Basement Floor is a Baltimore rock band that was active from the 1970s through the early 2000s, touring up and down the east coast, and selling thousands of records. Basement Floor is not playing live anymore, but we are in the process of remixing and finishing hundreds of songs we did over the last 30 years, songs that were never released. Now we’re finishing them and making them available.
BASEMENT FLOOR GREATEST HITS ALBUM
Volume 1 is now available for the first time ever on CD! The remix of the album was released May 16, 2008! The album includes 2 songs that were recorded during the August 1982 to May 1983 sessions that were never issued. After weeks of baking we were finally able to successfully transfer the original 8 track master tapes to 24 bit digital files. After the transfers we remixed the old demos that comprised the first Basement Floor album – originally released on vinyl & cassette tape back in December, 1983 on Eastern Records.
The album was titled “Basement Floor Greatest Hits”. Most of the songs on the original album were suppose to be on the ill-fated Atlantic Records project “We’ve Got You Covered” but the deal went bad. It was a 5 year, 5 album deal so by the time 1983 rolled around we should have been on our 4th album – so as a joke we titled the album “Greatest Hits. After 4 years of constant writing we surely had enough songs to compile a greatest hits collection. We thought the songs on the album were good but not necessarily our best or greatest songs…:~)
It was all tongue-in-cheek for the sake of making light of our recent business troubles.
There are nearly 100 more songs that were recorded during the late 70s through the late 80s that still need to be mixed. We are hoping to do this over the next few years so we can make these songs available as well.
Check out my interview with Derrick Miller of Hardrock Haven. It was a lot of fun – gave me a chance to remember some of the fun with Basement Floor. Click here to hear the interview.
The first Basement Floor album, BASEMENT FLOOR GREATEST HITS Volume One is available on CD. CDs are in stock and ready to ship. Click here for more information. Also available for down load at iTunes.com.
Some information about the BFGH re-issue.
The original tapes were in bad shape having been sitting in the boxes for over 20 years – they became sticky and simply would not play. I baked the tapes over a few week period & after many edits & splices I was able to get a near perfect transfer!
The original masters are 8-track tapes so some of the instruments share tracks. On some of the songs the drums were recorded to one track so the balance between kick, snare & cymbals could not be changed. Other than that I think the remixes went well – I was able to clean some stuff up through the wonders of digital audio. I was also able to bring out some instruments that were lost in the original mixes – on the original vinyl release.
The CD re-issue contains session notes as well as a few bonus tracks not available before. While searching the archives I found dozens of songs that were recorded by Basement Floor during the early to mid-80s. Most of these songs were never released. Many of these recordings were demos but the quality is pretty good & we plan on making the music available in some form in the future.
Check out the Hardrock Haven interview with Tim by Derric Miller. For interview: Click Here.
All new digital remixes & digitally remastered from the original 8-track master recordings
EMPIRE is not playing live any more, but we are still making recordings. Over the years, EMPIRE sold thousands of rock music records in the U.S. as well as Germany and the Netherlands. We have a new album that is halfway finished. Mark, Johnny and Tim will get together in the next six months to finish the album that we started work on six years ago.
Some Notes from Tim, Mark & Johnny.
We have been working on some new Empire tracks – vocals, drums, bass & some guitar tracks. We plan on returning to the studio this fall to complete some of Johnny’s lead guitar parts.
We are planning on having a new CD ready for release at some point but no release date has been announced at this time.Click on links below to read some CD reviews & interviews from around the world!
We would like to thank everyone listed below for their kind words, hard work, & support of independent, original rock & roll. Please support them and check out their websites, magazines, & radio stations!
As of the now the Empire CD we’ve been working on has been shelved for time being. We do plan on finishing it at some point it the future but no release date has been set. At this point we have 6 songs nearly finished.
HARD ROCK HAVEN.NET – KANSAS
HARK ROCK HAVEN LIVE INTERVIEW with TIM
BURN MAGAZINE – UK
CAT HOUSE – ITALY
ROCK REPORT – BELGIUM
STRUTTER MAGAZINE – NETHERLANDS
STRUTTER MAGAZINE – HOLLAND
MEGA METAL – USA
ROCK UNITED – CANADA
HEAVY MUSIC PORTAL – ITALY
EMPIRE delivers emotional, popular sounding, yet uncompromising rock music. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the band is comprised of Tim Miskimon (principal songwriter, lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), Mark Miskimon (co-writer, alternate lead and backup vocals, drums), and Johnny Blade (lead and backing vocals, and guitar). Together they form a dedicated team of musicians focused on presenting their own style of music that is rich in vocal harmonies, aggressive guitar riffs, melodic bass lines, and powerful drumming. Inspired by the best elements of rock music, both old and new, EMPIRE’S material is demanding and distinctive.
Founded by brothers Tim and Mark Miskimon, EMPIRE, (originally named Basement Floor) was a top rated East Coast act for over fifteen years. They’ve played thousands of clubs, concert halls, colleges, and outdoor arenas and opened for national acts throughout the United States. Their independently released debut CD “Driven By Rock” received major AOR airplay in several East Coast markets and has sold thousands of copies. EMPIRE has received considerable press, radio, and TV exposure, as well as winning numerous Battle of the Bands competitions.
