Sakuraba broke into the music scene as composer and keyboard player of the progressive rock band Deja Vu, which released an album, Baroque in the Future, in 1988. The band later disbanded, and Sakuraba went on to release a solo progressive rock album, Gikyoku Onsou, in 1990. During his work as video game composer, he continued to produce heavily extended arrangements of his compositions. In late 1989, Sakuraba began work as main composer for Wolf Team, a subsidiary of Telenet Japan. While this team eventually splintered into several others, the professional friendships formed there resulted in a demand for Sakuraba's composing abilities. He has composed music for the Tales series since the first game in the series, Tales of Phantasia. This and other games in the Tales series primarily feature Sakuraba and fellow Wolf Team composer Shinji Tamura as composers. The only games in the main series he did not contribute music to were Tales of Legendia, which was composed by Go Shiina, and Tales of Innocence, which was composed by Kaz Nakamura.
Main Series Titles
- Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon
- Tales of Fandom Vol.1
- Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2
- Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3
- Tales of the Tempest
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology
- Tales of Fandom Vol.2
- Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
- Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2
- Tales of VS.