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Junkie XL - Interview


Junkie XL
Contactmusic.com Spoke to Junkie Xl aka Tom Holkenborg

How did your name Junkie XL come about?

Actually my mates used to call me junkie because I spent so much time in the studio they thought I was a total work junkie, the XL stands for Expanding Limits. I’m always trying to expand the boundaries of dance music and pop music in general.

What made you start writing music?

I actually come from a very musical based family where it the norm to play 2 or 3 instruments at the same time. Since I can remember lots of different kinds of music had been played in the house. My father used to play the Stones and The Beatles and things like that and my mother played more classical music so there was a lot of diversity. I actually started playing when I was about 4 years old.

For someone who hasn’t heard your music how would you describe it to them?

The best description would be on one hand I’m very interested in trying to find a happy medium between electronic music and traditional music yet at the same time trying to find a balance between dance music and pop music in a cool way.

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