Tim and Mark began in music very young, creating and singing melodies. They learned to play different instruments proficiently. They were encouraged by their parents who started them out with an electric guitar and an organ, respectively. Southpaw Tim was given a right-handed guitar and to this day plays right-handed guitars upside down. Mark very quickly traded in the organ for a set of drums. Their musical influences include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bon Jovi to name just a few.
Tim is prolific as the principal songwriter for EMPIRE, having catalogued at least 900 songs. Attracted to music with a strong melodic content, Tim says his influences range “from metal to country, blues to classical, and anything in between as long as the melody’s there.”
Mark’s steady, aggressive drumming gives EMPIRE’S songs a spirited consistency. Together with Tim, he’s co-written and/or played on commercials and jingles for Pepsi, the American Red Cross, various cable TV programs, and news and sports themes for television and radio.
Mark and Tim are always working with one another, interchanging parts on different projects in their multi-track studio. Their instrumental and production contributions include country albums “Home For Me” by Lynn Smith, “Just Listen” by Bruce Houck, “Shut Up And Go” by Gatewood & Witte, rock CDs by Space Band, The Mirrors, The Melvin, Thee Katatonics, & Mike Parr, gospel CDs by Nacoe Brown, Carol D’Antoni, an R&B CD by Gaynell Colburn (percussionist for Stevie Wonder), a reggae CD by Soldgie (Rebel With A Cause), and two smooth Jazz CDs by Cabo Frio.
In addition to their work with EMPIRE Tim and Mark have released several other recordings including their first solo project titled “Sons of Riley”. The Sons of Riley CD, released in July, 2002 is chock full of AOR which received heavy airplay in several major markets around the East Coast of the USA throughout 2003.
Johnny Blade has been a stalwart of the local rock music scene in Maryland for the last 12 years. He played in several local cover bands in the early 1990s including acting as front man for his own band, “Blade Runner”. Johnny joined up with Tim and Mark in September 1994. His main musical influences are Kiss, The Beatles, Ozzie Osborne, Randy Rhodes, and Steve Vai. His arrival gave an aggressive edge to an already lively and polished band. His musical skills have helped EMPIRE carry on the tradition of excellence they have achieved for over 15 years.
The long awaited 2nd album by EMPIRE was released on July 2, 2004 by Perris Records of Houston, Texas USA. The album received great reviews in the USA as well as in many countries in Europe.
Our songs are available for down load at over 100 legal sites around the world including AMAZON.COM, ITUNES, NAPSTER, RHAPSODY.
PLEASE SUPPORT US BY DOWN LOADING & BUYING OUR MUSIC THROUGH LEGAL VENDORS – OTHERWISE WE EARN NO MONEY AND CAN’T CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR ART!
THE EMPIRE DRIVEN BY ROCK DVD IS NOW AVAILABLE!!! – $25.00 includes shipping & handling.
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Musician and record producer Tim Miskimon is the heart and soul behind Basement Floor Productions. Tim has been in the music industry for more than 30 years, and is a talented instrumentalist, playing 12 instruments. Tim is also a professional songwriter and has written songs for bands, jingles for radio and TV, and more.
Music Project Updates
MY SOLO STUFF
I’m still working on the solo project. I have posted 3 songs that will be on the solo CD on CDbaby.com.
Including Kerri My Love, To Steal Away, & To Be With You.
They are now available for download.
I recently had a chance to record another song for my solo album. I spent a few weeks in November recording this song which features some orchestra arrangements that I’m pretty happy with. I plan on posting some of the new music here some time in 2018.
Since I love most types of music I have decided to put together a mellow CD of some of my favorite melodies I’ve written over the past 15 years or so. It will include some old & some new songs that I have been working on between the Empire & Sons Of Riley sessions. I’m hoping to have it out some time in 2018 – subject to change depending on how busy I get with Sons Of Riley, Basement Floor & other ongoing projects.
At this point the project is about 75 % completed. It’s hard to find the time to finish this project and since I keep writing new songs I am not sure what will be on this CD. At this point I have about 50 songs to choose from.
Over the past few years I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Adam on a lot of his songs. He had decided long before meeting with me that he was going to record enough music to release an album of original music. We started working on songs back in 2006 and over the past years have recorded lots of really good music.
Adam is a singer/songwriter in the tradition of Neil Diamond – he draws most of his influences from the music of the 60s & 70s. That said his new self-titled CD is chock full of great songs with really good melodies.
You can check it out on this website or at www.adamrandy.com
Finally finished mixing the new Mike Parr album. Mike tells me he is shooting for a Spring 2018 release date.
Speed Limit 40 is a mix of old school rockers and high energy young band members. The goal of the group is to get some or all of our band members signed to a major label/band and tour. This CD is a tool to help them get there! A few of the members have already had offers but have not yet signed.
The new CD “THE GAME” is out and available at CDbaby.com.
Check it out – it has some great songs on it.
THE BLEU LIGHTS
Finally finished recording and mixing what appears to be the final recording by The Bleu Lights.
