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Holmes thoughts from abroad
Preparing to DJ on the same bill as Paul Weller at the forthcoming Sea Sessions, David Holmes chews the fat with Paul Nolan.
Paul Nolan, 18 May 2010
The DJ set from Belfast groove master David Holmes is sure to be one of the highlights of the Sea Sessions in Bundoran. I can’t help but wonder if, jock duties completed, Holmes might at some point try out some surfing?
“Have you seen my wave flying recently?!” he chuckles down the line from LA, where he’s overseeing mixing on the new album by Belfast band Cashier No. 9, as well as meeting with director Steven Soderbergh to discuss the soundtrack for his new film, Knockout, which has Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas in its seriously A-List cast.
He might not take to the waves at Bundoran, but given his hectic schedule, will David get a chance to take a break over the summer?
“You know what it’s like,” he replies. “In order to go through the rest of the year without losing your mind, you have to have a holiday. I’m planning to take some time off during the summer. I love Corsica – we went there last year and it was just a fantastic place.”
As well as his date in Bundoran, Holmes is also doing various DJ slots around the country this summer. He says that spinning in clubs still hugely informs the work he does as a producer.
“I still love DJing,” he enthuses. “It’s something that I see as being really important. Sometimes you haven’t got the energy to do it because you’ve been sitting in a darkened room for 12 hours every day, but it’s also really vital for me, because that’s where I come from – it’s what got me into producing. It would be a mistake to say, ‘I’m quitting DJing and I’m just going to continue producing’, because DJing really informs what you do as a producer. There’s a real contact between the music and the audience. It’s very subliminal, but I’ve been doing it long enough to know how influential it is on what I do in the studio.”
Holmes is enthusiastic about once again hooking up with Steven Soderbergh, for whom he previously compiled the soundtrack for Out Of Sight, as well as Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels. Filmed partly in Dublin, Knockout has been described as an experimental, innovative take on the spy genre.