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Born in Champaign, Ill., Derek Linzy is a two-time Grammy nominated mixing engineer, music producer, and educator. He holds a master’s degree in music technology from Southern Utah University, a bachelor’s degree in communications from Eastern Illinois University and dual Associates in audio engineering and film postproduction/sound design from The Institute of Production and Recording and is an AVID certified Pro-Tools Instructor.


His 20-year career includes working with Prince, Coolio, and four-time Grammy nominated virtuoso-violinist Curtis Stewart to name a few. In addition to getting his start in the music industry creating his own production and recording demo studio with his younger brother called DLNZ Productions (now My Cuzzin Makes Beats)—he has worked in several recording studios including engineering and producing for Prince at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn., in 2013, as well as teaching at educational institutions such as The University of Illinois.


Derek also serves as a mentor and voting member for The Recording Academy (The Grammy Awards). Throughout his career Linzy has established a great passion for producing, recording and live performance as a keyboardist and guitarist. Linzy’s career started in recording, beat-making, writing, and teaching the craft of music and audio production. 

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