Marcus Powell

Marcus Powell is one of New Zealand's most decorated rock guitarists. He is currently recording his fourth album, recording with his band City Of Souls in the studio with producer and mixer Forrester Savell. He has done a massive touring stint with bands such as Jakob, Bring Me the Horizon, Halestorm, and Dead Letter Circus.

Marcus is currently guitarist for Blacklistt and City Of Souls. He was an original band member in the Multi-platinum band Blindspott (2 x triple Platinum) since inception in 1997 who were signed to EMI records and Grindhouse records in Japan, performing with Linkin Park, Deftones, and Metallica throughout the world. Blacklistt (gold) which was formed after Blindspott, debuted at number 1 in September 2013 and won the "Best Rock Album" at the 2014 Vodafone Music Awards.

He is currently recording his fourth album. Recording with his band City Of Souls in the studio with producer and mixer Forrester Savell. He has done a massive touring stint with bands such as Jakob, Bring Me the Horizon, Halestorm, and Dead Letter Circus.

Marcus contributes a lot of his time to building pathways for youths into the NZ music industry, this has seen him receive a Vodafone New Zealand Foundation's World of Difference Award in 2014 and extended for a further three years, and receive a nomination for the prestigious "New Zealander of the Year" award. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa (CTOA). CTOA uses music, film, photography and radio to connect and re-engage New Zealand's young people back into employment, education and further training. He also helped build Rawkusradio.co.nz, a radio station lead by the youth for the youth.

Marcus on Shure:

  • What was your first Shure product? Are you still using this product now? Sm58. Unfortunately it was stolen at a show. I assume whoever has it sees the value in it. I have many, many more where that came from now.
  • How have Shure products helped you throughout your career? I am a musician and audio engineer, my toolkit is comprised of only Shure microphones. I also use the SRH940 to mix and the results I get are outstanding. Best Rock album 2014 with Blacklistt is a pretty good indicator of what can be achieved.
  • What Shure products could you not live without, and why? SM7B and Beta58A - They are my go to mics because they are so reliable. Tried and tested. We tested out many microphones for the Blindspott albums. The SM7B was our vocalist’s mic of choice. We did a similar thing for City Of Souls over large PA systems and the Beta58A won hands down.


Marcus of QSC:

I have the QSC TouchMix-16 and the TouchMix-30 Pro. They have very different applications in terms of the size of band, venue and use etc. But the ease of use is what im most attracted too. The fact that I can do everything from my phone is incredible. Accompanied with the KW181's, KW153's and K12s, I have the complete setup for any live situation. Play anywhere and record anywhere at the same time. The technology has changed the face of professional musicianship.

QSC has a solution for every question I was about to ask. It has some of the most intuitive software and hardware controls I have used to date. The interface to the sound produced is all so crisp and easy to use. There is no point looking further than QSC.


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Marcus also supports QSC, Jackson Guitars, Fractal Audio and the Axe FX II, Famous Stars and Straps Clothing, Adidas and G-Shock watches.

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