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Cliff Martinez

Biography

A normal collaborator of Academy Award-winning movie director Steven Soderbergh, Cliff Martinez is among the most successful music artists to get made the changeover from rock superstar to film composer. Blessed within the Bronx, NY in 1954 but elevated in Columbus, Ohio, he transferred to California simply because the punk motion was gathering speed in 1976. After drumming for famous brands Captain Beefheart, Lydia Lunchtime, as well as the Dickies, he was recruited with the Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers to displace Jack port Irons, who alongside Hillel Slovak, acquired left to focus on WHAT’S This? Martinez performed on both their 1984 debut and 1985 follow-up, Freaky Styley, but through the saving periods for 1987’s The Uplift Mofo Party Program, he was terminated by Anthony Kiedis and Flea, who sensed his center was no more in the music group. Switching his concentrate to Television/film function, his first composing work on kid’s present Pee Wee’s Playhouse enticed the eye of Soderbergh, who asked him to rating the 1989 indie Sex, Lays & Videotape, and afterwards 2000’s Oscar-winning Visitors (that Martinez received a Grammy nomination), 2002’s remake of Solaris, and 2011’s trojan drama Contagion. Various other credits consist of 1990’s INCREASE the quantity, 2004’s Wicker Recreation area, 2013’s THE BUSINESS YOU RETAIN, the gaming Spore, and many Television shows including multiple periods from the Soderbergh-directed series The Knick. Probably, his most well-received function originated from his vintage synth pop soundtrack for the 2011 Ryan Gosling actions film Drive.

Quick Facts


Full Name Cliff Martinez
Date Of Birth February 5, 1954
Profession Drummer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Awards Robert Award for Best Score, BAFTA Games Award for Music
Music Songs Wanna Fight, Rubber Head, Son of Placenta Previa, Are We Having a Party
Albums Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), The Neon Demon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), The Knick, Solaris, Only God Forgives, Narc, Traffic, Freaky Styley, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Knick Season 2 (Original Series Soundtrack), Far Cry 4: Original Game Soundtrack, My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Contagion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Company You Keep, Wicker Park, Espion(s), The Lincoln Lawyer, A l'origine (Bande originale du film), Arbitrage, Severe Clear Soundtrack (Music from the Motion Picture), The Underneath, Only God Forgives (Bonus Tracks) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - EP, Cliff Martinez at Film Fest Gent (feat. Brussels Philharmornic, Dirk Brossé)
Nominations Cesar Award for Best Original Score, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score, Satellite Award for Best Original Score, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Movies Drive, The Neon Demon, Only God Forgives, Solaris, Contagion, Spring Breakers, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Traffic, War Dogs, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Limey, King of the Hill, The Normal Heart, The Company You Keep, Narc, Pump Up the Volume, Arbitrage, Wicker Park, The Foreigner, Schizopolis, The Underneath, Gray's Anatomy, Kafka, Severe Clear, First Snow, In the Beginning, Havoc, My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, Mea culpa, Wonderland, Stiletto, Vice, Wicked, Rough Night, Game Night, Salesmen, Black Magic


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#Fact
1 Used to play drums for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
2 Frequently composes for Steven Soderbergh.


