Tyler Bates is a Los Angeles-born composer who has scored sixty feature films, hundreds of episodes of television, and several major studio video games and artist records. Bates has more than twenty commercially released soundtrack albums, several of which debuted number one at the box-office. Bates' recent work includes the score for Marvel's 2014 smash hit, "Guardians of the Galaxy," co-writing and producing iconic shock rocker Marilyn Manson's album, "THE PALE EMPEROR," and the score for Keanu Reeves 2014 hit, "John Wick," directed by David Letch and Chad Stihelski, which features "Killing Strangers, a song Bates co-wrote with Marilyn Manson.
Bates first met Marilyn Manson when he appeared on the TV show Californication in 2012, they also performed together at the Californication parties.
In 2013 Bates and Manson got together and started working on music without the intention to make a new album but just to create music together.
Eventually the amount of work that came out of those sessions together became Marilyn Manson's album The Pale Emperor which came out January 2015.
Tyler Bates also joined the Marilyn Manson live band line up for a short run of dates in 2014 and the first few legs of The Hell Not Hellelujah Tour in 2015. Bates took the role of lead guitarist and Paul Wiley performed as second guitarist. In April 2015 due to work commitments he could no longer be on tour with Marilyn Manson leaving Paul Wiley to take up the role of lead guitarist.
Later in 2015 Bates and Manson performed an acoustic set together and discussed creating The Pale Emperor at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Bates continues to work on music and film scores, however Marilyn Manson has briefly mentioned that he is working on new music again with Bates involved.