Dutch film composer Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) talks with ColonneSonore.net about his work on the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower
Dutch composer Tom Holkenborg, also known with the moniker Junkie XL, has quickly become one of the most sought after musicians in the current Hollywood musical landscape. Holkenborg is perhaps one of the composers who better represents the change of course and the evolution of the contemporary Hollywood film music arena. Holkenborg was born as a DJ and producer of electronic music, where he spent most of the 1990s and early 2000s, collaborating with artists such as Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Robert Smith (The Cure) and Chuck D, as well as becoming one of the most renowned "remixers" in the world (his cover of Elvis Presley’s classic "A Little Less Conversation" was a huge international success). His arrival in Hollywood took place in the mid-2000s, when he began collaborating with composers such as Harry Gregson-Williams and Klaus Badelt. But it was Hans Zimmer who gave him the launch pad that led him to his current popularity. Together with the German composer, Holkenborg collaborated as assistant and additional composer in many projects such as Inception, Megamind, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Man of Steel. Holkenborg then began to write scores of his own, including films like Divergent, Deadpool and the hugely popular Mad Max: Fury Road. But it's not just this impressive streak of huge blockbusters that characterizes his work. Holkenborg is indeed very active in education and mentorship, which also includes an intense activity through his YouTube channel, where Holkenborg offers many videos illustrating his own creative process and his thoughts about the art of film scoring.
We met Tom to talk about his recent work for The Dark Tower, the adaptation of Stephen King's famous novel starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaghuey.