Mariqueen Maandig Reznor

Name Mariqueen Maandig Reznor
Birth date 05 April 1981
Country Philippines
City Unknown
Bands (activ)
  • How To Destroy Angels

  • Maandig was born in the Phillipines and moved to Orange County, California, with her family as a young child. Her first foray into music came in her early teens, when a friend played the soundtrack to the musical Miss Saigon for her. She was so impressed that she went out and bought a copy, learned the songs and modeled her vocal style on it. In high school she tried her hand at musical theater, hoping to eventually become a Broadway singer, but decided that it wasn't for her. After high school, Maandig went to fashion school to pursue a career as a personal shopper or stylist but dropped out after feeling jaded about it. She then fell back on pursuing a singing career and used the opportunity to help her overcome her stage fright.
    In 2003, a friend suggested that Maandig audition for a band that was looking for a female vocalist. She ultimately got the role of backing vocalist in West Indian Girl, a psychedelic indie-rock band. Her creative input in the band was minimal, but she became a face associated with the band. In the fall of 2008 she accepted an offer from Playboy magazine to be featured as the "Becoming Attraction" for the January 2009 issue. The feature helped to create some buzz around both her and the band. Maandig left West Indian Girl in the summer of 2009 to pursue her own career and do something where she would have more creative input.
    In February of 2010, Maandig went into the studio with Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross to begin recording songs for a new music project, How To Destroy Angels. Reznor and Ross worked on the music while Maandig wrote lyrics and vocal melodies, with Reznor and Ross offering guidance on how to make them fit with the music. A full-length album from How To Destroy Angels is tentatively planned for release in 2011.
    Maandig, along with her husband, currently resides in Beverly Hills, California with their children and pet dogs.