The Amsterdam based live-act Junkie XL started in 1995 and debuted in 1997 with their album Saturday Teenage Kick. Actually, Junkie XL is not a real band, but more a one-man-show by Tom Holkenborg, born on December 8th 1967 in Lichtenvoorde (The Netherlands). Junkie XL's music is a mix of rock and big beats, often compared with the sound of The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. The power of this music is absolutely best expressed in a live performance. Junkie XL is one of the first bands that plays modern electronic music and combines it with a good live show.Junkie XL's music is a mixture of styles; alternative dance with a rock-attitude. The real Junkie XL-feel is probably in Saturday Teenage Kick: an uptempo hip-hop beat with a groovy guitar and Rudeboy behind the mic.
Junkie XL (also known as JXL) is musician Tom Holkenborg, born in Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands on 8 December 1967. After producing and touring with the Dutch group Weekend at Waikiki, together with Phil Mills he has founded industrial band Nerve and released 2 albums (1993 and 1995). After he and Chris Hinze under name A Forest called MULU recorded trip-hop/ambient album and began writing his own tracks as Junkie XL in 1997. He has worked with many electronic music artists, including Sander Kleinenberg, DJ Tiësto and Sasha.
In 2002 he left The Netherlands to live and work in the United States where he works on soundtracks for movies and computer games.
He uses the name "JXL" in those cases where the term Junkie might cause offense.
Some of his better-known songs include:
* Today (the title track from his 2006 release Today)
* Action Radius (the track from the game Need for Speed: Underground)
He has produced a remixed version of The Sims theme music for the computer game The Sims 2: Nightlife as well as the entire soundtrack for the Xbox racing game Forza Motorsport. He has also provided music for the films Kingdom of Heaven, Domino and DOA: Dead or Alive. His song Today was featured as one of Burnout Legends' EA Trax, apparently before the album was released. He has also produced a remix of the Destroy All Humans! theme which can be heard on the credits or on the soundtrack.
There are also 2 remixes by Junkie XL on the Need for Speed: Carbon soundtrack. He composed the entire SSX: Blur soundtrack.
While JXL is considered to be an electronic music artist, he is surprisingly connected to the heavy metal culture: apart from providing remixes to both Fear Factory and Rammstein, he is signed to metal-label Roadrunner Records and has appeared on Roadrunner United.
Tom Holkenborg (born December 8, 1967 in Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands), better known Junkie XL or JXL, is a Dutch musician. He uses the name JXL in cases where the term "Junkie" might cause offense. XL is for "Xpanding Limits".