The new song Before The Lights Go Out will be included on the “Best of” album scheduled for an early 2018 release.
I spent many hours from May 2005 through March 2007 recording, mixing & editing music with The Bleu Lights. We recorded over 25 songs – 15 of which appear on their album “Romance Returns”. These songs are fantastic and so was everyone involved with the making of this great music. Six horn players, 2 guitar players (including a few cameos by me), a bass player, 2 keyboard players, 2 drummers, 6 singers, etc. It was lots of work and tons of laughs & loads of fun. The only sad moment was when the project was nearing completion Cory Brooks passed away. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with these guys over the past 15+ years, including mixing them at various live shows around Maryland. Check out their new CD “Romance Returns”. It’s a great CD to put on and snuggle up with your sweet heart.
Metal band Scarlet Angel is working on new material for a new CD release. We have recorded nine new songs and are putting the finishing touches on the recordings. We will be mixing in early 2018 and the girls hope to have the album out by summer 2018 . The album is gonna be killer!
The Angel’s 2nd CD “Enter The Magic” is now available!
I also have enjoyed CO-producing & playing on the latest release by reggae artist Soldgie. It’s a great CD with a very positive message in the music. Soldgie recently signed a distribution deal with a label in the Netherlands!
LEFT HANDED CAPRICORNS
It’s been very busy around here for the past few years and there is so much music being written and recorded! We have no plans to let up – After recording, mixing, & mastering the new Left Handed Capricorns CD, it is now available on their web site. Check them out – they play some great old time acoustic music, some of which was written in the late 1800s. They use some really great & quite old classic acoustic instruments – some of them dating back to the early 1900s. It’s was great fun working with them again.
Curtis Kendrick the main man behind Cabo Frio is working on a new solo project. This time around he’s coming front and center to the mic and doing some awesome lead vocals. Cabo Frio fans are going to be very surprised with this material. Along with a new Cabo Frio album 2018 promises to be a great year for Cabo Frio and their fans.
I also had the great pleasure of playing guitar on a few tracks on the last two CDs by New York Jazz artists Cabo Frio. They write & play some great smooth Jazz. (It’s funny but I heard myself on the weather channel the other day & didn’t realize it was me ’til the song was over!) Speaking of Cabo Frio, the new Cabo Frio Cd ISLAND DANCE is out & available at a store near you on Kezia Records. The CD is receiving some nice exposure nationally.
Now it’s time to get back to work!
Sons of Riley
- Working on new material for our live show. Working on new songs for a possible new CD.
- Trey was born on August 20th, 2014 – 9.75 pounds – 22 inches long!!!
- Kelbi was born on October 27th, 2017 – 9.1 pounds – 20.5 inches long!!!
- “Kerri My Love” the song we danced to along with two other songs are now available for down load. Check them out on the MUSIC page.
Mark and Tim have spent much of 2017 in the studio recording new & old original music . 2018 finds them back in the studio working hard to finish these recordings. The goal is to make the new recordings available by the end of 2018.
Sons Of Riley started out as a solo project featuring songs recorded by Tim & Mark during 2001 & 2002. This was during the time when Tim & Mark were not performing live other then a few reunion shows with the Basement Floor band.
After a Basement Floor show in July, 2001, Tim & Mark along with lead guitarist John Derry decided to record a new BF album. They were in need of a bassist since long time BF bass player Elmer Oechsler decided not to carry things forward beyond the live reunion show. They employed John’s brother-in-law Harry Jackson to play bass. By this time Tim & Mark had over 20 new songs in the can. As Basement Floor Tim, Mark, John, & Harry recorded 7 new songs & it was during this time that they decided to change the bands name to Sons Of Riley.
The seven new BF recordings along with six of Tim & Mark’s solo recordings were joined together and that is what became the Sons Of Riley CD. The CD is basically a solo project by Tim & Mark along with a few songs written by John & Harry.
In the fall of 2003 John & Harry decided that they didn’t want to continue performing live so everyone went their seperate ways. It was right around this time that Tim & Mark along with Johnny Blade returned to the studio to record a new Empire CD. Empire signed a record deal in May, 2004 with Perris Records and released the new CD titled LEECHES in July, 2004. (Click for more EMPIRE News).
The Sons Of Riley CD has received great reviews both in the USA as well as in Europe – so if you would like to pick up a copy before they are all gone now would be the time to click on one of the links below.
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Thanks to Araminta Flegel and the whole crew at cable 10 in Frederick, MD for all their help in the production of our Studio 10 feature.
- A big thank you to Kat Dickinson, for the nice review of our debut CD in the November, 2002 issue of the Music Monthly magazine. www.musicmonthly.com.
- Another big thank you to Damian & Michael at radio station 103.1 FM, WRNR in Annapolis, MD for having us on the radio. We had a great time!.
- More thanks to Ed McBride at radio 89.7 FM, Baltimore for playing “A Simple Way” on his Sunday “Reflections Of Ireland” radio show.
For all of our fans outside of Maryland, USA, please go to www.cdbaby.com/sonsofriley to make your purchase. To purchase T-shirts, clocks, & other items please click on Merchandise for more information.
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