Reality rocker Ryan Star bows down to Nine Inch Nails' 1990 hit "Head Like A Hole" in this week's Mashup Mondays installment, sheering off Trent Reznor and co.'s industrial edges and with his emotional acoustic rendition.
"I grew up on that music. [Reznor] is one of the guys that taught me to write lyrics, not just bubblegum," says the 32-year-old former "Rock Star: Supernova" contestant, whose new album "11:59" debuted at No. 10 on the Rock Albums chart last month.
"I always find pulling back as much as you can and letting the melody and the lyrics do the talking... revealing the essence of the song is the most fun for me," Star says of his approach to the Nine Inch Nails cover.