Prolific Producer-Turned-Composer Junkie XL Moves to ASCAP
July 16, 2018
Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road Composer Will Host Studio Session at ASCAP’s 30th Annual Film Scoring Workshop on July 18
NEW YORK, July 16, 2018 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer and composer Tom Holkenborg, professionally known as Junkie XL, has switched to ASCAP for representation of public performances of his extensive music repertoire. Among other projects, the composer has scored box office-topping films including Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Mass and Divergent.
John Titta, Executive Vice President, Membership, ASCAP, commented: “Tom has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in the vanguard of modern film composers. Coming from a successful career in pop and electronic music, he brings a rare mix of talents to the forefront. We are honored to have him join the ASCAP family, and excited to see him continue to take on the music world by storm."
With over 120 scoring credits for film, video game and television music, Junkie XL’s scores have underpinned a diverse range of films including Black Mass, Brimstone, The Dark Tower and Tomb Raider and appeared in video games like FIFA, Need For Speed, The Sims, and SSX. He has a close working relationship with fellow ASCAP member and film scoring legend, Hans Zimmer, with whom he has scored seven collaborations, including 2016’s Batman vs Superman.
Beginning his career in 1993, Junkie XL became a producer, composer and master of classical forms and structures with one finger planted firmly on the pulse of popular music, achieving a #1 hit in 24 countries in 2002 with his rework of Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation.” Renowned for his mastery of studio technology and instrumentation, he went on to collaborate with and remix Coldplay, Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode, Robert Smith and Justin Timberlake.
As part of ASCAP’s upcoming 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles, Junkie XL will host a private studio session for a group of aspiring film composers on July 18. The composer is passionate about music education and several years ago established a music program at the renowned ArtEZ Conservatorium in his hometown of Enschede, Netherlands, that has graduated over 200+ music composition students to date. He was also a featured speaker on the “We Create Music” panel at the 2018 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO earlier this year.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 670,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.
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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP
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