February 5, 1954 |
The Bronx, New York City
|Genres||Film score, punk rock, funk rock, experimental rock, industrial, ambient|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, cristal baschet, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dickies, Captain Beefheart, Lydia Lunch, The Weirdos|
Cliff Martinez (born February 5, 1954) is an American film score composer and former drummer known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefheart. Martinez's film scores include Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic.
Cliff Martinez was born in the Bronx, New York. Raised in Columbus, Ohio, his first job composing was for the popular television show Pee Wee's Playhouse. At the time, however, he was more interested in rock bands, and played drums in a variety of them, mostly in a temporary capacity.
Red Hot Chili Peppers (1983-1986)
After several years drumming for such acts as Captain Beefheart, The Dickies, Lydia Lunch and The Weirdos, in late 1983, he and Jack Sherman were drafted in to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the recording of their eponymous first album after Jack Irons and Hillel Slovak left the band to concentrate on their other project at the time, What Is This? Eventually, tensions between Sherman and his fellow band members culminated in Sherman being fired and Slovak returning for the second album, Freaky Styley. Irons however, was still committed to What Is This?, so Martinez again played on the recording of Freaky Styley and its subsequent tour. During the recording of demos for the third album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, the rest of the band felt that the drummer's 'heart was no longer in the band', but as he wouldn't quit Anthony Kiedis and Flea fired him, and Irons returned.
In 2012 Martinez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Martinez performed with the band for the first time in 26 years when he joined them along with former drummer Jack Irons on their song, "Give it Away" during the ceremony.
Eventually, Martinez' interests shifted and he focused his attention toward film scoring. His first soundtrack was for the film Sex, Lies, and Videotape, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh would later call on Martinez to produce soundtracks for a number of his films, notably Traffic in 2000 and the 2002 adaptation of Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. In 2011 they worked together for the first time in almost ten years, as Martinez composed the score for Soderbergh's Contagion.
Video game composing
Martinez composed the main menu Galaxy theme track for the Spore video game released in 2008. Being more than 16 minutes long it might be Martinez's longest released composition. “Solar System” (13 mins.), Timeline (6 mins.) and a few other tracks on Spore—perhaps Late Anthropocene (7 mins.), Religious Vehicle Editor (7.30 mins.), and Sporepedia (10.40 mins.)—might also be the work of Martinez rather than of Brian Eno.
- Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
- Pump Up the Volume (1990)
- Kafka (1991)
- Black Magic (1992)
- King of the Hill (1993)
- Underneath (1995)
- Gray's Anatomy (1996)
- Schizopolis (1996)(Uncredited)
- Wicked (1998)
- The Limey (1999)
- Traffic (2000)
- Narc (2002)
- Solaris (2002)
- Wonderland (2003)
- Wicker Park (2004)
- Havoc (2005)
- First Snow (2006)
- Espion(s) (2009)
- In the Beginning (2009)
- The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
- Drive (2011)
- Contagion (2011)
- Arbitrage (2012)
- The Company You Keep (2012)
- Only God Forgives (2013)
- Spring Breakers (2013)
- Weird World (compilation)
- Ice Cream for Crow (1982)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)
- Freaky Styley (1985)
- The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)
- Did not perform: Co-wrote Walkin' On Down the Road
- The Abbey Road E.P. - (1988)
- What Hits!? - (1992)
- Out in L.A. - (1994)
- Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers - (1998)
- Killer Clowns From Outer Space (1988)
- The Second Coming (1989)
- Locked N' Loaded Live in London (1991)
- Idjit Savant (1994)
- Ezell, Brice (4 September 2013). "Getting Good at Getting Dark: An Interview with Cliff Martinez". PopMatters.
- Romero, Angie (July 22, 2013). "10 Questions With Cliff Martinez". BMI.
- "Composer for Film TV and Multimedia | Official Website". Cliff Martinez. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
- Kiedis & Sloman 2004, pp. 133–134
- Kiedis, Sloman, p. 188
- Official website
- Cliff Martinez on Myspace
- Cliff Martinez at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Cliff Martinez on Headphone Commute (April, 2013)