UK: Pinna Productions' Sonny worked on one of the 12 albums nominated for the 2008 prize, writes David Davies. Sonny - co-owner and chief engineer of Pinna Productions - recorded, mixed and co-produced Knee-deep In the North Sea, the debut full-length release by South London-based alternative jazz act Portico Quartet. Ultimately, Elbow's acclaimed The Seldom Seen Kid was named as this year's winner during a ceremony in London on September 9th.
Released in October 2007, Knee-deep In the North Sea was put together at Livingston Studios in London in under a week.
Sonny (pictured) tells PSN-e: "Portico Quartet's nomination shows that great records can be made in six days. It also shows that for a new band, just getting out and doing it yourself can be a route to success. We're pleased with the recognition it has given Pinna Productions as it highlights our dedication to new music and our ethos to aid up-and-coming musicians and composers to further their music. It will allow us to reach out to similar groups to Portico and help them to reach similar success."
An SAE Institute graduate, Sonny has also worked with Jerry Boys, Dennis Bovell and Shakira at studios around the world. He established Pinna's own studio in Shoreditch, London, in conjunction with fellow producer/engineer Kev in 2005.
In addition to the Elbow and Portico Quartet long-players, the other albums on the typically eclectic 2008 shortlist were Adele's 19, British Sea Power's Do You Like Rock Music? , Estelle's Shine, Laura Marling's Alas I Cannot Swim, Neon Neon's Stainless Style, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset's The Bairns, Radiohead's In Rainbows, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, The Last Shadow Puppets' The Age of the Understatement and Burial's Untrue.