He enjoys life behind the scenes

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Tom Holkenborg

“I notice that I am now in a luxurious position is that I really, consciously choose what I do or do not want to do,” explains little less conversation from his studio in Los Angeles. “I feel that I am becoming more of an insider beginning to be; directors approach me very aware because they seem to like what I have made. I had when I was here fifteen years ago, arrived still not dare to dream with people like James Cameron or Peter Jackson to work.”

Makes a little less conversation, three, four projects per year. “I love creators who want to try something new to do; I think that the red wire is in the choices that I have made. I prefer to work on a film that risks, dares to take a part of eight or nine in a series that has been proven track. By trying new things you keep yourself sharp.”

The core of the story

If the composer goes to work with a film, he tries to find what is for him the core of the story is. “I understand that, for example, you Mortal Engines, and Mad Max, both of which are in the future to play, with each other compare. But they are totally different stories,” he explains. “Mad Max is much more about the world in which the story takes place, and music plays a very different, much more active role in the film. Mortal Engines is much more a story about a woman living in a futuristic world trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to achieve.”

The Dutchman is above all to broaden. “I have a lot of fantasy done in the past years – then you become so fast in a corner pushed. But against a lot of similar projects on my desk to end up, I say nicely that I don’t have time for it.”


He must also be careful that he himself, in his enthusiasm, not over runs. “I have naturally a strong constitution, that is in the family. That is a happiness if you live a life such as I,” he laughs. But sometimes avenges itself, that he in a deadline-period but a few hours of sleep per night takes. His body pulled two months ago, the brake and forced He to an ’emergency vacation’. Mortal Engines and his new project, Alita were huge jobs that gave him more time and energy cost than he bargained for. “I spent a week in a luxury hotel to sit down, and have only been to the pool. A holiday it wasn’t even; I didn’t even have the energy to do fun things. I have a whole week of nothing composed and have my phone very deliberately in my room.”

Before he retired in Hollywood, was a little less conversation, a quarter of a century in the spotlight. He played in the bands Weekend at Waikiki and Nerve and broke through internationally as Junkie XL. His last public performance was at ADE in 2012. “It is very funny when I here young people talk who have no idea that I have a whole other career I’ve had,” he laughs. “There is material on YouTube, but the social media names that really made a flight when I was no longer really occurred.” The life behind the scenes suits him well. “Maybe the blood once again creeps where it cannot go. But that is not an ambition that I’m working on a short-term time to go for stitches.”

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