Big Score: Fincher Plucks Obscure Jason Hill as ‘Mindhunter’ Composer

Jason Hill and his band, all in black except for Jason's red tie.

Newcomer Jason Hill (front) landed a plum assignment, composing music for David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter.

Unknown yesterday, Jason Hill has landed in the Hollywood music mix with a bang, landing composer duties on David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter, premiering Oct. 13. Multi-instrumentalist Hill has spent the past 15 years kicking around the rock scene, performing with members of The Killers and The New York Dolls in various configurations, led his own band, Louis XIV, and was also in Vicky Cryer.

Fincher famously helped segue rocker Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails into a career as a composer, signing him to provide the score for 2010’s The Social Network, which resulted in a music Oscar and two more collaborations: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (2011) and Gone Girl (2014).  Of course by 2010 Nine Inch Nails had sold millions of albums. Even then the choice was seen as unconventional and somewhat risky. Reznor had tried to score a film 10 years earlier and failed; the score was scrapped. Clearly that did not daunt this particular auteur. As one observer put it, “You know David Fincher, when he likes something he has the balls to go for it.”

Vicky Cryer, featuring Hill on guitar and vocals, as well as players from Muse and rates its own MuseWiki page, where it is somewhat hyperbolically described as a “supergroup.” His other venture, Louis XIV, was couched by one blogger as a “controversial San Diego-based rock quartet that was censored by Wal-Mart, banned in Alabama,” which sounds so very “Fincher.” The director hasn’t shied away from controversy with such films as Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) and Zodiac (2007).

Hill provided some uncredited work on Gone Girl, earning a “Producers wish to thank.” Well, the director, for one, is thanking him. Hill has been performing various sound and music chores on film and TV projects around town as he sought to break into the scoring world, earning a reputation as a hard worker with high standards and no hint of rock star ‘tude.

And he might be entitled to a bit of that. With Louis XIV, Hill had a song crack the Billboard Top 200, : “Finding out True Love is Blind.”  The band toured with the Killers in 2006, and opened for David Bowie in 2007. Louis XIV released three albums, the first recorded in a basement in Paris earned a cult following in 2003, followed by two issued through Atlantic Records, in 2005 and 2007.

Fincher’s Panic Pictures is one of the creators of Netflix’s House of Cards, for which he is an executive producer. House of Cards features music composed by Jeff Beal, who this year received his fifth Emmy nomination for his work on the show.

Mindhunter is a drama series that explores the minds of serial killers, as see through the perspective of FBI agents. Fincher is executive producing and directing a few season one episodes. Hill is already reportedly busy at work scoring at his Hollywood studio. Hel is signed to Universal Music Publishing Group and is represented by Watchdog Management. Neither Hill nor Netflix responded to inquiries about music for the show.

 

 

2 Responses to "Big Score: Fincher Plucks Obscure Jason Hill as ‘Mindhunter’ Composer"

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  2. Robert Bodley  October 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Vicky Cryer is one of the greatest albums of all time
    Saw the Troubadour concert…one of the greatest concerts of all time. And I’ve seen everyone.

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