Tyler Bates talks recording and touring with Jerry Cantrell, and how the GuitarViol became a "primary color instrument" for his movie work

Musician/producer Tyler Bates performs onstage at The Belasco on May 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Tyler Bates is a wearer of many hats. The LA-based composer and guitarist is arguably best known for his film, television and video game soundtracks, having worked heavily on the music heard in big-budget productions like Guardians of the Galaxy, Conan the Barbarian and John Wick

He also teamed up with Rob Zombie for The Devil’s Rejects, which quickly became a cult classic for modern-age horror fans following its 2005 release, and partnered up with Hollywood hotshot Zack Snyder on films like Dawn of the Dead and 300. As a musician and producer, he’s collaborated with the likes of Marilyn Manson and, in times more recent, Jerry Cantrell – working on last year’s stunning Brighten solo album as well as touring in the Alice In Chains singer/guitarist’s solo band. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).