Rob Sanzone’s passionate musical career is a soulful and honest multi-instrumental journey led by his guitar. Possessor of an eclectically distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Sanzone is a masterful musician whose ability to channel the essence of the song is spell-binding. Truly bound by no single genre, his music surfs across the vast spectrums of rock, funk, blues, soul, metal, reggae, hip-hop, jazz, electronic, country, americana and folk.
Born in New York and raised in Berkshire County, Sanzone took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by the hard rock sounds of Guns N’ Roses and early Van Halen. With a few tips from his mother to get him strumming his ears took over and the rest was history. In his high school years he also played the bass clarinet, and taught himself to play bass and drums. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Pioneer Vally where he played endlessly with any band he could find from punk-ska surf rockers, to groovy funk soulsters to hippy jam bands.
During his time in the Happy Valley, Sanzone on guitar formed trip-hop funk band Socks Malone, who was slotted on the 1999 UMass Spring Concert bill at the Mullins Center along with Cypress Hill, KRS-1, The Might Mighty Bostones, and Strange Folk. In 1998, Rob wrote and recorded an original sound track for the animation film Numeric Art by Michael Endlich. He wrote and performed an original score for the debut production of Rail Road Street Youth Project’s play “Suburbia” by Eric Bogosian. The play was picked up by Barrington Stage Company and ran for two weeks during the summer of 1999. He was the bassist and a founding member of the punk-funk rock n’ roll band Davinchi and The Wrong Crowd, who recorded two records and toured New England with highlighted shows in 2000 at the US Open Snow Boarding Championship in Stratton VT. and opened for Original P which featured original members from Parliament Funkadelic. Visit Rob’s website.