Derek Gentile: Jason Arigoni plays hard rock
ADAMS -- Jason Arigoni, one of the prime movers in the hard rock band "Half Part My Sin," believes he has the best of both worlds.
A Florida, Mass., native, who now lives in Adams, he is now a nationally-known musician who fronts a band that has opened for or performed with Alice Cooper, Heaven and Hell, Queensyche, Godhead, Alice in Chains, Powerman 5000, Buckcherry and Sevenwiser.
The band has just released a sophomore effort, "4:44", available locally at Wood Brothers Music in Pittsfield and Toonerville Trolley Records in Williamstown. (It can also be purchased at various Newbury Comics Stores in Northampton, Manchester, N.H., Portland, Me., Providence R.I. and Manchester, Conn.)
But he still lives in the Berkshires. With computers and the Internet, Arigoni said he can connect long-distance with longtime collaborator Dan Zavadil, who lives in Saratoga, N.Y.
"It enables you to live is a beautiful area like here, and stay in touch with people in the business," said Arigoni.
In addition to vocalist Arigoni and bassist/programmer Zavadil, Half Past my Sin also has Ben Carroll on guitars and drummer Jason Bittner. The album is a sort of hard rock all-star effort, with songs written by Sevendust's Clint Lowery and produced by Joey Z of Life of Agony.
The album is a natural follow-up to Arigoni's first album, The Dreaming, released in 2008.
And the album is gleaning positive comments in the music world.
"Very stylistic approach," said record producer Beau Hill. "Killer arrangements."
Arigoni grew up listening to a variety of music: Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Eric Burden and the Animals. Later, he moved into music with a harder edge: Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Sevendust and W.A.S.P.
"Growing up in Florida, we had three channels on the TV," he recalled. "My big adventure in those days was going to the local record store on Saturday afternoons."
His musical education continued after high school. He earned a diploma from Music Tech in Minneapolis, Minn., now known as McNally Smith College of Music. Arigoni majored in vocal performance. There, he studied jazz vocal and musical theory.
Arigoni has toured the Midwest and Northeast several times. But one of his wishes is to produce a music show in the Berkshires.
"Yeah, I'm trying to pull off a show in the Berkshires," he said. "But right now, there just aren't any venues for rock in the county. But I'll keep trying. I think it would be so great."
To learn more about Jason Arigon and Half Past My Sin, go to www.halfpastmysin.com.
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