In offering my services as a singer, songwriter and musician, I am here to help bring your artistic vision to fruition and add a personal touch to your project. Owing to my penchant for minimalism and melancholy, I excel in music that focuses on emotion and atmosphere without neglecting other approaches.
Authenticity and unwavering dedication are the cornerstones of my work. I can draw on 20+ years of experience in composing and arranging music, writing lyrics, and honing my skills as a vocalist and musician. I’ve been involved in genres as diverse as Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Doom Metal, Trance and Rap, and my interest as a listener includes a wide array of other styles.
As your session vocalist, I can
- write vocal lines that bring out the potential of your track,
- offer my distinctive, clean voice best suited for emotional music,
- perform harsh vocals ranging from growls to Black Metal shrieks,
and will gladly write my own lyrics for all of the above.
As your (co-)songwriter, composer or arrangement consultant, I can
- write, correct or translate lyrics in English, German and Norwegian (Bokmål),
- help you with questions of song structure, the choice and composition of individual instruments etc.,
- compose minimalist piano music for films, television or games,
As your session musician, I’ll gladly write and record piano parts (with my high-quality digital piano), e-bow or melodica. Other instruments may be possible, depending on what you have in mind.
Your project just might broaden my horizon even further – tell me about it!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Dominik Sonders
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will approach your project with the same idealism and perfectionism I put into my own songs. The best possible end result is in my own interest as much as yours, so I will render my services to the very best of my abilities. Expect authentic emotionality from my vocals and a keen musical sense from my songwriting.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To do what comes naturally, and to explore what makes us human with the most intuitive and intimate form of expression there is: music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sophie Hunger. She's one of a kind, a rebel of sorts, an individualist to the bone, defying categorisation. Whenever I listen to her music, it doesn't just move me deeply - it encourages me to think out of the box and to keep doing what I do despite the immense obstacles that sometimes come with it. More than once I started writing new songs after listening to one of her albums. It'd be exciting to see what we could come up with in a creative exchange.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A strong intuition for, and analytical perception of, music and language.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Genuine emotion, dedication and a keen sense of what works musically (and what doesn't).
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've finished recording my Sidetrack Walker solo album alongside an EP and am working closely with my mixing engineer to give it the finishing touches it deserves. It's in a melancholic singer-songwriter vein with influences from various other genres. Apart from that, I'm planning a Funeral Doom project and some electronic material.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People sometimes ask me what comes first: music or lyrics. The misconception in this question is the assumption that either of the two necessarily comes first, which is rarely the case when I write songs. Rather, the two inform and influence each other in a dynamic process, and I usually write them pretty much simultaneously.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Anything goes! Whatever works best for what you're trying to achieve will be the right choice. Myself, though, I mostly use digital equipment for convenience' sake, and because I'm not that much of an aficionado of the technical side of things.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you write your lyrics about? - The answer is simple: everything I write essentially stems from authentic experiences. In my opinion, there really isn't much else one can write about.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First and foremost, it's important to learn what exactly they have in mind. The more I know about their artistic vision, the better I can accomodate them.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the sample tracks and be super-honest with yourself as to whether you enjoy what they're doing. Only contact them if you feel that you really want their unique touch in your project.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: What would be the use of any gear on a desert island?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Authentic, intimate, emotional and usually somewhat minimalist.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Put time and effort into the perfect take rather than trying to fix it in the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most notably: Singer-Songwriter, Doom, Progressive and Black Metal, electronic music