Michael Kolar • Owner / Chief Engineer
Raised in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Michael Kolar has been working in the recording/music industry since 1994. Having over 20 years experience, Michael is fluent in rap, rock, gospel and R&B. With a combined total of over 20 million plays on SoundCloud of Michael’s mixes, local and national artists seek him out to have a competitive sound. Former Vice President of the Engineering & Recording Society, Michael’s technical expertise matches his creativity and love of music.
Hear some of Kolar's mixes below:
Erika Morales • General Manager
Erika graduated from Columbia College Chicago with her Live Sound Reinforcement degree in 2011. She began her musical journey at the young age of 6, when she began playing piano, and continued to pick up instruments, focusing on classical and jazz trumpet throughout her college career. As a freshman in college, Erika began interning at Soundscape Studios and was an employee by August of 2009. Over time Erika took great interest in overseeing studio operations and transitioned from Engineer to Studio Manager. Experienced in multiple aspects of the recording business, Erika now maintains all client - engineer relations and ensures all client needs are met.
Jabari Rayford • Senior Engineer
Jabari has been engineering for several years, beginning at his high school, Kenwood Academy. Jabari is an established producer, vocalist and overall well rounded musician giving him a strong foundation as an engineer. SoundScape Studios initially saw Jabari in action during the ASM semesters spent at Soundccape. When a position opened up, we knew we had to have Jabari join our team. Jabari has developed his skills over many years and is now our exclusive Vocal Production Engineer as well as our Senior Engineer.
Hear some of Jabari's mixes below:
Jeff Arenson • Staff Engineer
After getting into music production in 2010, Jeff transferred to Columbia College Chicago to pursue a career in audio engineering. Jeff began as an intern in 2014 and has recently joined the team after winning us over with his mixes on several Closed Sessions records. As an engineer, Jeff incorporates a wide variety of influences into his mixes to capture a unique and dynamic sound.
Aidan Sigel-Bruss • Staff Engineer
Aidan is currently attending Columbia College Chicago majoring in Audio Design Production. He has been honing his sound design and music production skills since he was 15. Aidan quickly caught our eyes and ears and just after a 6 month internship, Aidan earned his spot on the Soundscape team. Aidan is dedicated to engineering and is always in the building ready to work on your record.
Eric "99" Alvarez • Staff Engineer & Studio Administrator
Eric graduated from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2015, where he studied audio engineering and production. After interning at Soundscape Studios for 7 months, he began working with us as an engineer and studio assistant. Eric incorporates his background in symphonic band, as well as influences from a variety of modern-day genres to define his sound.