Bio

The head behind Sidetrack Walker

Dominik Sonders: a composer, vocalist, musician and writer with a penchant for minimalism and melancholy.

I’m trying to erase the wasteland
between you and me from the map
I’m scanning for the proper channels
for a signal that bridges the gap
– Memoirs: Ask Me Again


As sentient, social beings, all of us require exchange as well as inspiration. To achieve this, we each have our own preferences corresponding to our personalities. My first choices are music and writing. In pursuing various projects, I employ these means to both express what matters to me, and satisfy my need for creativity. With my work, I hope to reach out to people in much the same way that the works of artists from any field have made an impression on me, be it in terms of emotional kinship or creative inspiration.

From 2005 to 2014, I performed under the name Unmasqueraded, a solo project that gradually abandoned its roots in Progressive Doom Metal in favour of melancholic Folk.

In 2014 I co-founded the Atmospheric Chamber Pop band Memoirs. But it soon became clear that I needed another creative platform for some of my songs that were both a continuation of earlier endeavours, and a stylistic offshoot of my work with Memoirs. I therefore started my new project Sidetrack Walker in 2015 and soon made it the main focus of my musical work.

My first release under this moniker was a collection of piano improvisations, Confessions in Silence, released in 2017. Mirrors and Mirages followed in 2018, a melancholic blend of singer-songwriter and chamber music. The material for this album dates back to 2004–2006, laying the foundation for much of my later work.

January 25, 2019 saw the release of the long-awaited new album Come What May. It is the most diverse Sidetrack Walker record to date, conveying a broad palette of emotions and featuring a far richer instrumentation than its predecessors. Mastered by Prog legend Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel).

Sidetrack Walker has since evolved into a four-piece live band. The line-up (left to right):

Tilla – violin
Jan – drums, backing vocals
Dominik – vocals, piano, guitar
Paul – bass