Naoki Maeda

For footballer, born 1994, see Naoki Maeda (footballer, born 1994).
For footballer, born 1996, see Naoki Maeda (footballer, born 1996).
Naoki Maeda
Native name 前田 尚紀
Genres Shibuya-kei, Eurobeat, electronic, Jpop, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Synthesizer, guitar, bass guitar, shamisen
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Terra, BeForU, Paula Terry

Naoki Maeda (Japanese: 前田 尚紀 Hepburn: Maeda Naoki) (born April 28, 1969) is a Japanese composer best known for composing and arranging the music for Konami music video games, including the Dance Dance Revolution and Bemani series.


Maeda composed music for Konami's Bemani music game series, beginning in 1998. For the following eight years, he served as the lead sound producer for the Dance Dance Revolution arcade series, up until the release of DDR SuperNOVA. Early editions of the game relied heavily on Maeda's music compositions, and as such, some of his songs are considered favorites by fans. In 2007, Maeda shifted to a sound director role for Nintendo Wii console releases of DDR, while maintaining a sound advisory position for subsequent DDR arcade releases. He left Konami in 2013, and is now working for Capcom.

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