Shared work collectives — spaces where “solopreneurs” can punch in for the day — have become as ubiquitous as the start-ups that frequent them. But Neuehouse, which opened in New York city in 2013 and also serves as a private members-only club, has found an additional way to set itself apart in the form of their second and newest location, which will open later this month in Los Angeles: A 70,000 sq. foot space which was formerly the 1938 Columbia Square CBS Radio Building and Studio.
“It’s a beautiful landmark building,” says Neuehouse co-founder Joshua Abram of the soon-to-open second location, which is almost twice the size of the New York members only co-working space, and comes equipped with sound stages and old recording studios which will become conference rooms. “There is a rich musical tradition. Johnny Cash recorded ‘I Walk The Line’ there, the Beach Boys insisted on recording there, and Barbra Streisand recorded there. We’re really going to double down on music, live performances and the whole opportunity for creative inspiration. Ideally we’d like to be a place where people who are involved in music are free to experiment and work out ideas.”
Without even officially having opened the doors, Neuehouse Hollywood is off to a strong start: On September 28th, Disclosure hosted a private album release party, alongside KCRW radio’s Jason Bentley, in the not yet completed Studio A of the building, where I Love Lucy was once filmed.
Neuehouse — which counts record producer and Island Records trailblazer Chris Blackwell as a founding member — will continue granting exclusive access to top talent to its members (membership starts at several thousand dollars a year and goes up from there). “We love particularly when worlds collide,” says Abram. “Music plays a big role on the agenda.”
Performances and events (open only to members and guests of members) at the New York location have included Jon Batiste, Estelle, Twin Shadow, Liam Baily, and Sanford Bigger’s band Moon Medecin, while a number of musicians have been paired off with influencers from other industries for discussions: Benny Blanco and music executive Jeff Rabhan, Reggie Watts and comedian Charlie Todd, Sanford Biggers and Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Swizz Beats and Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration FAILE, Slash and singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik, and architect David Rockwell and Nico Muhly.
“The space is convivial and the audiences are eager,” says Muhly. “It’s an ideal place to present work in progress.”