In 2004, Royal Rehearsal opened its first location in LA’s ultra-hip University Park neighborhood. The response was tremendous, leading to rave tenant reviews and an extensive waiting list. It didn’t take long for owners Max Delbecq and Ian Vishnevsky to recognize the strong demand for affordable, high-quality rehearsal space. A second University Park site opened in 2012, followed by locations in Boyle Heights (2015), Burbank (2016) and Commerce (2017).
As the number of tenants swelled to nearly 500, so did the demand for additional services catering specifically to musicians and artists. Royal responded by adding creative common areas, recording studios, video production space, live event promotions and online support services like band booking.
This comprehensive approach to the rehearsal space model coupled with a highly attentive customer-focused culture led to record-low turnover rates, with more than 80 percent of Royal tenants renewing their leases upon expiration. In the years ahead, Royal eagerly looks forward to expanding its presence throughout LA and other cities, always with the goal of helping musicians and artists do that thing they do best.
Don’t let the tailored suit and perfectly coiffed do fool you. Max is a hardcore metalhead from Santa Clara, CA with 22 years of experience behind a drum set. His favorite beat-maestro is Tool’s own Danny Carey, although he’ll often pay tribute to classics like Pantera and Slayer along with a few of the newer, "gooder" metal bands. Originally trained as a classical and jazz drummer, Max toiled away in the trenches of USC studying the intricacies of Jazz and Music Business. After failing in his bid to completely conquer the Hollywood rock scene, he turned to practicing real estate full time where he could use his talents to support other musicians. And voila! Out popped Royal Rehearsal! In his free time, he likes to exercise, travel, and drink West Coast IPA’s (sometimes all at once).
Ever heard someone say, “It’s all about the numbers?” Well, Ian took that philosophy to the top of Everest when he became Royal’s venerated "numbers guy." As in number of satisfied clients, number of positive reviews, number of rockin’ hot jams coming from The Rattle Room! This Moscow-born financial whiz kid has had extensive experience in both real estate and the entertainment industry (he’s worked for four of Hollywood’s six major studios). When he's not using his knowledge of EBITDA to plot a world takeover, he can be found enjoying some big band swing while puffing on a Cuban. Although musically challenged himself, he takes great pride in supporting Royal’s musicians and the entertainment industry in general. In his free time, he enjoys flying, hiking, and fine dining (sometimes all at once).
Eugene is the most recent addition to the “Royal family,” working behind the scenes to develop the company’s new membership program and ancillary business models. In fact, he’s working right now. No, seriously. He only sleeps for like a couple hours… on Sunday. He’s a serial entrepreneur who has truly lived up to the Stark family name (Iron Man’s his cousin), having started a drone company and more recently selling the e-commerce business he founded. Prior to going all entrepreneurial and stuff, Eugene worked at SpaceX. And before selling his soul to Royal, he enjoyed traveling, skiing, snowboarding, and hanging out with his puppy. Oh, he also loved music fests and live concerts 🙁 His iPod is usually playing classic rock, funky electronic, and EDM (but not all at once).
In addition to handling everything from rogue light bulbs to broken ceiling tiles, Esteban is also Royal’s stellar resident guitarist and overall the "hardest working guy in the room." And we’re not just saying that because he offered to work for free on Saturdays. (But thanks for that, Esteban!) He diligently maintains the rehearsal spaces and ensures every tenant has an excellent experience. When he's not dealing with a leaky pipe at 1am, he can be found shredding the ax with his band The Absynths, teaching guitar lessons, or studying classical guitar. Esteban’s passion for playing is long as the day and twice as sunny. In fact, he’s a regular walking mission statement. His goal? To help others express themselves and make the world a better place through music.
What can we say about Jaron? Let’s see. Founder of The Rattle Room at Royal 4 in Burbank. Renowned music producer and sound engineer. Top-notch mixing wizard. Technophile extraordinaire. World champion cliff diver. (Okay, we made that last one up, but he might as well be.) Through his partnership with Royal, Jaron brings his recording and live sound talents to a whole new level, with state-of-the-art equipment designed, upgraded and custom-tuned by him and other industry-leading sound experts. Truly no expense was spared in making his studio a "royal" recording space. When he’s not laying down tracks for the next Grammy-winning album, he can probably be found scuba diving, snake handling, or swimming with Great Whites.
Why we're different
We're focused on the customer...
Yes, it’s true, we have a fairly significant footprint, with five locations and 110 rehearsal units. However, it’s all run by a small team of music aficionados who are dedicated to customer service and providing kick-ass experiences.
We're cleaner and better managed...
We get it. Better environment equals better flow of creative energy. That’s why we strive to maintain a clean, uplifting, functional space for all our customers. And you can always bend management’s ear with any issues, questions or suggestions.
We have an awesome membership program...
Not all customers need their own private unit. So, we provide membership plans that offer flexible rehearsal time, invites to industry events, access to artist-relevant social platforms, online promotional opportunities and more.
We're all about community...
Nobody ever made it to the top without a little help from someone else. A dedicated community of musicians helping each other means more support for reaching your goals. There’s strength in numbers. So, when someone like you joins the Royal family, we all become stronger.