Derek Brin

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Derek Brin
Origin Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Caribbean
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Songwriter, Sound Designer, Mix Engineer
Instruments Piano & Drums
Website [1]

Derek Brin is a multi-platinum, award-winning[1] music producer, sound designer, and mix engineer.[2][3]


Brin, whose father is from St. Thomas and mother is Trinidadian, was born in Toronto, but raised between Toronto and the US Virgin Islands.[4] Before starting his own company, Brin spent 10 years as the in-house Composer, Sound Editor, and Head of Audio Operations at Visual Productions, a film and television production company, based in Toronto and South Africa.[5]

Brin has worked with several of the industry's hottest artists, including Ne-Yo, Dan Hill, Jaheim, RuPaul, Kelly Price, Che'Nelle, Massari, Jane Zhang, Noel G, Dru, Andreea Bălan, Keo, Puya, Keshia Chanté, Kristine W, and Dream Warriors.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] Brin has been engineer and programmer for hit songwriter Dan Hill since 2004 and programmer for industry heavyweights like Diane Warren (Realsongs), Guy Roche, Jud Friedman, and Allan Rich.[7]

Brin's work has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance, The Hills, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Degrassi Goes Hollywood, Wild Discovery, Supermarket Sweep, The Mom Show, Blue Murder, Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Cover Guy, The NHL Awards, and Fashion File.[7][10][13] He also contributed to Pokémon: The First Movie, Save The Last Dance 2, Blue Streak, Smokin' Aces, Poker Night, and Replikator.[1][14]

Brin founded Fierce Music Entertainment Inc.,[5] based in Toronto, Los Angeles, and the Caribbean. He is also CEO and creator of,[15] a major portal where the film, television, and video game industries can go to license music from the Caribbean. In 2007, Brin signed an international publishing deal with Ole Music Publishing.[7] In 2009, Brin was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) as Director of Artist Relations.[6]

Selected discography[edit]


Selected filmography[edit]




Awards and nominations[edit]

Juno Award[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 Devon - Keep It Slammin'[21] Best Rap Recording of the Year Won
1994 TBTBT - One Track Mind[22] Won
1994 Rupert Gayle - The Time Is Right (I'll Be There For You)[23] Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Won
2004 In Essence - The Master Plan[24] Won
2005 Keshia Chanté - Keshia Chanté[25] Won

International Soca Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 Derek Brin'[7][26] Best New Artist - Female Nominated
Best Female Vocal
2010 Derek Brin & Gary Serrao'[27] Best Soca Compilation Rhythm Nominated

Brin composed music for the television series, Adventures in Evergreen Forest, which won a CANPRO Award for Best Children's Programming.[13]

Brin received Canadian Urban Music Awards for Album of the Year and Best R&B Single. In 2004, he was nominated for Producer of the Year.[14]

In 2007, Brin co-produced the song "Beautiful Surprise" for Philip7, which received a nomination for Best Alternative Song at the Barbados Music Awards.[28]


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