Some of the hippest movie music in memory hits theaters tomorrow with the opening of "Out of Sight," the offbeat caper flick starring "ER" heartthrob George Clooney and former Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez. David Holmes, the Irish DJ who was named to EW's "It List" of the 100 most creative people in entertainment, was originally hired to write just a few sections of the movie's theme music. But, says director Steven Soderbergh, "we liked what he did so much that we ended up having him do the whole thing."
Holmes, 29, crashed through six weeks of 12- to 17-hour days to finish the project, which is based on an Elmore Leonard novel. "This is a cool, streetwise movie, not like 'Godzilla' or 'Armageddon' or any of those silly f---ing blockbusters," Holmes told EW Online. "The music had to be 100% sussed and unclichéd." Holmes dug into his DJ bag and pulled out various influences, including movie-theme king Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, latin grooves, Dean Martin, '60s soul, Miles Davis, dirty funk, Sun Ra, and Willie Bobo. "What they have in common is they're all types of music that make your hips swing."
With "Out of Sight" done, Holmes will take a break from movies to concentrate on his next album, a follow-up to 1997's "Let's Get Killed" (which EW named one of the top 10 albums of the year). But the globe-trotting DJ says he'll go back to scoring films before long: "The hardest thing about getting into soundtracks is winning people's confidence. There's not a lot of people in Hollywood who'll take a gamble and give some f---ing kid from Belfast a chance to score a $50 million movie, so I'm a happy boy."