Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American song writer and song composer who founded his own band called Nine Inch Nails in 1988.
Reznor was a fan of previous titles by id Software, especially Doom, whilst members of id Software such as American McGee were big fans of his music. Due to their mutual interest in one another, Quake became a collaborative effort.
According to John Romero, Reznor saw the game and he knew where to go musically. He also could have been inspired by his friend’s music because id Software told Reznor that they liked it. The logo for his band appears on the Nail boxes in Quake as a tribute.
In 1997, Reznor was approached to do the soundtrack for Quake II. He refused, stating that the second game lacked atmosphere.