Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
Go Think Big
Helping young people achieve their career dreams
Interview

RELATED INTERVIEWS
More Interviews

RELATED REVIEWS
Out Of Sight
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

David Holmes On The Making Of Out Of Sight
'I watched the film... the music was all over the shop'

submit to reddit

David Holmes On The Making Of Out Of Sight


The phonecall about Out Of Sight came when I was driving down Sunset Strip. It was like something out of a movie. I'd never even been to LA before - I happened to be there for a gig - but it was the head of music at Jersey Films, Anita Camarata, on the line, asking was I was interested? They didn't even know I'd scored films before, they just really liked my album Let's Get Killed. So we met in a hotel room and she told me they were working with Steven Soderbergh and that "he did sex, lies, and videotape". I was like, "I know!" So they put me up in this suite at the top of the Universal Hilton and I got the full-on Hollywood experience. I was picked up by limo, driven to the airport and got on a private jet with Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. This whole world was so new to me that I was just trying to keep it together.

I watched the film, which was overwhelming because the music was all over the shop. But there were certain key tracks that stood out for me: It's Your Thing and Fight The Power by The Isley Brothers, Spanish Grease by Willie Bobo, One Note Samba by Walter Wanderley and Ain't That A Kick In The Head by Dean Martin. There was a bunch of great music in there that worked together in this weird way, so my pitch to Steven was to look at the instrumentation of this music and from that create a score from what we already had. So the Rip Rip theme is heavily inspired by The Isley Brothers and the love theme was inspired Portishead's Roads. They asked me to demo, so I got my team together in my home studio in Belfast and we just jumped into it, trying to get a continuity that wasn't there before while remaining really true to this great library of source music.

With that and Steven's blasé approach to experimentation - which is one of the reasons why he's so amazing - it was just really fun and easy. Me and the players lived in the Sunset Marquis, the studio was in the basement of the hotel, where we did Ocean's Twelve too, and the bar was upstairs so there were a few parties. I was in my mid-20s in this city I'd never been to before, working on this really cool film and had been given a license to make great music. That's lost in Hollywood these days, where it's all become kinda predictable.

The Greatest Movie Soundtracks - Empire's Music Celebration

Interview by Phil de Semlyen

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Empire Podcast #133: Robert Duvall, Anna Faris And James Marsden Interviews
Plus the team discuss the latest news on the upcoming DC and Marvel movies

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Movie Poster Mashups: Sean Bean Edition
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be appalled at the punning...

Your Introductory Guide To That DC Movie Slate
Suicide Squad? Cyborg? Aquaman? We explain who’s who in the DC Universe

Video Interviews: Megan Fox And Will Arnett Talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Plus the director and producers on the tone of their new turtle flick

Captain America 3, Iron Man And Civil War: Where Next For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What to make of today's Marvel news

Interactive Gallery: Explore Iconic Movie Spacesuits
Explore the fabric of space-time

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)