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.

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Marcella Araica: The Incredible Journey of “Ms. Lago”

A young intern fresh out of Full Sail University gets a big break (and a nickname) from Missy Elliott, works alongside producers and engineers like Timbaland, Jimmy Douglass, Demacio Castellon, and Polow da Don, and ends up mixing hits for Keri Hilson, Britney Spears, Keyshia Cole, Meek Mill, M.I.A., Usher, Wiz Khalifa, and Madonna.

There must be a story behind this path! In 2014, she and producer Nate “Danja” Hills opened Dream Asylum Studios and N.A.R.S. Records in the Miami area, with studios for each of them to create and mix in. That’s where we met up on a typically warm Florida day to talk about her incredible career and life.


Explore the hybrid mixing workflow of Marcella Araica, mixing engineer of pop hits by Timbaland, P!nk, Madonna, Duran Duran, Britney Spears, and many more! On an SSL 9000J at Platinum Sound Studios in NYC, Marcella opens the 2007 Pro Tools session of ‘Bad Girls’ by M.I.A., originally mixed fully analog. Using a combination of her favourite plug-ins and hardware, she builds a fresh new mix of the track. Watch her moves every step of the way as she takes you through her parameter settings, creative choices and mixing philosophy.

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