“Learn her name now.” a closer listen

Sonae is producer, live performer and DJ for experimental electronic music, part of label collective monika werkstatt. her debut album was released 2015 with berlin based label monika enterprise. afterwards artist in residence at klingklang studio / düsseldorf, women in computer music scholarship at CCRMA of stanford university / cal, USA, master degree in popular music at folkwang university of arts / essen. 2018 release of her second album ‘I Started Wearing Black’ “a striking albumFluid Radio UK followed by ‘Music For People Who Shave Their Heads’ 2019 with london based bit-phalanx music. DJ mixes for the wire, self-titled, vice, dublab. 

“All the more reason to admire an already righteous artist.” The Wire

Sonae plays live solo and with monika werkstatt at places like institut für zukunft / leipzig, meakusma festival / eupen, ausland / berlin, pop kultur festival / berlin, uh-fest / budapest, cafe oto / london, 23rpm festival / london, the cube / bristol and more on the same bill with squarepusher / warp, kyoka / raster-noton, plaid / warp. Sonae lives and works in cologne.


2020 remix for london based DJ and producer si begg (to be released), podcasts for institut für betrachtung / cologne via dublab radio

2019 remix album + mixtape ‘Music For People Who Shave Their Heads’ with london based label bit-phalanx

2018 second album ‘I Started Wearing Black’ on monika enterprise, follow-up ‘Wearing Black Remixes’, ‘I Started Wearing Black’ tour through germany and europe. DJ mix podcasts for the wire, self-titled magazine, thump / noisey and more

2017 ma graduation at institute for popular music of folkwang university of arts (essen / germany). ‘women in computer music scholarship’ for max msp summer academy at ccrma of stanford university (palo alto, california / usa). monika werkstatt album release and eu tour. ‘Leise Fäden’ album collaboration with danielle de picciotto

2016 artist in residence at klingklang, former studio of electronic music pioneers kraftwerk (düsseldorf / germany). performing artist of collective monika werkstatt curated by gudrun gut

2015 debut album ‘Far away is right around the Corner’ on monika enterprise. „die reuelos wundervollste flimmerelektrik der saison“ („the unrepentant most wonderful flimmerelectric of the season“), states german groove magazine; nominated for a via! vut indie award 2015 in the category ‘best album’

2014 founding of ‘female:pressure electronic concerts’ and ‘electronic:music:home’ (cologne / germany) both culture funded projects dedicated to female artists in electronic music

2012 debut ep ‘cologne’ on ambient and electronica label a strangely isolated place. remixes for british ambient musician 36, markus guentner or cio d’or besides eps and compilation contributions