Tyler Bates

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Tyler Bates
Tyler Bates SDCC 2014.jpg
Bates at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2014
Background information
Birth nameTyler Lucas Bates
Born (1965-06-05) June 5, 1965 (age 53)[1]
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1993–present
Associated actsMarilyn Manson

Tyler Bates (born June 5, 1965) is an American musician,[2] music producer, and composer for films, television, and video games.[3] Much of his work is in the action and horror film genres,[4] with films like Dawn of the Dead, 300, Sucker Punch, and John Wick. He has collaborated with directors like Zack Snyder, Rob Zombie, Neil Marshall, William Friedkin, Scott Derrickson, James Gunn, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.[5] With Gunn, he has scored every one of the director's films; including Guardians of the Galaxy, which became one of the highest grossing domestic films of 2014, and its 2017 sequel. In addition, he is also the lead guitarist of the American rock band Marilyn Manson, and produced its albums The Pale Emperor and Heaven Upside Down.[6]


Film scoring[edit]

Bates began his career in the 1990s scoring low-budget films like Tammy and the T-Rex, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, and Denial. His breakthrough into the mainstream arguably came in the early 2000s, when he worked on higher-profile projects like Get Carter, Half Past Dead, and Baadasssss! The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead was significant, as he would maintain long-term collaborations with its director Zack Snyder, and writer James Gunn.

Bates scored four of director Rob Zombie's films, beginning with 2005's The Devil's Rejects. For Zombie's remake of Halloween and its subsequent sequel, Bates adapted John Carpenter's original themes and motifs in order to fit the darker, grittier, and more contemporary atmosphere of the films. It was around 2007 that Bates began working regularly on big-budget, blockbuster films; including 300, Doomsday, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sucker Punch, and Conan the Barbarian. This did not, however, dissuade him from composing scores to smaller, independent films like The Way, Killer Joe, The Sacrament, and Flight 7500.

Bates composed the score for Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Having worked with James Gunn in the past, Bates had a good idea on how Gunn wanted things done[7]. Before any of the cinematography actually started, Gunn had Bates write several themes prior to shooting so the scene could be matched to the music instead of the score being created to fit the scene. This required a fair bit of cooperation between Bates and Gunn in advance since these scores would not only be the final piece, instead of a temporary filler acting as a placeholder, but they also influenced the actual performance of everyone on set. This amount of work and effort required a massive undertaking by both Bates and his team. For 4 months, they clocked upwards of 100-hour work weeks to produce this finished product.[8] After all the work, they had a total of 29 different soundtracks giving a combined total of 64:34 of music.[9] "At least half the cues in the movie have more than 500 tracks of audio," Bates was quoted in an interview with Melinda Newman on HitFix. This was a result of there being orchestral passages that were doubled or tripled, choirs, overdubs, and other instrumentals.

That same year, Bates composed the score to the stylish neo-noir action film John Wick, collaborating with Joel J. Richard and Marilyn Manson. The film proved a surprise critical and financial success, and Bates returned to score its 2017 sequel. He re-teamed with that film's co-director David Leitch to score a spiritual successor, the Cold War-era spy thriller Atomic Blonde.

Video game scoring[edit]

Bates composed the soundtrack for the PlayStation 3 games God of War: Ascension and Army of Two: The 40th Day, as well as the PlayStation 4 game Killzone Shadow Fall. Most recently he composed for the largest first-person shooter app in the world, China’s Crossfire.

Other projects[edit]

In 2014, Bates co-wrote and produced Marilyn Manson's record The Pale Emperor. The album debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, while the single "Deep Six" went on to chart higher than any other single by Marilyn Manson on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart. Bates joined the band in 2015 as the lead guitarist for The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour. The album's song "Cupid Carries a Gun" was used as the opening title music of the TV show Salem, and Bates composed the show's score.[10] In April 2015 he left Marilyn Manson to resume film work.[citation needed]

In October 2015, during a Q&A with Marilyn Manson at the Grammy Museum, Manson announced that he and Tyler were working on new music together again. In 2015 Loudwire listed 'The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles' No. 1 best rock track & Rolling Stone included 'The Pale Emperor' in its Top 50 list of the best albums of 2015. He returned as the lead guitarist during the tour with Slipknot in July 2016. [11] In 2017, they once again joined forces in the studio for the follow-up Heaven Upside Down with a world tour kicking off July 20, in Budapest,[12] playing more than a 100 shows around the world. In January 2018, Tyler decided to return to his studio and work exclusively on film and television.

