Junkie Xl, aka Tom Holkenborg is already a star in his own right in Holland. In the same way as Moby fails to fall easily into any one category, yet has a distinctive sound which attracts fans from all areas of dance and rock, Junkie XL has his own take on funky-edged dance. His music brings in rap, guitar rock and lo-fi to the mix of techno, trance and bleeped-out electro.
Its a formula that has long caught the ears of some of the UK’ top DJs. Pete Tong cites Junkie XL as his current tip for 2000, and the likes of Sasha, Digweed, Nick Warren and Carl Cox, among others, have been supporting him on import for some time now.
If you have never seen Junkie XL perform live then you havent lived. Seven Magazine managed to experience the magic;
“Tom Holkenborg is alone on stage, jumping and humping his desk, unrolling a vast set of densely packed progressive trance, and the Dutch kids absolutely adore him. Tom’ energy is focused energy – he knows the game on stage, he’ played between The Primals and The Prodigy – and is genuinely transported when he’ up there,controlling the crowd. Like listening to the Chemicals live, you have to surrender yourself to the sound to fully appreciate what’ going on.”