Episode 126

Your Life Soundtrack with Tyler Bates | Win the Day® podcast
March 7, 2023
Tyler Bates is a leading composer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. His films have amassed almost $6 billion at the worldwide box-office.
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In this episode of Win the Day:

Tyler Bates is a leading composer, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. Throughout his extraordinary career, Tyler has scored some of the world’s most popular film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick.

In his spare time, Tyler plays to massive audiences in the world of rock music, and writes and produces records with artists like Bush, Marilyn Manson, and In This Moment.

In 2004, he created the menacing audio backdrop for the popular Zack Snyder reboot of Dawn of the Dead, beginning a string of nearly a dozen number ones that have contributed to a whopping $6 billion at the worldwide box-office. 

Tyler teamed up with Snyder again for the films 300, Watchmen, and Suckerpunch. His body of work then expanded to include films like Atomic Blonde, The Devil’s Rejects, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, as well TV shows like Californication, The Punisher, and The Purge.

Most recently, Tyler scored the blockbuster Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, Deadpool 2, and The Spy Who Dumped Me.

In this episode:

  • How a challenging upbringing contributed to the man he is today
  • His creative process for making music that matters
  • Secrets from the films and music tours he’s been a part of, and
  • How you can use music to supercharge your mindset.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Tyler Bates!


0:16 Who is Tyler Bates?

2:06 Interview starts

5:32 Getting mentally prepared to create

7:42 Handling pressure

12:55 Family background and inspiration for career

17:31 Why excuses don’t work

21:05 Self-confidence and motivation

26:10 Why being broke was an advantage

29:26 Mental health and the power of friendship

33:28 How to overcome trauma (and use it as a strength)

36:06 Creative process for optimal performance

41:58 How to get the best out of other people

47:12 How to force creativity on a bad day

53:56 Don’t burden your friendships with negativity

57:04 Art and music in the home

58:30 Affirmation

1:01:07 Rocket Round


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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • "When I see the trajectory of somebody who has overcome a challenge and succeeded, that inspires me to do the same thing." - Tyler Bates
  • "Before I start the day, I take a second to collect my thoughts, then focus my priorities for the day with a clear intent." - Tyler Bates
  • "No one is the same at 50 as they were at 20. Consistently recalibrate your understanding of yourself so that you can also understand your partner, your kids, and your friends, as they're growing and changing." - Tyler Bates
  • "I listen to people and gather the most crucial information in order to be successful in my task." - Tyler Bates
  • "Excuses really don't change much. And they don't help the person you are inclined to deliver an excuse to. Instead, understand where you're at right now, and figure out the most solution-oriented action you can take." - Tyler Bates
  • "My passion for music has been so strong that it's been the only way. There has never been a backup plan." - Tyler Bates
  • "You need to keep that fire. And you need to surround yourself with other people who have the fire." - Tyler Bates
  • "If, today, I found out that I had a finite amount of time on this earth, am I living the life I would live? As opposed to the life I am living because I don't have that information?" - Tyler Bates
  • "The way through trauma is kindness, grace, acceptance, and forgiveness. It doesn't mean you condone any of it. It just means that you found enough peace with it so that it's not diminishing your present life experience." - Tyler Bates
  • "What I enjoy is bringing the artist back to their 18-year-old self, the part where they believe they can do anything, where they believe in their future." - Tyler Bates
  • "If you really do the work, if you really create yourself as a genre, then nobody can take that away from you. You then have to just find a way to connect with your audience." - Tyler Bates
  • "Do not allow extraneous forces to take the sunlight out of your view and how you view your potential." - Tyler Bates
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