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Junkie XL

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Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands (1997 – present)

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 founded the 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 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)
* Future in Computer Hell (Part 2) (featured on Sasha’s Global Underground 013: Ibiza)
* A Little Less Conversation (remix of Elvis Presley’s original)
* Zerotonine (featured on Dave Seaman’s Global Underground 016: Cape Town)
* Beauty Never Fades (feat. Saffron of Republica, featured in a promotional video of the game EvE-Online)
* Breezer (with Sasha, featured on Deep Dish’s Global Underground 025: Toronto)
* Obsession (with DJ Tiësto)
* Feuer Frei! (Rammstein vs. Junkie XL Remix) (B-side on Rammstein’s Feuer frei! single)
* Crusher (feat. Saffron of Republica) - Theme song of Quantum Redshift
* Outrageous (JXL Remix) on the Limited Edition of Britney SpearsGreatest Hits: My Prerogative Album with the Bonus Remix CD.

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