Markus has developed an outstanding talent in music over the last 16 years. He started the piano at the age of 7, gained Grade 8 Distinction at the age of 16 and received a Certificate of Performance with the Guildhall School of Music at 18. Markus has won many competitions throughout his playing career including Young Pianist of Leicestershire at the young age of 15. In 2001, he graduated from Salford University with a 2:1 in Popular Music and Recording.
HIS SET LIST
Split into either two sets of 45 minutes, or 3 half hour sets, Markus provides over 90 minutes of pure Soul, covering some of the best Soul songs ever recorded. Markus will also play some of your favourite Soul songs in the background before, between and after his live sets to make the evening complete. Markus has added songs from Lemar, Brand New Heavies, Lighthouse Family, Mario, Ne-yo to to his set to cater for people that are younger in the audience.s.
Nowadays you can see him performing his own songs and classic covers by; Nat King Cole, Bob Marley, Will Young at a variety of venues throughout the U.K. and beyond. A collection of 20 songs entitled ‘The Soul Sensation’ is always available and features songs by: George Michael, UB40, and also his ever popular acapella version of ‘Ben E Kings – Stand By me’.
SOUND SYSTEM, LIGHTING AND TRANSPORT
The Sounds of Soul is a completely self-contained show: The sound system is based around the best available music and vocal P.A., using 1,000 watts (with the option to add more) of the world-renowned ‘EV’ active speakers and Mackie SWA1501 Subwoofers. He also uses a brand new Laptop to power the music and a Mackie mixing desk with on-board effects and graphic equalizer to ensure every sound check and show is tailored perfectly for each venue.
His Motown & Soul backing tracks have been purchased from a superb sound production engineer and have a full and impressive orchestral sound. Lighting is provided though a possible 4 white and metallic blue Spotlights and a special sound-to-light coloured floodlight brightens up the whole stage area. All the sound and lighting equipment have been bought during 2005 and 2006. Any equipment over a year old has been PAT tested and proof certification can be provided.
Markus has full insurance on all his equipment, including Public Liability Insurance. Markus is always accompanied by his own dedicated lighting and sound engineer, which ensures a professional and reliable service. He dresses in black and white logo shirts and black trousers which always impress the client and a sense of ‘customer first’ is the base line from which the team always work.
Transport of the team and equipment by car, is covered by the AA in the unlikely event of problems.