Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum producer, musician, and composer whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, as well as in the vanguard of exciting new film composers. He is able to draw on his extensive knowledge of classical forms and structures while keeping one finger planted firmly on the pulse of popular music. When this eclectic background is paired with his skill as a multi-instrumentalist (he plays keyboards, guitar, drums, violin and bass) and mastery of studio technology, a portrait emerges of an artist for whom anything is possible.
In 2013, Holkenborg created the music for the Relativity Media film Paranoia. Shortly after, he was brought in by Zack Snyder, producer of 300: Rise of an Empire. The momentum continued as Lionsgate, recognizing his talent, hired him for their new young adult film Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s successful trilogy. Both movies gave Holkenborg the honor of having worked on two worldwide box office number 1s in the span of two weeks of their release.
Following the successful completion of 300 and Divergent, Oscar-winning director George Miller and his team hired Holkenborg for the brand-new installment of the Mad Max franchise, which will be released May 15, 2015. Holkenborg was also called in to score the small UK independent film Kill Your Friends and the Liam Neeson action thriller Run All Night (March 2015). While working on these two films, his longtime friend and mentor Hans Zimmer asked him to take care of the Batman music parts in Batman vs Superman (March 2016).
The foundation for this new career was laid in his native Holland, where he created multiple film scores. Later, he continued to grow under mentorships of celebrated composers like Harry Gregson Williams (on “Domino” and “Kingdom of Heaven”) and Klaus Badelt (on “Catwoman”). But things really started to fall into place when Holkenborg started collaborating with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. The 2013 blockbuster Man of Steel marked the fifth scoring collaboration between Holkenborg and Zimmer. Earlier, they worked together on The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Madagascar 3 (2012), Megamind (2010), and Inception (2010). Earlier in his composing career, Holkenborg also provided music for the films Bandslam, Kingdom of Heaven, Domino, DOA: Dead or Alive, Shark Tale, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, The Animatrix and Resident Evil.
Holkenborg’s illustrious career started in 1993 when he started industrial rock band Nerv and produced hardcore and metal bands like Sepultura and Fear Factory. Drawn by electronic breakbeats, he started Junkie XL in 1997, debuting with the album Saturday Teenage Kick. Holkenborg went on to produce five more albums under the moniker while playing headline shows all over the world.
In 2002, the producer/remixer scored a number-1 hit in 24 countries with his rework of “A Little Less Conversation.” Following that success, Holkenborg collaborated with celebrated artists like Dave Gahan, Robert Smith and Chuck D, and remixed artists such as Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and many more. In addition, Holkenborg created the music for video games like Need for Speed, The Sims, and SSX, as well as commercials for global campaigns like Nike, Heineken, Adidas, Cadillac and Visa.