David Holmes

David Holmes is a Belfast born DJ & producer. In his varied professional life, he has produced five of his own albums and over 20 film soundtracks.

David’s first solo record, This Film’s Crap, Let’s Slash the Seats was released in 1995; two years later came Let’s Get Killed; and 2000’s Bow Down to the Exit Sign was created as the soundtrack to a not-yet-made movie. David staked out new creative ground as part of the band, Free Association and in 2003 David Holmes Presents the Free Association was released. His last solo album, The Holy Pictures (2008) was nominated for the Irish Choice Music Prize and the Meteor Awards. David’s album The Dogs Are Parading followed and was a ‘best of’ that took us on a journey through one of the most creative and musically cinematic minds of the last two decades.

In recent years, David’s work for film has flourished. His successful partnership with director Steven Soderbergh was developed on films Out of Sight (1998), Ocean’s 11 (2001) and its sequels, and the film Haywire. David also created the acclaimed soundtracks for Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Five Minutes of Heaven, and Yann Demange’s ’71 for which David won an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Score’ in 2015. Collaborating with Leo Abrahams David created the score for the award-winning Steve McQueen film Hunger (Best Score in the Irish Film and Television Awards 2009).

David also founded Canderblinks Films in Belfast with lifelong friends Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn who also directed its first feature, Good Vibrations (2013), about Terri Hooley, Belfast’s punk godfather, and the Good Vibrations record shop. It won numerous awards and was nominated for many more.

The BBC series The Fall starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan is now in it’s 3rd season, all three series scored by David. Also for the BBC, David’s score to series ‘London Spy’ won an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Score’ in 2016. In 2015 he made his directorial debut with his short entitled ‘I Am Here’.