Shōji Meguro

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Shōji Meguro
Born (1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 42)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Rock, Electronic music, Jazz, J-Pop
Occupations Composer, Musician, Video game director
Instruments Electric guitar, keyboards
Years active 1995 — present
Labels Atlus

Shōji Meguro (目黒 将司 Meguro Shōji?, born June 4, 1971) is a Japanese video game composer and director who joined Atlus in 1995 and has composed music for many of their games, mainly those in the Megami Tensei series.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early Life

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Meguro has been familiar with technology from a young age due to his parents running a factory.[2] When Meguro was a child, he didn’t like popular music and he listened to more classical music. In Junior High, Meguro became interested in the likes of T-Square, Herb Alpert, Casiopea. It was in Junior High that Meguro became particularly fond of playing music.[3] Shōji Meguro majored in hydrodynamics at the College of Industrial Technology at Nihon University.[4]

Atlus (1995 – Present)

Meguro sent a demo tape and attending two interviews, and was employed by Atlus in 1995. Meguro started his career with Atlus and got his start in the company by working on a game called Persona: Be Your True Mind on the Playstation, he composed 16 tracks for the title, one that became a staple in the series, the Velvet Room theme. Meguro continued to work on several projects, notably Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers on Dreamcast (composing around 50 songs for the game,) and Dreamcast’s Maken X.[3]

The first time Shoji Meguro became a leading composer was on the PlayStation 2 game Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne where he somewhat diverged from the music in the prior games for the Shin Megami Tensei series, giving the game a more orchestral and fusion sound. A crucial point of Meguro’s career was Playstation 2’s Digital Devil Saga; he had creative freedom that let him establish his own sound.[3]

In 2005, Meguro took a break from the Shin Megami Tensei series to work on titles such as Nintendo DSTrauma Center: Under the Knife, Playstation 2’s Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha VS The Soulless Army, a Trauma Center remake for the Nintendo Wii, and the MMORPG Megami Tensei Online: Imagine. Shoji Meguro’s career was propelled to international stardom in his craft with his work on the Playstation 2’s Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 where he used a pop based, vocal style, the soundtrack to the game sold 100, 000 copies.

In 2008, Meguro continued upon his success with Persona 3 by following up with the soundtrack to Persona 4 where he incorporated the same approach he did with Persona and also blended genres to craft a unique sound. A concert at Akasaka Blitz was held to celebrate Meguro’s work on the Persona series, Persona favourites were played. During this time, Meguro also worked on the music on Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha VS King Abaddon.[5]

Shoji Meguro was promoted to game director for the Playstation Portable remake of Persona, during this time Meguro received some criticism from some fans for changing the soundtrack for the remake of Persona, but overall received a warm response.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Although many of his works feature a signature rock style, Meguro experiments with different musical genres, such as orchestral, electronica, jazz, rap, RnB and hip hop from soundtrack to soundtrack. Meguro cites T-Square, Casiopea, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as musical influences.[6]

Discography[edit]

Video games[edit]

1996
1997
1999
2001
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
  • Trauma Team — with Atsushi Kitajoh and Ryota Koduka
2011
2012
2014

TV Animation[edit]

Year Anime Ref.
2011 Persona 4: The Animation

Film[edit]

Year Film Ref.
2013 Persona 3 The Movie: Chapter 1, Spring of Birth [7]
2014 Persona 3 The Movie: Chapter 2, Midsummer Knight's Dream [7]

Live performances[edit]

Year Concert Ref.
2008 Persona Music Live -Velvetroom in Akasaka Blitz- [8]
2009 Persona Music Live 2009 -Velvetroom in Wel City Tokyo- [9]
2012 Persona Music Live 2012 -Mayonaka TV in Tokyo International Forum- [10]
2013 Persona Music FES 2013 in Nippon Budokan [11]

Stage productions[edit]

Year Show Ref.
2014 Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade -The Blue Awakening- [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shoji Meguro interview". RocketBaby. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Greening, Chris. "Shoji Meguro Profile". Game Music Online. www.vgmonline.net. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Greening, Chris. "Shoji Meguro Profile". Game Music Online. www.vgmonline.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Chris; PQTN. "Shoji Meguro Biography". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ Greening, Chris. "Shoji Meguro Profile". Game Music Online. http://www.vgmonline.net/shojimeguro/. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shoji Meguro". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "スタッフ/キャスト | 劇場版「ペルソナ3」 公式サイト". Persona 3 The Movie (in Japanese). Aniplex. July 22, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "一夜限りの『ペルソナ』音楽祭"PERSONA MUSIC LIVE -Velvetroom in 赤坂BLITZ-"が開催 - ファミ通.com" (in Japanese). Famitsu. August 28, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "『ペルソナ』シリーズのライブイベント"PERSONA MUSIC LIVE 2009 -Velvetroom in Wel City Tokyo-"が開催 - ファミ通.com" (in Japanese). Famitsu. September 28, 2009. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "PERSONA MUSIC LIVE 2012-MAYONAKA TV in Tokyo International Forum-". Persona Animation Production Committees / Atlus (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "PERSONA MUSIC FES 2013 ~in 日本武道館". Index Corporation (in Japanese). Atlus. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Shouta Aoi, Kana Asumi Lead Persona 3 Stage Play Cast". Anime News Network. September 3, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.