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|Also known as||Masa|
|Born||1 October 1958|
|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. He is a member of the J-pop band Dreams Come True, which was formed in 1988 and went on to sell over 50 million CDs. He is best known outside of Japan for composing the video game music soundtracks to Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992).
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 using in-house musicians. 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
- "DREAMS COME TRUE WONDERLAND 2007特集" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. 13 February 2007. Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
- "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". Sonic Retro. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- "Dreams Come True - DCTJoy.com: Discography: Soundtracks". DCTJoy.com. Retrieved 14 June 2015.