David Holmes is equally film freak, DJ and producer. at the tender age of 15 he began performing as a DJ, with a firm resolve to use only the best that music has to offer.
David Holmes is a Belfast-born DJ and producer with five albums and 13 film soundtracks under his belt. Bands like Saint Etienne, Manic Street Preachers and U2 chose him as a remixer of various singles and his most recent album, The Holy Pictures, has been nominated for the Irish Choice Music Prize, Ireland’s answer to the Mercurys, as well as for the Meteor Awards.
David began DJing at the age of 15 and was responsible for a number of era-defining clubs in Northern Ireland, being one of the first to play techno and house music. His club Sugar Sweet was the first venue in the region for serious dance music.
David released his first solo record, this Film’s Crap, Let’s Slash the Seats, in 1995 and plugged into his most enduring and vital source of musical inspiration – cinema. It is home to the atmospheric and seductive Gone featuring Sarah Cracknell on vocals, which soon received worldwide fame through the remix by Peter Kruder for the K&D sessions.
His 1997 Essential Mix for BBC, a mixture of northern soul, psychedelic funk and hip-hop was voted mix of the year by Muzik magazine. 1997 also saw the release of Let’s get killed. The album featuring snippets of conversations recorded on the streets of new York became David’s biggest-selling album to date and garnered massive critical acclaim (but also harsh criticism for exploiting the almost unaltered classic instrumental of Cargo Culte by Serge Gainsbourg for his track Don’t Die just Yet) and features some of his most famous and enduring tracks my Mate Paul, Rodney Yates and the ever persuasive Gritty Shaker.
2000’s Bow down to the Exit Sign was created as the soundtrack to a not-yet-made movie and featured a unique collection of collaborators including Martina Topley-Bird, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and poet Carl Hancock Rux. The album threw out some classic Holmes material in the shape of Living Room, 69 Police, Jackson Johnson and Hey Lisa.
David claimed new creative ground as part of the band Free Association, and in 2003 David Holmes Presents the Free Association was released. like his solo efforts, the album received commercial and (massive) critical acclaim and yielded the hit Sugarman.
The Holy Pictures, released in 2008, is an intensely personal record about the loss of his parents, friends and life in Belfast, featuring David on vocal duties for the first time.
In recent years however, David’s work for film has flourished. His successful partnership with director Steven Soderbergh was developed on such films as the somewhat underrated ’90s landmark out of Sight (1998) and Ocean’s 11 (2001), and this has continued through sequels Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13. David also worked to create the acclaimed soundtrack evoking the dystopian near-future world of Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46.
In 2006, David and two friends founded Canderblinks Film and Music, a film production company. In 2009, he worked with Leo Abrahams to create the score for the multi-international-award-winning film Hunger. this and his score for the edgy, contemporary coming-of-age film Cherrybomb were nominated for Best Score in the Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 – Hunger subsequently won Best Score.
David’s next score will be for Knockout, the next feature film directed by his long-term collaborator Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas. on the international front, David wrote and produced the music for two of the Apple iPhone ads, the first featuring Robert Downey Jr and directed by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) and more recently the 3GS Ad Break In (HQ).
Get in the groove with David recorded live at Oxegen 2009, Punchestown, Ireland, for Red Bull Music Academy Radio:
The Dogs Are Parading: The Best Of David Holmes
The B-Boys Of Belfast – Red Bull BC one Qualifyer 2011 Fireside Chat With mark Ronson
Film and Cinema on RedBull.com