The Amsterdam based live-act Junkie XL started in 1995 and debuted in 1997 with their album Saturday Teenage Kick. Actually, Junkie XL is not a real band, but more a one-man-show by Tom Holkenborg, born on December 8th 1967 in Lichtenvoorde (The Netherlands). Junkie XL's music is a mix of rock and big beats, often compared with the sound of The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. The power of this music is absolutely best expressed in a live performance. Junkie XL is one of the first bands that plays modern electronic music and combines it with a good live show.Junkie XL's music is a mixture of styles; alternative dance with a rock-attitude. The real Junkie XL-feel is probably in Saturday Teenage Kick: an uptempo hip-hop beat with a groovy guitar and Rudeboy behind the mic.
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 electronic music artists, including Sander Kleinenberg, DJ Tiësto and Sasha.
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Tom Holkenborg (born December 8, 1967), better known as Junkie XL, is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer. He uses the name JXL in cases where the term "Junkie" might cause offense. Says Holkenborg of his name, "I called myself Junkie XL from the point of view that once you're completely overworked, you never want to go there again. The "XL' stands for expanding limits; broadening up your vision."