Hi, my name is Mohammed.
I'm the founder and director of Brave Wave Productions, a Tokyo-based music label that helps videogame musicians release their solo albums, as well as producing and publishing remastered soundtracks. I recently directed the Billboard-charted Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack.
Like a typical kid of the 80s, I spent most of my childhood playing video games, reading comics, and cheering for Bret Hart. Sega Master System was my first console (with Alex Kidd) but I spent the majority of my childhood playing the Mega Man games on Famicom. My fascination with the Japanese language started back then, when I had to sketch the Japanese letters on a piece of paper, lest I'd lose my progress in the Captain Tsubasa games. Today, I work with the composers of Mega Man and Ninja Gaiden on their solo albums.
If you're wondering about the video games scene in the Middle East, and especially in Kuwait, read my essay on Medium (appeared previously on The Magazine). I also wrote an essay about my participation in BitSummit, a gaming event in Kyoto that aims to ease communication between Japanese indies and Western press.
Bandcamp, 2016: Label profile: Brave Wave
The Japan Times, 2014: New music label helps classic video-game composers go solo
USgamer, 2015: Game Music's New Canon: The How and Why of Brave Wave
FACT, 2016: 10 labels to watch in 2016