Masato Nakamura(中村 正人,Nakamura Masato?, born 1 October 1958) is a Japanese musician, bass guitarist, and record producer. He is most famous outside of Japan for his original soundtracks for the video games Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
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.
Involvement in the Sonic the Hedgehog series
Nakamura was picked by Sega to compose the music for the original Sonic the Hedgehog early in 1990. Later that year on 7 November, Sonic was revealed for the first time by being painted on the side of the band's tour bus. He was also in the middle of recording Dream Come True'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 at Sega Digital Studio for the project. Nakamura remains on good terms with Sega, however. 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 Wave Master to remix his music for Sonic Generations in 2011.