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Meet Pete Waimrin and John Seffker of Black Diamond Studios in Lincoln Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pete Waimrin and John Seffker.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
John and I have been playing in bands in L.A. for a long time. At some point our bands started to share a lockout rehearsal room in North Hollywood. The rains would collect in the walls and we would find mold in our speaker cabinets and we were getting sick a lot. The place was a dump. My band ended up in that time period, John’s band tried to get me to join their band as one of the guitar players. I was focused on a project to write, perform and produce an EP, so my heart wasn’t in it.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Owning and running the first project was intimidating. We thought we knew what we were doing, but we never experienced business side of rehearsal studios. What we knew is what we expected from a creative space, which was respect and building an atmosphere where musicians like ourselves can thrive musically (without the BS distractions of bands acting like rock stars but not working to get there.

Black Diamond Studios – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
What sets us apart from ALL other rehearsal lockout facilities is that we want to build a community of talented, hardworking artists that are serious about their trade. We intentionally kept rates under market value to allow us to What helps make this vision happen is that this company is owned and run by musicians who still write, record, produce and gig. We truly understand our clients because they are us!

Contact Info:

  • Address: BLACK DIAMOND STUDIOS 2626 Humboldt Street Los Angeles, CA 90031
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  • Phone: 424-835-1087

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