenna has an impeccable reputation as a solo artist, talented producer, and remixer.
Vrenna first appeared on the Chicago industrial music scene in the mid- to late-’80’s as a member of Die Warzau. Before long, he hooked up with Trent Reznor, who was then in the process of recording his debut album, Pretty Hate Machine. This was the beginning of a six-year partnership, during which time Vrenna remained the only permanent member of Reznor’s band. In 1994, Chris Vrenna was awarded a Grammy for his live performance with Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock, for the song “Happiness in Slavery”. Vrenna then joined Stabbing Westword for a time, while also working with Reznor on Marilyn Manson’s first three albums, “Portrait of an American Family”, “Smells Like Children”, and “Antichrist Superstar”. He most recently produced Manson’s latest album, “The High End of Low”. Vrenna has also toured behind the kit for industry heavyweights KMFDM and Gnarls Barkley.
By 1996, Vrenna found himself a popular producer-for-hire, working with established acts such as Rob Zombie and Skinny Puppy. His skills as a programmer have been utilized by Hole and Guns N’ Roses. Vrenna has also worked with Pigface, Killing Joke, Jack off Jill, Josh Wink, Megadeth, Metallica, and 16volt. Vrenna continues to be a highly sought-after remixer, being tabbed by acts such as U2, David Bowie, Slipknot, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks, Lords of Acid, Butthole Surfers, and countless other top shelf acts.