Kazumi Totaka is a veteran Nintendo composer who has been behind the music of several games ever since the Game Boy era, specially on those of the Animal Crossing franchise.
After attending the Kunitachi College of Music, Totaka joined the company in the R&D1 department, where he would be the composer of games like Mario Paint and Super Mario Land 2. However, in the Nintendo 64 era, he was transferred to the Nintendo EAD Sound Group, a position he still holds to this day. After his work on Yoshi's Story and Animal Crossing, he would serve as the sound director for most of the games of those series. He composed the music for most of the Wii's channels, and also got the chance of being a director with Wii Music.
While working on Yoshi's Story, Totaka would provide the characteristic voice samples of Yoshi, which would be reused in many following games featuring the character (although he sometimes provided new samples over the years). He has also provided the voice of Professor E. Gadd and Birdo, among other characters.
Outside of Nintendo, Totaka is a member of the jazz band A Slice of Life (formerly Spiritual Vibes), which occasionaly provides concerts through Japan.
The character K.K. Slider (Totakeke) in Animal Crossing is based on him. He will even play Totaka's Song on request (as "K.K. Song").
|2014||Yoshi||Dairantou sumasshu burazâzu for Wii U & 3DS|
|2001||Professor E.Gad||Luigi's Mansion: Ruîgi Manshon|
|1999||Yoshi||Super Smash Bros: Nintendô ôru sutâ dairantô Sumasshu burazâzu|
|1998||Yoshi||Yoshi's Story: Yosshī Sutōrī|
|1998||Shy Guy||Yoshi's Story: Yosshī Sutōrī|