From Producing Electronic Music To Composing For Film, Tom Holkenborg Scores : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Tom Holkenborg, also known as Junkie XL, is one of the biggest names in film score composing today.

From Producing Electronic Music To Composing For Film, Tom Holkenborg Scores

Junkie XL on World Cafe

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Playlist

  • Junkie XL, "Middle Mass"
  • Junkie XL, "At the Speed of Force"
  • Junkie XL, Elvis Presley, "A Little Less Conversation"
  • Hans Zimmer, "528491"
  • Hans Zimmer, "Journey to the Line"
  • Junkie XL, "Scott and Kate Part 1"
  • Junkie XL, "Skull Island (Kong Theme)"

Tom Holkenborg's musical career began with Junkie XL, his electronic solo project. But in the last decade, he's made the transition from electronic music producer to film score composer. His recent credits include some big names — Godzilla vs. Kong, Army of the Dead and the supersized director's cut Zack Snyder's Justice League, one of the most time-intensive scores of the year at nearly four hours.

In this episode, we talk to Tom Holkenborg about an early Junkie XL hit — a remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" — as well as working in film and the advice he received from fellow composer Hans Zimmer when he was starting out.

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