So that’s it. After more than a year (!) the album’s finished. We – producer Ferdy van der Singel, engineer/editor Koen de Jong and me – started recording in late september 2012. We put the deadline on Christmas Eve 2012. We finished the second week of October 2013.
Recordings took place at two different locations. We started in a old hotel in Bilthoven, a small town near Utrecht. But after three arson attempts (!!) we were forced to move the studio to another another location. (Luckily, the attempts didn’t cause a real fire outbreak in the hotel/studio. Sadly, the same guy was more successful with some big pet store in the same town.)
Off course, being forced to move all the studio equipment was very inconvenient at first. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The new place turned out to be really awesome. It’s a big old madhouse in Den Dolder (also near Utrecht). It’s located in the middle of a forest and it’s got a big, beautiful garden (where I put up a tent for sleeping on hot summer nights). A lot of rad animals as well (naked cats, snakes, peacocks). Also the acoustics are really great for recording, for instance a room with a beautiful, everlasting reverb. All this made recording the album a really cool and unforgettable experience. I’m very grateful to have spent all those hours, days, weeks, months in there with my mates, Ferdy and Koen.