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.

In 2018, author Michael Munro described his 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..."


"...Max is a creative tour-de-force with the high probability of future success. More importantly 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. Style and fashion's a piece of cake, too... Thank you Max for the greatness and talent in you, and for who and what you are."

In 2020, his music video for the single HER from his debut EP was awarded ‘Best Music Video’ at the Liverpool Film Festival.

Currently, Silk is the frontman and vocalist for live looping duo, Genre Fluid. The other half to this dynamic group is multi-instrumentalist, Bosho.


They have become a popular presence across New Zealand for their powerful live performances that engage and weave improvised jams with high energy anthems. They have showcased this in theatrical style over the past year, opening for Bic Runga at Summer Sounds Music Festival, Mako Road and Albi & The Wolves at RoomTwenty5, as well as a nationwide tour.

Genre Fluid are set to release a collection of songs by Spring 2021.




For booking enquiries or collaborations, please email