Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica
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.
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.