WWE music composers Mike Lauri and John Alicastro spoke with Metal Injection’s Robert Pasbani about the process of writing a wrestler’s entrance theme. “The first thing we try to do is to identify something unique that we’re going to do musically or lyrically, and then build a theme song around that,” Lauri said. “We’re aware that the worst thing that we could do as writers is to make things sound generic, because then nobody will really care about it or want to remember it, including us.”
“We’ll get inspired by the person we’re writing for and try to set the scene in our heads of what it’s going to be like when they walk out to the ring,” Alicastro added. “We don’t actually know beforehand exactly how their entrance is going to play out, so we try to keep our eye on that, but also stay focused on just writing good music that can stand on its own.”
“Once the team at WWE hears where we’re headed with a theme, we usually go through a process of tailoring it more specifically to the actual entrance,” said Lauri. “Speed it up, slow it down, change the arrangement of parts, etc. Whatever it takes to create a real moment for the fans.” Read the full interview at MetalInjection.com.
Powell’s POV: A cool interview with the duo also discussing their influences, how long it takes them to produce an entrance theme, and more. Plus, there’s some cool footage of Alicastro and Lauri playing Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance theme with violinist Lee England, Jr. in the streets of New York.