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The Squad

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MICHAEL KOLAR

Founder / 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.

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JABARI RAYFORD

Senior Freelance 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 After School Matters semesters spent at SoundScape. 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.

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JEFF ARENSON

Staff Engineer

After getting into music production in 2010, Jeff graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio Design & Production. Jeff joined the staff in 2014 and has worked with artists like Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples. Lil B, Zayn Malik, & FKA Twigs. As an engineer, Jeff incorporates a wide variety of influences into his mixes to capture a unique and dynamic sound.

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AIDEN SIGEL-BRUSE

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.

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ERIC “99” ALVAREZ

Staff Engineer

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 seven 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.