Brave Wave is a music label based in Japan, dedicated to exploring the interplay between videogames, music and nostalgia.
The dual-natured label produces and publishes music albums, both solo and compilations, as well as composes music for video games.
It is run by Kuwait-based Mohammed Taher, with operating duties handled by Tokyo-based Alexander Aniel, plus special co-directing from Manami Matsumae and Keiji Yamagishi.
The label is known for bridging the gap between Western and Japanese creators, best evident in the video game Shovel Knight (by Yacht Club Games) which Manami Matsumae was able to contribute music to, as well as our mega-hit World 1-2 album, which hosted a wide array of composers from all over the world.
This marriage between Western and Eastern cultures is unique to our label and the foundation of our vision.
Matsumae is best known for composing the legendary music for the original Mega Man (1987), including its iconic "Game Start" jingle. Following her departure from Capcom in 1991, she became a freelance video game music composer. The soundtracks she worked on afterwards include the Derby Stallion series, The Adventures of Lolo,Jade Cocoon 2, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen, Shovel Knight, and Mighty No. 9. In more recent years, Matsumae has returned to the Mega Man series via Inti Creates, serving as a regular guest arranger for its album releases and joining several other former Mega Man composers in creating the Robot Master themes forMega Man 10 (2010).
Keiji Yamagishi, a founding member of the Brave Wave label, has been composing for video games and other media since 1987. Along with his work on the original Ninja Gaiden games, he worked on Tecmo Super Bowl, Captain Tsubasa II, Dynasty Warriors, Onimusha Tactics, and Exile's End while part of TECMO, KOEI, Brave Wave, and also as a freelancer at his own company, Kajiya Productions since 2000. In 2015, he released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed Retro-Active Pt. 1, which saw Yamagishi incorporate a modern touch on his signature chiptune sound. It was followed up with Retro-Active Pt. 2 in 2016. Ryuichi Nitta composed Ninja Gaiden for the Arcade and Ninja Gaiden II. He is part of Kajiya Music along with Yamagishi and a member of Brave Wave Productions. Mikio Saito, also known as Metal Yuhki, has composed for titles such as Ninja Gaiden for the Arcade and Ninja Gaiden II. He has also composed for the Tokimeki Memorial series.
Dugo is the alias of Takahiro Izutani, a guitarist and producer hailing from Yokohama, Tokyo. Video game fans should be familiar with his contributions to games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Bayonetta, Shinobi 3D, among others. Izutani has done a number of remixes for J-pop artists (most notably Ayumi Hamasaki), and is the guitarist and producer of Happy Family, an avant-garde rock band from Japan. Lingua Franca is an album ten years in the making, and with an international assembly of artists — guitar players, violinists, photographers — Dugo is the culmination of Izutani's grand vision of what a fiercly independent solo album can be.
Jacob "Jake" Kaufman (also known as virt or virtjk) (born April 3, 1981) is an American video game music composer. After starting out creating arrangements and remixes of video game soundtracks, he began his commercial composing career in 2000 with the score to the Game Boy Color port of Q*bert. He continued to compose music for games for the next couple of years, working primarily with handheld video games. In 2002, he set up the website VGMix, which hosts video game music remixes, and continues to administrate it. His career began to take off over the next few years, resulting in him transitioning jobs into a full-time freelance composer by 2005. Since then he has worked on several big-name projects such as Contra 4, Red Faction: Guerrilla, DuckTales: Remastered, and Shovel Knight. In early 2015, he and Jessie Seely formed CSP Industries, and launched a Kickstarter for [NUREN] The New Renaissance, a project that they call "the world's first virtual reality rock opera." In late 2015, Kaufman composed and wrote lyrics for Power Overwhelming, the debut album of parody supergroup Big Bad Bosses.
Shimomura’s name is one of the most recognized in video game history, and her compositions are some of the most beloved. Since graduating from Osaka College of Music in 1988 as a piano major, she has contributed her music to some of the most renowned video games, such as those within the Kingdom Hearts, Mario & Luigi, and Street Fighter II series. After working at Capcom and Square Enix for much of her career, she now continues to compose for games through freelance work, and is currently the lead composer on the upcoming Square Enix flagship titles Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III.
Ryuichi Nitta composed Ninja Gaiden for the Arcade and Ninja Gaiden II. He is part of Kajiya Music along with Keiji Yamagishi and a member of Brave Wave Productions. Mayuko Okamura composed for several Tecmo titles, including Captain Tsubasa II and Ninja Gaiden II. Kaori Nakabai composed Ninja Gaiden III. She is part of Kajiya Music along with Yamagishi and Nitta and a member of Brave Wave Productions. Rika Shigeno composed Ninja Gaiden III and Tecmo Super Bowl.
SEGA is publisher of the SONIC ADVENTURE games.