We've worked together for months before. I've met and hung out with Tommy (it started at our Joshua Tree expedition in March), I met Dimitri in Malibu a few months before, and I met Jonas briefly in Munich this past summer. The rest I knew only through email, and various incarnations of their works in progress. Its a bit unnerving knowing you'll be working closely and living with a bunch of people you have not known up to that point. What if we don't get along? We're stuck!! What if some are divas!
We booked a large, beautiful looking house in the countryside, some 20-minute drive out of town. Little did we know (or expect) that the beautiful house is just the beginning. The house owner, Vito, and his cousin Tony, being the best part of it.