He's one of the most sought after video game composers in the world.
Now, the award-winning musician is in Hawaii, sharing his gifts and also some inspiration with others.
Nobuo Uematsu has been composing since he was 10 years old.
"I get my inspiration right now from a lot of movies and books," Uematsu said.
The Tokyo resident is considered a part of gaming royalty for his work as a blockbuster video game composer, notably scoring most of the Final Fantasy series.
Featured in Time and Newsweek Magazines and having traveled the world over with notable orchestras and symphonies from Stockholm to Seattle, Uematsu says he never thought he would compose music for video games.
"I couldn't imagine that at all," Uematsu said.
"I liked movie music very much, but I think I was even more interested in song for vocals as well," Uematsu said.
The 54 year old is an avid video game player.
"There are so many games that I like, so many genres from action to role playing. But if I had to pick one it would be role playing games," Uematsu said.
A self-taught composer, Uematsu says those who are interested in pursuing music as a career shouldn't follow in his foot steps.
"Me, personally, I didn't study music. I just sort of dove in. Though I would say if you really do have an interest in composition, probably study music properly," Uematsu said. "And don't give up."
The artist is featured at this year's first Oni-Gon Hawaii convention kicking off Friday night. People from all over the world are gathering for the three-day event, focused on Japanese pop culture, art and gaming at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Uematsu performs at the Convention Center Saturday night with the Japanese nine-member band, Earthbound Papas.
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