It was touring that introduced Chris Vrenna to Reason. He needed a light and transportable keyboard rig for touring with Marilyn Manson. Flying constantly between festivals, they couldn't bring the truckful of gear they had used earlier and Reason turned out to be the perfect live setup.
We met with a very tired Chris Vrenna in his home in Los Angeles. Working in the studio with Marilyn Manson means you work the night shift. He had crawled out of bed for our late afternoon visit though, and talked to Propellerhead product specialist James Bernard about his use of Reason on the road. We also got a walkthrough of his Reason rack setup for the track Sweet Dreams.
Published: December 2008
Chris Vrenna got his career going in the late 80s when he joined Trent Reznor's newly formed Nine Inch Nails, where he played the drums until 1997. Since leaving NIN, he has worked on his solo project Tweaker, done numerous soundstracks for video games, worked as a producer/engineer/remixer for artists such as Rammstein, The Rasmus, U2, David Bowie and many more.
Recently, he as been on tour with Gnarls Barkley (playing drums) and Marilyn Manson (playing keyboards). He is currently working on new material in the studio with Marilyn Manson.
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