Rob Picazo is a Rhythm & Blues singer and guitarist born in Madrid and based in the South East of England. He combines soulful vocals, relatable lyrics and bluesy melodies, all the while influenced by great Soul and Blues performers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Dan Penn. Following a two month trip through the South of the US, filming a documentary about roots music, Rob has played in popular venues throughout Sussex, Kent and London, and opening for great artists such as Gwyn Ashton, Brooks Williams, Martin Harley and Dom Pipkin. His first album, Spanish Moss was released to acclaim on the 29th of September 2017.
What does TEDx mean to you?
TEDx presents an opportunity to showcase my music to a wider audience, and to engage with topics I haven’t yet explored, put across by enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers.
What do you hope the audience will feel after this year's TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells event?
I hope they feel that the speakers and entertainers have provided them with a wealth of interesting topics and material that they can continue to explore and research long after the event has ended.
What is your favourite TED talk and why?
Pokey LaFarge’s talk on evolving through preservation. As a musician who is passionate about the Blues, Soul and Rhythm & Blues of the 50s and 60s, it struck a chord with me and mirrored my feelings about preserving, studying and building on music from years gone by.