Biography

Born and raised in the North West of London, Sonny began making music in his early teens, after acquiring an acoustic guitar, and a love for early Marc Bolan records. During the 1990's, he spent time in various studios, recording demos and attempting to refine his musical style, which at this time was 'singer songwriter' based.

By the end of the decade, he began exploring new musical horizons, moving away from previous songwriting techniques. Utilizing drones and electronics to create textured soundscapes, he began work on his first album, 'Twilight-World Music', a vocal Ambient project. Encouragement from the pioneering singer Sheila Chandra, gave Sonny the courage to follow his vision, enabling him to produce daring compositions, which embraced less orthodox ways of making music.

 Released in 2004 on his Minimal-escent Music imprint, 'Twilight-World Music' was something of a slow-burner, receiving praise from listeners on the internet rather than the press. The encouraging support from new listeners was greatly appreciated, as Sonny was not actively seeking a response from music critics.

It wasn't until the 2008 album, 'The Spirit Of Elegy', that Sonny had grown in confidence as an artist. The album was a departure from its predecessor, in sound and style, embracing Gothic Romanticism, Early Music and Dream Pop, whilst retaining an Ambient perspective in the use of soundscape and texture. The song 'Frost Fair' received extensive radio play, and was especially championed by BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson, who invited Sonny into the studio to talk about the album. The reviews for the album were unanimously positive, recognising Sonny's maverick tendencies and singular vision ("It's rare that something comes a long which is so far from the mainstream that it becomes hard to describe or find realistic parallels to.")

Early 2011 saw the release of the 'Elegies' book, compiling all the photographic images created for 'The Spirit Of Elegy' project, and lyrics from both of Sonny's albums so far. During this time, he was also busy working on new songs at Birdland studio; owned by Chris Murrell, Sonny had been using this studio since the beginning of the decade, with Chris engineering and mixing.

Released in late 2011, the 'Illuminant' EP featured four compositions, in which Sonny re-introduced the guitar as a prominent instrument, as well as the lush orchestrations and Baroque stylings of the previous album. Songs such as 'Everything Was Golden' and 'Wonder Of Snow', were again singled out for radio play by Tom Robinson and also Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins. Housed in a sleeve which featured a painting specially created for the EP, it was also accompanied with a beautifully crafted A5 booklet, featuring illuminated lyrics and photographs. A series of promotional videos were made of all four songs, the footage of which had been filmed by Sonny over the period of composing and recording; depicting impressionistic images of the natural world, the videos have a dream like quality, perfectly complimenting the music.

To inhabit the spaces of creativity, is Sonny’s credo, whether it be composing a song, painting a picture, taking a photograph, and during times of gestation, when seeds are being sown and tended to, in the hope that something will grow and flower, ready to be presented to the world. To live a creative existence has always been paramount, never conforming to others expectations, or to what is popular in the present. Whatever he decides to do next, or when it will see the light of day, be sure it will be done with integrity and imagination.

"Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating." (Rilke)

 

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