JANUARY 14, 2014—Official company name to be “Brave Wave Productions Limited”
Brave Wave Productions is a music label based in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to exploring the interplay between videogames, music and nostalgia. The dual-natured label produces and publishes music albums, both solo and compilations, as well as compose music for videogames. Working together with music composers from the videogame industry, Brave Wave creates music that uses games as a basis of its concept, and the label’s ultimate goal is to work with musicians and artists from all over the world to create top-class music albums for both gamers and fans of music alike to enjoy.
Originally, Brave Wave began as an individual internet project by Kuwait-based Mohammed Taher under the name “Koopa Soundworks.” Taher felt that Japanese composers who had quit composing music should return to their roots and start composing once again. Since the end of 2012, Brave Wave has released two albums, "World 1-2" and "World 1-2: Encore" before being founded as an actual company, with music from composers like Keiji Yamagishi, Akira Yamaoka, Austin Wintory and more. The label will continue to make music following its official establishment. In addition, the first game title Brave Wave was partially involved in, “Shovel Knight” by Yacht Club Games, is scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2014 in North America and Europe.
Tokyo-based Alexander Aniel will handle all management duties as Chief Executive Officer and Business Development Coordinator, as well as day-to-day company operations, while Mohammed Taher will act as the President and Creative Director of the label’s current and future projects. Together, they work with global videogame composers like Manami Matsumae and Eirik Suhrke to create multicultural music albums. The visual identity of Brave Wave is designed by Cory Schmitz, signifying the bold and unconventional job the label carries upon itself.
In March 2014, Brave Wave will participate in “Bit Summit MMXIV,” showing off albums that are currently in development, and is delighted to announce that three artists will be performing at the event live. The label plans to release its third full-length music album "In Flux" in March 4th, 2014 with limited copies available at the event. The album's central theme is the collaborations between the composers of the East and West, featuring original music from Manami Matsumae, Tim McCord (of Grammy award-winning Evanescence), Keiji Yamagishi, Akira Yamaoka, Saori Kobayashi, Chipzel, Stemage, Eirik Suhrke, and more.
“Giving the world good music” and “Bringing together the videogame industries of Japan, the West and the Middle East” are the slogans in which Brave Wave is being established upon.
January 14, 2014 Brave Wave Productions Limited
Mohammed Taher — President, Creative Director Email: mohammed (at) bravewave.net
Alexander Aniel — CEO, Business Development Coordinator Email: alexander.aniel (at) bravewave.net