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Jimmy Hotz  - A Brief History
Born October 12, 1953 in Sherman, Texas.

Jimmy began playing Guitar at the age of 7. 

Began playing local Concerts at 12.

Jimmy's band first shared the stage with a major artist (the Guess Who) when Jimmy was 16. 

He first worked professionally in a Studio in 1971 at the age of 17. 

In the years that have followed, Hotz has worked as a Producer, Engineer, Live Sound Mixer, Musician, Inventor and Musical Instrument Designer. Some of the Artists that Hotz has worked with in one or more of these capacities include: Fleetwood Mac, NSYNC, MOBIUS8, B.B. King, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Yes, Jon Anderson, Kitaro, Steve Winwood, Chicago, Bonnie Rait, Gary Wright, Paul Haslinger, Phoebe Snow, Terry Reid, Jerry Williams, Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd, Patty Loveless, Becky Hobbs, the Association, ArkAngel, Petra, the Memphis Horns, Les Paul, Billy Lee Riley, Terry Rose, Mason Williams, the Smothers Brothers, Roger McGuinn, Ray Kennedy, Shock Therapy, Giant Killer, the Natives, Joe Savage, Bill Tillman, Maya, Speedy West, Memphis, Palamino, Dove, Vision, Scott Gershin, Noize Suppressor, and Haven. 

Some of the major companies that have sought Jimmy's technical advice include Microsoft, Intel, Electronic Arts, Sid and Marty Krofft, Atari and JBL. Jimmy was the Chief Visionary behind the 3dMAxMedia Zuma project, he also put together and led the team that developed the technology (real-time manipulation of 3dGraphics by Audio, MIDI and other real-time control devices). Zuma won a 2001 Innovation award from Computer Graphics world and was used on the 2001 NSYNC tour. He recorded a solo album in the late 70's called "Beyond the Crystal Sea" this is considered one of the best examples of early "Art Rock" by many Collectors and Critics.  Jimmy's current project "Beyond the Gates of Time" is his first solo recording in which his inventions, the "Hotz Box"(MIDI Controller) and the "Hotz MIDI Translator" (Computer Software) are the primary instruments. As Jimmy has been very busy working with other Artists and inventing Musical Instruments, "Beyond the Gates of Time" is also his first solo project since "Beyond the Crystal Sea".


AFI – American Film Institute – Advisory Board

ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

MMA – MIDI Manufactures Association

NAMM – National Association of Music Merchants

NARAS – National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy's) – Voting Member 

A partial list of Trade Shows and Conferences where Jimmy Hotz has been a featured speaker, made presentations or been on a panel include: 

American Film Institute – Los Angeles/Hollywood California

Comdex – Las Vegas

 E3 -Los Angeles

Guitar Center / Rock Walk of Fame – Hollywood California

Hackers Conference and the Think Conference – California

Southern California Economic Development Conference – Los Angeles

Microsoft Music Industry Briefing – Seattle

MIDIfest – US, MIDIExpo – Canada

Music Messe – Germany

NAMM Shows in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlantic City and Chicago

Plug.In / New York Music Festival - Technology Symposium – New York City

Project B-B-Que – Interactive Music Conference – Texas


State Bar of California – Intellectual Property Conference

World of Atari – Germany

World of Atari – US.


Press reviews:
Articles about or with references to Jimmy Hotz and/or his Inventions have appeared in numerous magazines and other publications including: 

Associated Press

Atari Advantage

Atari Artist, Atari Explorer

Atari Magazine, Atari Magazine -France

Atari MIDI Magazine

Atari MIDI Notes

BAM Magazine


Broadcasting and Cable

Business Week


Computer Graphics World


Computer Shopper

Current Notes

Drums and Drumming

Electronic Musician






JAM Magazine

Los Angeles Times

Mondo 2000

Multimedia World

Music and Computers

Music Connection

Music Technology

News Chronicle

New York Times



PC Shopping – Germany

Roland Magazine


Sound Studio and Stage

Start – the best Atari magazine

ST Computers

ST World

Surround Sound Professional

Up-Beat Daily

Yahoo Internet Life.