Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  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)