Masato Nakamura

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Masato Nakamura
Also known as Masa
Born (1958-10-01) 1 October 1958 (age 59)
Origin Chōfu, Tokyo
Genres J-Pop, jazz, chiptune
Occupation(s) Bassist, composer, record producer, instrumentalist
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1988–present
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 Japan for his soundtracks for the video games Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the early 1990s.

Life and music 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.[1]

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.[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.[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.[3]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Masato Nakamura interview". Sonic Retro. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dreams Come True - Discography: Soundtracks". Retrieved 2015-06-14. 

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