Established in March 2002, HotHouse Music was founded by Becky Bentham and Karen Elliott, who each brought with them a decade of working with composers and creating soundtracks for film and television. Under their leadership, the name HotHouse Music has become synonymous with many of the biggest names in moving image, accumulating multiple awards and nominations along the way (Grammys, Czech Lion, Guild of Music Supervisors, Winners of the WFTV Eon Productions Business Award) for their work on Academy Award and BAFTA-winning titles.
The present team pay tribute to the HotHouse Music staff alumni who have gone on to flourish across the music industry and without whom HotHouse Music would not hold its reputable standing in music supervision today. Developing music supervision talent continues to be a core value of HotHouse Music.
Throughout the last two decades the portfolio of internationally acclaimed films has been diverse while holding mass appeal, such as Eurovision, The Two Popes, The Hobbit, Les Miserables and Bohemian Rhapsody. These films are complemented by the partnering of dedicated and renowned composers including Hal Lindes, Michael Price, Nitin Sawhney, James Brett, John Keane and Rick Wentworth. These successes have included the full range of services offered by HotHouse Music.
HotHouse Music turns 20 under the direction of the recently appointed Managing Director, Lynden Campbell (previously Domino Recording and Publishing Companies Ltd, EMI Records). Continuing the exceptional level of service associated with HotHouse Music, Lynden introduces an exciting new roster of talent as well as the launch of an innovative new conference, events and training offering - Spatial S°und.
HotHouse Music remains the home of film music providing original scores and soundtracks for film and television of the highest calibre. HotHouse Music now offer additional support as the sonic project managers of 21st century audio-visual challenges, with music licensing and supervision to producers and directors across gaming, immersive interactive entertainment and live-streamed events.
Get in touch with the HotHouse Music team to discuss your creative needs for an award-winning soundtrack.
Meet The Team
After two decades in the music industry, Lynden has established herself as a music futurist ready to embrace complex and strategic licensing problems. Having already curated panels on the future of blockchain and live-streaming, in 2021 Lynden coined the phrase ‘ethical tagging’ pioneering the ethics of music search in order to achieve accurate, award-winning and cost effective results for her clients.
Lynden began her career at EMI Records licensing music from across the EMI, Virgin and Mute roster including artists such as Kate Bush, Queen, Nick Cave and the Beach Boys. She also worked proactively on campaigns such as Cadbury’s Gorilla, Audi (Michel Gondry) and Vodafone, as well as and HotHouse Music supervised films such as Children of Men. In 2009, Lynden joined both the Domino Recording and Publishing companies to establish a brand new, proactive synchronisation service outside the USA. With revered artists such as Jon Hopkins, Mica Levi and My Bloody Valentine in her remit, and campaigns for Bacardi, Honda and Fendi, among many others.
Lynden continues to wholeheartedly embrace the challenge of persuading media partners to value independent music whilst being able to maintain artist integrity. Lynden is known for sharing her understanding of new technologies in VR, Gaming and immersive sound launching the ongoing initiative – Spatial Sound in 2021. Whilst best known for strategic licensing for commercial songs, Lynden is driven by her passion for great music in film having managed many bespoke projects over the years across film, TV, advertising and gaming. Score work includes Jon Hopkins ‘Monsters’ (2010 dir. Gareth Edwards), Bill Ryder-Jones ‘Piggy’ (2012 dir. Kieron Hawkes, starring Martin Compston and Paul Anderson), Luke Abbott ‘the Goob’ (2014 dir. Guy Myhill), Anna Calvi ‘Peaky Blinders S5 (dir. Anthony Byrne), Anna Calvi ‘The Souvenir Parts I and II (2019 dir. Joanna Hogg), Julia Holter ‘Pure’ (Channel 4 TV show), Nathan Micay ‘Industry’ (2020 Dir. Ed Lilly) as well as major brand commercials including Nissan, Nespresso, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
After many years of educational side-projects and hacks within fashion, gaming and music therapy, Lynden is now proud to launch her new tenure of HotHouse Music by recruiting pioneering composers such as Chipzel and supporting the independent gaming community by sponsoring the TIGA 2021 games awards.
Ilona Cheshire has an exceptional knowledge of film and music with extensive experience in both industries, across the UK and USA, in a career spanning more than 20 years. Ilona specialises in creative music supervision for films, television and commercials; from scripts in development or pre-production, through production to post. She excels in producing aural accompaniments to moving image that complement and accentuate a narrative or message to budget.
Career highlights include supervising award-winning films such as The Souvenir, Parts I and II (2019, Joanna Hogg), which included securing Anna Calvi to participate, and the HBO TV series Vinyl (2015, Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter). Working in New York for the latter featured casting, directing performances, recording with luminaries of music including Blue Oyster Cult, Elvis Costello and Haim and working with leading directors across all episodes. She has also provided consultancy for the Oscar-winning feature film The Wolf of Wall Street (2012, Martin Scorsese), short films and major brand commercials such as Levi’s, Ford and Bacardi.
Ilona’s passion for music supervision is rooted in a childhood of watching films, fixating on soundtracks and building an eclectic record collection spanning many decades. This was put to good use when she became the first woman to work in the legendary Rough Trade Shop, in London’s Covent Garden, as a teenager and while studying for a degree in film.
Since then she has developed extensive experience in both of these industries. Ilona has worked across film exhibition and distribution, with a focus on independent, world and repertory cinema for organisations such as the BFI, Pathé, the ICA and Artificial Eye. She has developed long-established relationships with creatives in film production, while also maintaining a deep-rooted commitment to music – and now brings this passion, flair and dedication to HotHouse Music.
Aria joined HotHouse Music as part of her placement program at the University of Surrey but quickly earned a full-time position at the company. During her time at HotHouse she has worked on numerous film productions including Emma, Eurovision, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Cats and Belfast as assistant music supervisor to Becky Bentham. During her time on Cats, she had the opportunity to work with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and acted as a PA to the Hollywood music producer Greg Wells. Additionally, she has provided on set assistance for the new Amazon Prime production Cinderella directed by Kay Cannon, staring Camila Cabello. Aria’s expertise has been working with composers like Michael Price, David Arnold and Gabriel Yared on scoring projects including Dracula, Unforgotten, Sister Boniface and The Life Ahead as composer agent and score coordinator. Some of Aria’s recent projects include the upcoming film adaptation of Cyrano with director Joe Wright and composers Bryce and Aaron Dessner, acting as an on-set musicians contractor for Whirlwind (2022) and leading the clearances as music supervisor for the Dubai Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony.