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Staff



Meet The Team Who Built The Dream



We are a small group of forward-thinkers and music lovers. We put our heart and soul into our work and provide our clients with 100% satisfaction, guaranteed. With a commitment to world-class recording services. Our audio engineers are established and fully equipped to take on any client or project, large or small. Our highly experienced staff are amongst the top recording, mixing and mastering engineers in Miami.

our staff

ADMINISTRATION



Matthew "Formatt" DeFreitas

Founder


Matthew DeFreitas, professionally known as Formatt is the founder and operator of Bay Eight Recording Studios Miami. He takes pride in the individuality of the studio and those he hires. With over 16 years of experience, Matthew had his start as an intern in 2004 at Boston Skyline Studios where he labored the ins and outs of the large format recording facility. Working his way up from making coffee runs to eventually becoming a studio owner himself.

As an audio engineer Matthew has achieved multi-platinum status in various countries for his work behind the boards. With his tenure comes a deep understanding of the studio business. Matthew knows the importance of the atmosphere and the vibe of a studio. He equally identifies the critical role an audio engineer plays from technical skill, efficiency, willingness to adapt, and personality. His vision, drive, and creativity for a state of the art facility with a modern mindset and killer staff make Bay Eight Recording Studios a hot spot for musicians across the globe.




Kayla Solano, studio manager, and aspiring engineer, plays no games when it comes to Bay Eight. With her parents rooting from Colombian/Salvadoran & Dominican descent and Kayla being born and raised here in sunny Miami, Florida, you can quickly see & hear her passion in everything she does.

Kayla oversees Bay Eight’s performance ranging from bookings, coordinating with artists, producers, managers, and labels to schedule recording sessions; keeping close track of ongoing projects to ensure that they are on schedule and that our client's specific needs are being met as well as the training of our interns.

You can always catch her on the hotline, setting up your next session with your hit-making engineer, or working the administration front line, setting the vibes in the lobby. If you’re lucky, she might even make you her famous cafecito! (#IYKYK)

Kayla Solano

General Manager


Kayla Solano

General Manager



Kayla Solano, studio manager, and aspiring engineer, plays no games when it comes to Bay Eight. With her parents rooting from Colombian/Salvadoran & Dominican descent and Kayla being born and raised here in sunny Miami, Florida, you can quickly see & hear her passion in everything she does.

Kayla oversees Bay Eight’s performance ranging from bookings, coordinating with artists, producers, managers, and labels to schedule recording sessions; keeping close track of ongoing projects to ensure that they are on schedule and that our client's specific needs are being met as well as the training of our interns.

You can always catch her on the hotline, setting up your next session with your hit-making engineer, or working the administration front line, setting the vibes in the lobby. If you’re lucky, she might even make you her famous cafecito! (#IYKYK)







Anais Jackson

Team Leader


Marco Aedo

Team Leader / Engineer


Sol Cerda

Team Leader


Abbey Tomaszewski

Team Leader



audio engineers



Here at Bay Eight Recording Studios, we take pride in the unique selection of the staff we hire. We believe in scouting the up-and-coming talent Miami is known to offer and cultivating them from within. Our Engineers are highly skilled and versatile audio professionals who have gone through our rigorous internship and training programs. Our engineers are as involved or transparent as needed to be in any type of session with a core focus on speed, efficiency, proper recording techniques, and astonishing file management.



Sam Friefeld

Producer / Engineer


Jorge "Chiri" Chiriboga

Engineer


Jeronimo "J.Cross" Hernandez

Engineer


Randy "Ghost" Joseph

Engineer


Gabriel "Jovet" Torres

Songwriter / Engineer


Marco Aedo

Engineer


Camron "DJ CAM" Amedee

Producer / Engineer


Adrian "Nugxs" Pedron

Producer / Engineer










senior audio engineers



Senior Engineers are seasoned engineers with years of experience under their belt. Many have acquired a unique set of skills that are only earned by the countless hours they have put in behind the boards. Our senior engineers are mix engineers, executive producers, vocal arrangers, and editors. These veteran engineers have worked along-side megastars, independent musicians, and know exactly what is required from both. Senior Engineers can provide professional guidance, creative direction, and crucial feedback, if necessary, ensuring you receive the highest quality music in the most efficient manner.






J.Carr

Senior Audio Engineer


Becoming a familiar face in Miami’s underground he spent late nights behind his mentor Klean trading off knowledge and furthering each other's growth as artists. One night he asked Klean to show him the ropes of Pro Tools. This helped James better understand the recording process and set the foundation for his engineering career.

Having partnered with Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, he was given the opportunity to sit in recording sessions of Jay Rock, SZA, Isaiah Rashad, Joey Bada$$, and more shadowing Ali. This would expand James' knowledge as he was not only able to better navigate the software but see how successful studio sessions were run.

He has over 10 years of experience as an audio engineer working with many major recording artists and record labels throughout his tenure. He understands and exceeds the level of professionalism and quality that is expected of him. He has also contributed his seasoned expertise in songwriting sessions and large songwriting camps from many of the top-level producers and songwriters. J.Carr is extremely knowledgeable in a studio session and has the wit and skill to adapt to every client with ease.






Zulu

Senior Audio Engineer


Juan Felaco

Senior Audio Engineer


senior audio engineers



Senior Engineers are seasoned engineers with years of experience under their belt. Many have acquired a unique set of skills that are only earned by the countless hours they have put in behind the boards. Our senior engineers are mix engineers, executive producers, vocal arrangers, and editors. These veteran engineers have worked along-side megastars, independent musicians, and know exactly what is required from both. Senior Engineers can provide professional guidance, creative direction, and crucial feedback, if necessary, ensuring you receive the highest quality music in the most efficient manner.





J.Carr

Senior Audio Engineer


Becoming a familiar face in Miami’s underground he spent late nights behind his mentor Klean trading off knowledge and furthering each other's growth as artists. One night he asked Klean to show him the ropes of Pro Tools. This helped James better understand the recording process and set the foundation for his engineering career.

Having partnered with Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, he was given the opportunity to sit in recording sessions of Jay Rock, SZA, Isaiah Rashad, Joey Bada$$, and more shadowing Ali. This would expand James' knowledge as he was not only able to better navigate the software but see how successful studio sessions were run.

He has over 10 years of experience as an audio engineer working with many major recording artists and record labels throughout his tenure. He understands and exceeds the level of professionalism and quality that is expected of him. He has also contributed his seasoned expertise in songwriting sessions and large songwriting camps from many of the top-level producers and songwriters. J.Carr is extremely knowledgeable in a studio session and has the wit and skill to adapt to every client with ease.






Zulu

Senior Audio Engineer




Juan Felaco

Senior Audio Engineer





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