Brian Tyler Interview: ‘Yellowstone’ composer
Composer Brian Tyler “hadn’t really delved into” the western genre before signing onto “Yellowstone,” but he was eager to work on this series by Oscar-nominated writer-director Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water“), who approached it like “a 10-hour movie” about “this family that’s at war, partly with itself, partly with others.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Tyler above.
The Paramount Network drama centers on a Montana ranching family fighting back as their land is encroached upon. Kevin Costner stars as John Dutton, the family patriarch, and the show’s cast also features Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser and Gil Birmingham.
“It really feels like a classic tale that’s out of time,” says Tyler of the series. So he “wanted to go back and look at music of the past.” But that didn’t mean copying the “quintessential western score.” Instead, the composer looked at “the humble roots” of tunes from around the globe, sampling sounds from Ireland to Africa to the Middle East. “All sorts of things had combined and coalesced and eventually became what we knew as American music,” he explains. Because of this, his score “sounds a bit ancient. It sounds like it’s a bit out of time, almost like folk music in the true sense of the word.”
Tyler earned Emmy nominations for composing the score for “Last Call” in 2002 and the main title theme music for “Sleepy Hollow” in 2014. He also competed at the BAFTAs for scoring the video games “Far Cry 3” and “Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag.” And he has lent his musical talents to films including “Iron Man 3” (2013), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), “The Fate of the Furious” (2017) and “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018).
“Yellowstone” was renewed for a second season, which will premiere on June 19.