Dominik Sonders: a singer, songwriter and musician with a penchant for minimalism and melancholy; an author exploring atmosphere and sentiment; an individualist with his own perspective on both the world and himself.
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 worked under the name Unmasqueraded, a solo project that gradually abandoned its roots in Progressive Doom Metal in favour of calm, melancholic Folk.
After the cancellation of Unmasqueraded, I co-founded the Atmospheric Chamber Pop band Memoirs. But I soon felt that I needed another creative platform for some of my material that was both a continuation of earlier endeavours, and a stylistic offshoot of my work with Memoirs. That’s how my new project Sidetrack Walker came about in 2015. It became my primary musical outlet when Memoirs went into an indefinite hiatus in 2017.
My first release as Sidetrack Walker was a collection of piano improvisations from 2014/2015, Confessions in Silence, released digitally in 2017. Next up will be Mirrors and Mirages: my first-ever piano-based singer-songwriter album, originally written between 2004 and 2006, that I’ve finally been able to record properly. Most importantly, though, there is a brand-new full-length album in the pipeline, Come What May, which is ready for release and only needs a suitable label.
The live band
Dominik Sonders – vocals, piano, guitars, melodica
Jan Tuschhoff – drums
Ben Beck – guitars