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The Red Bulletin Podcast: Junkie XL

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"With his shaved head and leather jacket, Tom Holkenborg doesn’t look dissimilar to the characters in the film he won acclaim composing for. But unlike one of George Miller’s Mad Max creations, the Dutch producer is fine with failure. Raised in a musical family, Holkenborg played in bands and created beats, driven by a never-ending appetite to mix genres and understand both the creative and the technical side of music production. Also present: a willingness to throw things away and start from the bottom again. He stopped by The Red Bulletin Podcast to talk about why, after creating a worldwide...
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Soundtrack Dreams – Junkie XL “Brimstone” Soundtrack Review

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Soundtrack Dreams Soundtrack review: Brimstone (Tom Holkenborg – 2016) By Mihnea Manduteanu “Brimstone” is a 2016 western thriller film conceived, written and directed by Martin Koolhoven. The film stars Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten. It is described as a triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pearce) – a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s...
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Distance Between Dreams – Film Score Release

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Distance Between Dreams offers viewers unprecedented access into Walsh’s quest to survive and thrive in one of the most hostile environments on earth through state-of-the-art cinematography, and a custom score. Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer mixed modern aesthetic and analog synthesizers to capture the essence of riding big waves for the soundtrack. The original soundtrack from Lakeshore Records is now for sale digitally on iTunes, Amazon and also on Spotify. View Project Details
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Film Music Daily – ‘Distance Between Dreams’ Soundtrack: Score by Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL to debut December 2

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Film Music Daily ‘Distance Between Dreams’ Soundtrack: Score by Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL to debut December 2 Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack to Distance Between Dreams, featuring score by Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL (Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road), digitally on December 2 and on vinyl in early 2017! See track listings and more about Junkie XL at the jump. DISTANCE BETWEEN DREAMS, the second feature in Red Bull Media House’s THE UNRIDEABLES franchise starring surfer Ian Walsh goes on sale across platforms December 2. Distance Between Dreams on Facebook Distance Between Dreams (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Junkie...
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Deadpool 2 announcement

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Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to score the upcoming Deadpool Movie. I love this character and creating his and the movie's original score was a monumental chapter in my life, personally and professionally. Since it was revealed that Deadpool's brilliant creative director Tim Miller will not be involved in the project anymore, I have undertaken some soul searching. Tim was the driving force behind Deadpool and me getting involved in this amazing project. Deadpool without Tim at the helm just does not sit right with me and that is why I have...
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ComicBook.com – Junkie XL Will Score Justice League

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ComicBook.com Junkie XL Will Score Justice League By Brandon Davis When Justice League rolls around in 2017, it will do so not only with iconic heroes aligning on the big screen but with what will certainly be an iconic soundtrack. Following up his efforts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside Hans Zimmer, Tom Holkenborg, the artist known to many as Junkie XL, will return to the DC Films universe to score Justice League. Over the weekend, executive producer Deborah Snyder confirmed Holkenborg's return while press including Comicbook.com were on set of the super hero ensemble film. "Junkie is...
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Wired – Thank A Man Named Junkie XL For Batman V Superman’s Ominous Sound

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Wired Thank A Man Named Junkie XL For Batman V Superman's Ominous Sound By K.M. McFarland The first time composer Tom Holkenborg—better known by his nom de boom, Junkie XL—heard his music in a film, it wasn’t part of the score. It was in the movie Blade, which opens with his track “Dealing with the Roster” playing as a crowd of blood-soaked vampires dances at a rave. (Hey, it was 1998.) It was one song in one film, but it changed how Holkenborg saw his future. “I was so surprised by how my music worked [when set] to picture that...
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Billboard – ‘Batman v Superman’ (and ‘Mad Max’ and ‘Deadpool’) Composer Tom Holkenborg on His Method and Massive Year

