Before joining Nine Inch Nails as keyboardist/programmer in 1994, Charlie had already built a following with his extreme synth work and remixes for Prong, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, and others. His dense layers of chopped up beats and grinding synthbass lines were instrumental in defining the sound of White Zombie's double-platinum 1994 breakthrough album Astrocreep: 2000, and five of his elaborately heavy remixes dominated the follow-up gold remix album SuperSexy Swingin' Sounds. This led to numerous collaborations with front man Rob Zombie, including co-writing songs such as the 1996 Grammy nominee for Best Metal Performance, The One (with Alice Cooper), which Charlie wrote, mixed, and performed, and key songs for soundtracks like Beavis and Butthead Do America and Howard Stern's Private Parts, as well as for Rob Zombie's double-platinum 1997 solo debut. A remix album followed (1999's American-Made Music To Strip By), and again, Charlie dominated the track listing. Throughout all of this, his remixes were being licensed to film and television at a furious pace, appearing on countless soundtrack albums (The Crow II, The Matrix, Scream), and popping up in the occasional video game.
Parallel to all of this, Charlie has been playing keyboards, theremin, and occasionally drums onstage with Nine Inch Nails since the band's quadruple-platinum album The Downward Spiral, and his destructive keyboard technique and heavy-metal theremin style have long been integral to the band's intense live show.
In the studio with Nine Inch Nails, Charlie has co-written high-profile songs like The Perfect Drug (from the gold soundtrack to David Lynch's LOST HIGHWAY), Starfuckers, Inc. and The Way Out Is Through² (both from The Fragile, Spin Magazine's 1999 Album of the Year), and his intricate programming style and abrasive synth work are important elements of the band's unique sonic vision.
Along the way, he has continued to apply his talents on albums and remixes for artists like David Bowie, Jamiroquai, Deftones, Rammstein, Killing Joke, Esthero, Marilyn Manson, Snoop Dogg and Meat Beat Manifesto.
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