Jun Ishikawa started working for HAL Laboratory in 1990, and still continues to work for the company to this day. He joined shortly before Hideki Kanazashi stopped working there, and as a result, the two worked on a couple projects together. However, Hirokazu Ando joined shortly after Jun and the two have worked on a vast amount of projects together ever since, particularly for the Kirby series.
Ishikawa was introduced to HAL Laboratory through an ad. He applied, interviewed, and eventually started working for HAL. Ishikawa's first game was Uchuu Keibitai SDF for the Famicom. He composed one track and worked on the game's sound effects while Hideki Kanazashi composed the rest of the music. After Kanazashi left HAL two weeks later, Ishikawa and Ando became the primary composers for a bulk of HAL's games.
At first, Jun Ishikawa decided he did not want to reveal his face. However, he finally did so when he was interviewed about Kirby's Yarn, and did so again in front of his fans for the Kirby's 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert. He is known for his pop and lighthearted style in his music, and occasionally writes deep and sad melodies. This has gained him popularity in the world of video game music. Another popular trait about his musical style is his 16th-note drum patterns. He also uses the occasional odd time signature (referred to by fans as "Ishikawa-bushi"), something he may have possibly picked up from Kanazashi. Ishikawa is also known for his unique sound, which is caused by things such as using reading glasses with his guitar, punching aluminum cans, and blowing on empty bottles.
Some examples of Ishikawa's work as the music lead include Kirby Super Star, Alcahest, and Hyper Zone.
Ishikawa used Music Maker. He learned to use the program by watching Hideki Kanazashi use the program, as he was the primary composer of Uchuu Keibitai SDF.
Jun with Hirokazu Ando; Japanese Interview.
- nintendo.co.jp/wii/interview/rk5j/vol1/index4.html - Japanese Interview.
- w.atwiki.jp/gamemusicbest100/pages/302.html - Atwiki.jp (Japanese).