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Billboard 'Batman v Superman' (and 'Mad Max' and 'Deadpool') Composer Tom Holkenborg on His Method and Massive Year By Gil Kaufman Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) could have been another Stereo MCs or Prodigy: a one-(or two) hit electronica wonder from the '90s whose career peaked before quickly flaming out. Instead, he's reinvented himself as Hollywood's ace soundtrack superstar, providing the pulsing scores for two of this year's biggest superhero smashes: the $700 million Deadpool and the about-to-explode Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. "I love how muscular his score for Mad Max was," Deadpool director Tim Miller tells Billboard...
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Beatport – Junkie XL on the Insanely Stressful, Highly Addictive World of Film Scoring

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Beatport Junkie XL on the Insanely Stressful, Highly Addictive World of Film Scoring By Katie Bain "The perfect film music draws the viewer in without them realizing it’s happening." As a producer, Junkie XL toured the world playing for crowds of thousands. As a film composer, he reaches a vastly larger audience, albeit anonymously—unless you’re the kind of moviegoer who stays to watch the final credits. In 2002, the Dutch artist born Tom Holkenborg relocated to Los Angeles with the goal of breaking into the world of film composition. He started as an intern, gradually building his network and going...
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Bustle – The ‘Deadpool’ Soundtrack Is As Crazy As The Movie Itself

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Bustle The 'Deadpool' Soundtrack Is As Crazy As The Movie Itself By Allie Funk The new comic book adaptation Deadpool is already getting some incredibly positive reviews, with media outlets praising both Ryan Reynolds' performance and the film's innovative take on the superhero genre. And with the reveal of the track list for the Deadpool soundtrack, excitement surrounding the movie has only grown. The soundtrack, which was curated by Tom Holkenberg (aka Junkie XL) of Mad Max: Fury Road fame, will be released by Milan Records and features both original Junkie XL tracks and songs from a variety of drastically...
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The Creators Project – How Junkie XL Brought the ‘Deadpool’ Soundtrack to Life [Exclusive]

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The Creators Project How Junkie XL Brought the 'Deadpool' Soundtrack to Life [Exclusive] By Giaco Furino Image from the film Deadpool. Photo credit: Joe Lederer. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox Who’s that foul-mouthed superhero in the red spandex shooting bad guys and talking directly into the camera? That’s Ryan Reynolds as the titular star of Deadpool, which spent the weekend smashing opening weekend box-office records for R-rated movies. The new super/anti-hero phenomenon boasts inimitable dialogue, big action set pieces, and an amazing score by Tom Holkenborg, a.k.a, Junkie XL. Holkenborg, the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer, got his...
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IndieWire – Exclusive: Junkie XL Talks The ‘Deadpool’ Soundtrack & Score On The Milan Records Podcast

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IndieWIRE Exclusive: Junkie XL Talks The ‘Deadpool’ Soundtrack & Score On The Milan Records Podcast By Edward Davis / The Playlist Musician Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is perhaps one of the fastest rising film composers on the scene right now. He wrote the music for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” was tapped by Hans Zimmer to co-compose the music for “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” and this weekend his music was featured in the biggest movie on the planet: “Deadpool.” In case you missed it, “Deadpool” had a massive weekend, shattering the opening weekend record for an R-rated film...
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Popsugar – The Deadpool Soundtrack Is a Brilliant, Nostalgic Gold Mine

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PopSugar The Deadpool Soundtrack Is a Brilliant, Nostalgic Gold Mine By Shannon Vestal Robson Deadpool is Ryan Reynolds's raunchiest, wildest, and best movie in a long time, but we haven't even started to talk about the soundtrack. The music selected to accompany Marvel's baddest good guy is a nostalgia gold mine, including Salt-N-Pepa's classic "Shoop" and some well-chosen Wham! from George Michael's '80s group. If you've just seen the movie, you will want to listen to these jams over and over again, and you can do just that here. View Article
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#NowScoreThis – Deadpool – Composer Competition

