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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 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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AIDAN 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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VICTORIA KOLAR

Operations and Publicity Director

Victoria Kolar grew up the oldest of two in the Northwest Indiana town of Highland. After high school, she moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University, completing a BA in Communications and Latin Studies. She remained in the city, working for boutique PR agencies while contributing thoughts and articles to local and national media outlets, before accepting the role of Director of Marketing and PR for Marshall Pierce & Company. She handled all public relations and marketing efforts for the luxury retailer, culminating in a successful store opening on Michigan Avenue. Ready for another challenge, she packed her bags for Los Angeles to accept the position as Marketing and Public Relations Manager for Michael B. Jewelry. After time in Los Angeles, an engagement brought her home and she married Michael in Chicago, surrounded by family and friends. Victoria now leads operations, marketing and partnerships for Soundscape Studios.