About the Studio
All Access Studios started in June 2009. I’m the owner, Darren, born and raised in the area, refused to build the studios at any other location except to be in the NOHO district, bordering on the Burbank, Toluca Lake and Studio City surrounding areas. Just google “NOHO Arts District” related sites for information about the area. This is the most prime location to be involved and do business in, even more so than in much of Hollywood and the surrounding areas, for many reasons (like in regards to traffic and congestion), including entertainment/music related businesses that have been rooted here for generations plus exciting new film and music related businesses that are all in proximity to one another with many directly and indirectly having some kind of involvement to major film (Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Disney, etc.) to music related enterprises, with many legendary recording studios, etc… who are all within a few miles radius of the NoHo District.
Knowing Los Angeles and specifically the NOHO area, and the value of being in this particular location, there’s no other place I would be than to be off of Chandler Blvd. in a vibrant area with almost unlimited resources all close by, in an industry with a rapidly growing high demand for these kind of particular studios. Being in a studio of this kind also gives you major credibility amongst your associates and peers in the industry as you pursue your endeavor. Here, you have a legitimate place of business to create and to conduct business.
I am extremely grateful and I appreciate beyond words to all my tenants who are not just great tenants but great people who respect their financial responsibilities and are most respectful to the studio facilities who take care of it with great care. None of my tenants have ever been late on rent since anyone who has currently been here for years, or had any issue with whatsoever. Never a complaint for all these years. I’ve gotten to know them quite well. Amazing.
I get calls almost on a daily basis from people interested for these rehearsal studios, which I’m so grateful for, and in selecting the right tenant(s), in that there will never be any nefarious activities going on at the facilities, because of the process of choosing a prospective tenant, having multiple conversations-meetings, in that I look for high character people, and how much people yearn for that conducive environment, and I’m taken aback to how many people constantly convey to me how much they so appreciate that about my place, that it’s run more like a creative-business environment and doesn’t moonlight into a party-like atmosphere hangout, and that reflects this true labor of love of mine.
Enjoy the journey and thank you for your interest!
My Mates-Friedman Connection
Being surrounded by good business neighbors who support each other like Mates, who’ve been at their location for 36 years and counting, who the owner Bob I have known going back since I was a teenager, and is a good friend of mine and another good friend and tenant, Dave Friedman who I’ve known for over 20 years, who also did guitar rig setups at studios for the same session players many years prior to me, was a tenant in the tech room, starting his rack systems business at the Brauer Studio Rental Shop on Weddington St. during my 12 years straight working there from 1998-2010, going back to my cartage days working for Andy Brauer Studio Rentals, setting up guitar rigs in studios for A-list recording session guys like Dean Parks, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson, Steve Lukather, Rusty Anderson, Nathan East, Neil Stubenhaus, Paul Bushnell and others. These guys for decades have played on some of the most recognizable records, film scores and TV shows ever produced and have played live and recorded with many of the most successful recording artists of all time. They are the unsung recording session heroes. Through our session guys, there were continuous working relationships for over a decade with major bands and record producers, from David Foster to John Shanks, to working production award shows, film scores (James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, etc.) so for those 12 years, I’ve been to all the recording studios and scoring stages in town literally hundreds of times over. The ABSR shop was also in the NOHO district for 30 plus years.
Dave custom builds and wires guitar rigs and pedalboards, and mods amps for many of the most successful legendary touring rock (and session) guitarists. Dave also has developed his brand of amps, speaker cabs, effect pedals and accessories. Watching his Friedman Amplification business grow, along with his partnership with Tone Merchants, to become what it is today is awesome.
Mates has many of the biggest bands and high profile artists in the world as clients, who rehearses and stores gear at their nearby multiple facilities. Some of my tenants, past and present, does business with Mates and Dave Friedman, but there are many Mates and Friedman’s clients who both have the same clients who does business with each other, right across the street from one another, making it a very desirable and convenient location.
Updated January 2018.