In his highly popular Youtube video series Studio Time With Junkie XL, the Grammy-nominated film composer also known as Tom Holkenborg takes you behind the scenes of his work for some of Hollywood’s most popular movies in recent times.
Junkie XL, who composed film scores for Hollywood blockbusters like Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Mortal Engines, or most recently Peter Jackson’s Zack Synder’s Justice League & Godzilla vs. Kong, shares his secrets on workflow and how his soundtracks came to life. Spanning almost 50 episodes and 25 hours of video material to this day, Studio Time With Junkie XL has already become an encyclopedia of cinematic composing advice.
In the various episodes, Tom Holkenborg takes you to his studio, a creative sound lab full of vintage analog gear and rare instruments, to show you his working practices. The studio’s centerpiece is Holkenborg’s multi-computer composition rig he uses to craft his film scores.
Junkie XL is known for his use of extensive sampling techniques and extraordinary sound design, combining samples, analog synths, heavy rock guitars, and traditional pacific percussion with huge live orchestras. In his free Studio Time With Junkie XL series, he shares his personal workflow, gives tips on cinematic music production, and also valuable career advice. You’ll also learn how to make a great Spaghetti Carbonara, so what are you waiting for?
STUDIO TIME – SEASON 4
Starting on March 18th, Studio Time Season 4 features over 4 hours of new, in-depth tutorials and practical demonstrations, including topics such as maximizing value from a budget studio setup, hardware & DAW connectivity, Tom’s favorite synth plug-ins, and insert effects, as well as dedicated sound design classes.
Tom will also answer viewer-submitted questions and tutorial requests, show you around his new streamlined studio set-up, and provide detailed breakdowns on the key themes of Justice League and Godzilla vs Kong.
For his most recent soundtracks, Tom managed to even implement a 13-foot bass guitar amp and a 7-foot custom-built bass drum. Hopefully, we will get to see those crazy pieces of equipment in his upcoming Studio Time season, too!
STUDIO TIME – SEASON 3
Tom Holkenborg recently released the third season of Studio Time With Junkie XL, in which he shines a light on his compositional work for Mortal Engines, a movie set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities roam the land on wheels, consuming each other to survive. He also lifts the veil on his freshly updated, 2000-instruments composing template and gives a track-by-track overview spanning multiple episodes. You can watch the whole season 3 of Studio Time With Junkie XL below:
STUDIO TIME – SEASON 2
Season 2 of Studio Time With Junkie XL is centered around the composer’s huge array of rare and vintage analog synthesizers and samplers. Across 22 episodes, you’ll learn about modular and analog synthesis, the joy and dread of using analog samplers, how to create lush, cinematic ambiences using guitar effects pedals and much more. Some of the movie soundtracks discussed include Brimstone, Mad Max: Fury Road and Batman V Superman. Watch out for the special “Kitchen Time” episode to learn how to cook a magnificent Spaghetti Carbonara!
STUDIO TIME – SEASON 1
Studio Time With Junkie XL season 1 is all about the creation of Tom Holkenborg’s incredibly intense soundtrack for the equally intense movie Mad Max: Fury Road. Over 11 episodes, you’ll learn how JXL crafted all the powerful string, drum, electric guitar and big action percussion sounds for the score and also gives insights to his complex composition template. Season 1 also includes a collection of side-episodes calles Gear Of The Week” in which Tom talks about his favorite pieces of hardware synths, samplers and drum machines.