The LemonTree Story

by Erik Nilsson
Owner, LemonTree Studios

Over ten years working as an independent audio engineer and music composer, I had my studio set up in basements, rehearsal lock-outs, make-shift industrial spaces and “creative offices.”  I quickly discovered why each of these options sucked, but knew I had to, once again, find something better. Unfortunately, I was also suffering from a severe case of  G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), so I never wanted to have to move again.

Although these were the only options then, I was determined to find something more professional that wasn’t the reality of a multi-million dollar facility.

I searched for commercial space that offered some type of single, independent and quiet space that wasn’t too big.  I knew what I sought made sense and my rent budget was fair, but two years of hunting in the commercial market confirmed the offering didn’t even exist. The only other options were large with big buildout expenses and multi-year leases, I finally owned all the gear for a fantastic studio, but with nowhere to professionally use it. I was bust.

Long before the shared economy was a thing, I was a believer in bringing people together. I knew that I was one of many producing musicians in Los Angeles, so dividing and sharing sound-treated spaces that are small enough to be affordable for each of us was the solution.

Out the window of my noisy downtown rehearsal space was a yellow commercial building, currently operating as offices and a machine shop. It was free-standing, just big enough, and in a great location. A year later, it came up for lease and I jumped on it.

Today those studios thrive, while the world of writing, playing, singing, programming and recording progress in new and wildly creative ways within those walls!

LemonTree is an extension of my creative and entrepreneurial selves . As the original studio “tenant,” I aim to give you what I sought: an honest, authentic and uncomplicated business experience in a professional, inspiring space that allowed me to get down to making music.

The vinyl records underfoot are just a one-of-a-kind tribute to record shopping, so your hallways are always funky.

Thanks for reading.

In Groove We Trust,

P.S. As for the name, it’s fresh, it’s tart, it’s oh so California. And for fans of a certain sitcom about nothing, Tippy Toe just didn’t sound as good.

Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. -Bob Dylan