Blindspott Profile

aka Blacklistt
Hussein Moses
25 Sep 2018

Thanks to their debut single ‘Nil By Mouth’, which took elements from a burgeoning nu metal scene (downtuned and distorted guitars, DJ scratching, angsty lyrics), Blindspott became one of the most successful hard rock bands to come out of New Zealand in the early 2000s.

Blindspott morphed out of a group called Wrench, featuring drummer Shelton Woolright and vocalist Joel Rowell, who met at Rutherford College in the West Auckland suburb of Te Atatu. In 1997, Damian Alexander stepped in to take over from Rowell, while Gareth Fleming (bass), Marcus Powell (guitar) and Karl Vilisini (turntables) also joined the band. They began writing their own music and entered Battle of the Bands, but only made it through the early rounds of the competition. It didn’t put them off: the band organised their own shows at Auckland bars Papa Jacks and Safari Lounge and used the money to record their first single ‘Nil By Mouth’ in 2001.

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Damian Alexander (vocals, centre).
Tristan Reilly.
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blindspott - Stay
Blindspott, L to R: Damian Alexander, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini, Marcus Powell, Gareth Fleming.
Blacklistt were awarded Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for their self-titled 2013 debut.
Blindspott - Phlex
Blindspott - Nil By Mouth
Damien Alexander on vocals.
Damian Alexander fronting Blacklistt.
Photo credit: Bradley Garner Creative
Blindspott - Drown
Marcus Powell.
Blacklistt.
Blindspott - Lull (2006)
Damian Alexander.
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blindspott - Room To Breathe
Gareth Fleming.
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blindspott, L to R: Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Marcus Powell
Blacklistt - From the Blind Spot (2012)
Blindspott - Making Music (2005, NZ On Screen)
Blindspott - Blank
Blindspott graphic. L to R: Damian Alexander, Marcus Powell, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini, Gareth Fleming.
Blacklistt - Burn (2013)
Blacklistt and fans at the Powerstation, Auckland.
Blindspott, L to R: Marcus Powell, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini, Damian Alexander, Gareth Fleming.
Damian Alexander (vocals) and Karl Vilisini (DJ).
Blindspott - Yours Truly (2005)
Blindspott - S.U.I.T (So Us Is This) (2002)
Damian Alexander.
Blindspott, L to R: Karl Vilisini, Damian Alexander, Gareth Fleming, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Marcus Powell, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini.
Blacklistt, Hamilton, 2014.
Members:

Damian Alexander - vocals

Shelton Woolright - drums

Marcus Powell - guitar

Gareth Fleming - bass

Karl Vilisini - turntables

Dave McDermott - bass

Brandon Reihana - guitar

Tristan Reilly - drums

Labels:

EMI


Blindspott Ltd