XE: Can you tell us what stage during Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children’s production you were brought in?
Uematsu: At Square Enix, we always have several different projects going on at the same time so it is hard to say for sure. But I think it was at the beginning of 2004.
XE: What music inspires you the most?
Uematsu: I really like all kinds of music I listen to all kinds of music that’s for sure, and if you are really asking me to pick one then I would definitely say 70’s pop and rock music. Other than Japanese pop/rock music, when I was in middle school I wanted to become a composer for sure in the future and I knew I had the feeling, the talent and I listen to other countries music to learn more. I like a lot of stuff from the US and UK. In the classical field I love Tchaikovsky, and I want to make beautiful music like he did.
XE: When you first started on Blue Dragon’s music how did you approach it as opposed to Final Fantasy or another project?
Uematsu: The thing with Final Fantasy is, the story is always kind of serious but with Blue Dragon and the character, and the writer Akira Toriyama, created a place that is very pop and comical. So I made the composition style to nice and pop. This music is still really, really good regardless!
XE: How did doing the main theme for Super Smash Bros. Brawl come about?
Uematsu: I would drink with the producer of Super Smash Bros. and we went to drink to together and he said, “Why don’t you make some music for Super Smash Bros”? and I said, “OK!” (Laughs)
XE: What is your favorite piece of music that you have ever composed?
Uematsu:If I have to pick one, it would be “Kiss Me Goodbye”. There is a person who introduced Angela Aki to me, and we went to Square-Enix, and she was playing the piano, and I got a big chill. I was so emotional about the song, and I thought it was going to be a big hit, so that song we made for Final Fantasy XII is a great song.
Xbox Evolved thanks Mr. Uematsu, and make sure you check out the rest of our PLAY! coverage, as well as our coverage of Blue Dragon in the future.