I am a multi award winning songwriter, musician & producer, with over 30 years experience & have had number 'ones' in over 30 countries including the US. After huge success with Right Said Fred, I am currently writing & producing with George Clinton/ Parliament, Funkadelic. I have also worked with Outkast, Lady Miss Kier (Deelite) and Sly Stone.
In the early 90's, I co-wrote a song called 'I'm Too Sexy' with 'Right said Fred' which became a huge hit all around the world..along with the album 'UP'.
Drake has just had a huge hit with his cover of it; ‘Way Too Sexy’ , as did Taylor Swift a couple of years ago ( with her song ‘Look What You Made me Do’) and so has Beyoncé !
That song has now been number one in the USA three separate times!!
I have been significantly influenced by the Blues and P-Funk. I consider myself very lucky to have grown up through the 1960's which was such an exciting time for new music... Especially enjoying Cream, Hendrix, Sly Stone, The Beatles and George Clinton's P-Funk. Though, I find todays advances in music are just as exciting. I like a positive vibe and keep my sense of fun while playing. I have just got a 'Sitar' Guitar which is real fun & unique.
I work from my studio in SW London with my engineer/mixer/producer wife Sue Brooks/Manzoli.
If you were to work with me through 'SoundBetter', we would discuss the vibe that you want to achieve on your tracks. Then, swapping files via 'SoundBetter', we can create the perfect sound for you.
I have a lot of experience in writing, arranging & producing music. I can gladly offer advice if you need it.
I specialise in Guitar & bass but can handle keyboard parts too... I love to to build string arrangements & synth parts.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
53 Reviews - 13 Repeat ClientsEndorse Rob Manzoli.
Holy crap Batman! Rob is the real deal! Stop everything and hire him for your next project. Freaking insane talent!
Rob is the one of the best musicians I’ve ever worked with on soundbetter and I will always reach out to him with work.
Rob is masterful at his craft, a certified pro, yet always willing to dig in and get exactly what you’re after. He’s still got the fire of a hungry teenager, but chops that have been developed for decades. Always a pleasure. Will keep coming back!
Once in a while you meet a great magic act band I say this cause rob and sue are magicians they take good suff and make it magical love working them and will continue to work them if they have me haha the best
kills every track and my go to for every guitar part I need!
super easy to communicate with and kills every track super locked in! Thanks Rob I'll def be back for more!
Amazing they took my project and took it to the clouds I will be using them again love it
Rob gave me exactly what I wanted, and was willing to dial in even more if I needed. Super professional, super fast, great tones, well recorded, you need him even if you don’t know it yet!
Rob was wicked and super fast too!
He brought the funk....as required!
Rob is a great guy and great guitarist!
Always makes sure you're satisfied
Recommend him to the fullest
Working with Rob and Sue is the best! Super funky. Super creative. Super experience. HIGHLY recommended and hope to do another project soon! Many thanks
Great player and a friendly guy. Very interested in getting it right.
Rob's a true talent! Great collaborator!
Top tier! Can’t say enough 🙏 You gotta work with Rob
Working with Rob and Sue was a terrific experience! They filled out my track with some funky bass, guitar, and drums, elevating the song in the process. The turn around was quick and the whole process was seamless. Highly recommend! Thanks Rob and Sue!
Creme of the crop!
Super talented musician and a very experienced one at that.
Rob is extremely talented, super professional, and very timely about getting work done, Thanks for another great job Rob! Will be back.
Really great, Rob, has talent , taste, and passion .
enjoying working with him very much ...
This guy is increíble on guitar…honestly I had no clue prior to who he was. He put some increíble mood in my track, sounded like bb king/Stevie ray vaughn type feel wow!
Interview with Rob Manzoli.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sue Brooks /Manzoli. My partner who is a great engineer, mixer and producer. Chuck Sabo.. an old friend and great drummer. He played on ‘I’m To Sexy’ . . My first number one hit.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both really. Nothing beats the warmth of analog. Digital is just so reliable and easy to work with.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Logic ProX on an iMac
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Guitar solos, fills and rhythms. Whatever their track needs. Songwriting around a clients vocal or idea.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to do the thing I love most and get paid for it. I would still do it job or not.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Thinking that all I do, or have ever done, is to aimlessly sit around ‘twiddling my guitar’ . My mother often asks if I’m still ‘twiddling’ !!!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 'The Naz' ! I wrote and recorded this track around a rough vocal by Sly Stone that was given to me by George Clinton. It ended up as the first track on George’s album ‘first u gotta shake the gate ‘... and the only track that Sly Stone has released in nearly 30 years. Sly Stone’s music has been a huge inspiration to me for years . So the fact that he released this track was a real honor !
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Have just finished some tracks for George Clinton's new 'Parliament' album which was released a couple of weeks ago; 'Medicaid Fraud Dogg'. Check out 'Riddle Me This', Sue and I wrote and recorded this in our studio. George added some brass and vocals. I'm now producing some songs for George Clinton's grandson . Trazae. Who is a hugely talented singer and songwriter .
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't stop working on your song until you are really happy!