It’s anything but typical for the realms of film or music ...
Tyler Bates regularly transitions from scoring some of the world’s biggest film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick, to rocking massive audiences with Marilyn Manson and back to the studio again writing and producing. The musical voice of this highly sought-after composer, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer can be heard in every corner of pop culture — from video games to the Disney California Adventure attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!
In 2004, he made waves by creating the menacing audio backdrop for the popular Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead reboot followed by his soundtrack for the filmmaker’s 300, which remains one of the 21st century’s biggest-selling score albums. His oeuvre expanded to include Watchmen and Sucker Punch both helmed by Snyder, several collaborations with Rob Zombie — including The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, and Halloween II — and Killer Joe directed by Academy Award® winner William Friedkin. Beyond composing for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & Vol 2., he produced a fan favorite “disco version” of his “Guardians of the Galaxy” main theme, titled “Guardians Inferno,” co-written with director and long-time collaborator, James Gunn [feat. David Hasselhoff] and performed the second installment’s score at the 2017 MOSMA Festival in Spain.
John Wick: Chapter 2 represents the nexus of his work as a composer, performer, and songwriter. He penned the closing credits tune “A Job To Do” alongside legendary Alice In Chains guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and performed on-screen during the climactic “Rock Opera” sequence. Elsewhere, his sonic presence reverberates throughout Showtime’s Californication, Audience Network’s Kingdom, WGN America’s Salem, and more as well as video games such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, God of War: Ascension, Army of Two 40th Day, and China’s massive Crossfire. He also wrote the theme for his favorite NFL team the Tennessee Titans, and performed the “Star-Spangled Banner” solo in the rain during a 2015 game.
Bates co-wrote and produced Manson’s 2015 epic, The Pale Emperor. A runaway success, it crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 at #6 and earned widespread critical acclaim with Rolling Stone hailing it as the “#1 Metal Album of 2015.” As the band’s lead guitarist, he dedicated over a year to touring in support of the album on the headline Hell Not Hallelujah Tour, an arena run with Slipknot, and various festivals worldwide. In 2017, he once again joined forces in the studio with Manson on the follow-up Heaven Upside Down and returns to the road for a string of high-profile touring.
In 2017, he scored the blockbuster Atomic Blonde, starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron in addition to producing Health’s cover of “Blue Monday” and re-invigorating Ministry’s “Stigmata” with Manson, for two of the film’s key sequences. Bates’ voice also permeates NETFLIX’s upcoming The Punisher. With several exciting projects slated for 2018 including Deadpool 2, The Spy Who Dumped Me & the return of The Punisher for Season 2 — Tyler Bates will undoubtedly continue to redefine what a composer is.