Music composer & Proteiform Artivist adept of immersive experiences
Represented by DNA Music Ltd
Holeg Spies's work transmits a vast rosetta stone facilitating communication between the world of ancient thaumaturgical wisdom and our current network society.
(David d'Heilly - Journalist and curator in Tokyo and New York)
As a composer and music producer, over his three decades of musical exploration, taking him from the beginnings of the techno movement to composing music for films, Holeg Spies is best known for his proteiform immersive concepts, as well as for his film music duo Savage & Spies, which created the soundtracks for the cult classic The Human Centipede, The Outsider with Oscar-winning actor James Caan, Blacksite by the producers of Sicario & John Wick and Abruptio starring Oscar-winner Jordan Peele.
Breaking norms, blurring the lines, and creating an immersive universe of sound for the listener to get lost in, but even more, travel around in.
(Alexis Bernier - Journalist)
Holeg's shape-shifting discography includes releases on Universal, Sony, Polygram, Lakeshore records and numerous indie labels such as Vitalic's Citizen Rec, 3 time Grammy nominee Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto Rec and Grammy-winner, Killing Joke co-founder, Paul McCartney & Pink Floyd's producer Martin 'Youth' Glover's Liquid Sound Design Rec.
Music is not a Genre has been Holeg's mojo since 1993. His various projects introduced the intermixing of musical genres that he is still pursuing today. These unshackled works escape all classification, getting lost in the confines of electronic, industrial rock, symphonic and psychedelic music. Spies will morph through different versions throughout the 2000s and even move into avant-garde audiovisual creations, exhibited not just in the Paris Pompidou Centre, but also in Tokyo, New York and Geneva. This would be Holeg’s first brush with the world of film that would become so important to him.
Holeg is one of the trail-blazing electronic music producer in France. He was part of the very first generation that was won over by techno music in the early 90s at the time he was studying law in Paris La Sorbonne. By 1994, having become one of the DJs hosting the fast-multiplying raves of the time, Holeg joined the French DJ booking pioneer Outsoon alongside major artists such as Jeff Mills and Laurent Garnier, and flew to India to headline the first official techno tour over there.
In Japan in 2001, where he was regularly invited to perform thanks to the British group Juno Reactor (which contributed to the soundtrack of the Matrix film series), Holeg crossed paths with his first filmmaker, the notorious Takashi Miike, for whom he made an audiovisual remix of one of his most famous films, Ichi The Killer. Then one thing led to another. First composing music for the trailer for the remake of The Hitcher, produced by Michael Bay, then the encounter in 2007 with Australian violinist Patrick Savage, first chair of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, with whom he created Savage & Spies, a tandem as complementary as it is creative.
As a writer, Holeg has created The Gateway TV series in pre-production and to be directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), a booklet about the international music and philosophical Goa Trance movment in the 90's (Editions Signal Zero), a virtual reality experience and art installation related to the stakes of our sound-environment (Sacrebleu Productions) and is currently writing an essay related to cave art.
As a painter, Holeg is influenced by traditional primitive art as well as John Pollock's and dripping, mainly using amerindian natural pigments he was offered by the Hopi tribe and water.