Chatterbox: FLORIO

‘Wait’ is the new single from FLORIO, a singer / songwriter from New York. He deals in well produced, sumptuous pop songs with smooth melodies and plucky guitars. It definitely leans towards the electronic end of the spectrum, with clear 80’s influences but there’s enough organic instrumentation to give it a pulse.

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I think I got involved with music at a time when I needed it most. I was 12 years old and I remember feeling pretty lost. I remember not being able to stop. Not being able to stop playing the piano at my house, or writing songs (or at least trying to) every minute I had to myself. I have a feeling like this made me not such a great student, but I had found something that I loved to do unconditionally. I really learned how to write songs in biker bars, dives, five star restaurants, and jazz clubs in Chicago. It was one, maybe two gigs a night playing 4-5 hours at a time. And that is where I absorbed everything I could about writing music. I grew up listening to jazz, Ray Charles, all the great singer songwriters like Elton John and James Taylor, and certainly pop and new wave out of the 80s like Phil Collins, Don Henley, Tears For Fears. I definitely can’t deny that!

I like to write what I want to hear, and I always try to get to the heart of things, to tell the truth in my songs. I think this is what drives me to be better, always improving. I moved to New York City this past May, and since I got here I have had an unbelievable time connecting with the people who listen to my music, and have spoken to some in person who’ve told me that they had listened to my music to rise through times of struggle. I’ve heard some unbelievable stories from them, and it certainly has affected me in a way I never thought. I really do make music not just for myself, but now for you. And that has driven me even further.

Where did the ‘Wait’ come from?

I wrote “Wait” in November of 2015. It was snowing and dark in my room and I was particularly reflective that night. I was thinking about someone I was no longer with and it was the kind of situation where I believe I was much more involved than she was, and because of that things had ended abruptly, and it was pretty devastating for me at the time. Now, I don’t think it would be a shocker to admit that I have not been on just one, but both sides of this. I think everyone has, and I think that’s a big part of growing up and learning a little about yourself. About six months ago my friend and producer Andrew Seltzer and I wrote what is the final version of the song, bringing our collective experiences and emotion into it. “Wait” is really the moment that you feel the other person isn’t completely letting you in. Isn’t giving all of themselves to you. So you ask the question.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

Oh yes, I am constantly writing and developing new material every free moment I have. My producer, Andrew Seltzer, and I are working on a number of things to bring to you. And we’re so excited for when we do!

What’s on the horizon for you?

Thats a pretty big question! I think you can definitely expect plenty more music, as well as a growing number of live shows in New York City. Its easy to feel restless, that I’m not moving fast enough. But I’m enjoying the time I have working on new music! What’s on the horizon for me is to keep growing, reaching out, building a following, and certainly making some honest music along the way.

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