Naoshi Mizuta

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Naoshi Mizuta
Born (1972-01-24) January 24, 1972 (age 42)
Kochi, Japan
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels DigiCube
Square Enix
Associated acts The Star Onions

Naoshi Mizuta (水田 直志 Mizuta Naoshi?, born January 24, 1972) is a Japanese video game composer and musician. He is best known for his work on Final Fantasy XI (with Nobuo Uematsu and Kumi Tanioka), but has also composed music for Mega Man & Bass, Street Fighter Alpha, and Parasite Eve II. He was formerly a composer for Capcom, but is currently a composer for Square Enix.

Biography[edit]

Born in Kōchi, Japan in 1972, Mizuta's interest in music began to grow when he "was in the second or third grade".[1] One of his biggest musical influences was Ryuichi Sakamoto. Although still interested in music, Mizuta studied law and economics at Chiba University. He composed his first song while in his last year there, and after graduating went to work for Capcom in 1995 as a composer.[1] He began his career scoring the Street Fighter series where he was involved in scoring Street Fighter Alpha in 1996 with Isao Abe, Syun Nishigaki, Setsuo Yamamoto, and Yuko Kadota.

In 1998, while still working for Capcom, Mizuta applied to Square as a composer in response to an advertisement and was hired. His first assignment for Square was to score Parasite Eve II, for which he was the sole composer and spent a year and a half working on.[1] The original Parasite Eve game was scored by Yoko Shimomura, and Mizuta incorporated some of the original game's tracks into the sequel. Mizuta's next role was as the main composer for the Final Fantasy XI soundtrack, which he was assisted on by Nobuo Uematsu and Kumi Tanioka. Mizuta remained with the Final Fantasy XI project for the next few years, serving as the sole composer for the game's four expansions and multiple special events. During this period, Mizuta became involved in The Star Onions, a band composed of Square Enix composers for which he plays bass guitar. Other members of the band, which plays arrangements of songs from Final Fantasy XI, include Tanioka, Hidenori Iwasaki, and Tsuyoshi Sekito. The band has released two albums as of 2011, Music from the Other Side of Vana'diel and Sanctuary.

Mizuta has also worked on several other projects for Square Enix, including Blood of Bahamut and Guardian Cross. He has also worked on many other games in the Final Fantasy series since, including Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy XIV, Seekers of Adoulin, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Discography[edit]

Composer
Arranger

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RocketBaby's interview w/Naoshi Mizuta". RocketBaby.net. 2000. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 

Official website (Japanese)