Deadpool Original Music Explained by Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL
Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation Deadpool is its most unconventional anti-hero yet. Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL explains how he wrote the music including the use of some great synthesisers and keyboards that have been played by some great musicians on some well known songs.
Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rouge experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humour, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
The movie has surpassed all expectations and over $300 million since its release making it the most successful first weekend for an R-Rated movie of all time in the US and currently sitting No 1 on the UK Box office chart.
The directorial debut of Tim Miller, a former animation artist, Deadpool looks set to deliver on its promise of being the first truly adult comic book movie, with its mix of sharp wit and ultra violence. A 10-year passion project for actor and producer Ryan Reynolds, this is a close to both him and Miller’s hearts.
To accurately depict the chaos they have drafted in Grammy nominated and multi-platinum producer, musician and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, 300: Rise of an Empire, Kill All Your Friends and Batman Vs Superman). Holkenborg said “[Deadpool] is such a fantastic, over arrogant, extremely funny, swagger-heavy, violent character…its Miami Vice meets Mad Max”.
The score was crafted with vintage drum machines and modular synths alongside live drums and bass truly allowing the music to become its own character within the narrative.
Holkenborg also shows his skills as a selector for the movie with the soundtrack featuring tracks from the likes of DMX (X Gon Give It To Ya) and of course Deadpool’s favourite band Wham! (Careless Whisper).
Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL has enjoyed an illustrious career as an artist, producer and composer. Starting in 1993 in his own band Nerv and producing hardcore and metal bands like Sepultura and Fear Factory.
He adopted the moniker Junkie XL in 1997 creating 5 albums while playing headline shows the world over. He then lent his talents to remixing, having a worldwide hit with his remix of Elvis’s ‘A Little Less Conversation’.
Following that success he collaborated and remixed for some of the world’s biggest artists such as Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Robert Smith (The Cure), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Coldplay, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.