The Music of Mike Florio
Recording Artist, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Vocalist
How long have you been playing?
Started playing piano when I was in grade school - got serious when I was 15 and started writing songs and playing in bands. 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 w/ Leslie 147. 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.
Have you been in bands?
I gave up on bands in the late 90's and started concentrating on recording projects instead. 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 - a few dozen at least. About half as a keyboard player and half as a lead singer. After my band days were over I stopped.
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 NY's famous CBGB club during the 80's, 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 that you needed to do to make money at it.
What musical aspirations do you have?
Just to stay creative - keep trying new ideas.
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.