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Naoki Maeda, or better known as NAOKI, is a Japanese composer and arranger from Toyonaka, Osaka. After graduating from the Osaka University of Arts in music (piano), Naoki joined KONAMI AM (Amusement Machine) Division in 1995. He served as composer and sound producer of TwinBee Yahoo! Fushigi no kuni de ouabare!! (ツインビーヤッホー! ふしぎの国で大あばれ!!) in 1995 and SALAMANDER 2 (沙羅曼蛇2) in 1996 under his エンゾニック前田 (Ensoniq Maeda) alias. Naoki was recruited by Yoshihiko Ota, a game producer at KCET to work as a composer on a brand new music game called DanceDanceRevolution in early 1998. Following the success of the first release, he became the sound producer of DanceDanceRevolution 2ndMIX, a role he kept until DanceDanceRevolution X. Naoki was also involved in the short-lived spin-off DanceDanceRevolution Solo from 1999 to 2000 as a composer.

Outside of the DanceDanceRevolution series, Naoki contributed tracks to other BEMANI series as well, such as beatmania, Dance Maniax, beatmania IIDX, pop'n music, GuitarFreaks and DrumMania, jubeat and REFLEC BEAT.

In 2001, Naoki formed the J-POP group BeForU with the four winners of the DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX アーティストオーディション (Artist Audition) 2001. He was the main producer for the first three albums of the band and on Riyu Kosaka's first album, begin. In 2002, Naoki created TЁЯRA with jun.

By 2009, Naoki became more involved with the console releases of DanceDanceRevolution as a producer. Naoki also produced the original Xbox 360 game DanceMasters (known as DanceEvolution in Japan). He was also involved in its subsequent arcade release as DanceEvolution ARCADE in 2012.

In the beginning of 2013, Naoki left KONAMI for CAPCOM. Following his departure, KONAMI removed nearly all pictures or videos of him from BEMANI games, with his last songs for BEMANI being Everything I Need and You for the 2013 DanceDanceRevolution arcade game. At CAPCOM he served as producer for the mobile rhythm game CROSS×BEATS (2013), and its arcade releases beginning with crossbeats REV. (2015), until the series ended in 2018.

In August 2018, Naoki established an indie game studio named UNLIMITED STUDiO. The studio released its first title, a mobile music game called SEVEN's CODE, in October 2019.

Trivia[]

  • Some of Naoki's favorite licensed Dancemania songs from the early DanceDanceRevolution titles are Have You Never Been Mellow, DAM DARIRAM, NEVER GONNA MAKE (FACTORY DANCE TEAM MIX), TRIBAL DANCE (Almighty Mix), and RIGHT NOW.
  • Two of NAOKI's favorite music genres are ballads and R&B, as noted in the song comments for Remember You.
  • According to an interview with bemanistyle in 2010, Naoki's favorite DanceDanceRevolution title is 4thMIX, as he felt it was the one where he was able to express his musical style the best.
  • According to an interview Naoki did with Tatsh (as seen here - expand the second set of questions), finite budgets for the early DanceDanceRevolution games is why a lot of his earlier songs for the series used vocal samples.
  • Naoki noted in the DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME Weekly Journal he got into trance during the development of DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX, which inspired him to compose ECSTASY and INSERTiON.
    • He notes Healing Vision was inspired by his frustrated and unfulfilled feelings during the rocky development of 5thMIX, which he worked on simultaneously alongside Dance Maniax 2ndMIX.
  • Naoki's mitsu-O! alias is taken from one of the designers of the original DanceDanceRevolution game, Mitsuo Nagamoto.
  • Naoki appears in the intro video of DanceDanceRevolution (PS3).
  • Naoki has also made contributions to ANDAMIRO's PUMP IT UP, Neonovice's EZ2ON REBOOT:R, SEGA's CHUNITHM, オンゲキ and maimai でらっくす, Step Revolution's StepManiaX, and TAITO's テトテ×コネクト music game series.
  • The Naoki "character" in SEGA's CHUNITHM comes with multiple forms and skills that all reference BEMANI in one way or another (Source):
    • The evolved forms, aside the first one (Normal), are named, in order of level: Be For You (referencing BeForU), SEQUENCE UNLIMITED, MAXX and NMR.
    • Naoki's forms, in order of level, reference the following BEMANI songs' jackets: Ignition∞Break, Flash Back 90's, UNLIMITED FIRE, THE FALLEN and VALLIS-NERIA.
    • The Be For You skill COME ON '98!! references DanceDanceRevolution's debut year (1998) and its effect references the number 180, which is PARANOiA's BPM and artist name (which has also debuted in the first DanceDanceRevolution game).
    • The SEQUENCE UNLIMITED skill DIRTY FIRE's effect references the number 190, which is PARANOiA MAX~DIRTY MIX~'s BPM and artist name.
    • The MAXX skill Ω references Naoki's Ω alias used in MAX 300, as well as in crossbeats REV. SUNRISE's 2020; its effect references the number 300 and 320, the maximum BPM of MAX 300 and MAXX UNLIMITED respectively. The negative part of the effect works like the LIFE4 modifier in the DanceDanceRevolution series, with four misses hard failing the song.
    • The NMR skill スーパーノヴァ (Supernova) references DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA and its effect's numbers reference Fascination MAXX's artist name 100-200-400. The negative part of the effect has the song hard failing with a number of misses equal to 18, which is the difficulty rating for Fascination MAXX's both CHALLENGE charts.
    • The CHUNITHM twitter's update announcement image covering the Naoki content has 革命 written in the background and the "ATTACK ALL JUSTICE!! / EXTRA NEW TRACK" text mimicking "ATTACK PERFECT FULL COMBO!! / ENCORE EXTRA STAGE" as seen in songs such as Over The “Period”.
    • SEGA has also released an album of songs by Naoki called Dynamite Dynamite Rev., which can be abbreviated as "DDR", as well as being one letter away from DYNAMITE RAVE.
  • Naoki composed the song Wish me luck!!!!, which is used as the ending theme of the 2018 anime Harukana receive (はるかなレシーブ).
    • The lyrics for the song, written by Riyu Kosaka, mark the first collaboration between him and Riyu since 2006.
  • Naoki is in charge of artist casting management in ANDAMIRO's Chrono Circle rhythm game.
  • He doesn't like LET THEM MOVE and was ashamed of the song and did not want it to be added to future DDR games after 4thMIX.[1]
    • In addition to this, both Naoki and Jason Enos have a distaste in the song.[1]

Aliases[]

  • NAOKI - Main alias.
  • NAOKI underground - Used mostly for hard techno songs like INSERTiON and tokyoEVOLVED.
  • NAOKI J-STYLE - Used for Kiss me all night long.
  • NM
  • N.M.R
  • NMR runners
  • 100-200-400 - Used only for Fascination MAXX.
  • 180
  • 190
  • 190'
  • 200
  • 270
  • 290
  • Ω
  • Z
  • ZZ
  • DE-SIRE
  • DE-SIRE改 (DE-SIRE alterative)
  • Reven-G
  • Reven-G改 (Reven-G alterative)
  • RE-VENGE
  • STONE BROS.
  • TËЯRA (member of, with jun)
  • 8-bit

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