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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.

2014

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. He completed his Bachelor of Design with First Class Honours and a new-found vigour for performance art.

2018

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. 

2019

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

2020

'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.

2021 - Present

Since the beginning of 2021, Max has been the frontman for Nelson-based funk-rock live looping duo, Genre Fluid, fusing music and theatre into high-energy anthems and improvised acts.

 

Genre Fluid’s engaging theatrical street performances found them early local success, becoming well recognised for their creative musicality in live looping, improvisation, theatrics, and humour. This led them to playing on festival stages and opening for legendary Kiwi artists such as Bic Runga, Julia Deans, Mako Road, The Narcs, and Albi & The Wolves.

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

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