ProWrestling.com’s Matthew Wilkinson recently got the chance to interview, Vik Sharma, the composer for the upcoming movie, Fighting With My Family.
Paige is known for being the Anti-Diva and having a very different look and personality to the other females in WWE, how did you reflect that in the score?
“Well, a lot of it is inspired from where she comes from and her family and Norwich her hometown and obviously, the United Kingdom where she is originally from, so we took that as a source of our inspiration. We thought it was important to differentiate between the slick sound world that the WWE has, for instance, if you take her WWE theme, it’s very slick, what we wanted to do was to tap into something that reflected her background and roots. That’s why we thought about moving away from the produced, quality to the music into something that was a bit more rough and ready. It’s not to say that the music from WWE isn’t authentic, of course, it is, but the authenticity that is tied into her as a person and her spirit, which is somewhat different to the other female wrestlers who were on the roster at the time.”
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Was there anything specific that the producers wanted from you?
“To be honest I think it took a while to land on it. My boss is the director who is Stephen Merchant, so my conversations are with him and he handled Dwayne Johnson and those notes and in the first instance, Stephen didn’t really know what precisely he was looking for. We experimented with all types of rock, what we know was he wanted it to be guitar-based, he didn’t want strings or piano as that might overly romanticize is and he wanted to set it apart. So we ran through blues, post-rock, heavy metal, we ran the full gambit and eventually we thought the qualities of Paige as a person, the fact she is unconventional and speaks from the heart and there is a truth to her, British punk music lent itself perfectly to her qualities which is finally where we ended up.”
Her story is packed with ups and downs, how was that reflected in the score?
“Yeah, if you watch the film it is very much a coming of age story in a way. It’s like an origin story, it’s her realizing who she is and the things that she was told that were flaws in her personality and things that set her apart and left her open to bullying where actually the very things that give her a uniqueness and power. The music in the film reflects that journey.”
Graham Coxon from Blur was involved in the process, was he someone who you immediately thought of and how did his involvement come about?
“I had been knocking out these guitar demos and I am a fair guitar player but we wanted to bring someone who had an originality and could take my compositions and channel them through their creativity and transform them in a way. Graham actually lives quite near me in North London so I had an opportunity to meet with him and talk to him about it and by then we knew we wanted a punk vibe and he has an incredible knowledge of punk and he takes a lot of inspiration from British punk so it became really obvious that he was the man for the job.”
What was it about Paige’s story that made you want to get involved in the project?
“I think that there is a universality to her story if you are someone who has ever felt marginalized or been made to feel different or bullied then her story is one that will resonate. I have worked with Stephen previously and he was involved and then there was The Rock, who’s going to turn down The Rock, you’ve got to be a mad man, right?”
Paige has had a career ending injury last year, does it make the film even more important?
“I think so, I think when you see the film it’s kind of a love letter to her and to her spirit and what she represents which is a young woman finding her place in the world realizing she can shine. She has been through ups and downs but clearly having a film like this, from what I heard about it, has been quite an emotional thing for her to watch. I think, it was able to clarify a few things in her mind, and I think she was very proud of it.”
What was one of the big takeaways from the movie?
“It’s really emotional and you think about Stephen Merchant and his comedy background and yes, there are laughs but the biggest takeaway people have is that it’s really emotional, there are tears. A lot of people have emerged from screenings and said it was a really emotional experience. WWE and wrestling might have a certain reputation for some people that it’s not real but for the people that take part in it and love it it’s incredibly real and authetntic and I think this film really highlights that and I feel like that’s a positive thing.”
Fighting With My Family premiers on 14 February, and you can follow Vic Sharma on Twitter here- @audiobuffer