Behind The Board: Marcella Araica On The Art Of Engineering
Marcella Araica loves what she does. In the latest edition of The Recording Academy's Behind The Board series, the Miami-based engineer speaks animatedly about how she got her start in the recording industry.
Having produced her own beats in high school and later honing her craft at Full Sail University in Orlando, Araica tells us about her early days engineering behind the board. Turns out the first artist she ever recorded was none other than GRAMMY-winning artist Missy Elliott, though Araica laughs that the session didn't quite go as planned. "I failed miserably," she laughs. "I mean, I was able to capture her, I just wasn't fast enough for her. Yeah, she wasn't having it."
"The best sessions are always gonna be when things are free-flowing," she continues. "Nothing feels robotic and stagnant. You want to make sure that [the artist] is happy with what's being captured. I think once you gain the trust of the artist in that way, everything starts to be the natural flow of, 'Hey, what do you think?' They start to ask you for your input."
Watch Araica's full interview above.