A WSDG SHOWCASE FOR
NATE ‘DANJA’ HILLS & MARCELLA ARAICA
Recording Studios are not only built to produce hit songs, they are sophisticated, technically, aesthetically and acoustically complex instruments, that reflect the idiosyncratic styles and personalities of their owners. Created for two of the contemporary music scene’s most prolific hit producers, Nate ‘Danja’ Hills and his business partner, Marcella Araica, Dream Asylum Studios represents the personification of the pair’s fun, somewhat racy and clearly colorful approach to both their music and their lifestyle. Designed to inspire the sounds that make South Florida a hotbed for Pop, New Age Rock and R&B hits, Dream Asylum serves the dual purpose of setting the ultimate mood for musical creativity, AND, providing the ultimate production environment for recording and mixing the upshot of that inspiration.
Dream Asylum’s 600 sq.ft. Live Room/Iso Booth is linked to two primary Control Rooms via below-floor wiring channels to provide flawless connectivity throughout the complex. The elegant 360 sq.ft. Control A features handsome, custom-designed wooden wall-mounted equipment cabinets which bookend an oversized client couch set on a raised platform beneath a dropped ceiling.
A custom designed rear wall wooden resonator, and a dramatic geometrical ceiling cloud distinguish the 269 sq.ft. Control B. Both control rooms are outfitted with identical (SSL9000) consoles and WSDG / Augspurger Monitor Systems. Thanks to impeccable room-within-room isolation, Dream Asylum enables Danja and/or Araica to record live sessions in a share studio room via either control room while a second engineer/producer simultaneously mixes another project. Distinguished by a striking oversized “fan” inspired ceiling cloud, a 192 sq.ft. mixing/writing room has been created for guest artists.
WSDG Project Manager Romina Larregina reports, “We worked closely with Marcella to find the most appropriate site for the studio. Formal design work on Dream Asylum Studio began in 2011. A top recording engineer as well as a writer and producer, Marcella is extremely savvy about design and acoustical issues. Having knowledgeable clients who can articulate their design and technical goals is always a plus factor in enabling us to turn their dreams into reality.”
Carved out of a nearly 4000 sq.ft.former warehouse in one of the South Florida’s most beautiful cities. The complex includes a comfortable lounge/screening room, and a solarium to provide a relaxing respite. Two oversized in-wall tropical fish tanks offer additional creative inspiration.
“Danja and I have worked in many great studios, from Electric Lady to Jay –Z’s Roc The Mic,” Araica says. “I started out as an intern at The Hit Factory, and their Studio E Live Room was one of the best sounding rooms ever.
John Storyk’s design and acoustical skills contributed to the success of all those rooms. When we decided to build our own studio we were committed to going with the best. I called John to bring WSDG on board. They worked with us on every level, and we love what they’ve done for Dream Asylum. It was a great collaboration. We are extremely proud to have a studio that looks and sounds this great.”