Tyler composed the song, "Monsters After Dark" for the night Halloween mode of the ride GOTG: Mission Breakout!. And he wrote a theme for his favorite NFL team the Tennessee Titans.


Film score[edit]

Year Film Director(s) Notes
1993 Blue Flame Cassian Elwes Composed with George Andrian
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Stewart Raffill Composed with Jack Conrad and Anthony Riparetti
1995 Deep Down John Travers N/A
Ballistic Kim Bass N/A
Not Like Us Dave Payne N/A
Criminal Hearts Dave Payne N/A
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Stephen T. Kay N/A
1998 Denial Adam Rifkin N/A
Suicide, the Comedy Glen Freyer N/A
1999 Born Bad Jeff Yonis N/A
Thicker than Water Richard Cummings, Jr Composed with Quincy Jones III
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth John Blanchard N/A
Get Carter Stephen Kay Themes by Roy Budd
2001 Kingdom Come Doug McHenry Composed with John E. Rhone
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Sam Weisman N/A
Night at the Golden Eagle Adam Rifkin N/A
2002 Lone Star State of Mind David Semel N/A
Love and a Bullet Ben Ramsey Kantz Composed with Wolfgang Matthes
City of Ghosts Matt Dillon N/A
Half Past Dead Don Michael Paul N/A
2003 Baadasssss! Mario Van Peebles N/A
2004 You Got Served Chris Stokes N/A
Dawn of the Dead Zack Snyder First Collaboration with Zack Snyder
2005 The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie N/A
2006 Slither James Gunn N/A
See No Evil Gregory Dark N/A
300 Zack Snyder Adapted from material by Elliot Goldenthal
Second Collaboration with Zack Synder
2007 Grindhouse Various Composed with Robert Rodriguez, Graeme Revell, Carl Thiel, David Arnold and Nathan Barr
Halloween Rob Zombie Themes by John Carpenter
2008 Doomsday Neil Marshall N/A
Day of the Dead Steve Miner Reused score from Dawn of the Dead
The Day the Earth Stood Still Scott Derrickson N/A
2009 Watchmen Zack Snyder Third Collaboration with Zack Synder
Halloween II Rob Zombie N/A
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Rob Zombie Themes by John Carpenter
2010 Super James Gunn N/A
The Way Emilio Estevez N/A
2011 Sucker Punch Zack Snyder Composed with Marius de Vries
Fourth Collaboration with Zack Snyder
Conan the Barbarian Marcus Nispel Additional Music By Dieter Hartmann and Timothy Williams
Killer Joe William Friedkin N/A
The Darkest Hour Chris Gorak N/A
2013 Movie 43 Various Composed with Christophe Beck, David J. Hodge, Leo Birenberg and William Goodrum
The Sacrament Ti West N/A
2014 Not Safe for Work Joe Johnston N/A
Flight 7500 Takashi Shimizu N/A
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn Additional Music By Dieter Hartmann and Timothy Williams
John Wick Chad Stahelski
David Leitch
Composed with Joel J. Richard and Marilyn Manson
2016 The Belko Experiment Greg McLean N/A
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Chad Stahelski Composed With Joel J. Richard
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn N/A
Atomic Blonde David Leitch N/A
2018 Deadpool 2 N/A
The Spy Who Dumped Me Susanna Fogel N/A
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Chad Stahelski Composed with Joel J. Richard

TV show soundtracks[edit]

Video games soundtracks[edit]

Own work[edit]

with Marilyn Manson[edit]


  1. ^ "familysearch.org". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Tyler Bates Biography". www.tylerbates.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  3. ^ "Famed Composer Tyler Bates to Score ARMY OF TWO: THE 40TH DAY". Leisure and Travel Week  – via Highbeam (subscription required). October 31, 2009. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Work Credits". www.tylerbates.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  5. ^ "Work Credits". www.tylerbates.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  6. ^ "Tyler Bates Biography". www.tylerbates.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  7. ^ "Tyler Bates Discusses making the Deadpool 2 soundtrack". Film Industry Network. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ Hitfix
  9. ^ Filmmusicreporter.com
  10. ^ Marilyn Manson Streams “Cupid Carries A Gun”
  11. ^ Interview with Tyler Bates
  12. ^ "Tyler Bates Biography". tylerbates.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.

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