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|Also known as||Masa|
|Born||1 October 1958|
|Genres||J-Pop, jazz, chiptune|
|Occupation(s)||Bassist, composer, record producer, instrumentalist|
|Labels||Universal Music Japan, Universal Republic Records|
|Associated acts||Miwa Yoshida|
Masato Nakamura (中村 正人 Nakamura Masato, born 1 October 1958) is a Japanese musician, bass guitarist, and record producer for the J-pop band Dreams Come True. He is best known outside of Japan for his soundtracks for the video games Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the early 1990s.
Life and music career
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.
Sonic the Hedgehog
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.
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. 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, and also allowed Sega to remix some of his music for the series in Sonic Generations in 2011.
Other musical activity
- "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.
- "Masato Nakamura interview". Sanic Retro. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- "Dreams Come True - DCTJoy.com: Discography: Soundtracks". DCTJoy.com. Retrieved 2015-06-14.