Marcella Araica

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Marcella Araica
Birth name Marcella Christina Araica
Also known as Ms. Lago, The Incredible Lago
Genres Pop, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, urban pop, Rap
Occupation(s) Mixing engineer, recording engineer, record producer
Years active 2002 – present
Labels N.A.R.S
Mosley Music Group
Associated acts Britney Spears , Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Keri Hilson, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Simple Plan, T.I., The Clutch, T-Pain, Diddy, Usher, Duran Duran, Tiesto

Marcella Araica is an American recording and mixing engineer, who has recorded and mixed tracks for artists including Britney Spears, K Michelle Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran and Keri Hilson.


Araica started her professional career as an assistant at the Hit Factory in March 2002.[1] Araica graduated from the Full Sail Production and Recording Program in Florida in 2002.[2] She was mentored by Jimmy Douglass and Demacio Castellon.[3] Araica describes how it was difficult breaking into a male-dominated career, "As a female, I had more to prove."[2] She has worked as an assistant engineer in sessions for Timbaland and Missy Elliott.[4] Subsequently, she became a full-time engineer at the studio, working closely with Timbaland.[5][6]

In the early 2000s, she met Danja and the two started working together.[3] In 2008, they created N.A.R.S. records and in 2014, opened a studio in Miami, called Dream Asylum.[3] The studio was built in a former warehouse and has separate recording rooms for Danja and Araica.[7]

She visits Full Sail University often to spread her knowledge and give current students a closer look into what it really takes to become successful in the music industry.[8][9][10][11] Araica also created the Red Bottoms Foundation in order to support women in the music industry.[12] The foundation supports mentorships for women.[13]

Araica's method of working with musical projects is to focus primarily on the vocal aspect of the song, and then uses effects in Pro Tools and outboard gear.[5] She has also called herself "a mad scientist when I'm in the studio."[14]


Araica's mixing and recording credits include "Gimme More" by Britney Spears, "The Way I Are" by Timbaland,[5] "Migrate" by Mariah Carey, "We Takin’ Over" by DJ Khaled, "When I’m Gone" by Simple Plan and "The Valley" by Duran Duran.[citation needed]

Selected discography[edit]

Name Variations: Marcella Araica, Marcella 'Ms. Lago'[1] Araica', The Incredible Lago.


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In 2010, Araica received two ASCAP awards for "Knock You Down" and "Sober."[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Concepcion, Mariel (3 October 2009). "6 Questions With Marcella Araica". Billboard. 121 (39): 13. 
  2. ^ a b Burgess, Richard James (2013). The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 196. ISBN 9780199921720. 
  3. ^ a b c Kenny, Tom (29 February 2016). "On the Cover: Dream Asylum Studios". Mix. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Jackson, Blair (1 September 2014). "Marcella Araica: Making Waves in Miami Recording". Mix. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Harvey, Steve (2009). "Araica Is On Board". Pro Sound News. 31 (8): 20, 30. Retrieved 18 August 2016 – via EBSCO. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Hughes, Zondra (21 December 2010). "5 Fantasy Jobs (and How You Can Get Your Own)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Bullins, Strother (October 2015). "Developing the Duality of Dream Asylum". Pro Sound News. 37 (10): 22, 55. Retrieved 18 August 2016 – via EBSCO. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Baker, Aaron “AO”. " Exclusive iNterview with Marcella "Ms. Lago" Araica". iStandardProducers. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Marcella Araica: Hit Engineer Ascent". Hit Talk Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Harvey, Steve. "Araica Is On Board". ProSound News. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Danja and Marcella Araica install Matrix in their new private studio". Solid State Logic News. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Smith, LaToya M. (1 December 2011). "Sound Check: An Audio Engineer Mixes Recordings for Pop Music's Biggest Hit Makers". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 18 August 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ Gallant, Michael (August 2011). "Marcella Araica". M Music and Musicians. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  14. ^ Tingen, Paul. "Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Marcella Araica - Inside Track: 'The Way I Are'". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "27th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards Celebrate Hitmakers at Star-Studded Event in Hollywood". 27th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Christman, Ed. "Dr. Luke, Jason Mraz, EMI, Patti Smith Among ASCAP Honorees". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 


  • Mshaka, Thembisa S. (2009). Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your Entertainment Business. Business Plus. ISBN 0-446-40946-4. 

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