CFO$

CFO$
Also known asArcadia
Kromestatik
OriginLong Island, New York
Occupation(s)Producers
Songwriters
Composers
Mix engineers
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums, piano, production
Years active2012 – 2019
LabelsWWE Music Group
Arcade Songs

CFO$ (/ˌsɛfˈs/) was an American songwriting and production duo consisting of John Paul Alicastro and Michael Conrad Lauri. They were primarily known for creating entrance music and program themes for the WWE.[1]

Career[]

CFO$ joined forces with the WWE through Arcade Songs, a record label owned by Gregg Wattenberg, when it was named Wind-Up Records back in 2012.[2] They made their musical debut on the special 1,000th episode ion of WWE Monday Night Raw, named WWE Raw 1000, which aired on July 23, 2012 when their song "The Night" was selected as the show's official main theme.[3][4] Shortly after, they began contributing themes for main roster WWE talent.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

The duo acted as WWE Music Group's executive producers and were the driving creative force behind the WWE's music department until late 2019. During their tenure, they secured two number one singles in the iTunes Soundtrack category with "The Rising Sun" for Shinsuke Nakamura[11][12][13][14][15] and "Glorious Domination" for Bobby Roode.[16][17][18][19][20] They further contributed theme songs and original scores to shows and programming which aired on the WWE's very own streaming service, the WWE Network.[21][22][23]

In February 2020, it was publicly reported that CFO$ had been in a dispute with their publisher over the previous several months, due to money CFO$ states was owed to them per their publishing deal. CFO$ attempted to have WWE buy them out of their publishing deal and have them work in-house but the publisher rejected the proposal. As a result, WWE has used no new CFO$ music since. In August 2020, CFO$ were released from their recording contract and disbanded shortly afterwards.[24][25]

Television appearances[]

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Total Divas Themselves; Alicastro and Lauri Episode: "It's a Beautiful Life?"

Web[]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Ride Along Themselves; Alicastro and Lauri Episode: "Ballad of Elias and Balor Club"
2018 Walk With Elias: The Documentary Themselves; Alicastro and Lauri WWE Network mockumentary

WWE discography[]

See also[]

References[]

  1. ^ Melok, Bobby (17 August 2016). "Meet CFO$, the musical masterminds behind your favorite Superstar's entrance music". WWE. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  2. ^ Hyman, Dan (15 September 2017). "When WWE Wrestlers Need Music, They Call This Industry Insider (And No. 1 Hitmaker)". Billboard. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Behind The Music: WWE Composers – John Alicastro & Mike Lauri". Arcade Songs. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  4. ^ Melok, Bobby (17 August 2016). "Meet CFO$, the musical masterminds behind your favorite Superstar's entrance music". WWE. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  5. ^ Pasbani, Robert (18 August 2017). "WWE Music Composers CFO$ Talk Favorite Metal Bands, How They Created Some Of Your Favorite Entrance Themes". Metal Injection. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  6. ^ Melok, Bobby (17 August 2016). "Meet CFO$, the musical masterminds behind your favorite Superstar's entrance music". WWE. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  7. ^ "WWE Behind the Music: Music composers Mike Lauri and John Alicastro discuss the process of creating a wrestler's entrance theme". Prowrestling.net. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  8. ^ Heisel, Scott (17 August 2016). "Meet The Men Who Made The Themes For Enzo Amore, Finn Bálor And More". Uproxx. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  9. ^ Heisel, Scott (17 August 2016). "Meet The Men Who Made The WWE Theme Songs For Enzo Amore, Finn Bálor And More". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  10. ^ Morrow, Brendan (21 May 2017). "Shinsuke Nakamura's Theme: What It Is & Why He Uses It". Heavy.com. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  11. ^ Markazi, Arash (27 March 2017). "Shinsuke Nakamura - Wrestling as an art form". ESPN. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  12. ^ Matheson, Danielle (19 April 2016). "Shinsuke Nakamura's NXT Theme Is Already Spawning Some Great Covers". Uproxx. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  13. ^ Staff, WWE.com (7 April 2016). "Get the No. 1 song on the iTunes soundtrack chart". WWE. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  14. ^ Barnett, Josh (29 March 2017). "Music and mystique help NXT's Shinsuke Nakamura thrive". USA Today. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  15. ^ "CFO$ on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  16. ^ Rose, Ash (26 August 2016). "Why Bobby Roode's 'Glorious' is so glorious". TalkSPORT. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  17. ^ Atkin, Nicolas (16 November 2016). "Pain and glory: Bobby Roode's journey to WWE". ESPN. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  18. ^ Keller, Wade (4 October 2016). "Bobby Roode talks about his entrance music taking off and reflections on time with TNA (w/Kellers Analysis)". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  19. ^ Examiner, Peterborough (23 August 2016). "Bobby Roode's music No. 1 on iTunes chart". The Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  20. ^ "CFO$ on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  21. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (3 October 2018). "CFO$ Discuss Their Process In Creating Music For WWE". Fightful. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Meet the CFO$ | Toontrack artist profile". YouTube. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  23. ^ "The Music of the WWE Network by CFO$ & Jim Johnston". Apple Music. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  24. ^ Henry, Justin (20 February 2020). "Update On Why Theme Music Creators CFO$ No Longer Work For WWE". Cultaholic. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  25. ^ Sapp, Sean Ross (20 February 2020). "Exclusive: Why CFO$ Isn't Working With WWE". Fightful Wrestling. Retrieved 25 December 2020.

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