Full Sail University


Marcella Araica

Audio Engineer

Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica knew she wanted to work in Miami, Florida, at the Hit Factory. While she was a student in Full Sail's Recording Arts program, she called the studio manager every couple months to check in. Her persistence paid off, and after graduating in 2002, she interviewed and was offered a job as a general assistant. Two months in, she got the chance to prove her potential behind the console on a session with Missy Elliott.

During her time at the legendary Hit Factory in Miami, Marcella's contributed her engineering talents to albums by Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera, and more. She's won two prestigious ASCAP awards for her work with pop vocalists Pink and Keri Hilson.

Marcella teamed up with record producer Danja in 2009 to launch the independent music label, N.A.R.S. (New Age Rock Stars) Records, working with talent such as Kevin Cossom, Wyld, and Luke James.

Most recently, Marcella and Danja opened Dream Asylum Studios, a dazzling recording environment that has captured the sounds of artists like Monica and K. Michelle. Marcella was instrumental in the design and development of the expansive South Florida space, which spans 4000 square feet and features multiple studios, a live room, and inspired areas for creating and collaborating.


Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Monica, Meek Mill, M.I.A, Jason Derulo, Kid Ink, Missy Elliot, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey, Timbaland, Christina Aguilera, Wyclef Jean, Usher, 2010 ASCAP Award Winner Pink ­ Sober & Keri Hilson ­ Knock You Down

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It feels really good to know you have a place in history. Everything I'm doing is always going to be around because it's music, and you can trace back to it. I think when I'm 60 or 70 and my grandkids want to hear it, that's when I'm going to be like, ‘Oh my gosh I worked on this.'’
—Marcella Araica
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