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 harboured brilliant 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 founding principles for powerful projects and performances.


Author Michael Munro described Max's performance art show, 'Curtains of a Candle' 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..."

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



'HER' from his debut 'EP' was awarded "Best Music Video" at the Liverpool Film Festival, and selected for a number of other festivals around the world.


Max is creating and performing as Genre Fluid with multi-instrumentalist, Bosho. Together the dynamic live looping duo are blending music and theatre into captivating songs and live shows for all ages.


They are honoured to have shared the stage with incredible artists such as Bic Runga, Julia Deans, Mako Road and Albi & The Wolves.

Follow Silk Satin Suede and Genre Fluid on social media for updates on shows, music and films.

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