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Mike Florio
Recording Artist, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Vocalist

Profile

As a kid growing up in the 1970s with only a passive interest in music, I never imagined I'd become a musician.  However, by the time I got to high school the muse had found me and I began writing songs and playing in bands.  Initially starting out as a keyboard player during the 1980s, I soon became enamored with singing and in the 1990s I ventured out as a lead vocalist.  Eventually - somewhere around 2000 - I shifted my focus away from bands toward home recording.  Since then I've enjoyed working on a variety of projects in my humble one-man personal studio, located in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York.


Portfolio

My musical tastes range from Classic and Progressive Rock to various flavors of Electronic and Soundtrack music.  Listen to some of my work below:

Mike Florio - Vanity Rock Mike Florio - Artifacts Volume 1 Mike Florio - Arisen Mike Florio - Reconcile

The Wise Man (from Reconcile, 2014)

Fractured (from Arisen, 2006)

Hit The Road (from Vanity Rock, 2019)

All Points Beyond (from Artifacts Vol 1, 2013)

I Promise (from Reconcile, 2014)

Violent Moods (from Arisen, 2006)

Next Sunny Day (from Vanity Rock, 2019)

Jerry's Theme (from Artifacts Vol 1, 2013)

My full catalog is available at:

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My albums are still available on CD!

Mike Florio albums on CD

Contact Info

To get in touch please email mike @ this domain.

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Vanity Rock is my latest album and CDs are here!

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Discography & Credits

Some projects I have been a part of...

Solo
Vanity Rock (2019 LP)
Reconcile (2014 LP)
Artifacts Volume 1 (2013 LP)
Arisen (2006 LP)


CPR 3 (2008 compilation LP - 1 song)
Progressive Rock Hall of Fame (2008 compilation LP - 1 song)


Vertical Alignment
The Trail of Tears Suite (2017 LP - vocals/songwriting/keys)
Native Son (2010 single - vocals/songwriting/keys)
Lost in Space (2010 LP - vocals 1 track, synth 1 track, 1 song)


Phoen1x
Immaterial Witness (2020 LP - vocals 1 track)


Flying Dark
No Turning Back (2020 maxi single - vocals/synths/lyrics)
Electropop 16 (2020 compilation LP - 1 song - vocals/synths/lyrics)
Electropop 15 (2019 compilation LP - 1 song - vocals/synths/lyrics)


Kinetic Element
Travelog (2015 LP - vocals 1 track)


Visual Cliff
Ichabod (2014 single - keyboards)
CPR 4 (2011 compilation LP - 1 song - keyboards)
Collective Spirit (2010-2011 LP - keyboards)


Rob Perez
Exit Strategy (2021 LP - keys 1 track)


Canvas
Long Way to Mars (2013 LP - vocals/synth/lyrics 1 track)


The Walk
The Walk (2015 LP - organ 1 track)

Commonly Asked Questions

Some basic facts for the curious...

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How long have you been playing?
Started playing piano when I was in grade school - got serious when I was 15.  A few years later I caught the singing bug.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
Either Beatlemania or the Bay City Rollers in 1977 - not sure which.  I would have been 11 or 12.

How many concerts a year do you go to?
None.  I stopped going a few years ago to protect my hearing.

What gear do you use?
Favorite keyboards that I've used over the years are a Korg 01/W synth - more recently the Korg M50 - and a Hammond M3 organ with Leslie 147.  My studio is computer-based so I use lots of virtual instruments these days.  For vocals I use Gefell and Neumann mics.

Who was your biggest musical influence?
Would have to say Keith Emerson - not that I can play like him - but just in terms of opening my mind to what was possible in rock music.

Do you play live?
Not anymore.  I pretty much stopped in the late '90s but I came "out of retirement" to front a friend's band for a couple of showcases in 2015, and a festival slot a year later.

How many total gigs have you played?
Not many - maybe 50?  About half as a keyboard player and half as a lead singer. 

What's the biggest audience you ever performed to?  What's the smallest?
Biggest was a few hundred at the Terra Incognita festival in Quebec, 2016.  Smallest was at New York's famous CBGB club during the '80s, where the band members outnumbered the audience.

Is music your profession?  Do you make any part of your income from it?
No.  I didn't like doing the things you needed to do to make money at it.

What musical aspirations do you have?
Just to stay creative - keep trying new ideas; work with different people.

What musical accomplishment are you most proud of?
Probably that I never quit. 

Any regrets or things you wish you'd done differently?
Practice more maybe?  It would've been nice to have had more opportunities to perform on stage.

What's the most important thing you've learned from being a musician?
That ego is the basis for all art.  Art comes from the search for self; from the battleground of the ego.

You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you.  What do you pick?
Point of Know Return, by Kansas.