When you’ve had a career as long and illustrious as Cliff Martinez, people come to know you for different things. Some people know Cliff as ‘that guy who used to be in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’, others know him as ‘that guy who does the awesome and experimental scores for Steven Soderbergh’s movies‘, and to the younger generation Cliff is ‘that pioneering electronic artist who did Drive‘.
To us, Cliff is a bonafide icon of film culture, and a musical hero to boot. To say that Cliff has made a massive impression on the cinematic landscape is an understatement. His work over the years, from Sex, Lies and Videotape and Solaris right through to Only God Forgives, Spring Breakers, and most recently The Neon Demon, (by way of video game scores including the excellent Far Cry 4) have revolutionised the way we perceive what film music can be. He is a staunch advocate for utilising musical software, and in fact has stated for his Neon Demon score, he used exclusively out of the box gear for his composition and recording sessions. He is, in short, a rule breaker, and a bloody good one at that.
So we come to Sunday 18th June 2016, just a week away from the UK release of Cliff’s score for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. As part of the promotional junket for the movie we were very fortunate to have a chat with Cliff about not just his latest collaboration with Winding Refn, but his career to date, and what makes his process so unique.
You can also find out Cliff’s picks for the best scores of all time, and check out which three of his own cues he considers the best. So grab your headphones and crank ’em up. Enjoy!
You can pick up a copy of The Neon Demon soundtrack HERE
Thanks again to Cliff for being so generous with his time, and for being an all round top bloke!