He’s considered as one of the most famous and respected composers in the video game community.
Is there anybody who hadn’t heard of Final Fantasy series? Well, he was the one who made most tracks for it.
What’s even more amazing is that he’s self-taught. (!)
In 1986 he started working with Square (which in 2003 merged with Enix and became Square Enix). Since 2004 he works as a freelancer. He also created his own company “Smile please” and music label “Dog Ear Records.
Interesting fact: When he was young his dream was to become a professional wrestler. To this day, he enjoys watching professional wrestling in his spare time.
To me he’s a very inspirational person, who is a living proof that everyone is capable of making their dreams come true – as long as they work hard and never give up!
Somehow he made his music to be an integral part of the game. Final Fantasy as of now consist of 14 main games – but each soundtrack is so different and what’s most important – fits the story, its characters, the mood, etc. I think it’s what made him this legendary.
As someone who really likes retro-gaming, I do appreciate good music whilst playing. My favorite would be from Final Fantasy VIII, which is one of my favorites games of all time. It makes me a little nostalgic yet happy to listen to it.