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#NowScoreThis - Deadpool - Composer Competition Composer Competition Details Based on what you know about Deadpool - via comics, film trailers, social accounts - how do you interpret his personality musically? Enter on SoundCloud here: http://bit.ly/NSTDeadpool Prompt: What theme would you write for such a vulgar, humorous, yet heroic character? Without hearing most of my my score or even the full context of the film, I'd like to see what you come up with. Call it a pop quiz, if you will.... and submit your scores to my SoundCloud group by Thursday February 25th at Noon EST. Don't forget to...
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#NowScoreThis – Black Mass – Composer Competition – Winners Announced

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Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL's introduction video to thank all the composers who submitted this scores for the #NowScoreThis – Black Mass – Composer Competition. "These are my top 3 scores of the many many close contenders. A round of applause everyone. You all get the Junkie XL stamp of approval!" -Tom 1st Place: Sergey Asbel 2nd Place: Nik Sharshak 3rd Place: Efraín Alejandro Méndez ABOUT THE COMPOSER COMPETITION I've seen your studios and shown you how I work in mine. Now it's time to see what you can do! Here's your chance to show me your composition skills! What...
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#NowScoreThis – Black Mass – Composer Competition

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#NowScoreThis - Black Mass - Composer Competition Update: October 22, 2015 "WOW! So much talent. So much experience. And SO many submissions!! I'm gonna need some time to go through these.... Keep an eye out for the announcement date. -Tom ‪#‎NowScoreThis‬ Composer Competition Details I've seen your studios and shown you how I work in mine. Now it's time to see what you can do! Here's your chance to show me your composition skills! What theme would you have written for James “Whitey” Bulger from Black Mass? What instruments and notes would you have chosen to make viewers feel the...
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“Black Mass” Premiering at the Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2015

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(Hollywood, CA) August XX, 2015— Grammy nominated producer and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL scores Warner Bros. Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ crime drama “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Dakota Johnson. Directed by Scott Cooper, “Black Mass” takes place in 1970s South Boston as FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance as it spirals out of control. The film will have its world premiere at...
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Blastr – Exclusive: Mad Max: Fury Road composer Junkie XL on scoring a post-apocalyptic blockbuster

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Blastr Exclusive: Mad Max: Fury Road composer Junkie XL on scoring a post-apocalyptic blockbuster By Ernie Estrella July 10, 2015 One of the year's biggest and most memorable films, Mad Max: Fury Road, was a cinematic work of art. Even the score was no subtle bit of craft. Rather than compose a complimentary background piece, Tom Holkenborg, also known as "Junkie XL" created an insane rock opera for George Miller's dizzying masterpiece. Holkenborg's score and Fury Road were celebrated at Comic-Con International as a part of the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero Panel. The first track on Fury Road's score,...
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WAMG – Composer Tom Holkenborg Launching “Studio Time with Junkie XL” On May 26

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We Are Movie Geeks Composer Tom Holkenborg Launching “Studio Time with Junkie XL” On May 26 By Michelle McCue May 26, 2015 Grammy nominated producer and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL is launching a new YouTube tutorial series “Studio Time with Junkie XL.” The series will give aspiring composers, producers, and musicians a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Hollywood composer. The tutorial topics will range from technical advice, such as string and drum arrangements, to programming tips and advice on how to channel your musical influences. “Studio Time with Junkie XL” launches today (Tuesday, May 26)...
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Composer Tom Holkenborg Launches YouTube Tutorial Series “Studio Time with Junkie XL”

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Composer Tom Holkenborg Launches YouTube Tutorial Series “Studio Time with Junkie XL” Grammy nominated producer and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL is launching a new YouTube tutorial series “Studio Time with Junkie XL.” The series will give aspiring composers, producers, and musicians a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Hollywood composer. The tutorial topics will range from technical advice, such as string and drum arrangements, to programming tips and advice on how to channel your musical influences. “Studio Time with Junkie XL” will launch on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at youtube.com/junkiexlofficial In addition to music, teaching has...
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Film Music Reporter – YouTube Series ‘Studio Time with Junkie XL’ Announced

