Will Bates is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and founder of music production company Fall On Your Sword. He has composed original scores for a myriad of filmmakers including acclaimed directors Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Zero Days), Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me, Nobody Walks), and Fisher Stevens (Mission Blue, Bright Lights).
Bates’ film and television credits include Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money, starring Paul Dano, America Ferrera and Seth Rogen, which premiered at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival; FX’s Class of ’09, starring Brian Tyree Henry and Kate Mara; AMC+’s Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches, starring Alexandra Daddario; Dean Craig’s comedy film The Estate, starring Toni Collette, Anna Faris and David Duchovny; Netflix’s mini-series Devil in Ohio, starring Emily Deschanel and Stacey Farber; Starz’s Sweetbitter, starring Ella Purnell; the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Netflix mini-series Unbelievable, starring Toni Collette; and drama/sci-fi series Away, starring Hilary Swank; SyFy’s hit series The Magicians, starring Stella Maeve; and the George R.R. Martin produced series Nightflyers, starring Eoin Macken; Hulu’s series The Path, starring Aaron Paul; Chance, starring Hugh Laurie; The Looming Tower, starring Jeff Daniels; and the biographical documentary, Hillary; NBC’s Rise, starring Josh Radnor; Michael Tyburski’s drama film The Sound of Silence, which received the grand jury prize nomination at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and stars Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones; Michael Mohan’s thriller The Voyeurs, starring Sydney Sweeney; and more.
As a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, Bates has recorded and toured around the globe under the name of his own post-punk band The Rinse and has collaborated with Electric Six front-man Dick Valentine as The Evil Cowards. As a saxophonist, Bates has collaborated with legendary artists ranging from 60’s icon Lulu to techno legend Marshall Jefferson. As a producer and composer, he has worked with a similarly diverse bunch including Mike Rutherford, Roy Ayers, Pussy Riot and Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards.
In 2007, Bates created the first of a series of videos under the name Fall On Your Sword. His videos quickly went viral on YouTube, racking up hits in the millions and an explosive FOYS live act soon followed. In 2009, Fall On Your Sword evolved into a music production company.
Bates currently resides in Los Angeles.