Shoji Meguro

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Shoji Meguro
Born (1971-06-04) June 4, 1971 (age 43)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Rock, Electronic music, Jazz, J-Pop
Occupation(s) Composer, Musician, Video game director
Instruments Electric guitar, keyboards
Years active 1995 — present
Labels Atlus

Shoji Meguro (目黒 将司 Meguro Shoji?, 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[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Shoji Meguro became 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, he became interested in the likes of T-Square, Herb Alpert, and Casiopea. It was in junior high that he became particularly fond of playing music.[2] He then majored in hydrodynamics at the College of Industrial Technology at Nihon University.[3]

Atlus (1995–present)[edit]

After sending a demo tape and attending two interviews, Meguro was hired by Atlus in 1995. He got his start in the company by working on Revelations: Persona on the PlayStation, for which he composed 16 tracks, including 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 the Sega Saturn (composing around 50 songs for the game) as well as Maken X on the Dreamcast.[2]

The first time he became a leading composer was on the PlayStation 2 game Shin Megami Tensei: 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 his career was Digital Devil Saga; he had creative freedom that let him establish his own sound.[2]

In 2005, Meguro took a break from the Shin Megami Tensei series to work on titles such as Trauma Center: Under the Knife on Nintendo DS, Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army on PlayStation 2, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, a Trauma Center remake for the Nintendo Wii, and the MMORPG Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine.

Meguro's career was propelled to international stardom in his craft with his work on Persona 3 where he used a pop-based vocal style, and 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, where Persona favourites were played. During this time, he also worked on the music on Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon.[2]

Meguro was promoted to game director for the PlayStation Portable remake of Persona. During this time he received some criticism from some fans for changing the soundtrack for the remake, but overall received a warm response. He later directed the PSP ports of Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment.

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, and hip hop from soundtrack to soundtrack. Meguro cites T-Square, Casiopea, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as some of his musical influences.[4]

Projects[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
2013
2014
2015

TV Animation[edit]

Year Anime Ref.
2011 Persona 4: the Animation
2014 Persona 4: the Golden Animation [5]

Film[edit]

Year Film Ref.
2013 Persona 3 The Movie: No. 1, Spring of Birth [6]
2014 Persona 3 The Movie: No. 2, Midsummer Knight's Dream [6]

Live performances[edit]

Year Concert Ref.
2008 Persona Music Live -Velvetroom in Akasaka Blitz- [7]
2009 Persona Music Live 2009 -Velvetroom in Wel City Tokyo- [8]
2012 Persona Music Live 2012 -Mayonaka TV in Tokyo International Forum- [9]
2013 Persona Music FES 2013 in Nippon Budokan [10]

Stage productions[edit]

Year Show Ref.
2014 Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade -The Blue Awakening- [11]
2014 Persona 4 Arena Stage Play [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shoji Meguro interview". RocketBaby. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Greening, Chris. "Shoji Meguro Profile". Game Music Online. www.vgmonline.net. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Chris; PQTN. "Shoji Meguro Biography". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Shoji Meguro". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Persona 4 Golden Gets TV Anime by A-1 Pictures in July". Anime News Network. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "『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. 
  9. ^ "PERSONA MUSIC LIVE 2012-MAYONAKA TV in Tokyo International Forum-". Persona Animation Production Committees / Atlus (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "PERSONA MUSIC FES 2013 ~in 日本武道館". Index Corporation (in Japanese). Atlus. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Shouta Aoi, Kana Asumi Lead Persona 3 Stage Play Cast". Anime News Network. September 3, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Persona 3 Stage Play's Mitsuru, Akihiko Return for Persona 4 Arena Play". Anime News Network. August 17, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2014.