Tyler Bates
Tyler Bates SDCC 2014.jpg
Bates at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2014
Background information
Born (1965-06-05) June 5, 1965 (age 57)[1]
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
InstrumentsKeyboards, guitar
Years active1993–present

Tyler Bates (born June 5, 1965)[1] is an American musician,[2] producer, and composer for film, television, and video game scores.[3] Much of his work is in the action and horror film genres,[4] with films like Dawn of the Dead, 300, Sucker Punch, Halloween I and II, and the John Wick franchise. He has collaborated with directors like Zack Snyder, Rob Zombie, Neil Marshall, William Friedkin, Scott Derrickson, James Gunn, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.[4] In addition, he is also the former lead guitarist of the American rock band Marilyn Manson, and produced its albums The Pale Emperor and Heaven Upside Down.[2]


Early life and film scoring

Bates was born on June 5, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in Chicago, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue a career in music.[1] He began his career in the 1990s scoring low-budget films like Tammy and the T-Rex, The Last Time I Committed Suicide, and Denial. In the meantime, he was a member of the alternative rock Pet alongside Lisa Papineau; the band released their eponymous debut in 1996.[1] 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.[5] 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.[6] After all the work, they had a total of 29 different soundtracks giving a combined total of 64:34 of music.[7] "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, and also its third installment. 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

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

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.[8] 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 and 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. [9] 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,[10] playing more than 100 shows around the world. In January 2018, Tyler announced via Twitter that he left the band and returned to his studio to work exclusively on film and television.[11]

Tyler composed the song, "Monsters After Dark" for the night Halloween mode of the ride GOTG: Mission Breakout!.

In 2021, Bates co-produced and played strings, percussion and guitar on Jerry Cantrell's album Brighten.[12]


Film scores

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1993 Blue Flame Cassian Elwes Composed with George Andrian
1994 Deep Down John Travers
Tammy and the T-Rex Stewart Raffill Composed with Jack Conrad and Anthony Riparetti
1995 Not Like Us Dave Payne
Criminal Hearts
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Stephen T. Kay
1998 Suicide, the Comedy Glen Freyer
Denial Adam Rifkin
1999 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
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
Night at the Golden Eagle Adam Rifkin
2002 Love and a Bullet Ben Ramsey Composed with Wolfgang Matthes
Half Past Dead Don Michael Paul
Lone Star State of Mind David Semel
City of Ghosts Matt Dillon
2003 Baadasssss! Mario Van Peebles
2004 You Got Served Chris Stokes
Dawn of the Dead Zack Snyder 1st collaboration with Zack Snyder

Nominated- IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film

2005 The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie 1st collaboration with Rob Zombie

Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score

2006 See No Evil Gregory Dark
Slither James Gunn 1st collaboration with James Gunn
300 Zack Snyder Adapted from material by Elliot Goldenthal
2nd collaboration with Zack Snyder

BMI Film Music Award
Nominated- Saturn Award for Best Music

2007 Grindhouse Rob Zombie Segment: "Werewolf Women of the SS"
Halloween Themes by John Carpenter
2008 Doomsday Neil Marshall
The Day the Earth Stood Still Scott Derrickson
2009 Watchmen Zack Snyder 3rd collaboration with Zack Snyder

BMI Film Music Award

Halloween II Rob Zombie Themes by John Carpenter
2nd collaboration with Rob Zombie
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3rd collaboration with Rob Zombie
2010 Super James Gunn 2nd collaboration with James Gunn
The Way Emilio Estevez
2011 Sucker Punch Zack Snyder Composed with Marius de Vries
4th collaboration with Zack Snyder
Conan the Barbarian Marcus Nispel
Killer Joe William Friedkin
The Darkest Hour Chris Gorak
2013 Movie 43 James Gunn Segment: "Beezel"
3rd collaboration with James Gunn
The Sacrament Ti West 1st collaboration with Ti West
2014 Not Safe for Work Joe Johnston
Flight 7500 Takashi Shimizu
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn 4th collaboration with James Gunn

Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi Film
Nominated- IndieWire Critics Poll Award for Best Original Score Soundtrack

John Wick Chad Stahelski
David Leitch
Composed with Joel J. Richard
1st collaboration with David Leitch & Chad Stahelski
2016 The Belko Experiment Greg McLean
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Chad Stahelski Composed with Joel J. Richard
2nd collaboration with Chad Stahelski

BMI Film Music Award

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 James Gunn 5th collaboration with James Gunn
Atomic Blonde David Leitch 2nd collaboration with David Leitch
Keep Watching Sean Carter
24 Hours to Live Brian Smrz
2018 The Public Emilio Estevez Composed with Joanne Higginbottom
Deadpool 2 David Leitch 3rd collaboration with David Leitch

Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi Film

The Spy Who Dumped Me Susanna Fogel
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Chad Stahelski Composed with Joel J. Richard
3rd collaboration with Chad Stahelski
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw David Leitch 4th collaboration with David Leitch
2020 Books of Blood Brannon Braga Composed with Joel J. Richard
2022 X Ti West Composed with Chelsea Wolfe
2nd collaboration with Ti West
Day Shift J.J. Perry Post-production

Television scores

Year Title Notes
2001 Strange Frequency 3 episodes
American High Documentary series
4 episodes
2003 Black Sash 8 episodes
2004 Pornucopia 2 episodes
2007–14 Californication 84 episodes
2008–09 James Gunn's PG Porn 7 episodes
2010–11 Sym-Bionic Titan 20 episodes
2013 Low Winter Sun 10 episodes
2014 Hysteria Failed TV Pilot
2014–16 Salem 29 episodes
2014–17 Kingdom 31 episodes
2017 Samurai Jack 10 episodes
Themes by James L. Venable, will.i.am & George Pajon
The Exorcist 10 episodes
Themes by Daniel Hart
2017–19 The Punisher 26 episodes
2018–present The Purge 13 episodes
2019 Stumptown TBA
2019–present Primal with Joanne Higginbottom

Video games soundtracks

Year Title Notes
2008 Rise of the Argonauts
2009 Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
2010 Army of Two: The 40th Day
Transformers: War For Cybertron
2013 God of War: Ascension
Killzone: Shadow Fall Composed with Lorn
2019 Far Cry New Dawn Composed with John Swihart

Own work

with Marilyn Manson

with Pet

with Bush

with Jerry Cantrell


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  2. ^ a b "Tyler Bates Biography". www.tylerbates.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  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. ^ a b "Work Credits". www.tylerbates.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "Tyler Bates Discusses making the Deadpool 2 soundtrack". Film Industry Network. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Entertainment". UPROXX.
  7. ^ "'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deluxe Edition Soundtrack & Score Album Details | Film Music Reporter".
  8. ^ "Marilyn Manson Streams "Cupid Carries A Gun"". January 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Interview with Tyler Bates
  10. ^ "Tyler Bates Biography". tylerbates.com. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Tyler Bates [@tyler_bates] (January 16, 2018). "Dear Friends, the time has come..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL: More 'Brighten' Solo Album Details Revealed". Blabbermouth. July 30, 2021.