rob'n'sue met on the set of Right said fred's video shoot for their 2nd 'number one' single ;
'deeply dippy'... 1992.
AFTER HIS SUCCESS WITH RIGHT SAID FRED,
ROB MANZOLI WENT ON TO REALISE HIS DREAMS...
WRITING AND RECORDING his own MUSIC FROM
HIS OWN STUDIO
WITH some of THE P-FUNK GREATS;
GEORGE CLINTON AND HIS MOB, SLY STONE
and, of course, his engineer/producer partner, Sue manzoli.
Sue got her degree in fine art , travelled the world while working as a fashion model and then helped rob set up his home studio.
as she enjoyed it so much, she got much more involved than expected.
she now engineers and produces music with rob and has also worked with George clinton, sly stone.
"ROB & SUE ARE FUNK ROYALTY.
I can vouch for Rob's world-class abilities in funk & blues... And Sue can record & mix with the best of ‘em!
Working with Rob and Sue was a great experience!"
(STEVE L. SOUNDBETTER REVIEW August 2016)
BACK IN THE EARLY 1990'S....
BACK IN THE EARLY 1990'S....
Dr FUNKINSTEIN WAS INEXPLICABLY DRAWN
TO A STUDIO LOCATED IN A SOUTHERN
...........SECTOR OF THE UK'S CAPITAL..............
A PARTICULAR TYPE OF P-FUNK. . .
IN THIS PLACE CALLED PUTNEY, PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN FOR IT'S FUNK, HE FOUND
ROB'n'SUE'S STUDIO WHICH WAS PRODUCING A .....................UNIQUE SOUND.....................
INCORPORATING ORIGINAL P-FUNK VIBES WITH A VERY BRITISH SOUND...
GEORGE: " You guys are like Funky Hip-Hop Beatles"
Dr. FUNKENSTEIN DECIDED TO SUPPORT AND NURTURE THE PRODUCERS OF SUCH FUNK. . .
ROB & SUE MANZOLI,
LIFELONG BELIEVERS IN ALL THINGS P-FUNK, RAN WITH THE INSPIRATION COMING FROM THE DR HIMSELF AND, WITH HIM & HIS MOB, HAVE BEEN PRODUCING THIER OWN FUNK...
WHICH THEY HOPE Y'ALL ENJOY...
First time Sue met Rob's parents in their villa in majorca!
Rob'n'Sue in their studio. Putney, South West London.
Rob'n'Sue sitting by the river at Kew.
Rob'n'Sue enjoying Bestival with George Clinton & his mob. 2015.
London Eye! South Bank, London. May 2013.
Rob'n'Sue hanging out with Sir Nose at the Forum Kentish Town.
Rob'n'Sue fishing with George 2012.
Sue & Rob outside George Clinton's studio Tallahassee, Florida, 2016.
Rob'n'Sue with George 2018.
How did we meet the 'funk mob'?
it started with junie morrison.
sue & i met junie in 1996 when he was living in north london.
He had been trying to contact me for a while because he heard something that he liked in my guitar playing and songwriting on Right Said Fred's first album 'up'.
What a compliment !
He finally found my number (which wasn't easy pre-internet etc). . . and we got together. we spent a lot of time talking about music , art and about the rise of computer aided music and art .... which he was in to way before most people even heard of mobile phones.
he also invited me to sing on george clinton's song 'summer swim' which he was producing for the p-funk all star's album t.a.p.o.a.f.o.m. in 1996.
he was an extremely private person which made it even more of an honour to have had the opportunity to have spent so much time with him.
He became a great friend who is greatly missed.
having got to know junie so well, we built up the confidence... & a plan as to how we could meet george without looking too silly;
we gate-crashed our way into Mtv where george was being interviewed & waited near the studio door. . .
as george , mudbone and belita woods walked from their dressing rooms to the studio,
they happened to be singing 'summer swim' . . . so we joined in!
that got their attention !
as it was , as yet un-released . . .
It was probably that and our friendship with Junie that gained us george's attention so quickly. . . we also got on really well, which helps!
like us, George clinton has always had a huge amount of respect for Junie .
it was great to hear george's stories about junie's genius in the studio ... how he could effortlessly blow everyone away with his musicianship .
after that, George visited our studio whenever he could when he was in the UK .
In 2000, Sue and I spent the best part of a year with him in his studio in Florida. Great times, great music, great recording and great company.
We had a ball.
It was then that we met Tracey (Treylewd), George's son .... what an incredible talent .... and Tracey's children ; Trazae, Patavian and Trafael .... more incredible talent even at the tender ages of 9. 15 and 16 respectively.
We also had the pleasure of spending time with Archie Ivy, Boogie Masson, Bernie Worell, Bootsy Collins, Jerome Rodgers, Kendra Foster, and a young Danny Bedrosian.
JUNIE MORRISON ...
talks about rob 'n' sue. . .
I met Rob and Sue back in their Right Said Fred days. Even from the beginning of our creative association, I recognized that they were a massively talented couple--initially seeing it in Rob's playing and in Sue's work as a fine artist.
We talked a lot about what they wanted to do with the guitar licks that Rob was playing into the air. I could see that they had a lot of ideas. All they needed was a little bit of encouragement, some moral and technical support to get started, and they could do the rest themselves.
For one of our meetings, my admin assistant and I thought it would be a great idea to bring a digital recorder with us from my West Hampstead studios, so that Rob and Sue could start capturing the ideas that, up to that point, had been floating off into the ethers. We gave Sue a few pointers on how to use the recorder, and man, she took to that technology like nothing I'd ever seen. It was incredible. They started experimenting and everything opened up.
Within a few months, Rob and Sue were sending me samples of their recordings––some of the most awesome, funk-infused sounds I'd ever heard coming out of the London scene. Those cats had accomplished something that took most people a lifetime to achieve. Meanwhile, Rob continued proving himself as a phenomenal musician and Sue displayed major skills as a studio engineer.
Later, on seeing the calibre of the artists they were working with on a regular basis, it made me proud to know that Rob and Sue's combined music, and production abilities were finally getting the recognition they deserve.
- Junie Morrison