WWE Monday Night Raw Superstar "The Drifter" Elias Samson recently spoke to GuitarWorld.com. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Every week on-air, you perform a different original song. Do you feel pressure to come up with new material all the time?
No, it's not pressure because it's fun to me. I love music, I love creating, so I just get inspired with whatever mood I'm in. Whatever the story dictates, that's where my mind goes. I really enjoy it, it's fun coming up with different songs every week.
Do you feel any pressure to be entirely original with your compositions? For example, somebody noticing that one song sounds like "Nutshell?"
Pressure to be original? I was born an original, I am an original, and I can respect other artists, so if people hear that in my mind, I'm just doing some justice to them, an honor to them. As far as creating my own sound and my own music, I do that every single week, every single day. Every time I speak it's original words.
Do you have any plans under the WWE umbrella to record any of your songs besides them just being played live one time?
Absolutely, I believe WWE—which, if you are not aware, stands for "Walk with Elias"—the company is taking notice of what I'm doing every week and there's absolutely plans in the works to record music, release music, put it out there and give them the sound of Elias that they can take with them. They can have it on their phone, they can have it wherever on whatever music format they have.
Speaking of WrestleMania, any idea if you'll be playing guitar at that show?
Yes, it would be an injustice if Elias was at WrestleMania and not performing in front of millions of people around the world, nearly 70,000 in attendance, it would be an absolute injustice. I will be performing, it will be an amazing memorable performance, unlike anything you've seen Elias do in the past.