Masato Nakamura

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Masato Nakamura
Also known asMasa
Born (1958-10-01) 1 October 1958 (age 60)
OriginChōfu, Tokyo
GenresJ-Pop, jazz
Occupation(s)Bassist, composer, record producer, instrumentalist
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1988–present
LabelsUniversal Music Japan, Universal Republic Records
Associated actsMiwa Yoshida
Websiteblog.dctgarden.com

Masato Nakamura (中村 正人, Nakamura Masato, born 1 October 1958) is a Japanese musician, bass guitarist, and record producer. He is a member of the J-pop band Dreams Come True, which was formed in 1988 and went on to sell over 50 million CDs.[1] He is best known outside of Japan for composing the video game music soundtracks to Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992).

Career[edit]

Nakamura was originally a session musician before forming the "Cha-Cha & Audrey's Project" with Miwa Yoshida. In 1988, they formed the band Dreams Come True. In July 2002, he founded the record company "DCT Records" with Yoshida, they now serve as executive producers. Nakamura composes much of the catalog for Dreams Come True and arranges almost all of it.

On 22 June 2008, he married Mākii, the 21-year-old former lead vocalist of the Japanese rock band, High and Mighty Color.[2]

Sonic the Hedgehog[edit]

Nakamura was picked by Sega to compose the music for the original Sonic the Hedgehog early in 1990. Later that year on 7 November, the game was revealed for the first time by being painted on the side of Dream Come True's tour bus, he was also in the middle of recording the band's fourth album, Million Kisses during Sonic the Hedgehog, and their fifth album, The Swinging Star during Sonic the Hedgehog 2.[3]

He was originally brought in to do the music again in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, but financial disagreements led Sega to dropping him and being forced to use their in-house musicians for the project.[citation needed] In 2006, he contributed a remixed version of the ending theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, "Sweet Sweet Sweet", for the 2006 game, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Other musical activity[edit]

He has also composed music for various television commercials and movies[4]. Additionally, he composed music for the Super Smash Flash series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DREAMS COME TRUE WONDERLAND 2007特集" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. 13 February 2007. Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  2. ^ "ドリカム中村正人が結婚!お相手は29歳年下" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 11 September 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Masato Nakamura interview". Sonic Retro. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Dreams Come True - DCTJoy.com: Discography: Soundtracks". DCTJoy.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.

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