OFF THE HOOK - Bio
OFF THE HOOK is a combination of a few very successful bands. The jelling of the rhythm section and the singer is unprecedented. Michael Castella Vocalist, Art Marzigliano Bass Player, Mike Pasco guitarist & background vocals, Mike Barone on Drums & Vocals, Laura Press on Vocals, Nick Singu on Keys & Background vocals.
Michael Casstella - Lead Vocals
Mike started singing at a very young age performing in school plays and theater throughout his youth. Mike’s first rock band Clearcutt gained popularity around the Queens and Bronx circuit. Mike went on hiatus for over 15 yrs to start a family but got the music bug back around 2009. He joined a working rock band called the Urban Street Gypsys that worked a bunch of the Long Island circuit as well as the city. He changed the band name to Cover2Cover in 2015 and with the change of members and repertoire the band has been very successful on the Long Island circuit. Mike wanted to make himself a little more diverse by joining a disco dance band called OFF THE HOOK. We look forward to having a great summer on Long Island this year and hope you can be a part of it
Artie has been managing and booking bands successfully for the past 25 years. Starting with STIR CRAZY. A female fronted party band. "Stir Crazy" has had a very steady run basically booked every weekend. Arty has played with all the best musicians on Long Island. After meeting the guys in another band, they decided to change the name due to the comments from the crowd, " THESE GUYS ARE OFF THE HOOK." Arty uses a cordless system so he can be out in the crowd dancing with the fans and getting the people up and parting going from the 1st song to the last.
Mike Pasco - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Mike began his professional career with pop-rockers The Move, recording and playing clubs throughout the tri-state area.
From My Fathers Place in Long Island to CBGB’s in New York City to Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, finally signing with Cheryl Records. Eventually Mike left to pursue a solo career writing, producing and recording his own material as 3D Music. In the Nineties, Mike once again hit the road, this time with rockers Talon, recording and gigging all over the metropolitan area with a noticeable performance at New York’s China Club. After several years of gigging the Long Island circuit with The Nuthin Fancy Band, Rockhouse, Little Rock, Cover-Up and The Down And Dirty Band, Mike found his home with Off The Hook where his funky guitar playing and gritty vocals are a perfect compliment.
Nick has been in the music scene for years. He was the founder of the band Motif Sound and has been in a variety of cover bands. He has also made a CD with Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple. Has played with Randy Jackson of Zebra and has raised money for under privileged children. He is a major asset to our project.