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Film Music Reporter YouTube Series ‘Studio Time with Junkie XL’ Announced May 22, 2015 Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL is launching a new YouTube tutorial series, Studio Time with Junkie XL. The series will give aspiring composers, producers, and musicians a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Hollywood composer. The tutorial topics will range from technical advice, such as string and drum arrangements, to programming tips and advice on how to channel your musical influences. The project is an extension of Holkenborg’s previous teaching experience as an associate professor at ARTEZ, the Dutch music conservatorium where he developed...
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Collider – Studio Time With Junkie XL Trailer: Learn Film Composing from an Industry Pro

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Collider Studio Time With Junkie XL Trailer: Learn Film Composing from an Industry Pro By Haleigh Foutch May 22, 2015 If you’ve ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of film composing from a working professional, now’s your chance. Composer and producer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is launching a new tutorial series on YouTube, Studio Time with Junkie XL. The series will offer rare insight into the techniques and mechanics of a Hollywood composer. Holkenborg has composed for a number of major blockbusters over the years, most recently scoring everybody’s new favorite movie, Mad Max: Fury Road. He’ll...
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Entertainment Weekly – Inside the Fury Road soundtrack: How Junkie XL scored the madness of Mad Max

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Entertainment Weekly Inside the Fury Road soundtrack: How Junkie XL scored the madness of Mad Max By Jeff Labrecque May 14, 2015 You could make a solid argument that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road works brilliantly as a classic silent movie. The narrative is literally driven by action, action and more action, and actual dialogue is spare. Minutes often go by without a character speaking to another. But filling the void is a wall-to-wall musical score that reflects the insanity and accelerating chaos unfolding on screen. It’s an immersive, pounding cacophony conceived by Tom Holkenborg, a.k.a. Junkie XL, a...
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IndieWire – How the ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Score Paid Homage to Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’

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IndieWire How the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Score Paid Homage to Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2015 Film composer Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) goes heavy metal and neo-classical for the return of 'Mad Max.' Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), the founder of NERVE and part of a new breed of film composers that merges electronic with symphonic ("Divergent," "300: Rise of an Empire"), found the perfect blend for George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road." Think rock opera meets "Vertigo." It's this high-octane, retro revitalization that has also landed him "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"...
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Billboard – ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Composer: ‘The First Time I Saw The Movie I Thought, This Is So Insane!’

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Billboard 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Composer: 'The First Time I Saw The Movie I Thought, This Is So Insane!' By Frank DiGiacomo May 13, 2015 George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is a two-hour white-knuckle adrenaline rush that sounds as feral and unpredictable as it looks. That's thanks to a score composed by Tom Holkenborg, 47, the Dutch musician producer and engineer also known as Junkie XL. Holkenborg's wide range of work includes playing in the industrial rock band Nerve, remixing the 1968 Elvis Presley single "A Little Less Conversation" to make a No. 1 hit in 2002 and working...
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HitFix – Junkie XL On Creating The Insane Soundscape For ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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HitFix Junkie XL On Creating The Insane Soundscape For ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ By Drew McWeeny May 6, 2015 The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 MPH. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've...
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Junkie XL Provides the Intense, Character-Driven Score for Run All Night

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Junkie XL Provides the Intense, Character-Driven Score for Run All Night In Theaters Nationwide March 13, 2015 Run All Night score album available March 10th, 2015 on Water Tower Music (Hollywood, CA) Grammy nominated producer and composer Junkie XL provides the raw, gritty score for Warner Brothers’ crime thriller Run All Night starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Joel Kinnaman. Directed by Jaume Collett-Sera, the film follows Brooklyn hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), who finds himself haunted by the sins of his past when his estranged son becomes a target of his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris)....
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