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 his passion for powerful projects and performances...

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..."

Over the same year, Max reached his prolonged desire to explore music and song writing. His experiments blossomed into a collection of songs founding the name, Silk Satin Suede. 


In 2020, '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.

Currently, Max is building, designing and performing the maiden voyage of Genre Fluid with multi-instrumentalist, Bosho. Together, the duo are illuminating the Groova Meista in their improvised music and captivating live shows.


Over the past year, Genre Fluid have become a popular presence across New Zealand for their theatrical live looping shows that weave improvised jams with high energy anthems. They are honoured to have shared the stage with incredible artists such as Bic Runga, Mako Road and Albi & The Wolves.

Genre Fluid are recording their upcoming album, expected to be released in early 2022.

For booking enquiries or collaborations, please email