1Up: A Day in the Life of Final Fantasy's Nobuo Uematsu - An intimate discussion with videogaming's most legendary composer

1up writes: It was a year-long effort that began in the fall of 2005 and ended in the scorching Japanese summer of 2006, when 1UP met on multiple occasions with legendary painter, Yoshitaka Amano, to conduct a series of interviews designed to deconstruct the myth and get closer to the man. Although a uniquely successful artist whose fluid brushstrokes have touched nearly every facet of visual media -- from his early work with famed animation studio Tatsunoko, to his book illustrations for Vampire Hunter D, and extending to his bold contributions to fine art, fashion, and even pottery -- he is best known to gamers as the character designer for Square's long-running role-playing series, Final Fantasy.

Now, nearly three years after our initial conversations with Amano-san for that ground-breaking feature, 1UP is ready to take the wraps off the second part of our budding trifecta: A Day In the Life of Nobuo Uematsu.

1UP: When you were growing up, what were some of your favorite bands? What kind of music inspired you?

NU: The Beatles are obviously a classic. I think everyone would agree that they make great music. That was always there. I don't know how huge of an impact Elton John had for people overseas, especially in the States, but for me personally he was a huge influence and inspiration. I wanted to be Elton John.

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