Jim Johnston was the main composer for over 30 years at WWE and is responsible for some of the iconic themes from Ultimate Warrior & Undertaker to Stone Cold & The Rock.

 

WEBSITE jimjohnston.com

 

TIMESTAMPS

 

00:00 - Intro

00:28 - Jim Johnston Wants To Come To New Zealand/Lord Of The Rings

01:19 - Yellowstone Park

02:46 - How Jim Composed At WWE & Post WWE/Having To Many Ideas

05:33 - Jim Realises In Hindsight He Needed WWE’s Strict Deadlines

06:17 - Jim Doesn’t Get Writers Block

07:27 - Vince McMahon/Information Jim Got About WWE Superstars

09:00 - WWE Superstars Would Try To Pitch Music To Jim

10:33 - Jim Wasn’t Approachable

11:38 - Deadlines To Compose/Jim Liked The Pressure

14:10 - Jim Didn’t Just Compose The WWE Entrance Music

14:52 - Jim Johnston Would Love To Compose For Hollywood Films

16:40 - Jim Always Wants To Convey Emotion Through Music

18:08 - Politics Of Hollywood/ Jim Is Confident He Could Score Well For Hollywood

20:22 - Stigma Of Composing For WWE

21:32 - Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

24:29 - How Jim Johnston Is Able To Easily Write Different Styles

27:50 - Every Instrument Jim Can Play

29:06 - Jim Johnston Rarely Collaborates/Jim’s Stage Fright

32:10 - Stage Fright Hasn’t Improved Over The Years

34:38 - Jim Would Be Less Nervous Performing Virtually/Jim Is Anti Lip Singing

36:06 - Jim Does Want To Perform LIVE

36:43 - Jim Hasn’t Been Asked To Be In WWE Hall Of Fame

37:31 - Jim Doesn’t Understand Why He Hasn’t Been Asked In WWE Hall Of Fame

38:39 - Jim Was A Contractor/Workforce System Between NZ & America

40:57 - Jim Composed To Cope After Being Fired From WWE

43:31 - Jim’s Daily Schedule

45:02 - Ultimate Warriors Theme

48:10 - Simple Ideas Are The Most Effective

48:50 - Undertakers Theme

51:50 - Undertaker Walkout Wouldn’t Work Without The Theme

53:41 - Wrestling Isn’t Fake/The Ring Is Hard

57:18 - Social Media/Being Stopped In The Street

59:00 - Jim Still Loves Composing

59:40 - Jim Is Doing An EP Of Themes

1:01:48 - Jim Open To Composing For Video Games

1:03:58 - Melody Isn’t Heard As Much In Film These Days/Jaws

1:06:06 - Jim Likes Normal Conversations

1:07:30 - Cliche Interviews

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