Junkie XL is a one-man musical revolution.
The Junkie XL moniker began with 1997's Saturday Teenage Kick. Solo efforts that followed were 2000’s Big Sound Of The Drags and 2003’s Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin. Radio JXL included collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, The Cure’s Robert Smith and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The U.S. release included the breakthrough remix of Elvis Presley’s 1968 single, “A Little Less Conversation,” marking the first time the Presley Estate ever granted permission to any producer to retouch any Elvis material. The track, originally created for a 2002 Nike World Cup Commercial, went on to be featured in several films, including Ocean’s Eleven. The song became a #1 hit in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Following Today (2006) and Booming Back At You (2008), his most recent effort is also his first album in four years and the sixth full-length LP in his 15-year career. The beautifully Salvador Dali-esque Synthesized sees Holkenborg return confidently to his tough, take-no-prisoners, bass heavy stylings. Synthesized features tracks such as the unrelentingly heavy "Klatshing!," the Ministry-by-way-of-Ed-Banger "Kill The Band." On "Leave Behind Your Ego," it's hard to tell who's doling out harder acid - a Timothy Leary sample or Holkenborg's 808. Other vocal cameos include Tommie Sunshine and Curt Smith (Tears For Fears), Fredrik Saroea (DATAROCK) and Isis Salam (Chinese Flash Mob, formerly Thunderheist). But it's not all-scathing aural abuse, "The Art of Luxurious Intergalactic Time Travel" and "Take Off On Molly's E" see him chilling it out with beautiful, “lysergic” lullabies.
Junkie XL has worked with Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer on the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, which included the producer’s remix of musical cue, “Bombers Over Ibiza.” This marks the fourth film the pair has worked together. Since 2010, the two have teamed up on several films - Inception, Madagascar 3, Megamind - as well as other musical projects, including last year’s remix of The Academy Awards® theme song.
In addition, Junkie XL keeps extremely busy creating music for EA video games: The Sims 2, Forza Motorsport, DOA: Dead Or Alive, Kingdom of Heaven, EA’s Burnout: Paradise and Shinjuku, which features graphics from famous Japanese artist, Yashitako Amano (Final Fantasy).