If there is one word to describe this recording days, it is quality. All circumstances had been created to maximize the results of the recordings.
Firstly, the band members of “The 5 AM” where highly focused on getting a good result. There had been months of writing, rehearsals, and debate to play the songs with the right feeling.
The recordings were led by Werner Pensaert, a highly-experienced producer with a lot of know artists and international successes accredited to his name.
Also, the chosen studio contributed to the quality. The brand-new Daft Studios has a beautiful location situated in the Belgian Ardennes. The new building has been specifically designed as a recording studio without making any compromise.
On the top floor was a penthouse set up for the artists, so they could relax “on a high level” 😉 in between takes.
I was dividing my time between the Recording Studio, the Control Room, and the penthouse, where the kitchen is located. I’ve made short videos and taken pictures of everything to give a good impression of the atmosphere during the recording days of “The 5 AM”. A very special moment was when I was allowed to stand next to Christophe during the recording of the vocals (if I promised to be veerrrryy quiet 😊)
Additional challenges in cooking were a number of dietary requirements, such as someone with who was a vegetarian, someone who couldn’t have wheats, and someone with a nut-allergy. I had some extra pleasure in finding recipes that could be eaten by everybody, while no one noticed that there was being cooked according to a special diet. It is possible to make something delicious out of everything! For instance, for breakfast I made gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, or fresh fruit salads together with yoghurt. Furthermore, for dinner we ate, for example, several Indian curries or Italian risotto with goat cheese.