Vixen Chat: Marcella Aracia Talks Breaking Into the Music Industry and What Keeps Her Motivated

Marcella AraicaWho haven’t you worked with that you would like to collaborate with? Whether they’re a producer or an artist.
I would love to actually be working on an album with Beyonce. I mixed a record for her on the last album she came out with but at the very last second the song had to be cut because the record label had said 13 songs. I didn’t get to go in the studio with her to record the record. The files were sent to me for me to mix and I sent it to her and it was a very gracious process.

Do you have any advice for females who want to get into your field or any other male dominated industry?
Yes, know that you have to work hard. Male or female just work hard at what you’re passionate about. When you work hard it’s going to show. I think it’s easy and I know it’s very cliché advice but it’s what I did and it’s what I truly believe in. Even with people that work with me now, my assistants or interns that’s all I ever tell them. The interview process or once I hire them it’s the easiest thing it’s like look, all I ask is for you to work hard and communicate, that’s it.

When was the moment you felt you arrived?
When my parents were finally proud of me; they’re middle class and they’re not from the United States, they came here and worked really hard and my father’s thing was to get a degree. He’s very traditional and old-fashioned so he didn’t understand the route I took. Just because I was working with Missy doesn’t mean I was making it, I wasn’t making it for years to come so they got worried like “what are you doing? You need to start making some money, you’re not making any money right now,” I’m like “trust me, trust me.” So when things started really happening for me and I just started seeing them be able to relax and be proud that’s when I kind of realized I think I’m good.

I was reading on you Red Bottom Foundation, that’s a very interesting name. How did you come up with that?
The name came up because I would come to the studio dressed up. I think a lot of people have this stigma of feeling like when you come to the studio you have to be in sweat pants and sneakers and things like that. When I was dressed up, people said: “Oh where you going?” And I’m just like “work! I ain’t going anywhere.” Why is it that when you put on a pair of heels it’s a big deal? I’m just very confident and I love shoes. I just felt like starting this foundation and naming it something where it symbolizes the confidence of a woman.

What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to have a place where I can gather a group of women that are really trying to find a place in the entertainment business, where they can learn about the business and learn to express themselves. I just want to be able to say: “listen, we can do anything we want to do.”

What new projects are you working on? What can we hear from you in the future?
On the Chris Brown album there are two songs that I mixed on there “Add Me In” and “Stereotype.” I’ve been also working with a young talented artist out of RCA his name is Jacob Latimore. I’m about to get in the studio with Keri Hilson again so we’ll see.