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Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica

Sound Engineer
“Recording is an art in its own right,
but mixing is where it’s at for me.”

Pioneering powerhouse, Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica, has swiftly burgeoned into a
towering beacon of talent as one of the music industry’s hottest, most prolific sound
engineers. Credited for mixing over one hundred chart-topping tunes, Marcella has
had the opportunity of working with world-renowned musical icons such as
Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Joe Jonas and Missy Elliot,
along with super producers Timbaland, Danja, and Polow Da Don. In just a few short
years, this musical mastermind has already accomplished what most strive to
achieve in a lifetime.

Araica’s journey was an arduous one. Born and raised in Miami, Marcella graduated
with perfect attendance and honors from the Full Sail Production and Recording
Program in Orlando, Florida. She was presented with the Advanced Recording
Engineer Award, an honor only bestowed upon a single deserving student each
semester.

After earning her degree, Marcella immediately began her relentless pursuit of an
internship, and after a stream of perpetual denials, Marcella’s persistent outreach
finally snagged her an internship at one of the most prestigious recording studios in
the industry, The Hit Factory.

Grammy-winning artist Missy Elliot gave Marcella her first big break by allowing her
to work as a stand-in engineer after two short months on the job. Marcella
performed as a diligent and self-assured professional. After regularly requesting
Marcella in her sessions, Missy relayed a recommendation to iconic music producer
Timbaland. He was dazzled by her expertise, and made Marcella his full-time
engineer of choice. Timbaland, however, could not keep his treasured engineer to
himself for long. In 2003, Araica was introduced to Danja, an apprentice turned to
one of the world’s most celebrated producers under Timbaland’s watchful eye. Their
chemistry mixed with her revolutionary style, helped to achieve his sought-after
signature “sound.” Since the forging of their partnership, Danja has immersed
Marcella in the shaping, recording and mixing of the majority of his albums, giving
rise to a multitude of hits.

Marcella continues to channel her refined pedigree towards the thriving
independent label, N.A.R.S. (New Age Rock Stars), founded in partnership with
Danja as well as the newly built recording studio DREAM ASYLUM STUDIOS in
Miami, FL.

Marcella Araica’s impressive discography and growing collection of the music
industry’s most esteemed awards prove it apparent that her eminent expedition has
only just begun.

My Panelists Sessions

Monday, May 7
 

12:00pm PDT