Silk Satin Suede, aka Max Duncan, is a New Zealand based artist aiming to balance the Beauty with the Darkness in music, performance art, film and fashion; fusing them together in his emotive avant-garde style.

Silk Satin Suede has collaborated with a brilliantly talented and diverse catalog of artists over the years, such as composer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Denison; film director, James Grimley; and dancer, Tessa Brown.


A leap into the unknown landed Max into the world of design; studying Fashion Design at Massey University in Wellington between 2014 - 2017. During these years he developed his craft in fabric and the principles for powerful projects and performances.


Boundaries are broken and new doors open. Max performs his multimedia performance art show 'Curtains of a Candle' to a sold out BATS Theatre in Wellington. Author Michael Munro acknowledged this work as:


“A fantastic piece of creative work of Russian type depth, which philosophically dramatises the one compelling aspect of our entire existence - our relationship with Death... This performance, for me, is so amazingly counter balanced and profound... There was not one performing-arts discipline in this presentation that fell below a high professional standard... Max has shown a creative clout that can produce much more heart snatching performances in the future - ones that will shock and inspire all of us in an insightful way."

Over the same year, Max explored music and song writing with his experiments blossoming into a collection of songs founding the name, Silk Satin Suede. 


Max releases his debut 'EP' while travelling the UK and Europe.


'HER' is filmed in multiple locations across Wales and awarded "Best Music Video" at the Liverpool Film Festival and Allshorts Film Festival in New Zealand, while also being officially selected for a number of other festivals around the world.


Since mid-2020, Max has been collaborating with multi-instrumentalist, Bosho as live looping duo Genre Fluid, amassing a diverse and devoted following in the Nelson Tasman region and beyond.


Fusing music and theatre into captivating live shows of high-energy rock anthems and improvised acts, Genre Fluid are recognised for their unique synergy on stage, morphing style, sound and character into a dynamic experience for all ages to groove and be moved.

For booking or collaboration enquiries, please email moosonhooson@gmail.com