Now Reading
Nialler9 Podcast: David Holmes on making his 1997 classic album Let’s Get Killed

Nialler9 Podcast: David Holmes on making his 1997 classic album Let’s Get Killed


In 1996, the Belfast DJ and producer David Holmes travelled to New York to make a record. While hanging out in the Lower East Side and Alphabet City, Holmes and some pals, armed with a DAT recorder, dropped some acid and wandered around the city recording people for his upcoming LP.

A year later, that album, a classic record – 1997’s Let’s Get Killed was released, which imbued a cinematic world-building dance record with audio of the characters Holmes met on the New York streets with samples of 7″ records gifted to him by Terri Hooley, of Good Vibrations record shop in his hometown in Northern Ireland.

Holmes would go on to make the cinematic sing as a composer for soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh that includes Out of Sight, the Ocean’s Trilogy of films, alongside soundtracks for TV shows The Fall and Killing Eve. Holmes has never stopped DJing or creating, whether it’s the four albums he’s made with Unloved or producing a Noel Gallagher album.

This podcast is the story of how Let’s Get Killed bridges New York and Belfast in David Holmes’ own words, in conversation with Nialler9, along with some chat about the art and organisation of DJing and news of an upcoming dance-focused David Holmes album.

This conversation takes place ahead of the INY x Guinness Storehouse event on Sunday March 19th where David Holmes will be doing a public conversation with John Kelly about the record, and DJing alongside his old pal Billy Scurry.

We’ve some tickets to the sold out event on Insta.

Listen to the episode below or subscribe in your favourite podcast app:

Listen on Apple | Android | ACAST | Pocketcasts | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed

* Support Nialler9 on Patreon and join our Discord community

Show notes

Subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon.

Previous podcast episodes

Hey, before you go...

Nialler9 has been covering new music, new artists and gigs for the last 18 years. If you like the article you just read, and want us to publish more just like it, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

What you get as thanks in return...

  • A weekly Spotify playlist only for patrons.
  • Access to our private Nialler9 Discord community
  • Ad-free and bonus podcast episodes.
  • Guestlist & discounts to Nialler9 & Lumo Club events.
  • Themed playlists only for subscribers.
  • Your support enables us to continue to publish articles like this one, make podcasts and provide recommendations and news to our readers.
Become a patron at Patreon!