Poppycock June/July 2014 - Page 19

k i m • b i r k l a n d M onica Metzler, stage name Moniker, gravitated to music early. From banging on pots and pans to singing and recording songs with her Fisher-Price® microphone, she was born with a talent she couldn’t ignore. It began in earnest with piano lessons inspired by her mother, but she hated all the practice. She then turned to guitar and took voice lessons before she picked up the ukelele, bass, percussion, and sound engineering. Each new interest didn’t start with tutelage though. “I’ve always been more of an autodidactic. I’ll teach myself first and when I get to a certain point, I’ll seek out help; some structure. I studied. I got a music minor in college. I did a lot of theory and ensembles.” Her newest album, The Cruelest Month, is set for a June release. The Cruelest Month showcases her new folktronica sound. “I started out playing rock and folk, as you d