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Logan 2017 post-production
The Foreigner 2017 post-production
War Dogs 2016
The Neon Demon 2016
The Knick 2014-2015 TV Series 20 episodes
Far Cry 4 2014 Video Game
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn 2014 Documentary
Ménage à trois: 60 jours sur Mea Culpa 2014 Video short
The Normal Heart 2014 TV Movie
Mea culpa 2014
Only God Forgives 2013
Golem 2013/I Short
The Company You Keep 2012
Spring Breakers 2012
Arbitrage 2012
Contagion 2011
Drive 2011/I
The Lincoln Lawyer 2011
À l'origine 2009
Severe Clear 2009 Documentary
Espion(s) 2009 original music composed by
Vice 2008
Stiletto 2008/II
First Snow 2006
Havoc 2005
Wicker Park 2004
Wonderland 2003
Narc: Shooting Up 2003 Video documentary short
Solaris 2002
Narc 2002
Traffic 2000
The Limey 1999
Wicked 1998
Gray's Anatomy 1996
Schizopolis 1996 uncredited
The Underneath 1995
King of the Hill 1993
Black Magic 1992 TV Movie
Kafka 1991
Pump Up the Volume 1990
Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1987 TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
War Dogs 2016 performer: "Fireworks Went Off" / writer: "They Broke His Pelvis", "Fireworks Went Off", "The Last Drive Home", "Forsythia"
The Knick 2014-2015 TV Series writer - 20 episodes
Begierde - Mord im Zeichen des Zen 2015 TV Movie performer: "Take It Off", "More Hands"
Bitter Lake 2015 Documentary "On The Beach", "My Name On A Car", "I Drive"
Only God Forgives 2013 performer: "Can't Forget", "Crystal Checking In", "More Hands", "Sister, Pt. 1", "Take It Off", "Leave My Son in Peace", "Bride of Chang", "Wanna Fight", "Falling In Love", "Ladies Close Your Eyes", "Bride of Chang" Mac Quayle Club Mix / writer: "Only God Forgives", "Ask Him Why He Killed My Brother", "Chang And Sword", "Chang Vision", "Do As Thou Will", "Crystal Checking In", "More Hands", "Take It Off", "Leave My Son in Peace", "Bride of Chang", "Wanna Fight", "Crystal And The Bodybuilders", "
El Chingon Nava 2013 Short performer: "Bride of Deluxe" / writer: "Bride of Deluxe"
The Crash Reel 2013 Documentary performer: "Where's The Deluxe Version, They Broke His Pelvis, My Name On A Car" / writer: "Where's The Deluxe Version, They Broke His Pelvis, My Name On A Car"
Lucky Number Slevin 2006 writer: "In Dreams, Perhaps" - as Martinez
The Fifth Element 1997 performer: Incidental Music / writer: Incidental Music
The Underneath 1995 performer: "The Green Head" / writer: "The Green Head"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Night and the City 1992 writer: "Freaky Styley"
Kafka 1991 writer: "Eddie's Dead Main Title", "Romanian Leave It To Beaver Music: Part One & Two", "Prelude To A Sneeze", "Goodnight Mr. Bizzlebek", "The Abduction", "Allegiance To Something Other Than The Truth", "Burgel Goes To The Toilet", "He Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Miller Time", "Wrong End Of The Microscope", "Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch", "Why Should Today Be Different?", "Let's Hit The Wall End Title"
Thrashin' 1986 writer: "Black Eyed Blonde"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Foreigner 2017 composer: theme music post-production
Artifact 2012 Documentary composer: theme music
Frontline 2012 TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode
À l'origine 2009 music scoring engineer
First Snow 2006 score producer
Wicker Park 2004 score producer
King of the Hill 1993 composer: graduation music
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1987 TV Series composer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Hot Chili Peppers: What Hits?! 1992 Video
Tough Guys 1986 Red Hot Chili Peppers Member

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Timekeepers 2015 Video documentary short photos

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Metro Manila 2013 thanks: Schmooze Paris

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Timekeepers 2015 Video documentary short Himself
IC Places Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Last Call with Carson Daly 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself - Red Hot Chili Peppers / Himself - Accused

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Cannes Soundtrack Award Cannes Film Festival Best Composer The Neon Demon (2016)
2015 BAFTA Games Award BAFTA Awards Best Music Far Cry 4 (2014) · Tony Gronick
· Jerome Angelot
2014 Robert Robert Festival Best Original Score (Årets score) Only God Forgives (2013)
2013 Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award BMI Film & TV Awards
2012 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Original Score Drive (2011)
2012 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora) Drive (2011)
2011 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Use of Music in a Film Drive (2011)
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Score Drive (2011)
2011 IFMCA Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film Drive (2011)
2001 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Traffic (2000)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Series The Knick (2014)
2014 HMMA Award Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) Best Original Score - TV Show/Digital Streaming Series The Knick (2014)
2014 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora) Only God Forgives (2013)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music in a Non-Series The Normal Heart (2014)
2013 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Score Spring Breakers (2012) · Skrillex
2012 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Score Drive (2011)
2012 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Score Contagion (2011)
2012 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Original Score Contagion (2011)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Score Drive (2011)
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Technical Achievement of the Year Drive (2011)
2012 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Soundtrack of the Year Drive (2011)
2012 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Soundtrack Composer of the Year Contagion (2011)
2011 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Original Score Drive (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Score Drive (2011)
2011 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Score Drive (2011)
2010 César César Awards, France Best Music Written for a Film (Meilleure musique écrite pour un film) À l'origine (2009)
2002 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media Traffic (2000)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Score Traffic (2000)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Original Score or Soundtrack Spring Breakers (2012) · Skrillex
2011 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Music Drive (2011)
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Music Drive (2011)


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#Trademark
1 Recurring collaborations with Steven Soderbergh

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