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Imre Poniklo

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Birth name  Imre Poniklo
Name  Imre Poniklo
Years active  1997–present

Also known as  Poniklo
Role  Musician
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Born  16 October 1974 (age 41) Budapest, Hungary (1974-10-16)
Labels  Kalinkaland, Twelvetones, Firestation
Associated acts  Amber Smith, Poniklo, The Poster Boy, Krapulax & Bellepomme, Salt III, Yonderboi
Albums  Amber Smith, My Little Servant, Poniklo
Music groups  Amber Smith, The Poster Boy
Genres  Indie rock, Indie pop, Alternative rock, Post-punk, Post-punk revival
People also search for  Michael Zwecker, Noel R. Mayer, Bence Fulop

Instruments  vocals, guitar, piano

Imre Poniklo (born 16 October 1974) is a Hungarian indie musician, best known as the lead singer, songwriter, lyricist and guitarist of the indie rock band Amber Smith. He is also a solo artist under the name Poniklo. As a singer, Poniklo's voice lies in the baritone range.


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Early life and personal life

Poniklo was born in Budapest, Hungary. He grew up in Csepel. His father was a sewing machine-engineer. He started becoming interested in pop music at the age of 12. Since 1988 he has been a big fan of the Manchester artists such as The Smiths and Morrissey. However, his first vinyl record was of Pet Shop Boys' Actually. Poniklo attended the School of Journalism of Bálint György for one year. However, after one year he realized that journalism is not his field. In 1995 he became friends with József Simon, who has been the album designer of Amber Smith, after seeing his advertisement in the Magyar Narancs. Simon was recruiting musicians in order to form a band who like The Smiths. Poniklo and Simon started writing songs together and formed the band Fanzine.

Amber Smith

Poniklo is the founding member of Amber Smith along with Péter Egyedi, and Ádám Földes. Later, Poniklo recruited Annabarbi's Bence Bátor, Időrablók's Oszkár Ács, Zoltán Kőváry, Tamás Faragó.

Solo project

Poniklo's first full-length studio album, entitled Poniklo, was released by Twelvetones Records under exclusive license from EMI services in October 2009. He recruited Michael Kentish (The Random Chocolates) as bass guitarist, Bence Bátor as drummer. The album was mastered by Paul Ven der Jockheyd at Foon Mastering Studios in Belgium. Poniklo asked his friend Jose Simon, who previously designed the covers of the Amber Smith albums, to design the cover for his solo album. The album contains the track called Tomi which was probably written about The Moog's frontman Tamás Szabó nicknamed Tomi. The song has the line ″De miért kell dalokat írnos, ha nem szólnak semmiről?″ (in English: ″But why do you have write songs if they are about nothing?″.


As a solo artist:

  • Poniklo (2009)
  • With Amber Smith:

  • Nincs Ránk Szükség (2001)
  • My Little Servant (2003)
  • rePRINT (2006)
  • Introspective (2008)
  • Amber Smith (2012)
  • Modern (2015)
  • With The Poster Boy:

  • Things We Had Time For (2012)
  • Melody (2012)
  • Bonjour, C'est pop Deux (2013)
  • With SALT III.:

  • SALT III. (2013)
  • With Yonderboi:

  • Were You Thinking of Me? (2007)
  • Guitars

  • Epiphone Casino VT
  • Fender Jazzmaster
  • Fender Telecaster Classic Player Tele Deluxe
  • Gibson ES-325
  • Effect pedals

  • Boss DS-2
  • Amplifiers

  • Orange
  • References

    Imre Poniklo Wikipedia